March 16th, 2010
08:15 PM ET

'Idol' Top 12 start rocking and Rolling (Stones)

9:54 p.m. – Lots of Daddy tears tonight.

This time they come courtesy of PapaSox, who is emotional over his baby, Crystal Bowersox.

He oughta be, 'cause MamaSox is so on it you have to resist the urge to just hand her the title now. She sings her version of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" like she wrote the song.

It was a little bit sleepier than I expected, but there is no denying that she is the most confident and poised of any of this year's contestants.

The girl is just bad (and by "bad" I mean "so good").

9:43 p.m. – I can see folks wanting Aaron Kelly to be the "baby Justin Timberlake," but I wouldn't go that far.

I liked his cover of "Angie" and all, but he doesn't yet have that star quality JT has, or had back when he was doing the boy-band thing. That being said, the girls love, love, love Aaron and that's going to mean big votes.

He's got a really nice voice and he's a cutie so he is easy like Sunday morning as far as I am concerned. (I am subliminally hoping the producers do a Commodores week so they can bring Lionel Richie back to the show.)

9:37 p.m. - We have at least two church singers this year in Lacey and Paige Miles.

And Paige is back! Her "Honky Tonk Women" managed to rock out a little, and she even gave it a smidge of Tina Turner lite.

Given the fact that she has laryngitis and wasn't even able to rehearse I say she worked it out. Nice job.

9:27 p.m. – Is Ryan seriously quizzing Lee Dewyze on paint colors? Utter foolishness.

Lee chooses to do the Dave Matthews' version of the Stones "Beast of Burden" and I like it. Would have rather seen him rock it out more, but I like his voice.

It was a smooth performance and I think one of the best tonight. Kudos to Ellen for saying that it "almost didn't come together like a hospital gown."

And are Ellen and Kara trying to be as far apart as possible? You could drive a truck through that gap between them.

9:15 p.m. – Siobhan Magnus has some super-huge glasses. I smelled an "Idol" makeover in the works, and sure enough she comes on stage looking like Pat Benatar's kid from the 1980s.

Raise your hands if you just knew Siobhan was gonna sing "Paint It, Black." Yeah, me too.

I am super-confused why the judges loved this performance so much. The only reason Kara should have been reminded of Adam Lambert is because of the stairs.

Sure there was drama, but there were also some notes I've only heard when I stepped on my parents' cat. Adam had a big voice, but he also had the control.

Is this really gonna be how it goes this season?

9:06 p.m. – Tim Urban is "The Comeback Kid?" More like the "Thank Your Lucky Stars Kid."

He is a cutie, but up until last week his singing hasn't been all that adorable. His version of "Under My Thumb" was too laid back.

He seems less nervous now and I could see him trying to be easy with the Reggae flavor infused into the arrangement. though it's clearly not his style. Simon said it didn't work and Seacrest came with, what I thought, was the more cutting "Yeah, you gotta wonder what the Stones would think if they saw it."

Tim's trying, poor kid.

8:56 p.m. – I love the baby picture of Katie Stevens in a pot. Everyone should have a super cute shot like that.

I am so glad Katie chose "Wild Horses" and the lighting was very Adam Lambert from last season. Just Katie, a stool and an arrangement. She's got a great voice and is so cute in the little poof dress.

She's definitely a little girl with a big voice, but I'm not sure she entirely got her arms around that song. It was missing the "wow" factor I was expecting.

And Randy actually admitted that the judges have been giving "misdirection." Ya think?

8:44 p.m. - There is just something about Andrew Garcia.

I dig his vibe and his dad touched me with his tearful interview. I just so want to see this kid make it. I feel his love of the music.

"Gimme Shelter" is not the song I would have picked for him and he doesn't seem very comfortable even though he tries to work the stage. He just didn't sound all that great.

So far tonight, I don't really feel like the contestants are connecting with the songs and that could be because the music was written before any of these people were born.

Simon brings up the "Straight Up" performance yet again. I need the judges to move on already and stop living in the past! When Kara and Simon start arguing, I swear I miss Paula the most. It's just not as much fun.

8:34 p.m. – Finally we get a daddy with Lacey Brown's papa. He's so proud!

"Ruby Tuesday" in the hands of Lacey is a bit too airy for me initially. It's not an easy song to sing and she ends it on a rough note. Very shaky.

The jury is still out for me with this chick. I feel like I should be more of a fan.  She's right about that new stage being huge. Holy smokes!

And the most constructive criticism Ellen can offer is to pay attention to how she stands and sits during a performance?

Oh brother.

8:23 p.m. – It is officially a Mamathon on "Idol" tonight. This time around we get to hear from Casey James' mama before he sings "It's All Over Now."

I like him so much better after this performance. It was kind of hot and his voice had a Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes type of vibe.

And we get a glimpse of the Ellen we want to love when she makes jokes about "people like her" - meaning blondes. Funny.

8:17 p.m. – Didi Benami is looking lovely. She says her mother, Mary, can't watch her be judged. I can relate because you better not say anything about Ms. Pat's oldest daughter either!

Love that she calls her "Mommy Benami." Didi sings "Play with Fire" and I have never heard this song before in my life. Despite that, her phrasing sounds a bit affected.

I didn't love this performance, but Randy was digging it. The song was dark, Didi was dark and I was getting sleepy.

Didi says everyone has seen this really emotional side of her up until now. If you mean bawling thanks to nerves, than yeah.

8:05 p.m. – The Rolling Stones are the "most iconic band in the world?" If Seacrest says it, it must be so.

The personal back stories are back and we learn that Michael Lynche lost his mama and used music to help heal him. I like his version of "Miss You." He made it very soulful. The judges are loving it and we have our first "swagger" comment of the season from Kara.

I hope that Ryan and Simon's bantering isn't meant to replace the love the latter and Paula shared cause it won't. Nothing could ever replace that magic.


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    October 27, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. fanofcasey

    Again, all of you people who are saying these contestants have NO TALENT are pure mean and have a "better than thou" attitude. Even the contestants that I would like to see go home I would not call untalented. They all possess a level of talent...are they all stars...no! But give them a break! I takes some big balls to get up on stage and perform on camera in front of America when you've never been even close to that before! Maybe some are more nervous than others but they don't suck! Some of these comments are purely hateful really. Look at yourself before you dog other people.

    Again, my top 3 favorites are Casey, Lee and Didi...I can listen to them on my Ipod and not even think "these are contestants on AI". I enjoy their voices and guitar skills and think they are truly awesome artists. As for untalented...can anyone say Britney Spears or Miley Cyrus just to name a few...I mean come on and they even made it big! Now everyone calm down, pull your head out and listen to the contestants with some type of openness! They do not suck...none of them truly suck! I agree with someone earlier who said that Simon nailed it on the head when he said he can hear Casey sing in bars. That's where most artists come from! Casey does perform in bars and at gigs and has made a living at it so far ni his life and will be even bigger after this. Google him and read the comments from people he knows who have heard him perform in person or have had him sub in their band before...he has what it takes! He just has to get over his fear of the camera! I think he's truly humble and it gets to him to be called hot and be on stage in front of all of America!! But that will pass! I am from Texas and am proud to have him on stage! I'd pay to see him, Lee or Didi perform.

    March 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. karnak

    This is a really uninteresting blog and a disappointment from the stand point of depth and understanding of the performances. Ann Powers and the LA Times are a much better blog, with people who really understand music and performance.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pepper

    Showdogmom. I hope you are only mom to dogs instead of being responsible for raising a child. You are mean and nasty. If you don't like Crystal's teeth, maybe you can pay for her dental bill. Not everyone has the money to take care of things like that. Look at Elliott Yamine. He was lucky and someone took care of his teeth for him. I can tell you don't like Crystal...and you have that right. But shame on you for being so nasty. When you don't like someone, you see things that aren't there. Myself and tons of others on this blog don't see a person that is full of herself. You see what you think you see, but I think you are very wrong. You have a right to your opinion, but again, you don't have to be such a witch about it. You must be a very unhappy person to lash out at someone that hasn't done anything to hurt you. If you don't like her, hit the remote and change the channel when she is singing. Its that black thing with buttons on it.

    March 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pepper

    Eddie... What America was thinking is that we like Kriss better. If more people liked Lambert, he would have won and not Kriss. I was a big was a big Lambert fan and like him much better than Kriss. I do think he has enormous talent, but I think he has been acting like an idiot and saying really stupid stuff since he left. His notoriety and success really went to his head. Its too bad. I have said this so many times...talent is in the ears of the listener. If everyone had the same taste in music, there would not be separate sections in the record stores for country, rock, easy listening, classical, etc. Just because you do not like a singer does not make them bad and because you love them does not make them great. As they say...different strokes for different folks. And for all you people that are bashing Crystal's lack of enthusiasm. #1 she has been sick #2 she just has a very low key personality. In no way do I believe she is full of herself or thinks she has the competition locked up.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vany00

    this is the worst group of contestants in Idol history except for Crystal who has natural talent....I am sure the talent searchers could have done better...Can't believe these were the best singers who auditioned...Idol needs a makeover!

    March 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mary Zoeller

    I think that American Idol has been ruined the way the present it now.Was much better when they just had the xs and os.

    Ryan Seacrest tries to make it too glittsy

    March 18, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    I agree with ya Max...Siobhan and Crystal and either one of them would be deserving. For the men, I have it as Lee and Alex. Mike is good too, but drop the damn ego. I see Tim or Paige next out and Katie and Andrew in line after that.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. T

    The dysfunctional family they call the judges has such bad karma that Seacrest thinks he needs to be a comedian. It comes off like he has thought of a few good lines and he will get them in no matter what. He's not funny, actually in Simon's words, quite annoying. He should thank his lucky stars he got the gig and stick to bailing out the judges with his questions back to the performer after their critique. He often times is good at that. Or, FOX needs to hire a joke writer for him.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. pamblizzard

    If you ask a bunch of teens what they want to be when they grow up, at least half will say a star of some sort. That's what makes Idol such a good show. We get to see people get the chance to be something so many of us dreamed of.

    That said, there may be a few truly good performers in this season of Idol, but I agree with Lisa. There is one sure winner and that's Crystal. She should have become a star long ago. Her presence on stage is so comfortable to watch. Her vocals are spot on and could fill the entire show, even when it's two hours long. She's an updated version of two great singer song writers; James Taylor and Carol King.

    Finally, the judging is just a side bar, and except for Simon, mostly just an effort to entertain. I do wish that Ellen would add more comedy to the show. She's got a great wit, and can add it without being mean.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. gregk

    Glad that Lacey was voted off. Her country-like version of Ruby Tuesday, one of my fave Stones songs, was abominable (remember Kristy Lee Cook's Eight Days a Week- this was worse).

    March 18, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. beast

    As usual they didn't get it right...Bowersox is in the top 3 for sure...

    March 18, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. addie smith

    kara sucks so full of herself i cant stand to look at her she needs to stop hanging on simon she is trying so hard to mime paula she is so stupid with her advice.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. eddie

    Adam Lambert was the best thing to ever happen to AI, and the most talented in my opinion. After watching AI last season, and after watching clips of his AI performances on youtube, I can hardly stand to watch AI this year. Adam Lambert DID ruin it for all the contestants after him, just because of his singing abilities and his stage presence. I don't think AI will ever find someone as talented as Adam, so now the show is just boring to me.

    I don't know what Kara was talking about when she said she had flashbacks of Adam Lambert when Siobhan gave her performance. There was someone else that posted on here that said her high notes were better than Adam's, but let's just be real here. She can hit a high note every once in awhile, but when she hit it last night there were too many cracks in her voice. She is not on the same level, or ever will be in the same league or category, as Adam Lambert. And how did Kriss Allen win over Adam Lambert anyways?! People that voted for Kriss over Adam must not have an ear for talent, and simply voted on something other than vocal talent and stage presence. That boy can 'sang,' and I can't even stand to see or hear Kriss sing just because of how lame his voice is compared to Adam's. America, what were you thinking voting for Kriss. LAME!

    March 18, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  16. moon

    Siohban was the bomb. The rest can pack up their toys and go home now.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. cloud nine

    Ditto PIP :) X-factor will kill AI off...Can't wait :)

    March 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Melissa N

    "I am super-confused why the judges loved this performance so much. The only reason Kara should have been reminded of Adam Lambert is because of the stairs.

    Sure there was drama, but there were also some notes I've only heard when I stepped on my parents' cat. Adam had a big voice, but he also had the control."

    COMPLETELY AGREE!!!!! That wasn't singing – that was screeching...

    March 17, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. CONANDO

    lame o survived..unbelievable..tim's gotta go
    ellen who i disliked at the start of the show, is starting to grow on me..she's pretty funny actually

    March 17, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sone

    I listened to all the IDOLS and hated every one of them. I don't see star quality in any.

    Oooops!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. BurnedH2O

    Ellens gotta go

    March 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sherry Pope

    I don't think the theme was good for them last night. The two front runners to me are Siobhan and Crystal. I feel like every year, they turn away some good tallent when picking the Top 24. Sometimes I feel as if they know who they want to win so they pick people that don't have a chance so it will help their picks. I love Idol, but they need some better themes. Along with more tallanted contestants.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  23. fool2cry13

    Kara needs to go.

    I actually think Simon is trying to provide more meaningful comments this year.

    As for the Stones show. Had high hopes. and cringed through most of it.. Only 3 of the 10 capitalized on the chance to show what they could do with iconic rock. The rest just need to go home now.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. pip

    I agree with cloudnine- Adam Lambert was/is a once in a lifetime find.
    Even the good one (Crystal) pales in comparison to his charisma, looks, talent....could go on and on, but really- its time to fold up the tent. I admire Siobhan for trying to pull off something dramatic and different but she just doesn't have the training and control of her voice yet to pull it off. And someone please dress her like a rock star and not like a goth homecoming queen. Don't think the adults are voting this time around- hence someone quirky, individualistic like Lilly gets the boot. Its sad really. The judges blew it by picking second rate talents that couldn't possibly compete with Season 8.
    X-factor is going to kill this show next year and maybe its just time to go.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Gillian

    Love Siobhan. I think they/she over played the big note (scream) this time. It will be toned down next time. Still Love her. She can do no wrong in my book.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Toni McCarthy

    Betty are you just a bit homophobic...I think the comments should be about AI not gays. I also agree with the comment about Kara saying I agree with the "guys"..she is being such a jerk..its is so obvious that Kara and Ellen cannot stand each other..like Betty I think Kara may be homophobic.

    My personal pick is Siobhan and Crystal for the final two with Crystal winning. Although I live in MA and infact lived in Siobhan home town of Marston Mills in the summers.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Connie

    It is annoying and creepy to watch big Mike fawn all over himself. It was like he was preening up there. And I didn't much care last week for the way in which when every contestant stood there to hear the results, Mike walked past Seacrest, and stood, and stayed, in the center of the stage, until Ryan went to him and said, annoyed, "Okay, we can do it from here." Big Mike, get over yourself, you are mediocre, and in love with yourself. Let us just give Crystal the crown now, and save ourselves from the rest of this incredibly boring and untalented season. The show will be dead on arrival without Simon, who is the only judge who tells the truth about these poor performers.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  28. wtf

    KARA GO HOME!

    She is so horrendous. I will give it to her that she has a nice body, but that's it. Can somebody give her the necrofelia love that she deserves?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  29. HateSecrest

    Ryan Seacrest don't make American Idol what it is. He needs to show more respect to the judges especially Simon (even if it is Simon's last season). It should be Ryan's last season. I wonder how long he (Ryan) stood in front of a mirror repeating "This Is American Idol"??

    March 17, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Tari

    Apparently the people who love Siobhan are tone deaf. The melody of the music and the melody she was singing were so far apart, it was like how the east coast is far from the west coast. My dog sounds better than her.
    And-I stand by my earlier comment about Carrie Underwood-overrated and no personality. She should never have one IDOL-that was a year for Bo and Constantine. But as AI goes from season to season, the "Safe" contestants are the winners. That being said, as much as Crystal should win, she won't. And thankfully, Siobhan won't win either. The young kid with the sad story will most likely be the next AI.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  31. peggy

    Is crystal a snob with a huge ego or is it a very bad personality.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sarah

    Casey and Lee are the only ones that have staying power after the show ends. There's no question. AI has rarely produced SUCCESSFUL artists and IMO, Casey and Lee are the only ones that can survive outside of the show because they are the only true musicians.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  33. cloud nine

    Youtube Adam Lambert and then the Season 9 contestants. What a joke. No even in the same league... How sad..

    March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Robin

    The only person who can sing is Crystal..Rest of all are wannabe singers

    March 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. M. Freeman

    I am very disappointed with Idol this year...not very good prospects.
    Could Crystal sing without guitar? Needs to be made over, lose dregs,piercings and tatoo's. What is our world coming to? I like Didi for her wholesomeness and clean cut appearance, plus she has a most unique voice and I can picture people really buying her records.
    Don't have a winner in the males, none that good to me. Judges did a sorry job picking contestants this year. Probably my last season to watch Idol.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. moon627

    LEE and CRYSTAL are so good they should just boot off all the rest and make the contest between this guy and this girl

    I like Siobhan but she doesnt need the scream – its ruins the song

    The other girls are totally boring – Didi always sounds the same – lame.
    Paige and Katie are ok but forgettable, and Lacey just needs to go away

    Every AI season has its teeny-bopper favorite and this year its Aaron – ugh !
    Casey and Mike are losing it and Andrew had another poor song choice.
    Its time for Tim to go away with Lacey...

    March 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  37. j.r.

    I'll second that! As an Adam Lambert fan....I would definately also have to agree with Just A Drummer – Melinda Doolittle probably has been the most talented vocalist on the show thus far. She really has chops! She just needs to come out of her shell. Unlike most of this season's contestants or current artists...Melinda has no need for Pro Tools in the studio.

    .....as for all the "anti-gay" attitude towards Ellen on this blog....get a life! Really, straight people never flaunt their straightness – gimme a break! For g-d sakes Kara had Casey take his shirt off at the audition on national tv – talk about casting couch...JarHead – the only thing that makes sense in your comment is that u called yourself JarHead. Straight or gay, if u had what it takes to be married or wake up next to Portia DiRossi everyday.....I'd find it hard to believe you'd jeopardize that for Kara's negativity or a bunch of 20 year olds.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  38. tom

    Thanks Joe Schmo – this Lisa chick has no clue about music. She should be an AI Judge.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. lucinda

    OMG, PEOPLE, PEOPLE! Calm down, yeh, the show sucks this year, but here we are watching and complaining. I won't even compent on the TOP 12, cause I could care less. But I do have something to say to you all. 1) I think Whoopie said it best in "Jumpin Jack Flash" "Mick! english, english, speak english." That was my biggest prob back in the 60's and why I was never a huge Stones fan, couldn't understand a darn thing that guy was saying. So when I heard last week the they had to sign the Stones this week, I was like, WHAT? everybody will hate the Top 12, cause you'll prob be able to hear and understand the words, they won't be running around and jumping on stage, they will prob sing, not yell. OMG, it will be a disaster! and it was! You can't expect these babies to GET the songs. 2) I hated everybody last nite, prob the judges the most. ( and to whoever said Ellen just wants to GET the girls? Have you seen what she gets to go home to every nite? get over yourself) 3) the most honest performance was Urban, he knew he couldn't be Mick, sing, sound, act, be as old as..... so he changed the song, big whoop, at least he wasn't trying to be something he's not. I understood where he was coming from and I think it took BIG ONE"S to do what he did. 4) yeah, I'm done with AI, the no talent year is the final straw for me and with Simone leaving, yep all done.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. heskerdu

    How many are being cut tonight? Is it 2?

    March 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  41. kerie

    I am so SICK of the missing Paula routine by critics. The show is about the contestants not the judges. Why is it scripted that one of the women judges has to fawn all over Simon? It will be interesting to watch how the hollywood handling and manicuring of the contestants turns out and who emerges with more stage presence and some WOW factor. THis group is more lacking in those qualities than past shows

    March 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. romi

    Ryan S has been acting really strange this season – am I the only one who notices? Cara should be a bubble head for your car with her constant gang head movements. And yes, the too close for comfort seating between her and Simon is ridiculous. I miss Lilly and Alex and top 3 should be Crystal, Siobhan, and Lee. For those who can't stand Idol, you know you will keep on tuning in. It is fun no matter what. Lighten up. You have to give them a lot of credit for their efforts. Not easy singing in front of millions.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Diane

    I think Idol made it's run. It is time to close the door.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Angel

    So..my opinion. The Judges: Randy has alot of talent and I respect for his life experiences but he should enlarge his vocabulary to articulate a little more. Ellen seemed a little unsure at frst but is stepping it up and you can tell getting more comfortable in her role. I think she will do better as time goes on. I like her judging style and she keeps it real. Kara seems ok but sometime i feel she is a little attitude-eal. Not sure if its her body language. Simon is a little nicer this season. I dont think there is a bad vibe between Ellen and Kara I think Simon is just a real nice person when he is not judging you and Kara being a woman is a little drawn to his manly-ness. Contestants:Scale 1-10 (this week) Michael -9. I think he did very well. His dancing in some places were a little weird and i noticed they did not show alot in his camera shots. Didi-9. I liked her rendition of this song and the powerful emotions behind it. Casey-8. When he plays the guitar it seems to take a little out of his voice...like when you are bouncing and trying to sing. Anyone else hear that? Lacy-7 I did not like it to much. Maybe if she had more confidence and owned thestage more? Andrew 9- I hear something there. It was a little under confident but star quality was there.Katie-9 I liked the begining better than the end. She seemed to sing a little from a closed throat or sinus. Tim-9 Best song I heard him do and I really enjoyed his version. I could hear it on the radio. Sibion-10- painted black. She owned it and it was soulful.Lee-9 could have improved with a little movement and confidence/rocker.Paige-7 The quality of her voice was an 8 but the song choice thrown in brought her down.Aaron-10- very good vocal and song chice.Crystal-10- very good vocal and song choice. Looks: everyone has somethign beautiful about them.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  45. cloud nine

    Think about it people. Would any of you spend any of your hard earn money to see any of these singers? I wouldn't go if the concert was free. I may be able to tolerate if they were singing is some bar. But to hear any of these people sing for 3hours or less would be Heck!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  46. H Jay

    Is it me or does Crystal's half straight half dredlocked hair always looks dirty?

    March 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Just a Drummer

    Iconic is a hackneyed word. The Stones are good songwriters, Keith Richards is a very innovative guitarist, and Mick Jagger is a phenomenal performer. Many of their tunes have stood the test of time as good blues rock tunes, but they are not sacrosanct.

    He's nothing to write home about, but I agree with Joe that Tim Urban is getting more criticism from the judges, and the blowhard haters in this forum than he deserves. "Under My Thumb" is okay, but Tim's version was considerably better than he got credit for. If Jason Castro had done the same thing, everybody would have eaten it up (despite the fact that it would have been much "pitchier"). Like many of these kids, Tim needs to grow into himself, but he has a cool kind of '80's, Spandau Ballet timbre that he should cultivate.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Julie

    Just wondering if anyone knows what Kara's problem is with Ellen. Anyone have information on what's really going on? It was so uncomfortable last night. I heard her say, "the guys", I took it as a big slam towards Ellen. Kara was so irritating last night. I will continue to watch the show, I will just fast forward every time talks, hangs on Simon, moves away from Ellen. Oh, that's most of the show.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  49. LoriPendleton

    I am so over this year! You can not tell me these are the most talented people in America! This show is on it's way down. Randy remains constant, Ellen offers nothing new, Kara not only thinks she knows everything- but thinks she can replace Paula, Simon just seems like he doesn't care anymore. This year is a huge dissapointment- Paula left at a good time in hind-sight. Thank God for Adam Lambert!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  50. The Best Critic

    Summary of my above "article": didn't like Siobhan at all this week, love Lacey's voice, Aaron Kelly is back and dangerous, and Crystal is good no matter what you say.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Guest

    i don't understand why everyone is dropping their panties for siobhan – i think she sounds atrocious, with the looks to match.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  52. The Best Critic

    I don't get the love from judges and fans for Siobhan last night. Her tone was totally wrong for that song. Her tone sounded a lot like Toni Braxton. She didn't connect with the song either, but maybe it sounded that way because she wasn't close enough to the microphone. I was impressed with her Mariah-esque high note the other week just like I was impressed with Adam Lambert's first high note last year. Unfortunately Adam became the "hair metal meets emo goth" act that could do no wrong. Siobhan seems to be getting the same over-hype too prematurely. Was she the one dressed like Fight Club's Marla Singer by the way? Maybe the strength of the song made it seem like she was doing good.

    In my opinion, judges and fans may look back at American Idol Rewind some day and wonder why they didn't pay more attention to Lacey at this stage in the competition. She has an amazing recording voice that unfortunately may be overlooked because of its similarity to Sixpence None The Richer.

    As an aside I hope to hear Alex Lambert and Lily Scott at their best someday on an album.

    I used to think Crystal Bowersox would be some kind of Janis/Etheridge/Chapman wannabe who's marketable demographic would be like the Indigo Girls if you know what I mean. Then I thought her attitude and confidence was like a white Alicia Keys (not a good thing for me). No matter what she has a star's swagger and voice and is killing the competition. I like her personality more after this week.

    Aaron Kelly is back on the radar for me and he has potential to be a truly great discovery by AI. Awesome performance that I'd actually almost buy.

    Casey did great and sounds like a viable crossover country singer.

    My bottom six performers at this point are: Tim Urban, Didi, Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens, Siobhan, and Paige. Unfortunately Andrew was the weakest and I can't keep hoping that he'll properly use that amazing voice.

    I suspect Big Mike may have a better voice than he has been using (he must be doing sound-a-like renditions), although I think he has done strong, safe performances anyways.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  53. j.r.

    For those Ellen haters out there...if the other judges are so much more music knowledgeable and talent savy – then how the hell did the majority of this group even make it to the top 24, let alone Hollywood?!
    The other 3 judges and talent(less) panel of Katie Perry & Spice Girl are the ones responsible for the lackluster talent pool – Ellen had nothing to do with it! Personally, I find a top 12 where only 5 can actually sing in key through a whole song pretty embarassing track record to boast about.
    That they are actually still talking about Garcia's "Straight Up" as if was a "good" career move worthy to be replicated or show of artistic abilties, or being wowed by Siobhan's one note performances further demonstrates their cluelessness. Last night Kara even stated she thought Aaron has Justin Timberlake qualities – pu...leez. They only seem to be familiar with music references of the current and last 10 years Mraz, Morrison, Lamontane, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood etc. They only recognize "Hallelujah" as a song by Jeff Buckley rather than Leonard Cohen. Kara has been more concerned about how "her" songs are conveyed than classics.
    I give props to Ellen at showing she does have a wide range of musical tastes. She's been familiar with some of the current songs the other judges didn't know and even impressed Randy by being a white chic who can go back & reference Frankie Beverly & Maze (which she probably had to clue Kara into). Out of the four of them, she's the only one who's hosted the Grammy's or ever will. She's holding her own and certainly not acting as if her opinion is of a higher power – unlike others.
    I have a feeling that she went home after the first night and said "these are the best u could find from the auditions, really?". I think it's also likely she's sitting far away from Kara so she can keep all the negative energy & ego away from her.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jesse R

    Big Mike was HORRIBLE with a capital H. He brings nothing new to the music scene. Same old song and same old singer. Loved Shiobans' Rocky Horror meets Rhianna "Painted Black." We need more rockers!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Just a Drummer

    I'm with you, Heskerdu. Didi's got the most pleasant voice of the batch this time, but the fact that she was perfect on the Ingrid Michelson tune serves as evidence that she isn't really cut out for this type of venue. But she's the only one that I would pay money to listen to (maybe Chrystal, if she turns out to be a good songwriter, too.)

    March 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Lee

    Puhlease. Talk about affected... Paula and Simon's "chemistry" was so put on I could puke.

    RYMON is where it's at. Those two are actually friends irl and they always make me lol. They have done for 9 seasons.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Virginia

    I have been watching American Idol since the second season but I can't understand how as a group of singers they sound so good and yet as soloist they sound so awful. No confidence or do they just need to feed off each other.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Connie

    Michelle: No way!!!!! Aaron and David Archuleta are in no way in the same category and to compare them is ridiculous. Their ages were the same and that's as far as the comparison goes. David coudl sing rings around Aaron with no problem at all.

    I still like Crystal ...she's so laid back. Siobhan is hands down a great singer and quirky in her own way but she was cracking a bit on that last high note. I too look the other way when they sing ... it helps to hear the voice better. Don't really care too much about any of the others. Best season AI had was season 4 with Bo, Carrie and the like. This season ... not too excited.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  59. John

    Never heard "Play With Fire" before? You should seek it out. A truly great Stones song.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  60. jm

    The Rolling Stones are a rock group that ROCKS!!! What the hell happened no one rocked it sucked.!!!! They all played it safe. A few did ok singing but no one rocked the house. The stones could rock more in one leg than any of them did on their whole body. very disappointed! I love Crystal but she didn't rock.

    Judges I doubt that Ellen will be back next season she boring and doesn't talk to Simon or Kara What the Heck is going on?
    Ryan needs to stop trying to talk crop to Simon and try getting a rise out of the other judges Randy needs to say something else besides Look Dog please get this guy a volcabulary lesson. Get a rise out of him Ryan.

    I use to love idol. WTF?!!

    March 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  61. mjinmd

    Jar Head, you should be totally ashamed of yourself.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  62. wendy kakolowski

    I think you're wrong about Bowersox winning it all. I really think she won't finish better than 5th. I see the top four as Aaron, Lee, Casey and Michael.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Kevin

    I cannot for the life of me figure out how noone can hear that Andrew sings off key most of the time. I don't know how he made the cut.
    IMO Casey may not win but he has the best shot at a career ala Doughtry. He has the looks, a good voice and plays great. When Simon said he was something you could find singing in a bar on any given night, it nailed it for me. Most of the really successful acts came from bars, all they needed was to write great songs and voila!

    March 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  64. tom

    Siobhan was amazing last night. And for those of you who remarked about the comparison to Adam Lambert, siobhan is authentic and doesn't "try" to be different. She is who she is. Adam Lambert was a wanna be rock star with his eye makeup and black fingernail polish. How pathetic and what a disgrace to the gay community. And his screaming was just exactly that, just screaming in a desperate attempt to be appear like a rock star. He needs to go back to being a drag performer in gay bars.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  65. CINDY

    I've heard people say Crystal's kinda 'above it all'
    don't believe it for a second......she's the best hands down and should have a career regardless of who wins the competition.
    I would buy her CD anytime...
    I like Siobhan, but come on! she was all over the place on that song last night....I was cringing while she was singing.
    I'm only tuning in to hear....Bowersox, Bowersox, bowersox..

    March 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  66. patsy

    kara is discing ellen soo bad paula didnt treat her that cold when she first came to idol. shame shame. idol singer this year are not good nobody to wow you. i think the hearing of the judges are dull now.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Joe Schmo

    Lisa – am i missing something? I don't think Dave Matthews even HAS a cover of Beast of Burden. I know I've never heard of one, and some online research hasn't returned any results. I remember one of the judges compared Lee's performance to something Dave Matthews would do, but unless I'm wrong there is no Dave Matthews cover of Beast of Burden.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  68. steve

    From start to finish I thought the show was a mess last night and it had nothing to do with the contestants. Ryan's confrontation of Simon right off the bat after Mike sang, Kara hanging all over Simon, the complete lack of ciritical comments to the contestants that can actually help them.

    I get the sense that Ryan, Randy, and Ellen would just prefer Simon to leave right now, and Kara is trying to position herself as the "Simon" for next year. I seems like most of them are just going through the motions at this point and don't really care anymore.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  69. TW

    I absolutely love Crystal! Fantastic voice. And I agree, Kara constantly hanging onto Simon is a tad bit gross.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Lynne

    I personally think this season is the worst one ever. I have not been impressed with anyone what so ever. Every time I hear a new singer start a new song I pretty much cringe and just turn the channel. But I am curious to see who will be the winner. Not having Paula on the show definitly gives the show a different air about it. I'd like to know who came up with maybe one of tv's most dumbest decisions by picking Ellen. Wow, talk about out of place.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  71. SamJ

    Cloud Nine Wrote: Sorry but Adam Lambert ruined it for everyone. He was the best thing that happened to American Idol. -–
    I agree 100 percent.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  72. laura clarke

    God, I miss ADAM!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  73. matt

    They (S Fulller) must be worried about ratings....
    1. Has AI overstayed its welcome...Oh now we have "WOW FACTOR" GONG SHOW clone for another 9 years to put "stars$ in their eyes"
    2. Out of 100K US auditions only 0.02 percent were accepted – There is no US talent left to audition (at least that is contract free)- Try Mars.
    3. How can they sing "pitchy" is the producer uses a PITCH CORRECTOR on all of the vocalists? What is that "TUNNEL" sound?
    4. Let's have another PROFESSIONAL win like Adam Lambert.
    5. The pressure is on now for SC – He has to perform for Sony and that guy in UK tthat owns clothing stores. He has to put stars and $$$ in his eyes ..... Better sign them to a lifetime/and afterlife contract ;-)

    March 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  74. pam

    I can't stand Kara...she is such a fake. I think she has it out for Andy Garcia, I thought he sung really good. Every show is she is saying "I'm not feeling the emotional connection to the song and I'm glad that Simon is calling her on it. Ryan is very annoying as well.

    Andy I wish you the best and hope you make it far.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Isay

    I don't agree with the judges about Siobhan. That SCREAMING.... OMG!!! I think everybody can screaming like that ifyour life is in danger.. What a desperation. No musicality AT ALL...

    March 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  76. tom

    thats the problem, the reviewer has never heard "Play with Fire" before – what musical credibility has the blogger? Right, it is not necessary to post something over AI – or to judge the contestants – hope that FOX viewers are realizing this too and keep running away from this ongoing FORD SEACRESR Infomercial.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Steve-O

    Kara is a homophobe thus the gap between the two women. She even referred to Ellen & Randy as "the guys" during one of her wishy-washy critiques.

    Best is Crystal & Siobhan definitely. Katie is hawt, tho'.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  78. MissPrissy

    It seems that every year viewers complain it is the "worst season ever" and that they will stop watching. How can it be that a show that provides us talent like Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry . . . to name of few, could be so awful? They are artists who sell records / if they were no good, they wouldn't be so successful. Now Kris Allen winning last year is a mystery to me too.
    The one thing that I really do NOT enjoy is when Simon and Ryan go at each other. It is disturbing to me and no fun to watch. Let's concentrate on the music and the idol singers. We don't care to watch the two of them bicker. It does not add anything to the show at all. And as a faithful Rolling Stones fan, I have been shaking my head for some time now wondering how the person who wrote this column never heard of the song "Play with Fire" ?!?!!?? Shesh.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  79. justpeachy

    jmd – I saw that too! He was definitely giving someone the finger!!

    March 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Julie

    Siobhan will win, if they can figure out how she fits commercially. Actually with a singer like Siobhan, I almost hope she never fits commercially she is so unique. She's had music in her life, with her family, since she was a kid, and you can tell. It's effortless. She gets it.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  81. michele

    oh and i don't like her singing...its sooooo bland....

    March 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  82. michele

    CRYSTAL DOES ACT LIKE SHE THINKS SHE HAS THIS...I 'LL LAUGH MY A$$ OF IF SHE LOSES...

    March 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Just a Drummer

    Max, it is premature to say that Chrystal can put her spin on anything; she has consistently chosen songs that lend themselves to her style of delivery – which is exactly what an entertainer should do. She's great, but hasn't had to adapt anything yet.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Jimbo

    The Ranking:

    1) Sibohan
    2) Crystal
    3) Casey
    4) Aaron
    5) Lee
    6) Didi
    7) Paige
    8) Katie
    9) Big Mike
    10) Lacey
    11) Tim
    12) Andrew

    Alex Lambert should be #3 if he would have stayed. Andrew or Tim should have gone home last week. I keep listening to his mp3s and they are awesome. Hope he gets a contract.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Guest

    So I gasped each time Kara said "I agree with the "GUYS" here meaning Ellen and Randy not once but twice I was like what a snob. Is she that uneducated or is she just a witch!

    March 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  86. justpeachy

    How could anyone possibly take someone who's blogging about AI Rolling Stones night and has never heard Play with Fire!! And yes The Stones are and will always be one of the most iconic bands in the world.....how old are you anyway...bet you only listen to top 40 pop that has come out since AI started, and that makes you an expert. I don't get all the fuss over Shiobahn, I was not impressed with her makeover and hated her perfomance and that scream at the end was the worst ever!!! Adam Lambert the best that's ever been on Idol is....laughable. Casey James was good last night, loved the vocal...much better than the billy goat sound he had when he sang Heaven. Lacey needs to go home, she is the same boring thing every week. I like Didi but she's basically singing the same every week as well, not much range, her cover of Play With Fire was okay except for the chorus. Didn't like Mike or Tim Urban, the latter completely butchered Under My Thumb. Paige was pretty good, Katie did a good job on Wild Horses but doesn't bring any real feeling to her performances. Adam Lambert the best singer ever on AI Hahaaha!!! Andrew Garcia missed it with Gimme Shelter and Lee was okay, nice job on Angie. Crystal Bowersox did a great cover of You Can't Always Get What You Want, but I think she has more talent but isn't showing it because she has gotten a little comfortable. Wish this ridiculous play acting between Ryan and Simon would stop....hey producers...it's not working, no one is buying it. Kara quit with the hands all over Simon, you look foolish, and come down from your pedestal because you're no all knowing music expert. Don't like this season of AI because of scripted antics of Seacrest and Kara, the singers and it's just not the same Simon...this new one is too nice.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Joe

    I thought most of them did very well considering they're just starting out. A lot of seasoned pros can't sing their way out of a wet paper bag when they're live so you have to give all these people credit.

    I think the judges hate the fact that the guy they rejected is pretty good, so they're harder on him than anyone. I thought the reggae Under My Thumb was excellent. He's not one of the Stones so it's only fair that he sing it in a different style. It worked for me.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  88. deb

    Siobhan was clearly the best last night. She's quirky, cute and very talented and I see her going far, if not winning the entire contest. I don't get why people think Crystal is "arrogant". She even agreed with Simon last night that Siobhan was the best last night. She seems almost shy and humble to me but I agree with the poster that she doesn't really "change it up" and doesn't get that criticism that everyone else gets about doing something different. I definitely think she's got the best voice, though. Maybe the judges don't tell her to "change it up" because she's clearly so good just being her understated self that she doesn't need to change anything. I like the sound/tone of Lacey's voice but she needs to step it up a little. I kept comparing Katie's rendition of "Wild Horses" to Susan Boyle's version and she came up short. Susan just nailed it! Having said that, though, Katie actually did okay last night. Paige and Didi did better than they have but still aren't that good. Both are mostly "pretty faces" and that is what keeps them in the game. Tim's version of "Under My Thumb" was embarrassing. It sounded like elevator music! Terrible. I predict he'll be gone after tonight. He's a cute kid, though, so the teenyboppers may vote for him not knowing anything about "Under My Thumb". Casey was pretty good last night but nothing really special. No one else did well enough or bad enough to even comment on. Just ho-hum performances. Kara is just getting annoying, Simon seems mostly bored, Ellen actually had a few constructive comments for a change and Randy was his usual vocabulary challenged self, i.e., "yo dawg", "didn't do it for me", blah, blah, blah. I agree with someone else on this board who said "Ellen – gay liberal; Kara – Conservative Republican". If they do have a problem with one another that's probably why.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Melstock

    I was in shock at the praise Siobhan received. She was terribly off key, and that last note was nothing more than a scream. I have been a fan of hers until last night. I think she is unique and quirky and fresh. Last night was a disaster,though, and the judges fell for it! What?

    March 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  90. bitz

    But on my note that Aaron will make it to the finals, look back the past few yrs, the final winner hasnt done all that great. The top 4 others have been more successful. I want Crystal to win it all, but she will not get the votes week in and week out.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  91. bitz

    DiDi I can totally do without. She needs to be gone tonight. If 2 go, I havent heard how many are going....Tim Urban needs to be next. Great boy next door but not a good singer.

    My favs are: Crystal Bowersox and Andrew Garcia. I want Michael Lynch to make it to the top 10 to tour, because he will put that $20,000 a month over the summer to great use – level headed guy.....for the girls I really only like Crystal. The Aaron Kelly boy will prolly make it to the finals as he develops over the weeks he will be much better and the young girls are loving him and he is getting votes. Get rid of Lee and Tim and lets have a showdown.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Jonathan

    And Lee Dewyze? Seriously, he sounds like everything else adult alternative out there... We don't need another John Mayer, Daughtry, Nickelback, or anything else that my mother would listen to.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Monique

    I loved Didi's song! Great way she did it, she sounded like an actual singer at her own concert. Can I just say though how annoying Ryan Secrest is? He's like a kid in HS trying to fit in with the crowd and he fails at it.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  94. heskerdu

    Wow...my favorite from the beginning has been Didi. I just think she has the clearest, most pure voice...she never seems to waver. That being said, I feel that if she ever really tries to belt one out she might flub. I wish her the best of luck.
    Siobhan, Siobhan, Siobhan....that girl can rock. Even if she isn't perfect vocally throughout, she is darn creative for a 19 year old. I say bring the mohawk back girl.
    Crystal really needs to lose the guitar...it's looking more and more like a crutch. I think we need to see at least a couple of good performances without or America might send her packing. I do think that she has a deal in the bag though, even if she goes home tonight. Her voice is really good. Don't let it go to your head Crystal.
    Does anyone know how to contact AI with an idea? Maybe someone from the show is reading so here it is:
    Lets have a B-side night when we get down to the final 4. Remember when we used to play the old 45's? The B-side was a song that maybe became popular later on but was usually overshadowed by the A-side hit. I think it would showcase who is really talented by giving these kids a chance to take a song that's not necessarily well known and make it their own. It doesn't have to be from the 45's era it could be current. I think the key would be to pick the right artist that most compliments the contestants voice/style. Everybody would be on an even keel, taking a song like that and reworking it. Just curious, does anyone else reading think this is a good idea?

    March 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Just a Drummer

    Victoria,

    Madame Lambert was no doubt a great singer, and the most over-the-top performer they've had on the show, but non-winner Melinda Doolittle was the best SINGER that has passed through AI. As far as consistently good choices and execution go, Lambert, D. Cook and C. Daughtry probably had the fewest missteps.

    My top three performances all came from people who weren't always very good: 1)Fantasia Barino singing "Summertime" (That was the ONLY performance of hers that I liked.), 2)Katherine McPhee on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (I admit, 80% of that is her beauty, but it just slayed me), and 3)Blake Lewis on the wicked duet he did with the drummer (Guess I'm not partial, but that was masterful!). Those were, as Simon would say, "moments".

    March 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Midnight

    I agree with Cloud Nine and Beth; Adam Lambert was the best singer ever to appear on American Idol. (And I am a fan of quite a few former contestants, both winners and non-winners.)

    At the end of the season, I knew no one could ever match Adam and that he ruined the show – good for him, bad for us.

    Adam Lambert losing American Idol was a joke; the "winner" excels as a car salesman.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Patty

    Seriously! The judges are really off this year. How could you give Crystal any negative feedback on her perfomance, saying "you act as if you got this". Kara has got to go! This is the worse year I have ever seen in the judging – they are too alike and really need their hearing checked!

    March 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Max

    The winner of Idol should be a toss up between Crystal and Siobhan. They have the most talent to work with. Crystal has confidence and can put her spin on anything. Siobhan has a powerful charismatic voice with some attitude mixed in. Both could be molded to be great in the industry.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Tracey

    meh, Big Mike didn't wow me, but for some reason EVERYONE sounded a bit better this week! I did not love Siobhan's "Paint it Black" i didn't get why they loved it so much??? Katie was better than I thought she'd be, Lacey needs to go home now. I thought Andrew and Tim were both TRAINWRECKS tho wow, bad! By the same token, I don't understand why they didn't RAVE more about Casey James?? I had the volume cranked listening to him, he rocked it OUT!

    March 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Dave E

    The Stones are absolutely the most iconic rock band ever, and it has nothing to do with what Ryan Seacrest says. Show me any other band that has been around this long and still sells out stadiums. How have you never heard "Play with Fire" ? It sounds to me like you are absolutely unqualified to be doing any sort of editorial music review, and I'm kind of disappointed in CNN for even posting a review done by such an obvious amateur.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  101. megan

    I'll say it again – Kara sucks and is ruining the show! She is offensive, arrogant and really annoying. I think Simon is getting out at the right time – this show is falling apart. Too bad because I really love to watch talen like this. What I don't want to watch is Kara hanging on Simon, moving as far away from Ellen as possible and acting like she is the only one with a "real" opinon. Not to mention that everything that comes out of her mouth is like a lecture!

    It is sad that a music fan like me who truly loves real talent spends my writing time talking about the judges and not the contestants. Producers..... this should tell you something. The formula is broken and needs fixing....quick.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Jonathan

    Also, Katie definitely should have went home last week, Not Lilly. Lilly was refreshing and nice. I actually liked her style of singing and the way she made everything hers. She was an awesome contestant. I'd love to see her get a record deal.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Blago

    You people are missing the point with Siobhan. For someone to stand in front of an audience like that for the first time her life with millions of people watching and take the risks she did is what this show is all about. Despite what she did vocally, she is truly courageous. I hope she goes all the way. Also, that final verse after the scream was beautiful.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Jonathan

    Perhaps Crystal and Sioban are the best...Let's be honest, the guys aren't winning and as much as i like andrew garcia as well...the guys just aren't that good. And every time I heard Adam Lambert I wanted to scream my head off. I'm actually suprised that he has fans..all he does is screams and sounds like a dying cat...NOT Sioban.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Kaz

    You gotta chuckle at some of the comments written on here.

    A few state that they dislike the tattoos on Crystal but they think Siiobahn is the cats whiskers! She also has tattoos, and the one on her arm of Mary Poppins is just awful! Wonder what she will think of it when she is much older!

    She screamed more than Adam Lambert ever did! And you all hated AL but think this girl doing the same thing is great?!?!? Make up your minds what you want.

    Adam Lambert is what makes American Idol so good. He was something outsie the norm for this show and he has proved he has what it takes to be a top performer. I hear more of him than I do the winner, whats his name?

    I am sticking with Crystal Bowersox. The rude comments made about her are probably untrue. Arrogant and full of herself???? So she isn't over the top like the others, this is actually refreshing. I sure wouldn't use the word arrogant, where does this come from? As for full of herself, rubbish! She seems so humble to me. I was thrilled that she at last seems to be coming out of her shell. This must be a huge culture shock for these people and I applaud them for coping t all.

    Crystal Bowersox for the winner this year with Big Mike coming second.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Korean War Baby

    I agree with you much more than with the judges. I thought Siobhan's performance was far not nearly as good as the judges felt it was. Screechy. I love Lacey's voice, but she fell down tonight. She has such poise. Don't care for Katie at all. Adam was my male pick in the beginning, but nerves seem to get the best of him. Aaron's cute, like David Archuletta, but he has no star power, even though he may have had the best performance last night. Perfect pitch! Casey is too much in love with himself. The big dude (can't remember his name) tried too hard last night. Didi is too sweet to be dark. Paige isn't strong enough and looked ridiculous in that outfit. Tim has a nice voice until he gets into the upper register. I predict Lee & Crystal in the final with Lee winning the popular vote, but only if he can cheer up. Crystal is far and above the best., but she may not get many votes from those looking for "warm and fuzzy."

    March 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  107. KevinR

    I love Andrew. I want him to win. Seriously.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  108. pepper

    Michelle...Just because you did not like Casey, doesn't mean he sucked. That just means you did not like him. I am sure you did not like Luciano Pavarotti or most famous opera singers, but that doesn't meant they sucked either. Music is all a matter of taste. There are a lot of groups I hate, but I wouldn't say they sucked. I just didn't like their music. I really hate when people say that. Not one person is the sole authority on music and neither are you.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Just a Drummer

    Best thing about last night was the bass playing on "Miss You"!

    Chrystal consistently demonstrates the most control, best intonation and
    most musicality. She is also playing safer than everybody else by sticking to exactly what she's good at. But for those of us who admire good execution, that's a good thing.

    Overall, this bunch isn't any worse than other years. If you think otherwise, go find old lists of contestants and you'll see each season is a bunch of hacks and beginners with 3 or 4 that have potential.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  110. blackcurry

    Did anybody tell these kids that the Rolling Stones are a Rock band??? I'm sorry but Tim made my ears bleed with that Reggae version of "Under My Thumb." It was painful to listen to. The girl that sang "Honky Tonk Women" changed the words so much that the song was unrecognizable. Hated it. She changed the whole meaning of the song. Bowersox was channeling Janis Joplin and should probably win the whole thing. Siobhan was good. The rest all sucked. The Rolling Stones are probably in shock with the way their songs were butchered.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  111. kghj

    For some reason, the straight world seems to think that gays are after everyone of their own sex that they encounter....has it ocurred to anyone that maybe Ellen is staying far away from Kara to forestall the inevitable snide hints about a lesbian attraction between the two of them?
    Beyond that, who cares? Is this a singing competition, or are people more interested in the undercurrents between the judges?

    March 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Riki

    The screamer needs to go she is one weird duck and can't sing.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  113. ShamanNora

    And definitely an Adam Lambert influence for Siobhan's performance last night – most notably out of all of them. The Stones didn't write the best music, but I suppose they had to come up sooner or later in this show. What makes the Stones is their performance of their music.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  114. ShamanNora

    You've never heard "Play With Fire" before? And you're writing this article on vocal/musical performances? I REALLY liked how Didi sang it. For me it was a stand-out performance. Most memorable from last night along with Didi – Lee (love his voice), Siobhan, Crystal (who always reminds me of Janis Joplin), and Chris (who I enjoy no matter what he does, even if it's not perfect). I hated what Tim did to "Under My Thumb" – awful, awful, awful. Katie is cute, didn't like her dress at all (she looked like she was a 3 year-old in her party dress). Andrew's voice was constrained last night – held in, held back, not full. Aaron has a good voice and I can see him in a group like 'N Sync or Backstreet Boys. He's not read to be the lead, though. Oh yes, shades of Adam Lambert were there for me and it was a smart move for Didi to use the dramatics in that way.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  115. jmd

    Hey, what was up with Simon giving the finger? Not once but twice. Nothing was mentioned of this....Rewind...look at the nose and finger gesture.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  116. victoria Fairbanks

    This is the saddest American Idol season ever. i appreciate how the judges are trying to find one good thing to hang on to to give the contestants a positive direction but it is truly a sham. Where are Cowell's infamous and accurate cutting truths?. Cara , hanging out on her own, is actually being both constructive and honest ... Randy is endlessly repetitive with his "hey dude" -or whatever his bro' phrase is... and Ellen could be far more insightful and honest and still keep the funny edge going. They all seem tired and just getting through it. Guess you cant blame them... it is pretty much 'talent night at the bingo hall'.
    phew. i think i feel better now!
    oh and Adam Lambert was undoubtedly the best ever. That's where I'm coming from.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Jason

    wow, I had an entirely different opinion about last night. Crystal was good, of course. Just not great, and the song was about half a beat too slow. I think Shiobahn was the best of the night, and the best she's ever sounded. I didn't really like her, until last night. Didi has this "P!nk thing going on with her voice, wasn't bad at all. Paige, Lacey, and Katie are just simply awful. Katie's voice is weak, and seems better suited for a Miss America pageant. Paige is just screechy, and Lacey is, well, terrible. Mike isn't as "technically" good as everyone thinks he is, but I guess he gets the crowd going. He won't win. Blonde guy's voice is very common, and he isn't unique at all. Andrew Garcia- I think the honeymoon is over, and we're starting to see that he doesn't have another "straight up" moment in him. The guy with the lesbian haircut, Aaron could be marketable, but that doesn't make him good. Tim Urban is just there, and Lee Dewyze also has a very common sound. All in all, a few of the girls are more impressive than the guys, and I really am sick of Kara on the show. She went from trying to be a Paula-clone last season, to trying to be a Simon-clone this season. Just a truly terrible choice for judge. Ellen isn't as bad as I assumed she'd be. Randy is still just as pointless as he ever was. Simon, is still Simon. Though I think he's actually getting nicer as the seasons go on, which just isn't entertaining at all. I'd also settle for a new MC next season, as Ryan is boring, and just not very funny at all.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Sole

    Lisa Respers France, How are you writing articles relating to music if you've never heard "Play with Fire" by the Rolling Stones?

    March 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Omaha Reader

    soooooooooo boring last nite!! Crystal and Lee were good, again... the other kids were just OK and some of them were really really bad last nite... I always enjoy watching AI but this year, but this season, not so much... Hopefully AI next season will be better...

    March 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  120. mjinmd

    Siobhan is in it to win it! She is remarkable.

    And to the poster who had the snide comment about Carrie Underwood, I'd be willing to bet she can buy and sell you any day of the week. Carrie is a beautiful, charismatic singer and is a plus on the country music scene. She's doing very well for herself.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  121. Tim O.

    What gets me about a show like last night's is that they make it about the songs written by Jagger and Richard, but they don't actually let them sing the entire song. Thus they manage to rip out the heart of some pieces, particularly "Gimme Shelter," and "Playing with Fire." And then the judges show they know crap by saying that "Gimme Shelter" was about the vietnam war. Not true at all and actually stupid to say, but that woman (Kara) leaves everything to be desired as a judge. And the author of this column tells us he was never heard of "Playing with Fire," thus establishing he really doesn't know much about the Rolling Stones catalog and career. The level of ignorance about the very history of popular music simply demeans the idea of a show like this. Without some sense of the past you cannot create a new future. And I agree that Bowersox is being pushed to win it and probably will. Why do you people even watch this show? My wife likes it, that's why I'm here. Eeesh.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  122. niceouttoday

    I was just happy to hear Randy mention Jonny Lang!!

    March 17, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  123. cocobear

    seriously, how can you not have heard of play with fire, no matter how old you are!?!?!? you must not be a very big music fan, which i would define as someone who is familiar with all eras of music, not just their own.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  124. Leigha

    I am seriously bored with his group already. There are alot of no personalities and sub-par vocals.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  125. Chris

    Wow, some of you guys are really harsh! Let's be honest here. After a few weeks of intolerable mediocrity tonight was not that bad at all. In fact, while there were some clear standouts those that didn't still were not THAT bad. What was bad were the judges (though at least Ellen has finally figured out how to be funny in a good way). Randy, Ellen and Kara didn't have much to say about the performances and I was left feeling like they were a little dishonest. Simon, on the other hand, nailed it. He said exactly what they needed to hear (like Mike's dancing).

    At the top I would have to put Crystal, Siobhan, and Didi (can't believe I'm admitting that one). For the bottom I would have to say Tim, Andrew, and Katie.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  126. macmvn

    I would like to nominate Bette Midler and Paul Schaffer to replace Ellen and Simon next year. Both have musical chops and personality.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  127. MC

    My guess is Lacey will go home tonight. Not a lot of range. Andrew Garcia hasn't shown any star power since auditions so he'll go next. In a perfect world. Siobhan would go and take her total lack of personality with her. Can't stand her. Big Mike? Really? Okay, I just don't get why people drool over his singing.

    Lee and Crystal should be in the final (thought Didi is growing on me too). Maybe we could just avoid all the crappy performances and cut right to the end??

    March 17, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  128. Bianca

    They all DON'T belong on AI. Siohban scared my cats away with her last notes, Tim and many more helped me go to sleep (thank you!). Rolling Stones: Please accept my apology for the murdering all your beautiful songs by the wannabes.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  129. Phyl

    Crystal may be one of the best this year, but I find her totally unlikable, arrogant, & full of herself. Siobhan was praised for hitting a high note once & now uses it in every song, which shows her lack of range & versitality. I don't know who will go home tonight, but it wouldn't bother me if either one of these two did. The Adam, flash in the pan Lambert bit with the dramatic was way over the top & as Simon said, some will love it & some will hate it. I think most will hate it.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  130. AnitaT

    There wasn't any standout performance last night and hasn't been since the show started...after last season's great talents (Adam and Allison) this season has just officially jumped the shark. I don't get all the Siobahn love. Girlfriend can't carry a candle to Adam (or Allison for that matter). That screech last night was so awful it scared my cats under the couch...

    March 17, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  131. sneater

    I'm so sick of the background/personal video clips; the show would last only an hour if they ditched these stupid clips. Moving on I'm also tired of the bickering btw Ryan and Simon; again let's move on. Finally, the group is getting better; although Lacey really needs to go home folks.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  132. Andrew

    I think America has exhausted it's singing talent. Lets wait a few years and bring the show back.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  133. bettty

    Gays always find a way to tell everyone. Gross

    March 17, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  134. CONANDO

    show dog mom..too funny..you apparently know cyrstal and are insanely jealous of her ability...you cut down her vocals which have been rivoting most of the free world on tues. nights, but mostly her looks, and you neglect to comment on urban;s lame performance in reggae style... jc...we're on to you

    March 17, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  135. Rebecca

    Worst Idol year yet. Last night was my first and last time watching it this year. I think it has ran its course.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  136. Bobbie

    American Idol...RIP

    I gave this show one more week but I now know that I have to let go and move on. I wish the contestants well and hope they have a successful future but I will not be watching anymore.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  137. Chachi

    I've never before commented on this site, but I just couldn't hold back:

    There is ZERO excuse for the fact that the person writing this commentary is musically ignorant. To never have heard "Play With Fire" is just unacceptable for someone commenting on music. I'm sorry, but you have absolutely NO credibility so who cares what you write.

    That's like having someone comment on TV who's never seen a classic like The Jeffersons, or a movie critic that's never seen Taxi Driver. It's mind boggling, just goes to show – it's never about ability, always about who you know and who likes you.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  138. LB

    Ellen and Kara...Ellen is a gay liberal, and Kara is a Republican.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  139. Beth

    I agree w/Cloud Nine...Adam Lambert was the best singer Idol has ever had on the show...he's the only reason I watched it last year...tremendous voice! Now we have a season where all the top 12 should go home! They usually can't carry a tune and some of them are so...awful that I mute the TV.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  140. Stan

    I will say it AGAIN....This should be the last season of AI....The talent has been WEAK for years

    March 17, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  141. Zagreus

    Most of the contestants got the Stones dead wrong. The Stones are all about the blues. The Stones are dark. When you ignore, minimize, or give up on that part of their music, you no longer have the Stones. Sure, there are a few Stones songs that don't have that blues elements-but they are few. Who got it right? Siobhan Magnus, Aaron Kelly, and Crystal Bowersox–in that order. I'd even give Andrew Garcia the benefit of the doubt and say he just about got there–a little to subtle.

    Lacey Brown sounded Dolly Parton singing the Stones–not good.

    Paige Miles, did you realize you were singing a song about a slut and sang that you were that person. Read the lyrics for God's sake.

    And Tim Urban, please just go home–again–already.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  142. Robert Posey

    This is not like a HS Talent Show, its not that good. My little HS with poor arts funding had better singers than most of this crowd, though they were not as pretty perhaps.
    I would be willing to bet if you went to NY HS of Arts and asked for 12 singers, they would all be better than everyone on this season, other than one or two.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  143. Jo

    From the get go Crystal was one of my favorites, but shes mostly lost her flair with me. She IS great, but she's also predictable to me. Seems to me she is praised for doing the same things other contestants have caught hell for.. She sticks to who she is.. and doesn't go outside the box, experiment, or try anything new.
    We had quite a few contestants that started that way.. and quickly hit the road after experimenting and trying something different.

    I absolutely LOVE Siobhan, not only is she gorgeous and feisty, she's got an amazing voice and an amazing range. I do think she pushed a bit hard for that "wow" moment as Simon and Randy call it. But all in all she still did a great job with the song. Great Performance!

    Despite other peoples opinions.. I actually REALLY enjoyed Tim Urbans reggae spin on "Under my thumb". He seemed MUCH more comfortable on the stage, comfortable with the song, and genuinely excited to be there (not the fake deer in the headlights look we've so often seen from him.) I thought he sang well, and enjoyed his time on stage.

    Overall.. this seasons AI is a bit on the BLAH side of things when it comes to the shows politics and what not, the judges for the most part (but not always) have missed out on giving helpful criticism to the contestants. The fake loveydovey flirts from Kara towards Simon (not so much reciprocated) is just obnoxious. Ellen lightens things up, but just as I expected she would, she redesigns what the other judges have said into "Ellenspeak", and throws it back out there... that being said... i DO love Ellen... I think she's hilarious, and week by week she seems to get better and more comfortable with her role there at the judges table. ... Randy.. oh Randy... To me it seems they could have a tape recorder beside you for the first night, and be done with it. You are a good judge, and a bright smiley face, but could you find something else to say besides, "Yo that was HOT" or "that really just didn't do it for me, dawg", "Yo.. I just didn't get it"...

    To sum it up.. just like every year.. there IS some definate Talent on the stage this season, but they REALLY need to step it up to keep viewers watching.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  144. Robert Posey

    Casey was sad, not the worst, but that is only because others were so bad.
    Urban was sad and needs to go home.
    Katie Stevens finally had a performance that wasn't horrible, so given that I would not pick her to go home this time.
    Lacey Brown was bad tonight
    How long is Andrew Garcia going to get praise when he hasn't been good for weeks?
    Aaron Kelly was okay, but he lacks any star quality whatsoever.

    Siobhan Magnus was really good, though she failed to push it over the top.
    Crystal Bowersox was good, but not the dominate force she normally is.

    I say dump Urban, I have never seen him do well, but Garcia should go next week unless he rocks it, its sad we only get to cut one, when it would be better to cut Urban, Garcia, Stevens and then let the others have two weeks to refine their performances.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  145. cloud nine

    Simon already has left. He does not seem to care at all..I don't even think he is listening to them sing...He's probably counting the days in his head until he is off that horrible show. No one stands out. It's horrible...Sad, I use to be a big fan but not anymore :(

    March 17, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  146. JarHead

    American Idol is the worst now. They have a judge who doesnt know a thing about music....all she wants to do is get in bed with all the girls huge DIKE.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  147. Carolyn

    This year is just awful, save a couple of people. I think that Simon may be jumping ship just in time – the selection of this group and the incomprehensible judging this year is just unbearable. :(

    March 17, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  148. cloud nine

    Sorry but Adam Lambert ruined it for everyone. He was the best thing that happened to American Idol. Now the show is simply boring. You will see who ever wins this one will fade away..Sad but true.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  149. JM

    I'm beginning to think the judges are tone deaf, easily manipulated or purely looking for a "character" to sell rather than true talent. Would have liked to have heard Alex Lambert (is that his name?) singing a Stones song. Crystal Bowersox is the real deal and the reason these type of talent shows should be in existence. Siobhan Magnus was amusing and weird (and not weird in a good, rock & roll or The Cure kind of way or maybe it was just amusing that the judges raved about her performance). => Casey James did a great job and it's amazing that Paige Miles sang like that with laryngitis; girl can belt out a song.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  150. jwl

    Is it me? Or is this season of IDOL seriously lacking talent? Having watched the auditions, I think the judges missed the mark on a lot of indidivuals. This is the most boring year ever and if they want it to go away, it is on it's way. Someone (like the producers) need to go in and seriously teach these kids what they need to do and give them some guidance on how to impress America.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  151. Guest

    Andrew Garcia!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  152. herro

    I <3 DIDI! :)

    March 17, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  153. Robin

    They ALL SUCK!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  154. Beer Drinker

    I thought this was mediocre at best. I've seen better Stones performances at my local Karaoke bar.

    These are the best 12 singers America has to offer? SAD!

    I will need more beer for next week.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  155. Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

    I am more of a Beatles type of gal, and I did listen to some Stones music before the show. Just so happens that "Play With Fire" wasn't one of the tracks I got around to.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  156. T

    No wonder Simon is leaving. He's bored out of his mind. Simon knows it's down to 3 or 4 . AI should have a judge factor along with fans votes and let it be seen or you'll keeping getting cute over ability. Would rather see them cut a couple at a time now and juice up the competition between the ones that really have "it".

    March 17, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  157. Millie Bea

    Didi belongs on a cruise ship. Tim Urban obviously had NO idea whatsoever what the song was about- what a disaster that was. Andrew Garcia may not have bee playing an anti-Viet Nam anthem- but I could see him preaching anti- gang- and Randy seems to pull out the "too pithy"card when he doesn't feel he has enough to say. Andrew Garcia is a talent-
    Paige- there are a lot of Paige's out there- so unless she can turn up some inner amp to separate herself from the crowd- then whatever. Lee, Siobhan, Crystal and Casey have packagable talent and looks. Katie and Aaron need a few years on Disney...and Lacey, nothing there for me.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  158. SwamiTommy

    Siobhan was OK – but NOT the best of the night – Crystal was. Siobhan was pitchy throughout the song – and little off-key in parts. She does have a 1-trick pony though in her somg ending screams (not with the control ala Adam Lambert).

    March 17, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  159. She She

    I'm so sick of everyone lamenting Paula. She was whacked out most of the time, and never said anything of substance. I'll admit I do miss laughing AT her. The mysterious rift b/t Ellen & Kara aside for a moment, I actually like Kara. She at least gives intelligent feedback most of the time. I don't get why she is practically sitting on Simon's lap though. WTF? As for Ellen, I agree, she is getting much better. Always loved her humor, I think she just needed some time.
    So what is up with this Ellen/Kara thing? They are so different, it doesn't make sense. Any theories out there, or did I miss some spat in the news?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  160. friend

    tari, you must be nuts, Carrie Underwood is the best Idol yet. Hope to see her on the show this year. She has great talent

    March 17, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  161. Mike Connell

    Blogger said "Didi sings "Play with Fire" and I have never heard this song before in my life"

    Geez, think maybe since it was Rolling Stones week you might want to listen to a greatest hits compilation sometime the week before? Hot Rocks would have been a nice choice to listen to.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  162. Suzanne

    Does anyone else wanna push Kara off her stool? She seems to think she is THE expert and everyone else just has an opinion, yet what she says is factual. She is really starting to annoy me!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  163. bettty

    Chrystal is a sourpuss. Hate earrings and tattoos.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  164. JC

    Siobhan Magnus was by far the strongest performance last night...if you were an Adam Lambert fan and didn't like it you're kidding yourself...whoever writes this blog is awful, by the way..no humor, no style, inserting snark here and there is not the same.

    also yeah except for maybe The Beatles there is no more iconic rock band..why the snotty comment about that?

    March 17, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  165. AEvangelista

    Lisa Respers France: Siobhan deliberately did a horror-flick scream.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  166. mmb

    Good performances -Kara still can't keep her hands and arms off of Simon – I can not believe her husband goes along with this – I have decided the producers have staged all of this between Kara and Ellen and Kara and Simon just to get more viewers – sorry but it backfired if that was the plan – Kara is losing more and more viewers for the show – I am not seeing the national viewers ratings recently?????

    March 17, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  167. show dog mom

    Yeah, Crystal is the "real thing", all right...real nauseating! As someone said last week: you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. I am soooo sock of her attitude of "entitlement".....
    Every week she's just singing the same thing. She doesn't "own" the stage...just stands there, week after week, flashing the snide, toothless grin . UGH Personality of a WET sock!
    Siobhan ROCKS!!!!!!
    Except for Aaron Kelly, all the boys suck!

    March 17, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  168. lauri

    i dont get it they loved siobhan i thought it hurt my ears. that screaming yeah it sounded like adam with the screaming. not good performance. and i liked andrews not his best but he changed like they wanted. and didi is so monotone. i love crystal period. like lee and love big mike gosh his voice is so soulful r&b love it.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  169. Trish

    What's up with Kara's face – botox to close to the show this week? If her skin was any tighter it would have split. And she sure is comfortable rubbing up on Simon.... It's painful to watch.

    March 17, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  170. Jim

    The Rolling Stones would definitely be considered the most iconic band in the world (ie. a band that's still together, so the Beatles, etc. are disqualified). What other band would be instead?!?

    But then again, these comments are coming from people who watch American Idol. You people get excited about talentless rejects, then when true legends come on the show you turn your nose up at them. Hopefully this trashy reality show get canceled soon. (Why is someone who has never heard "Play With Fire" playing music critic anyway?)

    March 17, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  171. Dale

    Bowersox has the best voice and stage presence and is clearly comfortable on stage. Siobhan is a close second. The rest are clearly not up to the challenge, are posers or just can't sing. Let's get this thing over with so I don't have to listen to the judges say the same things over and over and over...........................................

    March 17, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  172. J Go

    Thank you to the writer who also did NOT understand the big deal about Siobhan. I thought it was horrendous– the vocals, the outfit, EVERYTHING. I couldn't believe Kara actually compared her to Adam Lambert!! Yeah, he was dramatic, but he did drama WELL, and this chick doesn't. WTF is Kara smoking? And sorry, but whichever judge said she looked "stunning" must have been blind. She looked like a bad 80s movie... and those ridiculous glasses she wore in her interview just made her look like Johnny Depp after a sex change.

    This season is offensive. I'm done watching!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  173. Mom

    @Lisa, CNN Writer...are you kidding? Never heard of "Playing with Fire"??? How old are you??? Excellent song, old song, too bad it's not on 40 Licks CD.

    Didi did a great job, not the best for the night, but definitely a good job!

    Paige actually did a better job than usual, in my opinion.

    Siobhan and Crystal are the best!!!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  174. George

    Siobhan Magnus continues to be my personal favorite. There is something that is just so intriguing about her.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
  175. GH

    Lisa, Lisa. You blogging a Stones night and you've never heard "Play with Fire"?? What OTHER songs were new for you tonight??

    And I was hoping, PRAYING, Mick would suddenly appear on stage and smash Urban's guitar over his Raggae head for THAT ungodly.... whatEVER he was trying to do to that classic!!

    March 17, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  176. cappy09

    Not watching it anymore. Last week did it for me. Three of the contestants should have remained for awhile and I am just through with it. Adam losing to Kris last year was a cosmic joke, right? Now some the best aren't even making top 12.

    So long AI

    March 17, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  177. Mizdona

    Personally, I get tired of Simon's negative attitude and criticism. He could try a bit harder to encourage with constructive criticism, but I guess that is his way. He seems pretty bored this season.

    Michael is my favorite so far! he has an amazing personality on stage...so real...so believable. Aaron grabs my heart and has an inborn talent....he will go far! Siobohn amazes me with her incredible voice and range.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  178. melias

    i have a question if you could answer it please do. Is Tim Urban on American Idol related to keith urban ? send answer to e- mail

    March 17, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  179. eb

    Crystal is the real thing!!! No frills, no cutsy stuff, no BS. Just pure raw TALENT! Siobhan is also good, different, like Bjork. Casey James is hot and can sing. Love his guitar playing, yes! Lee, Mike and Aaron hang in there.
    CRYSTALROCKS!!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  180. Sherri

    Everybody has an opinion.......that's why, even if you THINK you know who will win this, it's never over until it's over.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Wayne M.M.J

    Enjoyed the show tonight. It was interesting. I agree was it Lee the young guy who just sang so good tonight. I loved his vocals. Smooth.. I closed my eyes during some of them to hear the vocals just like when you hear a tune over the radio and I could hear some of those great voices. I think it was not a bad night in-deed. Most people picked good songs. I'm happy for Paige that she started to really shine like she should. Great! Hopefully she will blossom more. I enjoyed watching and seeing the action.

    "I hope that Ryan and Simon's bantering isn't meant to replace the love the latter and Paula shared cause it won't. Nothing could ever replace that magic." Well it sort of added to the show in some way but nothing will replace Paula. Paula was unique. She was a great dancer and great songwriter/singer. Her personality towards music and the way she interacted with that personality is rare to some extent. Ellen is sweet and getting better as the show goes forward. Guess it takes time.

    I think everyone did well to some extent. Even the bad ones did okay.
    Now the Rolling Stones are not easy to cover. Mic Jagger has a specialized voice like Elton John or Sting. Some of those songs
    have a unique feel to them. They sound easy but they are not easy to cover and make your own. Some of the contestants did a great job of making it their own and for the most part seemed to pick either okay songs or rather good songs. So I think it was a good night for most everyone. The last girl who sang. Not sure what happened. Got distracted during that so I only caught the end of it. Guess that could happen. Anyways good luck to everyone.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  182. tylermathers

    Writer of this column,
    You've never heard "Play With Fire?" It's only on every "greatest hits" collection, and that's saying a lot for the Stones.

    You sound an awful lot like The Onion's Jeanne Teasdale sometimes.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  183. protogere

    I was wondering about that comment Michele, I thought maybe I was just out of it LoL

    March 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Tom

    siobhan and lacey.....i got my fix

    March 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Tom

    Siobhan and Lacey.............I go my fix

    March 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  186. mozart4898

    @ Bob...Siobhan was good – and probably really was the overall winner of the night. However no one's vocals touched those of Crystal. She's just right on, all the time. I also thought it was interesting how they managed to sneak in some comments about her attitude and even her reactions last week – with the people who got eliminated and how close they were to them. She was definitely attached to some of them and not just being arrogant or unhappy.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  187. CW

    What is wrong with the phones ? I tried to vote 3 times for contestant 9. I got the message "thank you for voting for contestant 5 ""

    March 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  188. mushymushroom

    Darn...when I learned last week that it's gonna be a Rollingstones week now, I thought that Alex Lambert would nail "Angie" but well, he's not on the show anymore...

    Anyway it sounds that this Idol is getting a little too boring...

    And I'm hating Kara now, such a bully!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  189. protogere

    I don't comprehend how you two can sit back and be so judgmental of the looks of others like you are. How cruel...

    March 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Bob S

    Siobhan was clearly the best tonight.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  191. michele

    lmao....my last comment about casey...thats how much of an impression he left me..i was just sitting here going WTF casey hasn't sung yet.....

    March 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  192. protogere

    Holy carpel! Did Kara just speak to Ellen?! Did she just say "I agree with you" to Ellen? I think I am going into shock!
    I wouldn't have expected Crystal to bring anything less than that to close out the night. She always has such a unique way interpreting a song and I am SO glad to see her interacting and smiling again, she's been so blah. I like seeing her bubbliness coming out again.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  193. michele

    sorry folk but there's just something about crystal that i don't like

    March 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Loray White

    Yay, Crystal! Little 'Ode to Billy Joe' going on....Loved it!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  195. janet f

    Oh goody here comes Janis OH sorry I mean Crystal....I think I saw her on the corner of 16th and Chestnut in Philly recently. Oh, not her just another wanna be Janis!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Bob S

    Now, we have Crystal Bowersox. Love the missing tooth, could do without the tattoos, but, that's a generational thing for me. She is the next American Idol and the rebirth of Tracy Chapman.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  197. protogere

    Aaron will be around for a long while because of those girl votes alone. He comes on the screen and my daughters are both squealing and giddy – I don't see it.
    I agree he did a good job with Angie, but it really wasn't anything amazing.
    And Lionel Richie has been on so many seasons of Idol, you'll probably get your wish there Lisa. :)

    March 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Bob

    This is the worst bunch they've ever had on AI. This show is officially dead. MARK IT DOWN.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  199. protogere

    Why all of the harsh judging of their looks?

    March 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  200. janet f

    Is Aaron a girl?

    March 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Bob S

    WOW...looked at Aaron. I think he got into the wrong studio and was spray tanned by the Dancing With The Stars crew. The boy can sing. His best performance so far.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  202. janet f

    Who would want to sit close to Ellen. She looks like a frog. Very disturbing. And who would want to talk to Kara, boring, boring

    March 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  203. michele

    o wow iliked aaron tonight...remeinds me of david archuletta

    March 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Bob S

    For someone with a case of laryngitis, Paige rocked it tonight.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  205. janet f

    Ah HA HA just getting worse. Who needs another Rob Thomas, John Meyer, et al. Nothing unique with this bunch. Paige HUH get rid of the phony contacts. Oh Ryan just said get ready for some rock and roll. I will say that it is all very amusing though

    March 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  206. protogere

    I may have spoke too soon in saying Lee was the best of the night – I LOVED Paige and I haven't been much of a fan of hers, but wow.
    I loved the twangy sound, the way she rearranged the song, the way she performed all around the stage – wow that was really good. Even moreso after hearing her scratchy speaking voice.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Loray White

    Pray tell me...why is Paige trying to sound like a white country western gal. Please stick to your soulfulness!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Loray White

    when you close your eyes and just listen with your ears, most of them sound the same. Ho-hum, sleepy, boring..The judges really need to emphasize to the voting audience those that haven't been able to break away from the same ole'- same old sound.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  209. protogere

    Yeah Michelle, at one point Ellen had just began speaking and Kara was drumming her fingers on the table the whole time. Rearrange the seating if it is that big of an issue!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  210. protogere

    And for Kara and Ellen, it keeps getting wider. After Siobhan's performance Kara hugged Simon and literally pulled her chair within inches of his in doing so – I guess that was her attempt at subtlety.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  211. protogere

    I agree with you Lisa, best of the night so far. Lee wins tonight for originality and just a strong performance. I would have never pegged that as a Stones' song through his performance and I really enjoyed it. Had kind of an easy listening beat to it – Rob Thomas, thank you Randy, I was sitting here mentally jogging through artists to make a comparison.
    I didn't think it was safe, I thought he took a risk by straying away from his normal rock mode and giving it such an unique arrangement.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  212. michele

    did you see kara motion her hand for ellen to hurry up....man i can't stand her

    March 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Bob S

    Lee sounds like John Mayer after a night with Jessica Simpson...breathless. Left me wanting more...hmm, just like Mayer, but, Lee is not my napalm.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  214. protogere

    I really think Siobhan is one to watch, still. She emotionally finds her way through every song she sings and I kind of like her makeover, very timely and a good reminder that she is still very young. I think she has such a powerful voice, but I'm with you on the high notes. In the R-E-S-P-E-C-T song, it worked, but not every song deserves that drawn out falsetto sound.
    I didn't see Adam Lambert. I just saw the production team doing what they have always done by catering to some performers and performances a bit more heavily than others. I mean think back to Daughtry's Ring of Fire and how they went all out with the lighting and effects.
    Anyhow, I like her a lot and I think she will have some staying power in this contest.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  215. janet f

    They all suck big time. Really makes you appreciate a great singer like Jagger. It's funny to me that every week the judges tell them to sing something current and tonite they have to sing songs from 30 to 40 yrs old. This show has definitely jumped the shark. I would like to throw a cream pie in their faces and the judges too.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  216. beth

    How old are you??? You've never heard of "Play with Fire"?? One of the Stone's finest.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  217. bella

    personally, Lisa, I thought Siobhan was amazing in that she kept surprising me throughout the song. like in the beginning i thought it was a bit low but then it just got better and better and better and i love her! i call her winning the show

    March 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Bob S

    Siobhan is the personification of quirky and enjoyable. Strapless dress and army boots, now that's a fashion statement. Looks like her dad dressed her after the umpteenth bender he's been on in his life. She has a future as a performance artist. Loved it!!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Tari

    Blah-what is wrong with Idol? This is the most boring season ever! And the singing is so whiny tonight. There just isn't any "MAGIC" happening. AI-shape up, or I'm getting out.

    One final note-please leave Carrie Underwood outta this season. She is soooo overated! And a boring country artist, i.e.; no personality!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  220. protogere

    It's like Jason Castro is back again with his ukulele, that was really odd. Ellen's analogy worked there to describe Tim's performance. I haven't liked Tim once and while I finally heard who got the boot and why he is back, I can't for the life of me figure out why he is still here. He's awkward behind the mic. He did make sense there though in saying how he decided to try to not perform like the Stones in any way – and he succeeded in that goal but that's about it.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  221. michele

    you watch kara is gonna go nuts over casey

    March 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Bob S

    The crazy Christian movement star is on now. He is an underdog and if they decide to remake the Mickey Mouse Club again, he's a shoo-in. This performance is like watching a HS talent show. Cute, but, not AI material.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  223. protogere

    Bob, I think you're rather harsh, don't you? This isn't about do they look good enough to win. If I remember rightly from the auditions, his father was in gangs and struggled to break free and keep his kids out of criminal activity. His father was making a light joke about his son only showing interest in collecting keys as a little kid, not that the best he could hope for for Andrew was that potentially he might grow up to be a custodian.
    And Katie is a child, so obviously her ability to construct thoughts and communicate them is going to be like that of a teenager.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  224. protogere

    (That gap between the chairs of Ellen and Kara got wider over the break.)
    I think Katie did pretty well, and yeah, she does have a hell of a big voice for her age. She hasn't performed extremely well through the past several weeks so to say it is her best performance isn't saying a lot, but it really was her best.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  225. ADT

    I can't stand Andrew and I can't stand Katie. I think they both need to go home and in fact, I think they should have been sent home last week!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Bob S

    Oh no, it's the spoiled little Connecticut pageant queen. Why is she still on the show? And, her inability to articulate any thought alone should get her immediately banished back to the pageant circuit. From age 8 to now, no improvement.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  227. michele

    UGHHHHHHHH I MISS PAULA AND SIMON TOGETHER

    March 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  228. protogere

    Wow, I really enjoyed Andrew's performance. He left the guitar behind and I thought he was very powerful. I don't think he deserved Randy's criticism, but I am very biased, because he is my choice male. He wasn't as good as he has been, but he conveyed a lot of emotion in his voice.
    Here goes Kara again about the song writing connections, thank you Simon for verbally slapping her. While to an extent I can agree with some of her points, he isn't a Vietnam era child, obviously he can't show the passion of his disagreement with it, and like you said Lisa, most every single Stones' song was recorded before they were even conceived so having an honest connection with the words is going to be a stretch.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  229. michele

    (What's up with Kara and Ellen still avoiding any and all interaction?)

    DITTO I AGREE WITH YA THERE

    I DIDN'T LIKE ANDREW TONIGHT EITHER...SO FAR BIG MIKE IS MY FAV

    AND KARA IS TALKING LIKE PAULA NOW IMO

    March 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Bob S

    When your father thinks you'll be a custodian in life, that's not a lot of confidence in your child's ability. The glasses have to go. After all, who wears two windshields for eyeglasses? That performance was Karaoke in da Hood.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Sandy Gearhart

    Ellen sure looked mad at Ryan for his "natural blonde" comment

    March 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  232. protogere

    I would have never pegged Lacey for a church singer. You know I think I have finally figured out who she reminds me of – Fiona Apple. She has such an odd and quirky but somewhat melodious voice. I thought she started it out with a lot of potential, I loved the orchestra sound and then it just got weird.
    I thought Ellen brought up a good point there about her movement during the song, it was kind of strange when you feel that crescendo building she plopped herself down.
    (What's up with Kara and Ellen still avoiding any and all interaction?)

    March 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Bob S

    Lacey is like an echo. You hear the same thing over and over again. And, that's not a good thing.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  234. protogere

    I am not a big Casey fan but he did a great job in bringing himself and his style into his performance, I felt a Southern Rock type of vibe off of his style.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  235. michele

    casey sucked

    March 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  236. protogere

    I didn't know Didi's song choice before, but I went and listened to the 1965 original and she did haunt it up a lot and infuse a lot more emotion.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Wayne M.M.J

    I am watching it now. And it started with Big Mike whom did a wonderful job of singing the song. Great interaction with the host Ryan & Simon.
    And then Simon(s) comment about the dancing. Doing a stones song in R & B is fine I guess. But the stones sort of did the rock dance. It would have been cool to see Mike doing a sort of rock movement to the performance. It may have worked a bit more to his advantage. He still did a great job on vocals and Randy put it in great terms. Started off a bit not sure and then he pulled it off. All the judges are giving constructive criticism . The second performance DIDI amazing. Always such beautiful contestants. So far the first two are knock outs! I mean did very well.They did what they should do. Waiting for the third contestant or Idol. Casey is playing guitar, looks great and seems to sing and play relaxed. I am writing this prior to the feed back by the judges. Thing he has a great rock voice. Sings very well. Not sure I ever heard that song before. May have! " I used to love her but it's all over now". Bluesy rock tune!!!

    Judging now happening.. Randy said he can make a great artist and he is back. Helen – Woman hearts will race just looking at him. She thought is was fantastic... Kara – Said trying to be a rock star prior and tonight he is a rock star. Blues and Said missing from him. His best performance since they met. Simon said it was like an audition performance. Not using the stage and platform to do something unique.. Watch it back. There has got to be more.. Just be a star is what Simon said. Well he did great anyways. What Simon means is
    do something extra with the song that is unique.. Be a star.. Guess being a star .. you have to earn it... Which it really is hard work but perhaps to use the feed back to make better calculated choices will help the contestants out. Well I will continue watching the show. Great so far. Not heard anyone do Beast Of Burden . love that tune.. There are a lot of great Stones songs.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Bob S

    Casey knocked it out of the park and kept his shirt on. SCORE!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Bob S

    Didi was off-key as usual.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  240. protogere

    I love Didi but this is the second painful week for me listening to her. I love her choice – I hadn't ever heard it either Lisa, but she sounded so flat. The emotion was there, but her vocal range didn't work real well with the song I don't think.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Bob S

    Sorry, but, I just don't get this guy. The only thing bigger than his arms is his ego. I predict a one-shot deal and then fade into obscurity like Ruben.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  242. protogere

    I kind of wondered who determined them to be the most iconic too Lisa. I like them, but I think they have some competition.

    I don't care much for the background video clips of the contestants, I don't know but it just comes across like a pity back story. It's one thing at the start of the competition but not before each performance. Anyhow...

    I think this is when we get to see them split off into their 'true selves" and the cream rises to the top as they say. You can see the ones who do really well at karaoke and the ones who can recreate the wheel with style.
    I like Big Mike and he did a fairly good job, but I didn't hear him own the song, which is kind of what I had feared would be the case tonight with everyone. I love his voice though and he had a lot of energy and performing talent.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |

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