Some of these guys killed it tonight. Seriously, some of those performances were so awful that the singers are now dead to me.
I'm starting to wonder if Paula has put a hex on this show. Two nights, 24 contestants and I am trying hard to figure out where things have gone off the rails. I have never experienced so much disillusionment so early in the season. What is going on?
What do you think? Just a slow start - or is this season not filled with the superstar talent the judges have been crowing about?
not even worried anymore.
it's over. they dont get it.
KARA NEEDS TO GOOOOOOOOOO...BRING BACK PAULA...PUT ELLEN BESIDE SIMON!!!!!!....WHEN X FACTOR COMES I REALLY HOPE ITS RANDY PAULA AND SIMON ONCE AGAIN
Both nights were painful to watch. The girls just flat out sucked. The guys sucked too just not as bad. I never thought that Grady should have even made it to Hollywood week. His performance was unbearable, he needs to 'apologize' for singing that song. William Hung could have made this year’s top 24. Andrew Garcia was amazing even though he didn't get any love from the judges. I also like Lee, I can see him making it far in the competition but he needs to step his game up. Casey is pretty good. The only girl I can somewhat stand is the one with the guitar and harmonica but beside from her I'm not too impressed. I’m glad Paula is gone she was annoying and loved everyone. Simon is the only judge I pay any attention to. Kara's little school girl crush needs to stop or get under control...embarrassing!!!
What a disappointment. I'm hoping that now there are 20, they will get some coaching and help with vocals, clothing, hair, etc. And their nerves will settle down. But most disappointing is KARA. Her behavior towards Casey was juvenile and insensitive. If the guys had behaved that way towards a female contestant, there would have been hell to pay. Seems like she's starting to channel Paula.
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After Adam...I expected at least one or two with his level of talent. Haven't seen it. I love AI. Really do, but I think it's time for an "All Star" season. Bring the number 2's back and a dip into the number 3's until you have 12, then let America vote. Especially with Simon leaving. Give America a break...a season to get used to an AI without Simon, but with great talent. It's a comfort level thing.
It's going to be very difficult to find anyone for a long, long time with Adam's talent. Darnit I miss him...
The guys are sooo bad, maybe a couple of gals are ok, but nothing that grabs you right from the start. Soo, what the heck has happened to talent? So far, it's been boooooring and if something doesn't change, I am not going to watch or record the show any longer. When Simon leaves (who truly is the ONLY REAL Judge and knows what the heck he is talking about) I will not waste another second on that show.
I believe AI has run its course....
Is this a beauty show or a talent show? I couldn't believe the terrible performances. It's one thing to look good, it's another thing to sound good. No one really sounded good or sounded like they were ready to be the Next American Idol!
Four judges...what a waste of air time.
I say Ellen is a BUST, gonzo....now!
Keep 3 till Simon is gone, bring in a mogul, and watch the rating keep pace a few more years.
Casey was amazing and Kara should go oogle her husband.
I was thoroughly disappointed with the girls performances on Tuesday. I didn't vote for any of them. I did, however, like three of the guys perfromances to vote for them...Toddrick Hall, Big Mike, and Casey. Toddrick has a natural talent and has high energy. He will make it regardless of what he does on Idol. Ellen is not a great addition to Idol. They will need to replace Simon with someone who is as knowledgeable and boldly truthful as he is.
i vote to base decisions of talent, personality, THEN appearance.
I like you. You look good. blah blah blah
The last 2 nights of IDOL was a night and day comparison of talent. The men were certainly not as good last night. Kara's statements to Casey last night and during auditions discredits IDOL when it comes to judging, especially when constentants lifes and futures are on the line. I do give Kara credit, she certainly has an eye for talent, no pun intended.
My ears still hurt... my god that was awful.
What a disappointing bunch of Nancy boys this lot has turned out to be. The girls have talent and the boys clearly don't. To me its that simple. After last night I will tune in again in May just to see the finals.
I am very unimpressed with just about everyone. I love Idol, but if it continues this way, yikes...!!!!!
Agreed. I saw no Adam Lambert, no dark horse. It was horrible, and painful to watch. A few have potential, but I'm already bored. And once again, Simon was exactly right in all of his criticisms. I don't see this season being any kind of hit. And the only funny moment of this week's show was when Ellen dead panned- "Yes, you hurt us" in response to Randy commenting on when the personal trainer picked them up.
It’s true; the performances this year are awful. The singers are singing to the judges, not the audience. The group singing in Hollywood was a bad mistake and a mess. They may have lost some good talent on those eliminations because of group performance. The judges are not jelling either. Their interaction is terrible, and the judge with the fascination with Casey is sickening. Ellen was a bad choice to replace Paula. She's a comedian, a comic; can you ever take a comic seriously? Unless the producers do something quickly, the ratings are going to start to drop. We are probably looking at the fall of American Idol. It is terrible this year.
I agree with Two cents.....it is after all the FIRST week of Idol, we need to let the contestants get used to the live audience, the large stage and the home viewing audience....nerves are very high. I think we need to cut them some slack, they will get better with time and as nerves subside a bit. I do feel that the boys seem stronger (again) this year, I'm a BIG fan of Andrew Garcia's although was not nuts about his song choice last night, but that boy can SING!! I have watched Idol since Season 1 and I agree it's been a rough start to this season, but we need to give them a bit of time to "warm up".......let's keep supporting them, I think they will deliver!
In order to keep viewers another season (after this let-down) bring back the second place finishers for another chance. Afterall, they had to have been good in order to place 2nd. If needed dip into the 3rd place contestants to fill gaps. Love Ellen and Simon both, but think Simon may feel somewhat threatened by her popularity.
This is the worst Idol season ever! Not one person stood out for me except for one.. Crystal.. The girl who plays guitar and wears a halo for her harmonica.. That was true talent!! but I wouldnt say there is a star among any of them.. I am a die hard viewer and I was in my kitchen making lunches for the next day not caring who was singing when the men were on.. Sad season.. let it die its slow death and never return..
Sounds like a lot of people leaving comments here expect perfection on folks' first live national performance. Setting the bar a little too high I think.
I'm beginning to think that many of the candidates were chosen for their ability to be marketed and balanced against their voices. I also think they stacked the women and intentionally sent a group of men that were less talented so that a female would win this year.
No-one – male or female – has impressed me much. Very disappointed so far. Maybe this will change when contestants have gotten over the initial "nerves" of being on TV? Hopefully so -
Personally I'm glad the show sucks this year. My DVR schedule was filled up anyway. Now I don't have to decide between this or a rerun of Kitchen Nightmares on BBCA. They should just retitle the show American Rejects!
I agree – no knock your sox off performances from either group. Such dreary song choices, they all seem to be molding their look and sounds to other established singers. Infleuences are key but this is not a Wii game. My 4 and 7 yr old get more excited to watch this than SpongeBob but last night they asked to be put to bed! Hope someone breaks out soon or we may be forced to watch alot of Idol Rewind episodes from last year!
Sounded like Karaoke from a few drunks down at the Gales Creek Tavern. Wow... is that the best they could do for talent? Guess I'll have to watch the NBC ice drama.
This show (season) sucks. This is supposed to be a singing competition. The 12 girls sang for a total of 18 minutes on a 120 minute show. The 12 guys sang for a total of 18 minutes on a 120 minute show. I don't care a rat's ass about their backstories, they are nobodies. The back story of the winner is only needed.
It was just terrible. there were maybe 4 of them who showed any sign of promise as a recording star. The state of that particular industry today requires more than what was presented last night. No one stood out.
Listening to the past two nights made me think...Taylor Swift live really is that bad, too! I mean, she would fit right in the mix with these 24 losers. I'm sure she would never have made it past the judges...but at least she has her daddy to fund her career. I kept waiting... hoping...for someone to shine. Everyone was dull. I miss Paula. Don't think I'll be watching anymore. Good bye, A.I.
I'm amazed that a nationwide search of over 100,000 singers produced this group. It's been painful to watch this week. The whole show seems off - after a good start in Hollywood Ellen has added nothing, the band sounds washed out or badly mixed, and the contestants are not doing anything exceptional. Most disappointing was some early hopefuls (Didi Benami, Andrew Garcia, etc.) not doing anything worth mentioning this week. I'm glad to have the 3-5 hours of time back per week...
There are a few good singers, who should make it far, however the last 2 nights were absolutely horrible. None of them performed well nor sang well (basing this on prior Idol standards).. I think Simon has predicted this show would come to this point, where the talent and star power keeps losing it's edge, which is why he's leaving Idol and bringing his own X Factor to America. X Factor is going to kill Idol.
Erika, ditto on Andrew's take on the Fallout Boy. Very creative!
The judges keep complaining about the performances (which have been really bad this year; more than any other year, I think...) but I holler at the television my own complaint when I see Simon's disappointed face, "You're the one who HIRED them!"
Do you think he can hear me?
And Guy, Ellen adds nothing.
I could only handle watching the first two contestants last night. They were so bad. And I heard the girls were even worse the night before. I think Idol is headed downhill, as they've already found their best contestant, Adam Lambert!
exactly; last two episodes were awful, my sister and I recorded it and when we finally watch ended up forwarding everyone's performance. What the hell happened to all the talent this year?
Missed the first 20 minutes last night but glad I did based on the rest of the evening. I too , thought that the guys having watched the girls tank would step it up. Kara was incredibly disrespectful to Casey and it seemed all about air time rather than helpful critiques of the singers. As much as I usually think Simon is telling the truth, there were a couple of comments from him last night where I thought he could not have watching the same programme. One or two were so obviously off key and he thought they were good – go figure....we know its all about keeping it interesting but these 24 are not inspiring me to continue with AI and I have been wathcing since the beginning.
Is this the best talent American Idol could find out of the entire countrywide audition of 1000's??
There is no star quality with this group and the guys and gals 1st live broadcast put me in "snoozeville" ... boring and uninteresting !!
Too bad ... it doesn't appear to me that this group will knock anything out of the ball park this year!!
too many commercials...how annoying is that?
There are maybe two with any voice at all. Just another case of TV executives blowing it from the start.
What in the world were those judges thinking when they chose the final 24?!?!?!?! I feel sorry for those kids because they were misled into believing that they were the "best". This season is destined to failure and it's the judges' fault, totally.
Never thought I'd find myself defending Ellen, but here goes:
If you read through the 100+ comments from each night, you'll see
that Ellen is the judge who actually agreed with most of you about
who was good. Just because she isn't a singer, doesn't mean she
can't spot an entertaining, engaging performer. And after all, Kara's resume is perfect for judging this show, and we know what you all think of her. Granted, Ellen is out of her depth when she starts trying to assess intonation (the one guy she accused of being pitchy, was not). She did point out, however, the drastic difference between the house mix and broadcast mix.
As for Simon, he's not listening with a creative ear this season. The guys he praised last night were all less trained dudes with voices that bear a similarity to someone who's already hit. That's just lazy A&R.
One thing to say about the show last night. BORING.. both the contestants and the judging.So I guess that would make it double BORING. It seems like the judges are just going through the motions. Unless there's going to be some serious progress made there seems to be only 1 guy that could move on in a music career.
Thankfully (it seems) I missed the ladies night..
Everyone is missing the REAL culprit here. It's the poor arrangments and guidance that the singers are receiving from the AI employees.
Oh my goodness what has American Idol done? No talent to speak of.....No judging to speak of......Sexual harrassement on the show from people who at her age should know better....complete lack of interest by judges when contestants are singing (note; talking to each other rather than being observant of talent) I am so afaid this show is near its end. Hopefully it can last the year without being dumped....
People..lets not forget that this is in no way a Talent show..its a damn popularity contest....Adam Lambert was the best to walk that stage and this season is by far the worst. I dont remember any song from last night except for Casey's..which was just about half way decent.
I I guess I shouldn't really comment on American Idol. I have never watched the show. I don't care who the judges are, don't care who the contestants are. I can remember when, if someone wanted to have a career as a singer, they started out in small clubs, paid their dues, learned their craft. That does not seem to be the way of the world anymore. Now you go on American Idol and hope to be discovered.
After watching Adam Lambert on American Idol we are all spoiled and he has risen the bar and expectations of all who come after him. The men were as bad as the women were two nights ago. Most sang better during hollywood week!
Anyone doting on Adam Lambert as the paragon of talent for AI is either deaf or blindly in love. He screams. He's awful. Truly.
I have been watching this show from the first year on TV.
This is the worst bunch of singers I have ever seen on this show.
I think there are some good vocalist in the group. They don't pick the right songs. They need to beef up the music. Put more energy into what they are singing.
I feel bad for the people at VoteForThe Worst. They're going to have a tough time choosing the "worst" contestant for many weeks to come!
No doubt about it, as a whole they absolutely suck. 1 or 2 stand out from the crowd, my ol lady digs the blonde dude, but he's still not that great, I like Crystal and I think I get the white haired chick, yet NO ONE leaps out. This is definately the weakest 24 since I have been watching. Won't even get into the judging, what judging, except for Simon, love him or hate he shoots staright, the rest tag along.
I am hoping they all get the message and break it open next week, otherwise I'll have to watch CSPAN for better entertainment.
I think Adam L has ruined it for all to come,
These people were terrible...for the most part the girls and boys were more than bad...flat, pitchy, screeching...and the attitude of some of these teens and young adults...like they are entitled...it just boggles the mind...forget the fact that these people seem to sing the same songs over and over that other contests have in the past...Get Here, Unchained Melody, Alone...the list is endless....I know now why I don't watch this show anymore regularly...it's a sad state of affairs.
All singers were far better during Hollywood week. Blame for 24 bad performances out of 24 must be laid on the producers. It can't be chance that 100% of the performers bombed. So, what happened when the producers got their hands on these singers? If I had not seen the Hollywood rounds, I would not continue watching Idol.
Am I the only one that thinks Ellen adds NOTHING? That when Simon leaves this show is in BIG trouble?
Also, the voices from this group of 24 are not that great. I like 5 out of this 24. Most are either very nervous, are singing the wrong song or they are just NOT THAT GOOD!
This has got to be the most underwhelming American Idol ever. These contestants are so young – it makes you wonder if their parents picked out the song selections. American Idol needs mentors on these kids asap -or viewers will drop out like flies.
Last night my wife fell asleep during the show.
Call it nerves......but I was surprised at how little talent was displayed on bothtthe girls and guys shows. I hope it gets better or I won't be watching. Anyone could be going home tonight!
Last year I couldn't wait for the next week to hear and see Adam
Lambert do his thing. Last night I fell asleep on the guys, nothing
exciting about this group and I have been watching Idol since day
one. Worst group of talent on both sides male and female. Very
very sad my favorite show has now become ho-hum.
It was completely surprising how bad the guys were last night. Casey James is the only one I can see hanging in there against the girls. GIRLS ROCK!!!
i've commented on this stuff too much the last few days to continue to say the same thing. now i'll make another suggestion. a comeback season. bring back the favorites from all the previous seasons who didnt quite make it, and then you'll have talent...
and have a winner from each gender. you can hardly compare a man and a woman. women are too sublime for us.
and i'd like to see more r&b
I totally agree with you. I fell asleep. Very boring. I am not sure who was worse, but I did not see anyone that I would take the time to vote for.
I was excited about Andrew Garcia from the first auditions and he did not let me down. I thought he version of Fall out boy was excellent, original, not weird at all like the judges said, and I really think he has a chance at this. I didn't catch the girls on Tuesday, but andrew is definately the best of the guys. Casey James is a runner up in my book.
It was absolutely horrid....i fast forwarded through the commercials, the judges' akward comments and half of the songs themselves. I finally turned it off as i was embarrassed for all of them:-(
Well the guys were better than the girls. At least some of them tried to rock the house, like Tyler Grady. And I loved Casey's version of Heaven. I'm not going to kid you, Casey is a beautiful man, but Kara is lucky he hasn't pressed sexual harassment charges.
Hopefully performances and performers will improve. At this point, there is no American Idol for 2010. Either the voices are not strong enough to be heard over the music or if they are heard, they are off-key.
After trying to watch two nights of horrible singing, the judges and executive producers obviously sent home the people with talent. I could not even watch all of the girls performances because my ears hurt and the boys were not much better. These people are forgettable...and unfortunately for me...I think this season will be as well. I have been a loyal AI watcher, but if something doesn't change, and quickly, my TV will be tuned to something else.
All I can say is horrendous!!! Where is the talent?? They better get it together. They (fox) are going to lose alot of viewers. At this point I am trying to find a reason to watch next week.
This season is dullsville. The talent is lacking and even the judges seem bored. Ellen, where is your sense of humor? It is so needed. Simon looks like he would rather be anywhere else and Kara's thing about Casey was just stupid. She was acting like a teeny bopper or something. Not cute, just silly and inappropriate all around.
We've decided to stop watching this season. Lots more choices of things to watch.
This is the first time I can remember that I really was not impressed at all with the top 24. There were only 4 performances that were above-average. None were great. I think it was a mixture of nerves, poor song choice, wrong attitude and lackluster talent. These "singers" better step it up next week, otherwise, I may change the channel.
Oh, and 4 judges continue to be TOO MANY. Add to that the fact that Ellen looks like e regeneration of Paula now...and you can see why Simon said, just 1 more.
I think they picked "some" of the worst singers of all time. Not sure what's going on, or what will happen!!
There was not one remotely intersesting moment on either the tuesday or wednesday shows.
Not one of these singers will amount to anything, the judges were bored to tears and Ryan looked like he was in a panic trying to get anything going that he could and it didn't work.
I expected way more from Ellen who just sits there and says how she likes everyone and hopes they are here next week.
They made a huge mistake getting rid of Paula because now Simon has no one to play off of and it is painful to watch.
I certainly understand why Simon is getting out. I think it is time to put this show to rest, Idol's day is done.
There are some very good women this year...but I think the men are at a distinct disadvantage. Last night was painful except for 1 or 2 at the most. Many liked Big Mike but I thought it was not that good.
This is the worst group of contestants ever. And that's saying ALOT.
I can't agree more.. both women and men have been absolutely horrible and lackluster. That being said the women have more talent this year. I think with Simon going out that this is just set up for the end of the show. Thank someone!
I feel like this years top singers, both male and female, are the weakest I have seen on American Idol. I am not seeing anyone nearly as talented as others in years past. I'm finding it difficult to continue watching quite honestly. I am also not enjoying the judges as much as in years past. I am hopeful it will improve as the season goes on because I normally really love to watch the "hopefuls" become artists.
Candidates this season are truly awful. Not a one gives me 'chills'
Most everyone on here says that this season is horrible. We should all just not watch the show and hopefully they will cancel it. Don't waste your money voting this year either. In this economy we need every dollar we can save.
The reason Simon looks so bored shizzless this season is ....well...because he IS! We said after last season, "No one, no how, now way will EVER top Lambert" and Adam was the BEST and the WORST thing to ever happen to Idol.Like the literary classic, "Tale of Two Cities" "it was the best of times: it was the worst of times".....
People who would have otherwise tuned OUT last year, stayed tuned to see what Lambert would do, week after week and look at that finale..Queen, KISS, come ON! How does Idol expect to top that? And with whom?
The producers should have just pulled the plug(IMO) because after Season 8, AI is just on life support now and Simon's wise enought to know it! BTW, I'm with Kara; Casey needs to just get naked and sing! Now THAT might be worth a few minutes out of my night...LOL!
Beyond the talent issue, I think the Kara/Casey spectacle is disgusting. If this keeps up I won't watch. It's unfair to him, puts the other contestants in a odd place, and it is just CREEPY from kara
This is the ABSOLUTE worst season i have ever seen. There is not one person you can look at and say "yes he/or she can win it all this yr". I could watch better singers on youtube and thats a fact, what a joke this show has become. Simon looks as if he doesn't even care this year and who could blame him? The show has run its course and its time to move on this years crop are just horrible maybe 1 or 2 that are good but thats it. When Simon leaves this show is really done for.
I thought the guys sounded way better than the girls but they all have a long way to go. Hope it gets better or it will be hard to watch. I think song choice by just about everyone is what made the difference.
The week of the weak. You may as well hand Casey James the title, though one of the women may step up more than we've seen. Siobhan is the only unique voice on that side of the ledger, and Casey all but stepped on the competition for the men. They've gotten so involved with side-stories this season, I think the judges forgot that it's all about finding someone with star-quality, who can fill seats in theaters and venues for years to come. Based on that criteria, Casey's in a league way beyond the contenders and pretenders.
This is a disappointing season so far. I couldn't watch most of the performances after the first few words were sung because they were either too boring or way off key. Ellen is a wonderful comedienne but not a very good judge for American Idol. It's almost painful to watch her stumble through.
Kara's behavior last night was unprofessional. I really felt bad for Casey because as he started singing the crowd started laughing because Kara was over waving her arms in the air. Her behavior was completely inappropriate, rude and bordering on harrassment. If Randy or Simon were making inappropriate comments like that to one of the female contestants like Kara was to Casey (ie: demanding to take their shirt off) they would be in a huge amount of trouble. There is definitely some double standards going on. I don't think it's cute, I can't believe that A.I. is promoting her crush and I honestly feel bad for Casey. He seems embarrassed by it all and it really distracted from his performance. At what point does this become harrassment? I have to say that I was disappointed in Simon because I fully expected him to tell Kara to behave professionally. Someone should have last night.
My 4yr year old son put it best – "they all sucked." I had high hopes for the country-black girl but John Lennon and the others were turning over in their graves at her rendition of their song!
sad sad sad no talent. some of the real talent was sent home . the show is going too the dogsss.
I think it's to early to tell. The issue with the talent this year is that most of them have never been on a stage like this, so they are scared to death. I thought Casey James was great – Kara owes him an apology for the way she behaved though – stupid.
I thought Tuesday night Crystal was awesome........but there you have 2 seemingly laid back people who didn't let the pressure get to them. I think we will start to see a few break outs. I never would have picked Kris Allen last year – and look what happened.
I think Andrew Garcia got screwed, and I'm not sure what the judges were thinking. His rendition of the Fall Out Boy song was very original (albiet different), well-sung and he looked very comfortable on stage. His arrangement of the song reeked of the "artist" factor that they are always preaching about...and he didn't go overboard like the 1st contestant that did the Kelly Clarkson song. Most of the other guys were lousy and looks like the talent pool is pretty shallow this year.
If this week is any precurser, this year's gonna really be bad.
Only a couple of the guys...and the girls....were okay. None were great.
I do agree that Paula may have put a hex on the show. The chemistry is just not there among the judges anymore. Cara/Kara (whatever) is still a dud....and Randy's "dawg" is starting to really get old. Simon is still the star of the show, but really curtailed what could have been a classic tirade of critisism for the worst week 1 ever! Oh yeah, and I've saved my worst for Ellen.
Ellen's pithy comments may have amused a little during Hollywood week, but now the humor is gone this week and she is showing clearly that she has zero rights to be up on a panel judging a singing competition. She seemed to be trying to sound credible, dropping Idol catchphases like "pitchy."
Everyone knows that once Simon leaves the show, Idol is dead in the water. If the talent doesn't improve as the season progresses, it may be over even sooner.
The women were horrible and the men came close to being really bad..well, okay some were really bad.
This is the best of the crop? Scares me as to what is to come??
To me they let a lot of good singers go before the 24 finals.
Very boring on both nights. Kara needs to leave Simon alone. The way they interact is disgusting and disrespectful to the singers . Ellen is great. She needs to be funnier and her perspective as a person not in the music business is needed. She is just like the viewers and that is needed.
I think I'm finally tired of American Idol. First of all there are TOO many judges. I thought Ellen would bring something fresh to the show, um not so much. Simon has checked out already. Kara, well Kara can be quite annoying. They are ALL hypocritical..."make it your own", "that was unrecognizable", etc. It has lost it's shine. Too bad.
Enough of her already. she looked sadly out of place. she has nothing to say other than, "you look really good" and "i like you"... boring! I felt bad for her. She looked like a deer looking into headlights when she had to go first. God, what were they thinking by putting her on? her humor has already gotten old! Bring back me some Paula!
This year is terrible. I was hoping for Big Mike and Andrew to do well, but very hohum. This has been touted as best talent ever. I've been watching since season 3 and so far this is the worst group of talent. Bring back Paula and get rid of Kara and Ellen.
What a bummer!! Nothing memorable for me in all 24. No one even came close to getting the crowd excited like in the past. Where is all this fantastic talent we've been hearing about??? Not one "wow, he/she was awesome." No Underwoods or Cooks or Hudsons or Adam Lamberts in this group at all............
Wow, I thought I was the only one who thought the show was doing horrible this season. Glad to know it's not just me. I don't understand how they found these people. I live in Nashville and there are soooooo many people here who are 100 times more talented than these people.
I sincerely hope Kara is called into HR concerning her behavior with Casey – totally rude and offensive – Ellen is great on her show but doen't seem to know anything about music – If Kara will stay off of Simon long enough to listen to the singers things would be better – where or where is Paula – get rid of Kara and maybe Ellen -
I watched for about 10 minutes, then I turned onto watch Olympics and I so do not like sports, this show is in deep trouble, 10 years may of been a strectch, the show should of went out on a high with the talent pool from last year.
It's to bad Idol is such a big show, the death rattle is there, the audience see's it, do the those who pay for the advertisments see it, and do the producers of the show see it.
After Adam Lambert they should have just shut the show down. Who can top that? The judges are as dull as the singers this year. Idol is over!
Are you familiar with the statement, "bring it" none of these contestants know what the "it" is. This is extremely dull and Ellen Degenerent makes it worse, she has no real credibility and clearly she and Simon have no love loss between them which makes for an even more dull season.
At least the Olympics gives us some great amateurs to watch who do know how to "bring it."
American Big Snore should be the name of this season.
The guys did better than the girls which isn't saying much. The girls were awful! The boys were at least a little better. I wonder what the judges were thinking when they took some of these people. I know they passed on some real good singers. But what they have left is a true mess! Simon it's still your show – make it right!
After last night and the night before I will no longer watch American Idol. The judges even do not seem interested.
The guys were awful and ladies not much better. I really miss Paula. I like Ellen as a person but she is awful on American Idol. She has no musical back ground and this is a singing contest, therefore I think the judges should have some musical knowledge. Ellen's comments are worthless. Simon seems totally bored with everything, but as usual his comments are right on. Bring back Paula, dump Ellen and Kara.
This was the worst start of idol season since I have been watching.
Don't know what happened – but most of the guys and gals sounded off key – Acoustics in that place must be bad.
Seems like someone need to help these cats choose songs that will motivate an audience, and themselves. Most of them had to be bored with the songs they sang, as I truly was bored. Simon is always right on.
I agree 100%. What has happened to AI? Really disappointing. And Kara's disgusting behavior with Casey is the low point of all seasons. I felt for Casey. How can an amateur handle such sexist, unprofessional behavior? Is Kara going to behave like that every time Casey performs? Really awful.
Very disappointing!, I see no "superstar" in this mix....maybe the show is really ready to fold...
Casey James was very good too.
The judges have been saying that this season will be the best . . . well, I don't see it. The men were horrible except for Michael. The ladies were better. I am not impressed. Kara you are annoying.
Very disappointed after the last two nights. This is a very weak class. Not even sure if I will follow them through until the end. I thought the best of the two nights was Casey. Next week will tell the tale on this season.
Now on to the judges. Their comments and criticisms aren't even relevant, or as they like to say, are indulgent. Randy's constant "Yo" and "Dawg" are really beginning to grate on my nerves. Kara is again proving she has no business there. Ellen would be a good judge for a comedy competition but here she shows she is out of her element. She quite frankly sucks. Simon's comments seem to be more "acid-filled" than usual. Either he can't wait to leave the show or this group of 24 is extremely bad (it may be the latter).
Anyway, the show seems to have lost it's spark.
I agree with many of the comments posted. not sure what Idol is doing this season,it seems that they are going for image oppose to talent. I don't think any of the 24 really should be there.
This seems like the weakest top 24 in years. There are a couple of decent performers in there, but where is the competition going to come from? It is looking like the start of a very dull season.
Wow! Boring is all I can say. There were only probably three that I liked, but none that gave me the "wow factor feeling". I'm really hoping it was first week jitters for all 24 and next week we'll get to see something great. I think someone outright stole Simon's wheaties this season....so much of what he said is cliche' to previous seasons which makes me really believe he's just tired of this whole thing.
This season is a total snooze... Other than Andrew (last guy) don't really remember any of them... I hope they were just nervous... Tho did the replacement replace?
My brother and I, 50 and 49 respectivly watched Casey's performance and went WOW for the first time after the 10 song snoozefest only to have that cancelled out by Kara's humiliating, homone laden display. It was completely inappropriate and had the genders been reversed would have been called sexual harrasment. Her and VB 'take off your shirt' BS was bad enough in the auditions, this was way beyond professional and completely detracted from only one of two decent performances. In fact, it was so disturbing to me that I couldn't remember the name of the only other talent to shine that came afterwards. Ryans quip about an "HR meeting" was spot on!!
This season is extremely disappointing so far. Not much evident talent amongst this top 24. And although I LOVE Ellen – I don't think Ellen and Kara add much to the mix of judges. I do miss Paula Abdul and her quirkiness. She added a lot to the show. Here's hoping some of the Top 24 begin to stand out as their nerves settle down. If not, the show will not be worth watching.
I thought the men were definitely better than the women. And I disagree about Casey's performance – I thought iwas fantastic – his voice is beautiful. And I don't think it is disrespectful at all that they were having fun with him at all. He's sexy and can sing. Deal with it. I love all the judges – there is so much more laughter now that dimwit is gone. I love Paula Abdul's music – I grew up with it – but she liked every singer which we all know was bogus. Ellen has this conservative's vote!
The guys were just awful. Casey was okay, but he spectacle that Kara is making of herself is just ridiculous. It was embarrassing to watch! The girls are going to blow this one out of the water. Crystal is amazing, along with Lilly and Didi. If one of them don't win, it's time to shut down this show. Just one more thing, if they don't start marketing these kids right, people are going to totally lose interest. How man of the "winners" of this show have actually gone on to a successful career in the music industry?
I agree with your sentiment about the season. I'm amvbivalent about the talent pool and not feeling it like last season. There were too many "cookie cutter" performances and no early standouts. I feel that the judges excluded some from the top 24 that would of been more exciting. As for this week, some of the girls were bland, and the guys OK, but I was switching back and forth between the Olympics and Idol. In past seasons, I was glued to the TV.
What happened to the excitement? Maybe it got lost in poor song choices! I am sorry now that I wasted my time watching it last night!
If next week is the same as this week, this will be the first time in my years of watching AI that I will not watch. I could not find 1 person out of the 2 nights that I would actually like to hear each week. Also with Simon leaving the show this might have been my last season anyway.
Simply the worst year for Idol, time to back up the trucks and load this franchise out of here......instead of "where's the beef" its "where's the talent?". There are no standouts across any definitions of style from either gender and I have never seen so many contestants that would most likely be runner up in a local kareoke competition let alone competing for the AI title.
And the judging? Enough Ellen already, she hasn't a clue as to how to evaluate singing talent and it painfully shows. RJ has barked up his last tree, he should be the most thankful person in show biz for having the fortune of having landed this gig in the first place.
Stick a fork in it, this show is done.....and Simon knows it which is why he is high tailing it out
There is a reason that Simon is leaving the show. I think we saw it last night.
Stop whining. There's plenty of talent here; just not as much as previous years. Yes the guys were dreadful but the women were excellent, and if you don't agree then I guess you're not looking for talent. Six of the girls and three of the guys could cut records now with the proper backing. Adam Lambert was the exception to the rule; an if you will, Tiger Woods of music and showmanship. So sit back and enjoy it, it's still beats most of the mindless dribble on current tv.
Performances I saw last night were awful–off key, flat, lackluster, without enthusiasm. Idol needs to start over
Looking at the first performances by both the men and women, all I can say is this. The men are in trouble. None of the guys stood out, and most picked the totally wrong song. Good luck guys, your really going to need it
I agree, it was awful last night. Thank goodness for dvr, I watched the entire show in about 10 mins. I'm thinking how did the judges pick these guys. They were just terrible.
Something is missing this year. It's hard to say exactly what it is. Ellen is great, but we miss Paula who has been with Simon and Randy since day one. That being said I would take Ellen over Kara any day.
Personally I can't wait for the XFactor and hopefully the chance to see Simon and Paula work together once again.
i have to admit, most of the time i was flipping the channel back to the olympics! omg, that was some boring stuff last night. sigh.........
I can't wait until we get down to the final six! Maybe by then it will be worth watching/listening to!!! I still don't know why they picked some of these people. And I am glad that these judges are getting slapped in their 'reality' faces. They are the ones that picked them, they need to be able to accept critisizm and blame just as much as they lay on the contestants... Sorry judges, you were aweful in your 'selections' this year!!!
What a disappointing performance yet again. I can't figure out which group was less bad..the guys or the girls? There were only about 2-3 of each of them that I thought was at least decent. They should just cut the bottom 6 from each and move on to the Top 12. Really have no appetite to watch mediocre talent the next several weeks.
Well, at least I could make it through the guys' performances without changing the channel, but then again, there was no 'Lost' to turn to. Better than the girls, but still no where close to past years' pools. Of note, I did find it interesting finding the judges admissions that the singers sound better live than what we hear. That's good to hear, because what we have heard at home this year has been much worse that the critiques.
I always watched "AMERICAN IDOL" from the beginning........This has to be the worst group to watch and listen to.........It is really getting boring........PAULA, PAULA, PAULA.........We really need your comments to these kids............We need the battles between you and SIMON to make it more interesting...........Ellen, we love you but not on this show....Well, I'll give it another try next week...........Maybe someone can really step it up a NOTCH! Looking forward to ALLISON IRAHETA tonight..........Good Luck , Idol..............
They were HORRIBLE! I was hoping for the best since the girls didn't do that good, but I was let down, BIG TIME! I think the show has lost a lot of credibility.
Both nights were real snoozers. If next week is this bad, I'll stop watching Idol.
This is without question, the poorest performances I have seen in some time on Idol. If you closed your on Tuesday evening, it was if there was only one female singing for two hours....nothing really grabbed me. The same with most of the male singers. This could be just first night jitters....but I actually believe some of the contestants who were cut from the auditions were much better than those chosen to perform.. They are really going to have to crank it up or it will final curtain for Idol this season.
Still love Adam – You have a great idea! AI should listen. Bringing back the #2s and #3s would be awesome to see. The judges talked so much hype about how good the talent was this year, but I have yet to see it. Some of the first auditions were WAY better than what the singers are doing on stage. Why?
Also, I think someone should "help/suggest" the song choice for the contestants. Some of them are really choosing songs that are either too "big" for them, or they just dont sound good singing them. And what is with all the pitchiness? Can you not hear yourself singing? Come on AI contestants...get yourselves together!!!
Honestly I felt as if the guys did better than the girls. With this being said though, there were still a lot of disappointing male singers tonight. I'm going to go ahead and give them the benefit of the doubt and say it's because of nerves and because it was the first week singing live in front of a huge audience. Casey is obviously a cute guy with a good voice but I don't find it fair to the other contestants to put so much emphasis on his looks and this "crush" that Cara has on him. All contestants should be treated equal...this is indeed a singing competition not Mr. America. If it was Mr. America...he does get my vote! LOL!
I have to say that this was the worst top 24 in the show's history. Virtually no one sang well, horrible song choices and some of the performances (I'm being generous calling them that) were horrendous. Cats fighting in a bag sound better. But worse than that is having four judges. It continues to be a mistake, compounded by the fact that now one of the judges has no musical cred whatsoever. Sitting there while one after the other tries to think of something original to say, while whichever judge is left last usually has to resort to 'I agree with so and so' is time consuming and unnecessary. Feels like the critique section is longer than some of the performances. Much as I love Ellen DeGeneres, she really is adding nothing here and just making the process longer and more painful.
I haven't listened to the guys yet. I taped it, so when I get home from work I'll be watching. But in auditions, I really liked Lee and Casey. Hope they did OK. And I am wondering who else notices that Simon just doesn't seem the same this season. He just seems......tired(?) or something?
I don't know, he just is not as spunky.... or something.......
I liked the 3 of the performances, however, none of them weren't necessarily all that great to be honest.
The greatest thing about tonight's show was that Ryan announced that my favorite from last year, Allison Iraheta, will be performing tomorrow night along side Kris Allen!
Yeah, you go girl and show this year's wannabe's how to do it right!
Idol is a snoozer this year .... None of them are any good......If ADAM LAMBERT was there this year he would have still lost because american idol sucks..........good bye american idol we wont miss you
Adam Lambert raised the bar so high that is going to be a tough season for this year's players. I could not help but compare his talent to what I have witnessed the last two evenings. Very disappointing. Also, Simon is not the same without Paula's chemistry. Ellen cannot fill those shoes. Her lack of musical expertise is quite evident when it comes to judging the singers.
Awful. Borderline dreadful. Both nights. I almost don't care if I tune in again it was so dull.There may be three-four possibilities?
I'm beginning to think Chris Golightly was the lucky one here, being spared this not-so-hot mess of a season.
After Adam...I expected at least one or two with his level of talent. Haven't seen it. I love AI. Really do, but I think it's time for an "All Star" season. Bring the number 2's back and a dip into the number 3's until you have 12, then let America vote. Especially with Simon leaving. Give America a break...a season to get used to an AI without Simon, but with great talent. It's a comfort level thing.
I found the shenanigans by the judge's during Casey's performance tonight outrageous and disrespectful of Casey. Its one thing to do such things during auditions when the judges are making the decisions; but for the judges to do this during the competition is totally unprofessional and totally unfair. Even Ellen seemed to find it embarrassing. I think Casey is owed a sincere apology from Kara and the producers of the show. Shame on you American Idol, you've sunken to a new low.
A little more on topic, not much talent out there that I could see...
I agree, this week was a let down. Let's just hope the contestants take the criticism and respond next week. If the show doesn't improve after next week, we might be in trouble. By we I mean the viewers who have to cringe while listening to Ryan hit "tooo late" in Apologize. Just brutal.
The worst two nights ever!! We won't feel bad missing any future episodes if this is the talent this season. Casey and Alex may go very far but that is it! Wasn't there better competition out there? What are the judges drinking in those Coke cups to effect their hearing??
I agree with liz about the male contestants. I am finding the show to be almost unwatchable with the Kara/Casey weirdness and Ellen (whom I adore) not knowing how to evaluate singers. When Simon leaves, this show is done.
I guess it was bound to happen.......10 years and finally the talent well has tried up for idol. Almost any other year there has been a standout that makes me say "that is the person i am going to cheer for".
This year after 2 nights I am left wondering how any of these people ever made it through.
I'm hoping for Fox that it's just a slow start; otherwise, they're going to lose viewership BIG TIME.
They could send home 9 guys and 6 girls tomorrow and I wouldn't miss them or remember their names. Very disappointed with tonight's ep. The only keepers from tonight were Lee (very pleasantly surprised), Casey (boring, but pleased with the result) and Andrew (not as good as I hoped, but still a great voice). I felt sorry for the Lambert kid. He has a nice voice, but he's just not ready or able to be on stage.
Too much propaganda lead-up from the judges – where is the talent they have been clamouring for weeks about – perhaps the show producers are overkilling on the personal stories in an attempt to make the contestants likeable versus remembering this is a singing competition and it's talent that should count......last year was Idol's peak and nothing will ever top Adam Lambert's weekly show extravaganzas, now that was talent.....
I sure hope it's just a slow start to the season or first week jitters because this week was sure painful to watch.
Sure don't see so far that this is the best batch of contestants yet.
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