March 17th, 2009
02:42 PM ET

Tuning in to 'American Idol'

Top 11

“American Idol” is down to its final 11 contestants in a new season with fresh talent, a new judge and new rules.’s Lisa Respers France will be blogging live each week during the show starting Tuesday night. Watch the show and stop by the blog to let us know what you think.

Paula, Randy, Simon and Kara aren’t the only ones who get to critique. We want to know what you think of the performances, the musical theme and what the judges have to say.

Your comment may appear on CNN!

- Lisa Respers France, Writer

Filed under: Kara DioGuardi • Music • Paula Abdul • Randy Jackson • Simon Cowell • television

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  1. Matt

    Do people actually watch this show? It's become irrelevant to most of the country thanks to borderline "talent" and awful (Randy "dawg" Jackson and an obviously troubled Paula) judges.

    March 18, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. rundmc

    I think Simon was a little harsh on Paula tonight. She may have her quirkiness but her thoughts/feedback to the singers are genuine and heart-given. Instead of ridiculing her while she is talking he should be supportive and letting her get her point across without disruption. No wonder Paula can't express herself have a bozo like Simon making sarcastic gestures and making fun of her while she is speaking. This would disrupt anyone's train of thought. Simon....lose the attitude and start respecting your peers. Your character is getting old.

    Paula, Kara, and Randy are great assets to AI. So is Simon with his constructive and critical feedback....but when its in good taste.

    March 18, 2009 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sue

    I like tattoo girl. I forget her name. She's quirky and fun to watch and pretty. I like the sound of her voice.
    Adam.....really weird rendition but gotta admit unique.
    Matt was good, Anoop was good.
    All in all what can ya say, it was country week.

    March 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michael bernstein

    the judges always compain about song chooses, they should chose the song for them!!

    March 17, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Emma Erickson

    I personally love Idol. However, I have a problem with CNN posting a live blog when more than half the country hasn't even seen the show yet. It's filmed 'live' in LA, but it happened a couple hours ago by the time I see it in my home town of Walnut Creek, CA. Personally, I think CNN should wait until Idol has aired in Mountain time at least to post the blog!

    March 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. michael bernstein

    they really,really need to get that battering paula off the show,simon is so right when he's rolling his eyes, karla is so much better fours a crowd!!

    March 17, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WOW

    Adam's performance was a train wreck, and Lill Rounds showed America she can get out of the R&B ghetto. Lill does have a voice and she can and should shine in any genre of music. Don't get stuck in R&B world. Spread your wings Lill.

    March 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carla

    Adam's performance totally freaked me out...he is just over the top and weird. Please don't compare him to the greats, he doesn't deserve it!

    March 17, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    There is only adam and the "rest" on the show this year. It is a done deal. Saw him in Wicked too. This thing is over! It is a pro against a bunch of amatuers.

    March 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Don Maier

    Why do they even do Country on this show because Simon doesn't seem to know or even appreciate Country music and all he ever does is criticize everyone who sings a hard core country song.

    Sure it is easy for contestants to sing How will I live without you but most of us don't consider these sappy ballads country songs.

    Get real Idol.......either drop the country and stop pretending to do this genre. If the judges can't handle it, then bring in judges who are qualified to judge country music.

    March 17, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    So, Franky, you must be stoned, right? And while I agree with Todd that Adam's a good singer, the transvestite look kinda turns me off (especially tonight, what's with that shirt??). My top choice by far: Alexis. P.S., Kara's the best thing to happen on the show for a while. Much easier to listen to and look at than Paula... 🙂

    March 17, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joel

    who wouldn't hate on country music.....seriously

    March 17, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joel

    I like Kara!!! She comes to work sober, and tries to put Simon in his place. I would agree that they have about 4 safe comments they stick to, and have you also noticed Randy does not say "THAT WAS KINDA PITCHY DOG" as much anymore?

    March 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bonita

    Lil Rounds has a very wonderful voice. However, she is in a word "common." Her voice is like so many others who have come and gone. She will make it someplace but not as "the" American Idol. Change is what is needed via Adam, Danny, and Allison.

    March 17, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Muayad Alramone

    I think Simon is anti-American, he always hates on country music.

    March 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. DMW

    I have been a Idol fan for years but this year really sucks for me, I am not sure I can even make it the whole year, and watching and listening to Paula makes comments is soooooooooooo PAINFUL i just hit the MUTE button as soon as she talks.

    This year really bites from a talent standpoint.

    March 17, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Anna

    Todd, It's not as simple as you said..."if you don't like it, don't watch." This is a story inviting viewers to criticize. Maybe it's you who shouldn't be reading this.

    Whew, with that out of the way, let me say that I agree that the judges are wishy-washy. I would have liked to see them have a more diverse group of finalists. Most of the contestants are guys and, except for Anoop, who will probably be voted out soon, they're all white.

    My choices for winner is Lil Rounds!

    March 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Franky

    American Idol...classic!

    I don't but don't you guys feel like when you watch American Idol, a part of you says that you are missing something in life but at the same time, you realize you weren't good at math so you wonder how far you can go but also when you think about the possibilities, you're like, "Ohh hell yeah!" but then you realize you have a chance with that chic across the street and that makes you happy cause that's what life is about but when you find out she's doing you bogus, so you cry like never before and you blame yourself but at the same time go crazy...and then you see Paula Abdul then you have no second thoughts, LOL!!

    March 17, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Todd

    The people watching vote, not the judges, and Adam was the 2nd highest vote getter. You are crazy, Adam is the best, I have loved every one of his performances. What do you expect of him? He wants to be a rock star not Justin Timberlake. 'The Scream' is part of being a male rock n roll singer, Ian Gillan, Rob Halford, Freddie Mercury, Stephen Tyler, Robert Plant, David Coverdale, Chris Cornell etc. all have the scream in their arsenal.

    Go back to your Barbie Girl album and leave the rest of us alone. We love Adam and Danny. If you don't like it, don't watch.

    March 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Joan Gettys

    Just get rid of Kara and all will be well!! Why, oh why, must we tolerate her in order to see American Idol?????

    March 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Howard williams

    There's simply no consistentcy among the judges. One singer (i.e. Adam?) can scream, over sing, have major pitch problems and they love him. Another singer can stay in their range, excercise control and the judges kill them for 'playing it safe'. If a singer tries to be who they are the judges say, ' I wanted to see a different side of you". If a singer goes outside of themselvves the judges say, "Be true to who you are". The judges rarely like the song slection. Sometime they have a good point but often that seems to be their default crticism.

    I watch the first round of each new city because those are funny with all the bad singers. The middle is sooo over drawn out. They should cut at least 50% each show. For example XXXX-100-50-25-12-6-3-2-1. How long is the show now, 24 weeks? Come on.

    March 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |

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