February 23rd, 2010
10:02 PM ET

Ladies night on 'Idol' so-so

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I'm not sure what happened tonight, but it was not a great way to kick off the season.

Overall the performances for the most part were just so-so. Katie Stevens – loved. Siobhan Magnus – I'm a new fan. But so many of the others really failed to deliver. I thought this was the year of the woman in music. Guess the Top 12 didn't get the memo.

I so hope the guys step it up Wednesday night. Seriously.

So who do you think is going home? Who stays?


soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Richard

    A lackluster performance by most of the fellows last night. None worthy of wasting time to cast a vote.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank Udonn

    Watching the top 24 over the last two nights made me think that Simon has picked the right time to leave American Idol. This has to be the worst year for talent since the show started. Using the word talent can't even describe how the guys performed last night. They were like a bad high school talent show.

    February 25, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. ShamanNora

    Not a great season for AI because of little talent. Tonight my top fave was Casey, (with Lee, Joe and Andrew coming in way behind). Why were so many singing off-key? Sorry, but nobody can hold a candle to Adam Lambert.

    February 25, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. arielle

    lily scott and the chick that sang alanis morisette were both awesome as i expected..they were the only two girls who really stood out in the audition process. everyone else was pretty awful. it's sad how looks-oriented this show has become...hot chicks who can somewhat sing and less than hot chicks with awesome voices get sent home....did they forget about kelly clarkson already?

    February 24, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bianca

    Last night was a 'let down' with the Idol girl contestants.
    Adam Lambert set a high standard last year for this year's contestants to live up to if they want to win this thing. The girls didn't deliver last night. I'm expecting much more from the guys tonight. I've got my eye on Tyler. I like his voice and I think he can bring it. We'll see.

    February 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Belinda

    I think Lilly has wonderful potential! True, some of the gals are making poor song choices. But there are a few who just can't sing at all. But they'll fall by the wayside. And what's with Ellen? All the stammering, stuttering and goofy remarks... she seems to have lost all her self confidence. What a goober. It just wasn't a happy show to watch! I hope it gets better. I wish the chemistry was better between the judges.

    February 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Str8 outta TX

    bull you are on point! sing what they want!

    February 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bull

    Much of the problem is the band,backup singers and singing coach AI uses to "help" these singers.The band,backup & coach need to be replaced.If these kids were free to sing what they want to sing,it would have been better.

    February 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JC

    Funny enough, I like Ellen more than I like Kara.

    February 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Diane Duryea

    I got so bored with the performances that I turned it off.

    February 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Str8 outta TX

    February 24th, 2010 11:06 am ET

    discrimination because of age?
    i am 19, and i put up with all kinds of discrimination. she can sing what she wants.

    Str8 Outta Tx February 24th, 2010 11:24 am ET

    any other time, the previous couple of generations would be complaining that we dont know what real music is. then they would try to School us by forcing us to listen to music that clash with our preference. i admire what she did. if anything, maybe she couldve went older. though i do still prefer modern music...

    February 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Teri C

    Everybody is complaining about how awful it was, it was a trainwreck, Ellen is terrible, etc, etc, etc...but I bet everybody watched the entire 2 hours. Patience. Give them (Ellen particularly) a minute to find their niche.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jonathan

    Can't believe anyone liked that Magnus girl. In a whole night of awful, she was nearly the worst. My skin is still crawling!

    February 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kristy

    Last nights show was VERY boring!!! I actually dozed off during Hayley’s song (if that’s what you call what she did) I have predicted that a girl will win this year, but after last night I don’t see any of them winning! They were all very disappointing! That was the longest 2 hours of my life that I will never get back.
    As for the judges. I thought it was VERY rude of Kara to be having a conversation while the girls were performing. Yeah they were boring, but she is there to judge, not have a conversation with Simon. I like Ellen; I think she is very funny. I thought she was great during Hollywood week, but last night, she seemed out of place. She seemed uncomfortable and didn’t really add much to the show. Her opinions were of someone who didn’t know what they were talking about. It’s like they could have had any Joe Shmoe off the street and had them judge the show last night. She really seemed out of her element, and it showed.
    I hope the guys do a lot better, if not I might have to tune out. I can’t handle another show like last night. If they were trying to put America to sleep with the show they did last night, they succeeded!

    February 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ken SMAN

    This show has lost its edge big time. It should be all about the music but a dark cloud has moved over AI. The new judge Ellen is terrible. She has absolutely no clout and it feels awkward for her to give feedback to the singers.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. GOF

    Miss Paula – she added to the show. Surprised but I thought Ellen did absolutenly nothing for the show. Ellen is a comedian not a music critic – can't have both for a show like this. Simon is the only reason I watch and when he gone, so am I. Although, even he might not keep me interested without Paula. Kara – no comment.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Diva

    I did something completely out of character & actually watched part of A.I. last night...I'm not impressed so far. I stopped watching after Jennifer Hudson was voted off & had not looked back until now....not watching this season either but to each his own.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Brendamac

    I thought Paige Miles and Michelle Delamore were among the top runners for the ladies. He got to be a little boring last night. I know it was the first night for live entertainment but come on. I don't think they should be allowed to play an instrument while they are singing.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  19. cpmoka

    girls were not good....songs bad...clothes awful....paula, come back.
    ellen, please leave...you are not a judge of music and singing... you do not have a clue and it shows...saying bad words is not appropriate either and I do not appreciate the off color comments

    February 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. easy-e

    Wow what can i say, it was all bad ! Really bad......And boy i never thought miss Paula this much but Kara is sicking !

    February 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Pam

    February 24th, 2010 1:20 pm ET

    There are quite obviously some homophobic people on here, who wouldn't give Ellen a chance no matter what she did or said. I have some doubts that you watched the show at all, you just want an opportunity to slam her because she's a lesbian. You should come to terms with your own sexuality and quit projecting your issues onto people you don't even know. The article was asking for your opinion on the contestants. Either play nice or go get some treatment.
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    Oh now we have the 'homephobe' card. did it occur to you that we didn't like how Ellen judged last night because she did lousy job and not because of her sexual orientation? I guarantee you if Simon was gay, I would still have the same opinion of him as a judge and that is that he is a good judge because he tells the truth and I usually agree with what he says. Ellen has no idea what she is talking about, just parrots what the other judges are saying and knows nothing about music.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kim Smith

    I thought the girls were a real disappointment and oh, so boring. Looking forward to hearing the guys. I hope they will step it up and make AI worth watching as the competition progresses.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Str8 Outta Tx

    discrimination because of age?
    i am 19, and i put up with all kinds of discrimination. she can sing what she wants.
    any other time, the previous couple of generations would be complaining that we dont know what real music is. then they would try to School us by forcing us to listen to music that clash with our preference. i admire what she did. if anything, maybe she couldve went older. though i do still prefer modern music...

    February 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jacki

    Ok, the worst! I just took AI off my DVR schedule. What a yawn & no one had any personality. I don't think the guys are gonna be any better.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Kristy

    There are quite obviously some homophobic people on here, who wouldn't give Ellen a chance no matter what she did or said. I have some doubts that you watched the show at all, you just want an opportunity to slam her because she's a lesbian. You should come to terms with your own sexuality and quit projecting your issues onto people you don't even know. The article was asking for your opinion on the contestants. Either play nice or go get some treatment.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Carol

    Can we send 10 of them home this week?? Ick. Terrible group.

    February 24, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Phyl

    Crystal Bowersox is by far the most overrated. As Simon so correctly put it, singers llike her can be found outside any bus station, train station, or subway station in this country. She has a medium to mediocre voice no range & her attitude that she is better then this competion is really very arrogant. I hope she goes soon!!

    February 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Russell Hammond, Hollywood CA

    TV at its worst. Can it get any worse? Probably.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. debbo

    siobhan was my favorite, but there were all pretty good, except haley and didi.they need to go first

    February 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Abby

    Last night's episode was beyond painful! They were all terrible!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Grananne

    I've always had fun with Idol, so far not this year . I feel that none the top 25 girls are star material, just really good singers. The true dark horse was among those sent home. The judges "misjudged"

    February 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dennis

    After suffering through one of the most horrible hours ever for the first hour last night, I flipped over to Lost, only coming back during commercials. If this is the best the contestants and the judges cn do, we are in for a lousy season. Hopefully the guys will be better tonight, or I'll be looking for really long nails to drive in my ears to deafen myself from this torture.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Head Diva In Charge

    The last 3 girls all had my vote. They are original, true to themselves, and talented. I really enjoyed them. I am a fan of the show, always will be. I know all the crabby patty folks say it's over – maybe it is. But hopefully we still have one more sweet season to go!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  34. brenda

    I wasn't impressed with any of the girls last night. I thought every performance was completely boring and totally forgettable. I didn't vote last night because I truly didn't care who stayed or who went home. I was absolutely amazed that Simon had even one nice thing to say to any of the girls, the songs they chose practically put me to sleep. I hope the guys do better tonight and if they do then I think Idol should change the rules and just send the 4 people with the lowest totals rather than 2 girls and 2 guys.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Gators7777

    I will give them some slack. I seen a lot of nerves. They will settle down. They will get better. I still gotta keep Tebows girl alive lol until this does happen. Mz Wheeler you are safe !

    February 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Higgins

    Ellen is great, and by great I mean she is just is just a nightmare.
    From her lame comments to her disturbingly unattractive face – ugh there is a mug not meant for high definition....the buggy eyes, the big ears, the crows feet and that nose...not to mention the permanent frown on her face. I can't even look at her let alone hear her say nothing when it is her time to talk.
    "Oh hey, um confused talking lame joke...uhhh I agree with whomever talked last ummm, hey how'd I get here. I have no music industry experience thus have no, um, idea what I'm doing."
    Who dresses her? I mean look at the man outfits and the dumb hair. I understand she is gay, so what I don;t care at least have some style.

    America has started to tune out...I know I have.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Richard

    With Ellen Degenerate in the judge's seat Idol will fail – she is awful

    February 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Arin

    @Jan – finally a voice of reason here. This show is about the journey. Many of these women have a lot of talent but like you said, need grooming and confidence. Further, many of these same people dissing most of the women will be singing a different tune as soon as a contestant has a defining performance. It would be nice if people could be less reactionary and more thoughtful.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  39. michelle

    to Jan:

    it's not that we hate the show and watch it anyways and then come here to complain.... it's the performances of last night that are causing us to hate a show we've watched for years...and still come on here to complain. ;)

    February 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  40. kei

    OMG! The girls were horrible, Im so glad I had it on Tivo, I was able to skip that horrible annoying Hayley and some of the other ladies that were just as bad! My 3 year old was even annoyed!! The ladies really sucked!! I think the guys will be much better!! At least I hope so.

    February 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Marj

    For the most part it was not even worth watching. I really like Crystal Bowersox....and a couple of others. The young girl who sang the Beatles song while playing the guitar and smiling the entire time and the redhead who did not make it last year, terrible song choices for both and they should go first. You would think that these Idol hopefuls having watched this show before and made it to the top 24 would know by now EVERYTHING depends on song choice. They need to also focus on what they sang to get them to the top 24. It is a make or break situation there are no second chances... this is a brutal competition. No one wants to hear the contestants plead their case saying I will do better next week, pick songs that show case YOUR talent to begin with and you will be around the following week.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  42. Jazz Allen

    I Miss Paula too!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  43. Jason

    Have these girls never watched an episode? Before the top 12, it's about making yourself memorable....and I can't remember a single girl's name from last night, and can only remember 3 songs (because they were so bad): Wicked Game: wow, what a boring performance. Almost fell asleep. What About Love: what about singing big songs, using a big voice? The toned down, lower version from last night was the single worst performance of that song in Idol history. Happy: again, toned down, lower version of the original, made me want to forget her name quicker than I did. Save the slow, toned down, haunting performances for after you've established yourself on the show. With nothing but medium, to slow tempo songs last night, it was just a boring show. Hope the guys do better. Oh yeah: Ellen wasn't bad last night. She wasn't a show-stopper or anything, but I can see her sticking around for a while. I get her role now: she's the "voice of the viewer" at home, and said many of the same things I was thinking. All in all- good job, Ellen. Bad job, top 12 girls.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  44. Guy B.

    Everyone of these artists needs to think about their song they are going to sing and how they are going to sing it. The great Sam Cooke said it best, these singers are story tellers, when you get up there to sing, sing that song like your telling a story, if you do this, chose the right song, do it with your style and not try to be a knock off, you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams

    Be Orginal – sing your story!!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  45. Jazz Allen

    The Black chick with the guitar was good , and the judges killed her with their comments, all but Ellen. Randy and Kara are awful this show is dead. I heard it was beaten in ratngs last week by the winter olympics.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  46. sandy

    I left early to run an errand after enduring bad Beatles and a horrific butchering of Stevie Nicks' "Landslide." Memo to singers: don't sing iconic songs that are intimately associated with another artist. You lose. Always.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  47. Robyn

    Yawwwwnnnnnnn fest last night, and Simon predicted a girl winner this year??!! Really????? Doubtful.......the boys have GOT to bring it tonight, my early votes will be for Andrew Garcia, I think he's going to do really well. These girls need to watch back their performances and then make some major changes.......or we'll have trouble even coming up with the top 6 girls!!! Wow!

    February 24, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  48. Pam

    My favorite last night was Crystal. I liked her originality and her performance. As far as Ellen being the judge..huge mistake! All she does is parrot what the other judges say and has no clue what she is talking about. She knows nothing about music and doesn't know how to give a good critique. If American Idol is smart, they will not have her come back next season.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  49. Mandy

    Loved Crystal, she is the real deal, but it's going to get weird when she has to get into the "theme" weeks. And Didi did a wonderful job.

    Everyone else left me cold, and for once I didn't always agree with Simon... I thought he was being too nice to some of the off-key girls, and not nice enough to Didi and Crystal. Seems like the producers are trying to push certain contestants already.

    Either way, the entire show is suffering from an "Adam Lambert hangover" this year, i.e. Simon's exasperation that nobody had any "star power," as he kept bemoaning. There's just no one with that "it" factor who makes you want to run home and tune in. I bet the mentors will be less impressive this season, too. The show just lost its sizzle.

    And one last note: compare Katie Stephens rendition of "Feeling Good" to Adam's last year. Pul-eeze.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  50. The best critic

    I actually think most of the women last night are really good singers. There is less diversity this year so maybe last night was too much of the same stuff. I'm surprised most of them look like models.

    However!!! I could have totally done without the judges comments last night. It seemed more like a formality than necessary.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  51. willie

    I thought it stunk too.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  52. Aprilof1975

    With no music background and no creditability to judge anyone, Ellen sounds so stupid in the show. Oh Ghosh! please go away!!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  53. hawkeye

    A male singer will win based on last nights performance. There may be six women who are worthy, certainly NOT twelve.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  54. Jan

    Come on.....lighten up you guys. Why do you watch the show if you hate it so much.

    The fun part about watching Idol is watching the contestants grow as the show progresses. They are amateurs. They have yet to learn song selection and find their niche. Give them a freaking break.

    I thought all the young women are remarkably talented. They need to be groomed.

    I understand that in the new show Simon is going to do the judges will coach the contestants. That will be a good thing.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  55. RockRobster

    I said it before and I will say it again. These are not the best women they ever had no matter how much they try to hype it. There were about 3-4 that did alright. But over all a huge disappointment. At least now we can be impressed by the ones that grow.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  56. kimmer

    As for Simon's comment at the beginning thinking the women will dominate this year, he better fine tune his thoughts. I wasn't impressed at all.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  57. Str8 Outta Tx

    this is not a beauty contest. where is the substance of what we are supposed to be watching? i am a 19 year old male, and as i've said before, i enjoy attractive women as much as the next man. but if they have no talent, then there's no point in the show. is there?

    February 24, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  58. Estelle

    Idol was over years ago. It's now just a bland factory.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  59. JC

    This might have been one of the worst opening night performances I have ever seen on Idol. I could barely even pay attention during the first 6-7 performances. Typically, there are a couple that standout as bad and those typically end in the bottom 3. Last night, it wouldn't surprise me to see any of 9 of them going home. A couple of the ones towards the end were pretty good, but overall, I was incredibly disappointed especially after all the hype.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  60. Tucson Tonya

    This is another reason that the top 24 needs to be that period and not 1/2 boys and 1/2 girls. To me the male talent this year was far superior and some of these girls made it through based on their gender – that is in-equality!

    February 24, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  61. MARC

    It's clear this year's IDOL winner will be a woman. Of them only 2 or 3 deserve to be there. The other women are there for facade. Like leaves in the FALL they will drop one after the other. The choreography was set. They just have to dance to the tune. And the tune is more of a lament. Sorry, no boy matches the 3 top girls. Another point, it's clear that Ellen took over the judges' panel. And, she's no singer. She's an entertainer and not a good one at that! The next step would be to ask Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld to be on the panel or Kramer.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  62. bgooch

    I think Ellen is great, very classie lady.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  63. vv

    Wasn't wowed by many of the ladies. Several of those girls could already easily be eliminated. Looking forward to tonight, I think a lot of those guys have GREAT voices, and the ability to change up a song!

    February 24, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  64. David Estrella

    American idol's ladies night couldn't have been more boring, after 9 songs I said it like Michael Jackson, "This is it", I turned off the TV. The show was very uncomfortable to watch. I love Ellen, but she looks very uptight sitting there and the whole program seems like waiting for a bad news or something to happen. i don't think the show will last too long after SC is gone.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  65. bgooch

    I didn't even vote because they were so bad. And by the way the backup singers and musicians must have there favorites, because at times they were awful too. I think Idol hurt themselves last year when Adam Lambert lost to Chris, who wasn't even close to the talent that Adam has.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  66. Old School

    Totally boring...I will find something better to do with my time.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  67. Dallas Child

    I thought that most of them sounded like Karaoke hosts. As much as I loved Crystal's performance, Simon was right about her doubling as a subway performer. It seems that the nerves have gotten to the women. It makes me miss the gumption of Allison Iraheta. She just went for the performance without thinking.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  68. JPNofStratford

    The first week is always so-so ... Too many nerves ... I think even the judges were nervous because they totally botched their critiques of performances as well. And Ellen? Please ... I can't believe I miss Paula.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  69. doug

    uhh, all of these kids have worked hard, so they all equally deserve to win. Which leaves us with an entertainment contest. Who can entertain the masses of teen girls and cougars the best. I actually think the cougars will like Crystal Bowersox. The teens might like Siobahn. Other than that, a bunch of back up singers for back up bands.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  70. Opinionated

    It was very boring. Haven't watched Idol in years (since Fantasia won) due to scheduling conflicts. I was actually flipping through channels, hoping that when I returned to Idol, there would be an awesome singer but there wasn't any. Very disappointed.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  71. Rascal

    Long time fan of Idol but this year it is worse than awful. Very little talent and while I like Ellen on her show, she is a train wreck as a judge. Looking for something else to watch now in the Idol time slot.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  72. Melissa

    The only two that were not incredibly boring were the last two. The rest of them... my god it was like a lesson in easy listening. It was terrible, and it was putting me to sleep. EVERY SONG was a slow song. Without exception. And none of them were done particularly well despite the fact that many of those songs were actually songs I love.

    Lackluster is putting it lightly.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  73. jackie

    i know but hopefully they will bring it and they should make their own song so that it can be more challenging :) go figure they better step up to the plate on wensday night.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  74. Laurie

    Everyone talks about Ellen, but Paula did the same thing. I think Ellen brings a breathe of fresh air. The contestant that sang with the guitar and harmonica. Oh my God what a horrible dispositon, attitude, and no personality. She actually hates American Idol if it weren't for the CHECK she may get. I doubt it.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  75. jypmoyer

    Crystal,has her heart and soul into the music and she can really sing, she is the best.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  76. Mike Jones from Indiana

    Awful!
    The judges were being too complimentary to some awful performances.
    I hope it gets better.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  77. uticamom

    absolutely horrible. Will not be watching this season

    February 24, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  78. Michelle

    I thought the show was terrible last night!

    February 24, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  79. Mary

    Whoever thinks it is going to be the women's year is mistaken. WOW what a bunch of duds. Not one, not one person wow'd the place.

    You would think they would come out big big the first night. Everyone played it safe. Boring Boring.

    Simon seems like he is being Mr Nice Guy because he is leaving. Ellen is trying to be critical but you can see she doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

    This show is decomposing in front of our eyes. RIP American Idol

    February 24, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  80. Guest

    I kept on forgetting it was the first week, but all of the songs they chose were so safe, it was forgettable. No one was outstanding – and some of them weren't just that great....not like I could do better though :)

    February 24, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  81. Shannon

    Thought it was a rather lacklaster night. There were a few bright spots last night, like Crystal, Lilly, and Siobhan. They are unique, fresh, and bring something new to the show. However, I agree with Simon that Crystal needs to go from great coffee house signer to star performer... What I'm getting sick and tired of on this show are the b-rated carbon copiers like Ashley and Michelle. They don't attempt to bring anything new, and I don't care how great their voices are, they sound like karioke... Still like Katie, cause that girl has some chops, but she's 17 years old and picks a boring Michael Bublee song? Yikes!

    February 24, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  82. J Go

    Yes, it was very boring all around... I really like Crystal, but if I had seen her for the first time last night I wouldn't be impressed. Also, I don't get the praise for Katie and Siobhan. Katie was boring and karaoke-ish and Siobhan is just WEIRD. Let's hope it gets at least little better.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  83. Courtney

    shame on all the ones who did song by the beatles. boooooo!! just awful. i literally stopped watching by the 3rd beatles song and turned on across the universe instead. redemption!

    February 24, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  84. McEvil One

    1. They should stop them from singing Beatles songs...just leave that catalog alone!

    2. With that said, HAELEY NEEDS TO GO HOME!!!
    How can you butcher a song THAT poorly & still think you should stay!!??!?

    February 24, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  85. disappointed

    I agree. I did not think the show was very good. In fact, I was glad I was taping it so I could fast forward through comments and eventually some of the performances. Not only was it bad but it was pretty boring. The guys need to bring it tonight or I may be on an idol hiatus.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  86. Lindsey

    This show is getting so lame. BORING. I used to be a fan, but now it's almost unwatchable. With the exception of 1 or 2 girls, it all sounds like bad Karaoke.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  87. Laura

    God why is this show still on the air? These shows are contrived, petty, and pointless. NO MORE!

    February 24, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  88. Matt

    Yep, a big snoozefest last night.

    I think Crystal Bowersox has the potential to really step things up and be amazing. I just have this hunch that she's going to be able to reinterpret any of the lame themes they come up with.

    But so far I've seen no obvious star. There's no Adam Lambert this season.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  89. Cathy

    Because these kids are so new to it all........and have no idea about song selection I wish the judges would pick their first song for each. When they select a Whitney Houston song I think they think they need to try and sound just like her........I truly wish the judges would select the first song. I do not mean that as a sarcastic remark I truly mean it. Maybe this would help each of them.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  90. big buz

    dident like any of the girls. buttttttttt the last girle of 17 teen was the best of the night.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  91. Cathy

    The girls were awful......just awful. The songs were so "dead".........drab. What a disappointment.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  92. hammondrofWI

    Nerves can really mess things up. I'm sure that it will get better as they all become use to the situation. I thought Kaitlen, Katie, Siobhan, Crystal, Ashley and Michelle did a pretty good job. Decent song choice, good voices...potential.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  93. Kelli

    Overall was not terribly impressed. LOVED Lilly, really liked Didi & Crystal Bowersox, the rest I either already don't care for or just did O.K. and I'm still a fan because of what they did during auditions & Hollywood week.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  94. vern

    Crystal was by far my favorite

    February 24, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  95. James

    Well, first of all I would like to say "Bravo" on a well written article. I'm glad it just wasn't me not feeling the first young lady. When the judges said that it was actually good....................I looked at my wife and 13 year old daughter and we said the same as you "Maybe it's the acustics". That was giving her the benefit of the doubt. Just listening to the ladies last night I was first of all not happy that Angela Martin did not make it and they put a couple others who after last night sealed my confidence that she got screwed. That is a voice that should still be on there. Anyway, I'm glad we were on the same page. Ellen I found out last night after listening to her is on there for comedy purposes.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  96. Gary M

    I watched last night expecting to be "blown away" but ended up nearly falling asleep. For these ladies to make it to the finals they are going to need to step up to the plate. The only glimmer was the last contestant who I thought did a good job!

    February 24, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  97. Sara Swift-Newsome

    Serious disappointment. I hope the boys are better or i will probably not watch the rest of the season

    February 24, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  98. Jo

    I wasn't impressed by any of the female singers. Nobody left me saying WOW and definitely not enough to keep my interest for an entire season! I don't know what the judges were hearing when they selected the top 12 females, but they need a do-over.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  99. Slainte

    Their problem was they were trying too hard to sound like the original artist ... and therefore didn't show their potential. The girls should sing songs by men and visa versa!!

    February 24, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  100. Debi S

    So disappointed! What were they thinking? I thought most of last night's performers did not bring it to the table. This is a contest! The judges have said MANY times "SONG CHOICE". I'm now anxious to see what the guys do. After how the girls performed, they will probably way surpass last night's performance.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  101. barbara

    Lily Scott was my favorite.
    Great job on the Beatles song!
    There were other good performances as well. Paige started things off nicely, Crystal rocks and Siobhan.....now that girl can sing!

    February 24, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  102. Eric the Actor

    Ellen is the worst thing to happen to this show. She stinks on ice.
    I think Howard Stern could save the show but Fox is too chicken to hire him. People would love to hate him like Simon – he'd be honest and would curb his language (he's no dummy).

    Plus I'd love to see Seacrest replaced with Baba Booey

    February 24, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  103. Dean

    I thought that they were so bad I did not even watch the last 3. Went to bed – never happened before. Why are they all pretty? Not an over weight one or an unattractive one. Is that a pre-requist for being an American Idol. I remember try outs when this nice lady, who could really sing, was tossed because her mouth was a little drawn to one side. She had a great voice and a minor affliction. Is this what the show has come down to? I hope not.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  104. Jtothe9

    Last night was boring. Ellen was pretty horrible live. The edited version wasn't good but she is even worse live.

    Sad to see the remaining judges trying to vie for the leadership role now that Simon has announced he'd leaving. Kara and Randy both extending their comments by giving them most general criticism and Ellen adding nothing but agreement to the previous judge.

    Wait, a Hot Mess...OMG she is bad. Simon is mean but at least he's honest. Ellen add nothing but a reason to turn the channel. The exec who hired her should be let go.

    February 24, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  105. Joe

    Simon is right. Who in the world picked the songs?! Most were forgettable. Hope the guys do better tonight. The whole thing was blah/yawn...

    February 24, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  106. Heather

    I wasn't impressed with anyone last night. They all have good voices, thats a given, but none of them tried to sound like anything other than the original recording artist and it made me YAWN... Hopefully the boys will do better tonight...

    February 24, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  107. Jon

    Lili, Siobhan and Katie were excellent. Send the rest home right away. They will just be toast the next few weeks anyways. The only drama this week is which two will get the least votes. You got me ! Could be any two of the 9.

    February 24, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  108. Just A Thought

    Actually, Lily, Michelle D., Siobahn, Janet Wheeler, Katelyn, and Bowersox were all the most memorable with Katie. The rest were just mediocre to me.

    February 24, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  109. Just A Thought

    I was disappointed with the judges comments on Katie Stevens! Katie snag her song awesome; and nailed it from the start! So what if the song is an old song and shes young! What do they want her to sing – Miley Cyrus, just because of her age! Ridiculous! Go Katie!

    February 24, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  110. k koziol

    My kids and I could barely watch the singing. The women were awful Only 2 of them were any good. What is going on?? Why was Simon being so nice, when the singing was so bad?

    February 24, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  111. Terry

    I agree the women for all the hype were not that impressive, I too hope the guys are better or I won't have much interest in who makes it through

    February 24, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  112. Aaron

    Well, Ellen was a pleasant surprise! But the singing was unbearable!!! This is by far the worst 'first night' of performances ever! I did not agree with many of the judges picks for the the top 12 and their singing proved my point. Yes, there were three or four good performances. But the rest were completely aweful and forgetable (thank goodness!). Is there a way that we can vote off the bottom six???

    February 24, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  113. Robert H

    Are you KIDDING ME? Yeah the first 4 girls were SUPER nervous but they didn't suck! Kaitlen and Katie were freakin AWESOME and the indie chick was pretty dang good too!

    February 24, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  114. Beverly Holman

    I am voting Alex Lambert from Richland Hills, TX ALL THE WAY!!! My cousin has worked hard to get where he is at, and totally deserves this chance to shine! :)

    February 24, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  115. idolnofan

    Underwhelmed. So So So underwhelmed. Year of the woman in music? Blaaah. Year this show ends!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |

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