April 13th, 2010
09:30 PM ET

Did the 'Idol' Top 9 do Elvis justice?

I'm thinking no.

My friend Kelly nailed it when she said that it's like "Idol" went to high school and we don't know it anymore. Only a few standout performances and lots of "ehhhh."

I miss my old friend "Idol!"

Adam Lambert was OK as a mentor, but he could only do so much. One of the biggest issues this season is that there is no Lambert.

Your thoughts?


soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. Connie

    Casey, Siobhan, possibly Lee, are great performers; whenever I watch or listen to the rest, I feel like I've just taken a sleeping pill

    and I will never understand why the judges give so much praise to Mike, who has never rocked it, he is mediocre and too full of himself, and when he sang, "In the ghettt – toe", it was so boring, plus, hey, wait a minute, didn't American vote him out almost two weeks ago? oh yeah, that's right, America voted, and the judges overruled America

    April 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AI fan

    Crystal, Lee, Casey, big Mike, Siobhan

    And thats really all the talent this season has.......

    Crystal is far and away the best..... then Lee

    April 15, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. dtny

    I think mozart needs to check her facts. Adam Lambert's CD did great! Platinum in US and Canada, his single has been in top 20 and top 10 billboards, and has close to 1 million downloads. He was the best mentor so far this year. Honest, at a minimum! This years contestants are just blah! No one has any personality. Crystal is a good singer, but after a while, it is the same old thing. Lee has potential to be good, great voice, but boring as heck to watch. Tim Urban is beyond BAD, but has the teeny bopper votes. Seems this year more than most it has become a popularity contest, just like High School.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. reid

    Ryan (Seacrest out) needs to go (how about bring back Dunkleman as host? It would give the show something new, which it desperately needs. That would show him for mouthing off the other night).... Lack of talent? Yes. This should be the final year for AI.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. dpgreeneyes

    Big mistake keeping that little twit Aaron....just there for the teeny bopper crowd. He does not have talent. At least Andrew was inventive, Aaron is not. Again, disappointed.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scarlett

    The contestants on Idol may not be super talented - but let's be real. How many of the top performers out there are actually talented? Miley Cyrus? Justin Bieber? Please ... They are just as manufactured as any Idol contestant. Hearing some of these musical guests (like Usher) sing live and you realize that most artists have lots of work in the studio to make the sound even half way decent. They rely way too much on "performance" and not enough on actual musical talent.

    Sadly, Idol is a true reflection of the music biz these days. The only difference is you get to see the transformation before your eyes. The contestant will be praised for their originality, etc. only to wind up being forced to put out a bland, pop album targeted at the teens. Has happened with nearly every winner. If Daughtry had won ... he'd have had to record some crap album like Taylor Hicks did and he wouldn't have been nearly as successful. (Not saying Hicks would have had Daughtry's success with a different album - but he would have done better had he stuck to the style of music that his fans liked)

    Probably the best that these contestants can hope for is to stick around to get exposure and then get booted so they aren't stuck making the crappy, standard pop formula album that the Idol machine will foist upon them.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jan

    I'm thinking the reason they have mediocre mentors this year is because no one is willing to be the mentor of the mediocre talent. So they are picking up whoever they can that might draw some people/tweens/teens to watch.....what "musical star" in their right mind would want to be showcased as a mentor to average singers ?

    April 15, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Divine

    Don't wanna be a Simon Cowell but I think there are no stand-outs this season. They begin to sound predictable and sorry, "boring".

    April 15, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lj

    Siobhan is a screecher and I simply can not figure out who in the world votes for her. Eww! Big Mike is disappointing. He's an awesome vocalist, but needs to step it up...pick something that is not a slow song and show us something. Crystal is amazing and I will most likely buy her CD when she puts one out, but I doubt the little-girl-teen idol voters will support her to the end. My husband and I (aged 46 and 40, respectively) dig music in general and brave the "dork" comments being fans. Yes, it was more spectacular when we got to watch Adam Lambert or Kelly Clarkson rock the house, but don't give up because of your age! There are some great vocalists...it would be even better to see great performers!

    April 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cris

    Boringgggggggg,

    April 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kathy

    I have always been a fan of Idol but I have to say, this is a bomb of a year. Some of the contestants have a little talent but not enough to keep them a star even if they win. This is a very disappointing season. Is this the best America has to offer?

    April 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex,the music fanatic

    I think for the last couple of years,if not since the beginning,American Idol is looking for people they can mold into the next big thing.

    But to do that,the winner probably won't stand out that much.I can't even remember who beat Adam Lambert last year.And I can barely remember David Cook (is that his name?)

    People who have a distinct personality would probably be difficult to mold.

    Such as Siobhan,Crystal or Mike.

    I think it does make a big difference on who wins if you follow the judge's advice.

    I think Mike is the best pure singer.But since he hasn't really found a song and made it his own as the judges would like,he was almost kicked off the show last week.

    Tim Urban does what the judges advise and now he seems to be one of their favorites.

    American Idol is looking at record sales,as well as they should.

    There are people in this group,that if they were signed to a record label that would let them be themselves,they could be a success.

    That might not mean huge record sales,but they would have a solid fan base none the less.

    They missed the mark on Daughtry and I think they've been kicking themselves ever since.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chloe

    Katie is a little princess Diva. Yucko. Ho hum voice. I hope she gets the boot along with Andrew. Both very crappy. Crystal is by far the best. Big Mike is very good, but very typical. Reminds me of Reuben Studdard, and look how far he went. NOT. The teenage boys are doing ok for two who shouldn't even really be there. Sioban needs to quit screaming. Casey and Lee are pretty good. Depends on the fan base as to who goes. I just hope one of them is Andrew. He is just painful to watch and listen to.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KT

    I thought Crystal and Lee were good with Mike coming in third. I think Andrew will be gone along with possibly Tim or Aaron. Tim should have been gone a long time ago.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Crystal, Siobhan and Michael are fabulous. Last night, I thought they all did great. I personally hope it comes down to Crystal and Michael. I agree that knowone this season presents themselves as Adam Lambert did. He is a true showman with immense talent. I also believe that Ellen is a great addition to the show.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Isay

    Crystal is OVER RATED. She came out every week, same old, same old. The same junky stuff. Same tune, same performing, same, same same,

    Oh, God, I pray that she is NOT the Idol for this year.... Please....

    April 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. lovetolisten

    I would not turn Lee nor Crystal off if their songs were playing on my radio. They both have voices that make me want to listen. So many of the others sound like every other "pop" voice out there. I don't need someone running all over the stage while they perform – James Taylor seems to have done pretty well through the years sitting on a stool and singing away. I close my eyes as each performer sings and that's how I judge them – they won't be dancing across my dash board as I'm driving so stage presence/theatrics isn't high on my list.

    I thought Usher was one of the best mentors we've seen and I applaud his honesty. I too would like to see some more of the greats coming in and mentoring.

    As to the guest performers they've had on the show this year -that's where I become disgusted and turn the volume down. Perhaps I am old fashioned but I just don't get the bump and grinding crotch grabbing performers we see today. Then again, that's why I choose to listen with my eyes closed!

    April 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Donna

    Ho- Hum.....What are the unnecessary remarks between Simon and Ryan about? These two have been distracting and rude to each other since the beginning. I guess that they think they are funny. Simon tells it like it is. He knows his business, so does Randy. I miss Paula, she was so much of Idol. I can't imagine the show without Simon. It might be a good time to call it quits. Adam Lambert? And poor Ellen has appeared to be unprepared for this show. As far as the contestants are concerned, they seem confused by the conflicting "advice" given from the judges. Simon looks for that inner person and wants each person to stay who they are then a judge gives what must be the wrong advice and a 16 year old Katie turns into just some other girl singer, and they pretty much all sound the same.....commercial! $$$$$

    April 14, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. KatGHTown

    I for one am happy that they now allow artists into the contest. My opinion is that it is the best season yet. The karaoke singing was REALLY getting old. Other than Carrie Underwood, the Idol contestant that has done the best commercially is Chris Daughtrey. He would fit in nicely with the group this year.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Fitzwilly56

    April 14th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

    I missed any follow-up to last week's blog, but just wondering if the author ever figured out why George Harrison didn't make an appearance for the Beatles week on Idol?
    I assume someone let the bad news be known?

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    Joe–did you want them to cart out his rotten corpse? Harrison has been dead of cancer for 9 years now....

    April 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jan

    Oh well, Idol is definitely on its way out. Adam just reminded me last night how great it used to be–he was fantastic without even singing and stole the show for me. (Seems like such a genuinely nice guy).

    I do think it's sad that someone like Tim...who admittedly has improved but is still no superstar...will likely get into the top 5 and maybe even higher and higher becuase the most folks voting are those young girls! I give him kudos for what I think is a great strategy of singing those love songs.

    I, too am not bowled over by anyone this season but would like to see big mike up there–he seems to have not just great vocals but a special presance on stage.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Fitzwilly56

    I think Adam did a good job mentoring....I agreed with every comment that he was shown making and I think some of his comments were taken to heart and showed in the performance.

    Tim is doing better, but I wasn't wowed by his performance...the first half of his performance sounded like he couldn't catch he breath–he needed to sustain those notes a bit.

    Aaron stumbled, Blue Sueded Shoes was sounding very Karaoke to me and his outfit seemed like "Elvis Impersonator" material. I think he's one of the bottome three.

    Andrew should have gone two weeks ago and his hound dog should be put to sleep tonight.

    I don't understand why the judges Dissed Siobhan...I liked her performance I think its insulting to compare her to Sanjaya–she at least has pipes.

    Last weeks stunt with Michael Lynche was unforgiveable–another sign that Idol manipulates the audience/voters. I don't think Lynche was bottom three and the save was all part of the script. This week he delivered another consistently good vocal and I think he's the guy to beat.

    Ditto for Crystal.

    Casey better zip up his act. Last night was a credible performance, but not memorable–he picked a little known Elvis song, performed it well but I can't remember it today.

    Lee better loosen up and smile.

    Katie did suprisingly well.

    My guess for bottom three: Tim, Andrew, Aaron. I think Andrew and Aaron go and that's my surprise–Tim will survive again.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Cleareye

    Idol is only a little better than karaoke bar. And who are the two dirigibles with enough nerve to critique the talent?

    April 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dan R

    Oh, and Ryan's got to go. He's out of control and comes accross as a real jerk.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Dan R

    I sill like the show and would likely continue to watch it in its present format. But a show can only stay popular for so long. I agree that major format changes are needed. As long as Simon is leaving, why not do it then?
    I would get rid of Cara and Randy too. Randy just says the same couple things over anmd over. And Cara is just ridiculously self-important and pretentious. It makes me hit th FF button till she's done talking.
    At leats Ellen just gives her opinions and makes jokes, although itseems like she's ben squashed by the prucers after the first few weeks. Keep Ellen and get two or three new judges – one more entertaining celebrity and two true music experts. Someone who knows what they're talking about.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Joe

    I like the show this year. There is a lot of talent. You can't compare year after year, and you have to remember that most years rarely have more than a few talented people out of thousands that apply. Even they have trouble in their careers since it takes more than talent. A bit of luck and some great songs that catch on are also needed.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. BLACKEYEDPEA

    Crystal is clearly the standout performer of them all. I'd say Lee is 2nd place. The rest are either "eh" or terrible.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  28. LD

    I have read just about every comment. They are all right. This year has brought a few youngsters into the ring. But, they are good.

    Every year there is a teenie bopper idol, this year it is Tim. He did pretty good last night, previously he has not done all that great.

    Last week Andrew and Mike were on their way out, Mike got the lowest vote and got saved. I think they should of saved that for this week, I have a bad feeling that someone good is going home tonight and one of those two from last week will be left.

    Idol needs to follow suit like Dancing with the Stars. Points awarded by fans and judges. A smile doesn't make up for a great song.

    I am not sure who will replace Simon, but whatever the case maybe, the entire show needs to change.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dawn

    Crystal wins – hands down..... enough said.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. sloan

    So many complaints, so many people stuck with blinders on. There is talent. It may not be your cup of tea, but its become so vogue to complain, its just boring. Stop watching if you don't like it. Some of us want to enjoy the journey

    April 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Lady Di Florida

    Ho humm..I know what the problem is – it's soooo boring. Everyone just stands there & puts us to sleep. I agree that they should ban the instruments again-it's a singing contest-not an audition for a band. They all have nice voices, but they just sing & don't ever "feel" what they are singing; there is just no feeling behind their words. I used to sing back in the day, & as soon as I had that mic in my hand I turned into a totally different person & got totally lost in my song; I got lost cause i just loved singing and the release it provided; that's what they don't have; they don't know how to put their emotion in their songs. But I'll still watch, but I do channel check during the commercials.......sad

    April 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Pcobiwan

    The gals made a comment about Siobhan's hair and outfit that they 'couldn't put a finger on'. I know what it is! Those of us who were young adults in the 80s really don't want to go back there 😛

    April 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Kim

    Crystal, of course, was good (although I am not her biggest fan, maybe she irks me because she reminds me of me- just a personality issue). Andrew, sorry dude- you are sweet and all but not entertaining and not the best song renditions or choices. Teim is cute but I didn't vote for him last night, I figure he will get enough "cute" votes to keep him around. Lee, love ya dude and please keep smiling. Siobhan is one of my favorites- don't kill her for the big moment and have her change it and then kill her over toning it down. Mike I like. Katie did good not sure of her ego. Casey, it wasn't his best night.

    April 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Don Roberts

    I feel the remark Ryan made to Adam about the tongue was very inappropriate, and very rude toward the man, and they should reprimand hm for it. He thinks he is so funny. Lately he has come out with some very ugly insinuations about the judges panel and he has always taunted Simon. I don't know how Simon can keep from punching him right in his big mouth.

    April 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  35. paula

    None of the 9 did Elvis justice..a couple of them sang OK–but no real performers in the bunch. In past years, I would have trouble picking who I'd like to win–this year I'm not wowed by any of them. I thought Adam was a good coach...constructive without being negative–but most didn't listen to him either. I'm not quite sure how the majority of the contestants made it this far.

    April 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dan R

    It's not that the show is really any worse, or the singers are bad. It's just that people are getting bored with out because it's bene on so long. Really only a handful of shows ever last longer than 8-9 years before everyone, including the performers/writers etc get bored.
    Remember how stupid the things Paula used to say were? Has Randy EVER had much meaniungful to say? Yet the people loved the show anyway. Has there really ever been more than 3-4 good singers on the show in most years.
    It's just run it's course (jumped the shark), but a slong as it keeps getting huge ratings it isn't going anywhere. It seems strage that just about everyone says the show is not that good anymore, but it still rules the ratings. I understand the performance episode of the dancing show has topped it the last couple weeks for the first time, but it's still #2 and 3 every week..

    April 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Lois

    It would be very hard to do the KING justice,,there has been noone ....past present or future that is up to the KING;s genius......I had to turn it off..really bad that night...The KING is the KING for a reason...I miss him and will always.......

    April 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  38. DawnJ

    Are we forgetting two people go home tonight???

    April 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  39. sally

    Worse year yet. Can't stand Kara, Ellen is useless, although she is
    great everywhere but on Idol, sick of Randy's "check it out", "dawg",
    etc. Simon is the only judge worth anything.

    Andrew should go for sure. As for the other one, could be anyone. I
    like Tim, and have liked Aaron until last night. Crystal and Lee are
    front-runners, Katie is good, Siobhan is good, Casey is good...and
    Mike is good, but NO ONE is great, like some of the contestants in the
    past. This should be the last season for Idol. Paula being gone has
    really hurt the show, and once Simon goes...Forget It!!!!!!!!

    By the way, people who send in these comments need to learn the
    difference between your and you're...get a clue, idiots.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Desiidol

    Loved Loved Loved Lambert. I think he brought out some of the best performances from the contestants with his elan and chutzpah!

    Go Aaron and Shiobhan!!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Quirky

    Crystal and Mike were the best last night. Crystal's my favorite! I found an hour long audio of her doing her own music live (Chicago Acoustic Underground) ...AMAZING stuff! She's the real deal. I also adore Lee with his delicious radio voice. He's gonna go the road of Daughtry I think and surprise some people, even though he won't win. I also like Casey (he kind of reminds me of Stevie Ray Vaughn without the swagger). I think Andrew (for sure) and Katie, Siobhan, or Aaron will be going home. How's that for narrowing it down! lol I thought it was hilarious that their "mentor" had no bragging rights. I wouldn't bust Adam, but he had some pretty nasty things to say about Susan Boyle's album. Guess he doesn't realize some of his fans also like Subo. Way to alienate fans there Adam. He did do a pretty nice job though and I wouldn't mind seeing him again. Hey American Idol, Aretha Franklin actually wants to mentor... if you don't mind using a mentor with years and years of experience!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Pam

    They did not do justinde to Elvis. I was expecting lots more from the show....and what's up with Ryan Seacrest?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Simon Clone

    And yes Big Mike is very good, but do we really need another Luther Vandross (maybe becuase he dead...). I really hope Siobhon makes it through if for nothing else her Mary Poppins tat.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jane

    I figure Elvis was turning over in his grave last night! But then NOBODY can do Elvis – but Elvis!! Here it is America – gone will (should) be Andrew and Shioban. Bottom 3 – hmmm that's tough. I say – Aaron, Katie and Big Mike. Tim needs to go but apparently some people with no ear for vocal talent keep voting him through. My money to win is Crystal – now Elvis would adore her!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  45. hippiechick

    Becca, thank you, I knew that didn't look right! Jennifer has had an amazing career, hasn't she?

    And I agree, Lee is my favorite for being someone who's CD I would buy. I saw Danny Gokey in concert and he blew me away. I have his new CD which is the biggest selling debut CD in Sony's history!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  46. jackie chattanooga tn

    What about bowersox? She may not be Adam Lambert, but personally I am tired of seeing all the teeny boppers and would prefer that someone wins that can actually sing. It seems that just maybe . . . the runners-up have a better shot of making it.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Lonnie Delaney

    I have read many comments that American Idol has run its course! While this season isn't outstanding in overall talent as others have been, the show should go on! American Idol gives a no name person, without connections, money, or relatives in the in business a chance to be heard and make it big! Every season produces a new crop of singers and the harvest of each year will vary. The judges are there to help guide America's youth to give their best performance and improve. Paula's guidance is missed ,but in the end the American viewers are the final judge! Vote for your favorite singer and look forward to next years crop. I hope the show runs for many years too come for the unknown talent who is trying to be discovered!

    April 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Marnie

    I stopped watching Idol after the 3rd show. There is no real talent this year, certainly no stars compared with past seasons. No David Cook or Adam Lambert or anyone who even comes close.

    Goodbye Idol, you were fun to watch, but that's over now

    April 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Joe

    I missed any follow-up to last week's blog, but just wondering if the author ever figured out why George Harrison didn't make an appearance for the Beatles week on Idol?
    I assume someone let the bad news be known?

    j
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    b

    April 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Kitty

    This season is only showing how GREAT Adam Lambert was and still is! I was more interested in seeing him then listening to the contestants. Crystal is the best and should be the winner but I think after having someone as amazing and energizing as Adam last year, the show will never live up to that standard again.

    This season has contestants with great voices, but they are boring performers. If this was the season before Adam, people wouldnt be complaining so much. He set a standard. All else is sub-par.

    P.S. Shibon and Mike are waaaaaaay overrated. They need to go!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Haverchuck

    Siobhan, once again, displayed her amazing voice and artistry. It's true that she needs to settle down and keep it more real, but she can do more with her voice than any of the others, including Crystal.

    Mike needs to go ASAP. America has already spoken and we don't like our voice to be overridden by idiot judges.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  52. JK

    sorry, but the contestants this year are simply not very good.
    Not one of them deserves to be called American Idol, no matter who wins.

    Adam Lambert set the bar high.....and the show should now be cancelled.
    No wonder Simon is leaving. Stop the Bleeding.......

    Kara is awful for the show..

    Sad, but the producers should know when to pull the plug......

    Joan

    April 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Dwight

    Mama Sox should win it all, but remember last year when Adam Lambert looked like the clear winner?
    The only way that Crystal Bowersox won't win is if her fans don't vote, thinking that she is a shoo in.
    The is week, I will be very surprised if Andrew isn't gone.
    He totally "BUTCHERED" his song last night.
    As far as I am concerned, he should have been gone about two weeks ago, & probably would have been had there been better singers than about the bottom four right now.
    Tonight the two kicked off will be Andrew, & AAron, or Tim..
    Maybe MIkes performance last night might save him for another week.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  54. sharug

    This year the show is BORING! Yes, Paula was loopy, but ENTERTAINING! Kara knows the technicalities, but who cares?! Is it just me or does she look uncomfortable next to Ellen. (btw, straight stay at home mom, here) Simon and Ellen are the only entertainment on this year. Geez, I figure they put Adam on to try and wake them up a bit. Sigh, to no avail. yawn.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Brad

    My bottom 3 with who will be going is:

    Tim

    Siobhan (may be a little shocker, but I think she will go)

    Andrew (will probably leave over Tim.)

    I actually don't get all the hate for Aaron and Big Mike, sure they are a level below Crystal, but I think they are the best 2 sounding guys there. They know how to mix it up and go out of there comfort zones. They are the only 2 guys willing to take risks the past few weeks. I thought Aaron was the only one who did Elvis any respect, he didn't change the song a lot, but that song it is hard to change it and still give it respect it deserves. As far as respecting Elvis, he did the best job last night. Big Mike has some great vocals too, and he is also trying hard to take risks too. I think he did a great job along with Aaron at going out of there comfort zone and trying to take a risk on a big song. jmho, will be a shocker to me if Aaron or Big Mike go home.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jer

    I think that Mike and Andrew will be going home this week!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  57. becca

    hippiechick, I believe that was Jennifer Hudson that won the Oscar, not Holliday. I am an AI junkie, have been since the beginning, but I must admit, it has lost it's appeal. The lack of talent is so disappointing. If I had to pick a winner right now, I'd say "none of them." Crystal was the best , at the beginning, but she has gotten so predictable that she's almost boring. I can't stand the chick that screams. Katie reminds me of a little spoiled girl thats use to getting what she wants. Andrew, well he just SUCKS! I'd say Lee has the most potential to be a recording artist. I'd buy his CD.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Dean Smith

    Get rid of Mike. This guy is so used to getting his way all his life because of his size. He inimidates...not always intentionally but its' there and You Better Bet He Uses It. Not to mention he is fake. He is one of those that acts like they like you, but in reality, he is only being nice so as to make himself come off looking good. He is not genuine, but a genuine Phony. If you know anything about people and have studied them, as we all do from time to time, you will see him for who he truly is.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  59. starzzguitar

    I for one enjoyed tremendously the close ups of Siobhan during her "critique" by the judges. Beautiful and honest. Loved the "Huh....?" look in her eyes and the welling slow burn anger. Her comments to the judges was GREAT! Her and Katie (and Tim) are the only ones acting like they are competing in a singing contest. Some say these young singers act immature. Well, they are immature! So what? I like seeing them get better each week, and some have had complete make-overs! Mike, Andrew, go home....boring!!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dave in Connecticut

    I was impressed when Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell told everyone in Connecticut to vote for Katie Stevens on the local news last night. Do other states do that for their Idol contestants? Katie definitely is a keeper and a pretty and talented girl. She was awesome last night. I see her in the top four or five with a bright career ahead of her. Go Katie!!!! Ct is behind you all the way.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  61. TampaBayOldie

    BOTTOM THREE:

    ANDREW

    MIKE

    AARON

    Hopefully in THAT order! Send Big Mike home once and for all!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  62. The Best Critic

    I like some of what mozart4898 said. Adam was overhyped last year, and I guess that is how the music biz works.

    Idol doesn't have the same kick this year as it did for many Glambert fans last year. I'm still surprised that Simon stayed on the show past 3 seasons.

    Unfortunately Andrew's time has come. He is Sam Cooke's voice reincarnated. He's incredibly cool and I hope he makes some good original music.

    I didn't care enough for anyone to vote last night (same as last week). Casey, Crystal, and Lee have ready voices for the studio/stage. Katie and Tim have really come on lately. Siobhan sounded like "Peter, Paul, and Mary" instead of her usual Toni Braxton (sans her bits of screaming). Aaron still needs another few years in the incubator in Nashville. Big Mike can channel Luther Vandross. I'd rather see him in Boyz 2 Men.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Perrin

    2 kass...newsflash...you're in the entertainment section. Go back to world and U.S. events and shut up....

    April 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jerome Jay

    As I prepare to enter the realm of middle age (I'll be 72 next birthday) and after assisting in raising six children ranging now in ages of 30
    though 45 I believe I am qualified to give my opinion concerning
    American Idol:

    I Love Idol especially form the top 24 through the finals. The talent
    of these young people is remarkable. I do hope, however, that the producers make wise choices in selecting their judges for next year.

    Up to, but not including this year, my favorite performer has been Allison Iraheta. I am looking forward to purchasing her cds and dvds. She is a dynamite performer and her duets with Adam Lambert are truly top drawer.

    My favorites from previous years include Melinda Doolitle, Cary Underwood and Vonselle Washington.

    This year the talent of Crystal Bowersox totally blows my mind. Her rendition of "Me and Bobby McGee" was beyond outstanding and I look forward to sharing her future.

    For all you naysayers who predict the demise of Idol I say with a little tweaking Idol will be as good as ever. Give it a chance.

    Thank you American Idol for bringing so much enjoyment into my home.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Hmm...

    Moon627: I think we are on the exact same page. I agree 100% with you!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Rickie

    I think that the Idols before had some pretty amazing performers and performances. The contestants now are true performers, they play their own instruments and sing incredibly well. I think that they are getting poor advice from the judges and the majority of them are just trying to do what they think the judges will like. The only ones who are truly successful on this years idol are the ones who ignore what the judges say and do their own thing. I was a big fan of Andrew but he definitely" fell off".... Siobhan, I'm sorry but she sings like a def person talks, she really needs to go. The little guy Aaron, sings well but really needs to go he's too small and weird. Katie just sounds like way too many old idol performers like Kelly Clarkson... I don't know about anyone else but I am looking for something new this yr. Big Mike by the way has an amazing voice, he should just walk away and try to get a deal on his own and let someone more unique win this yr.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Dave in Connecticut

    This season of Idol is not quite as flashy as the performers of last season. Adam Lambert left big shoes to fill, but I think you have to have some low key seasons in order to fully appreciate it when an Adam Lambert type is a contestant. Last season was great and spectacular and this season is ordinary, ordinary just like the previous seasons before the arrival of Adam Lambert. Its actually the norm for Idol and last year was the exception and not the rule, a fluke if you will. Anyway, I am guessing Andrew or Aaron is heading to the chopping block tonight, I am thinking that with the chances Andrew has had to get his act together, its time for him to leave. Tim was my favorite to go home but he always manages to sneak through with his smiley personality and his performances have improved. Aaron I also think should go, he has very short range and I seem to always catch his songs a bit off key maybe its my sound system I don't know. Siobhan, got a bum rap last night, I like her and the way she sings, she is very versitile and unpredictable, she can be Celine Dion one week and then Linda Ronstat, Pat Benatar another week and has awesome range in her voice, she seems a bit daft and slow when being interviewed though. I could be totally wrong with my prediction as I did not see big Mike in the bottom three last week, so who knows.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Sabata

    Randy Jackson said it all when he said Siobhan could sing. Kara said she was confused? Gee, really....Bring back Paula....

    April 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  69. embrey

    American Idol has had its day in the sun, it is no longer a good show or even worth talking about... In other words it's jumped the shark.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Wongy

    How come American Idol contestant never sing Micheal Jackson's song, Is it hard to sing or is there any reasons.
    Please let me know

    April 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Reality Chick

    Ok, I seriouly DO. NOT. GET. Tim. He's terrible! every week, I think he must be cut and yet he stays!

    Baffled.

    I pick Siobhan and Crystal as top two, but only if Siobhan gets back to that 'paint it black' awesomeness. And Sox is talented, but kinda a one trick pony.

    Missing Adam Lambert *sniff*

    April 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  72. hl

    anyone hear both Ryan and Ellen's um comments last night? to me that was the best part of the night!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  73. sugarcane

    Well........again big mike has to go,TONIGHT, geeee whats up with him with all those mushy songs for such a huge guy,he is to stuck on himself. Crystal and Lee did well,i could see those two as the top two in the end,Casey was good but could have been better,Andrew was horrible, the teeny boppers improved a bit,but I dont see them as the winners. Siobhan is to strange for me,sure she can sing ok,but why must she make all those faces,makes her presentation look bad and times when she is singing,she tries to act like a ballerina,this is American Idol,not swan lake.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Lisa

    I think there is alot of talent, but no one has really broken away and become top runner yet!! They all have it but we havent' been "wow'd" by them yet. I still love American Idol

    April 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  75. kass

    Idiots or idol? Let’s see, a war in Iraq, one in Afghanistan, national debt,
    Unemployment, not enough schools, health care issues. Financial and mortgage disasters, and CNN writes about American Idol.
    Are we the only nation that are raising children as idiots, we must be if 50 percent of us follow a cutie that her foreign policy credential is that she can see Russia from home.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Kitkat

    My only comment is – GOOD LUCK NEXT SEASON, there should not be one – go out while you're on somewhat top...same with Dancing with the Stars – Kate is still on??? Both shows suck and should not come back. Just my opinion all you diehearts!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  77. DSangiovanni

    I like it. If you didn't get what he did, sorry to hear that, but he made something new with an old song.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Patrick

    To say this season has no talent tells me you are an idiot and haven't watched the show. Crystal and Lee are by far the most talented and hopefully will be the final two. It's time for these guys to step it up. It's too bad Andrew didn't nail it because I think he is really talented as well but he most likely will be in the bottom three tonight. Aaron and probably Katie will be in the bottom three with Aaron and Andrew leaving tonight.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  79. dh

    Last night's show was not just a slaughter fest, it was a crucifixion. Elvis hasn't stopped rolling in his grave since last night. Crystal was the only good one. Based on last night, the rest were either mediocre, boring or both and need to go. Adam was a very good mentor, but he could only work with what was given him, which wasn't much. As for Siobhan telling Adam she has been compared to him, I don't know which was more laughable, the person who said it or her for taking it seriously. I don't care who gets voted off tonight, but I hope she is at the top of the list.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  80. LACK OF TALENT

    I too was so addicted to IDOL spent the whole time on the phone with my girlfriend who lives 1500 miles away watching together. This year I am sorry once Paula left and the talent this year is just not there. The mentors Miley and Adam sorry they should not be mentoring especially Adam mentor Elvis songs, what a slap to a legend. The votes are popular vote who don't always get it right. The voting should be like Dancing with the Stars 1/2 public and 1/2 judges, that is fair.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  81. hannah g

    I agree with both of you, except I think Andrew and Siobhain will be (and should be) voted off tonight. I thought Crystal, Lee and Casey were by far the best, Tim was runner-up.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Music Lover

    Can't wait to see Adam Lambert to perform tonight on AI... I only not watch it but also TVR it... This is the only night I watch AI this season...

    April 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Holly

    Even me, who can't carry a note in a bucket could have done better than Andrew.
    It was sad to see him fail like he did.
    My vote is on Crystal.
    Bottom 3? Andrew for sure, Then it's a toss up

    April 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Tiffany

    I think Crystal, Casey, Mike and Lee are consistently good. Crystal is always great. Tim used to be terrible but after these last two weeks he's shown that he has some talent and could probably be a better artist than others.

    According to yesterday's performances, Andrew, Siohban (sp?) or Katie should be going home.

    Adam Lambert was a great mentor. He actually gave good criticism and he's a hottie 🙂

    April 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  85. thetruth1028

    New flash...all Male celebrities wear make up. ...get over it...

    Adam = Best Idol ever.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  86. hippiechick

    For those of you who say that Mike is boring, do you remember the one time he sang an upbeat song and danced around? They slammed him, called him karaoke, etc. So, he slowed things down to a ballad pace.

    These poor kids are just trying to keep their heads above water at this point, trying to interpret what in the heck the judges expect in order to get a high-five.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  87. DJ

    Crystal is AWESOME and already a star. I believe Lee will finish second and Casey third....As long as Crystal wins it, I don't much care about the runners-up.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Ron

    I'm really sick of the judges. I think there is almost as much singing talent as past years, but there is so much inconsistency and meaningless feedback in the judges' comments that half of these finalists don't know what to do from one minute to the next. Take Siobhan. She can do things with her voice, and her whole performance routine, that no one else can....kind of in the mold of Adam Lambert. I look forward every week to what she'll do next, just like with Adam last year. Her delivery is almost always right on the money, and her performance is always entertaining. And yet, the judges (esp Kara) are "confused". What does she want to be? I'd say "Who cares?". I'd rather see that than the same exact style and performance every week from Mike, Aaron, Katie, Kasey, etc. Most of the others are either OK, good, or very good, but they stick to their typical style and comfort zone every week and it's getting to where the judges seem to favor that over Shiobhan's pizazz and variety. She has gotten to be almost where Tim was a few weeks ago where she's fallen out of favor with them and can't draw a good review no matter what she does. Instead of just empty comments like "I don't know what kind of performer you are", why don't they make some suggestions like "Try this song, or this artist, or .....". It certainly seems to me like Simon and Randy are sick of the whole gig, and Kara is just trying to be profound every time she speaks. This leaves Ellen, who it's sad to say is probably the only one who typically reflects what the rest of us are thinking.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Patricia C.

    You are so right – you hit it bang on! There is no Adam so that can't be topped and unfortunately, there isn't anyone that has any showmanship – no one stands out. Everyone seems afraid or held back. Where is Idol??? And may I say, even the judges are boring!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  90. PAM

    ELVIS TURNED OVER IN HIS GRAVE EVERY TIME THEY BUTCHERED ONE OF HIS SONGS. DON'T SING ELVIS IF YOU CAN'T SING IT RIGHT. A GREAT SINGER AND ENTERTAINER, NOT ENTERTAINMENT LAST NIGHT. I CAN'T SAY WHAT I THINK OF ELLEN DEGENEARATE, RANDY JACKSON, SIMON COWELL AND THAT OTHER ONE. HOPE THIS IS THE LAST YEAR THIS SHOW IN TELEVISED. IT SUCKS.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Mary

    During the auditions I heard Simon say more than once, "That is what is show is all about – picking contestants that are just ordinary people with no musical background." It seems like Simon and the other judges steered away from the "semi-professional" contestants that they previously allowed in the past!! This is why I believe the contestants are so raw this year - they are in fact – oridinary people who have an OK voice. It takes years of work and energy to develop a voice and previous contestants like Adam, Chris Doughtry, etc. were in bands and developing their voices for years. Next year, we need experienced contestants!!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  92. realnews18

    Really this is whats being reported in the news? WHO CARES!!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  93. sungal

    I like Aaron's voice. I do believe he chose the wrong song last night, but he has a beautiful, clear-cut voice. I hope he doesn't get cut. I think Lee blew it and should go home, as well as Andrew. I have a feeling it may be Aaron and Andrew, but maybe katie will go home – people don't seem to like her, although again, I think she has a great voice. Sib did some screaming last night which turned the judges off, so we shall see what America says. They blew it by saving Mike, hope Bowersox keeps her fan base. That would be a shame.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  94. jlo

    my bottom 3 are TIM Andrew and Aaron and the 2 to go will be Tim and Andrew.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  95. KAREN

    Casey, Crystal, Lee, tim, Mike and Bon Bon safe
    garcia (for sure) and katie or Aaron are gonners.

    Did not like the following performances last night:
    crystal – did not understand a word she said other than I been saved..she bores me and is arrogant
    Lee screamed the whole thing. no personality
    Bob Bon was right she does not know herself. I hate the screame
    Mike put me to sleep.
    I kept looking at aarons feet to see if he was wearing blue suede shoes

    April 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  96. bill

    elvis is dead!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  97. lizzie

    oh, the Adam dude....
    didn't realize he was alumni...
    i liked him...he was not so bad. he seemed like a nice kid.
    than again i am an older than average student

    April 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  98. suteko

    You know so many of the past contestants have gone on to do bigger and better things. Just because they weren't Pop stars doesnt mean they arent stars. Taylor Hicks is touring with Grease, Ruben is touring with Clay and a number of the other top 10 finishers over the years are currently on Broadway or tv. How is this being a loser? If they never competed they would most likely be still singing in bars and working at burger joints. We may believe you have to be number one to win in this country but it isnt so. If you use something like AI as a springboard and you get a career great! after all if you are getting paid to do what you love why should they feel they failed?

    April 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Linda

    I think this will be the final year for American Idol. I think Elvis turned over in his grave more than once last night, while they butchered his songs..None of them is Idol material. I am very dissapointed in the show this year..Crystal & Lee are the only ones that have any talent at all...I have seen better singers on Crusie ships..

    April 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  100. JS

    As a HUGE Siobhan fan, I loved the comment above RE: The Bottom 3 being: Andrew, Kara and Simon

    April 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  101. lizzie

    we had power outages here in SD so we got bits and pieces. however, it sounds like I only missed seeing Crytstal...who is the only one with talent. Lee is ok, has the shy Elvis thing...Let him be himself and if he doesn't want to smile...than maybe there is nothing to smile at...
    Garth Brooks could replace Simon....I liked that.
    Ellen... I like her better than I use to...
    Kara....ugh! Too much whipped cream for me...
    Randy...yo..yo.. Gotta love it

    April 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Samuel

    Not bad as far as American Idol broadcasts go, but having Adam Lambert on the show as a mentor is almost as bad an idea as having Miley Cyrus on the show as a mentor. Based on the integrity of their respective careets, neither one is qualified to be giving the contestants advice on performing although I suppose they are subject matter experts when it comes to preening and showing off to audiences. Singing, however, takes more talent than that and sadly neither Cyrus or possess it.

    What no talent flash in the pan are the producers going to get next week? Ashlese Simpson? Justin Beiber?

    April 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Mario Ortiz, Jersey City, New Jersey

    I think the overall performances were ok, nothing spectacular, or really surprising. But on that note, for me the best of the night were, Crystal and Lee by a mile. She gets better and more engaging every week and he's gaining a lot more confidence on stage and it's made a him a real possibility to win it all. As for Ryan's behavior, he must be on some serious medication, or has lost all respect for the performers and audience. Why on earth would he dance (with another guy) no less during Tim Urban's beautiful performance?! That was disrespectful and rude to Tim and everyone watching, then the comment he makes about Dunkleman, was uncalled for and so out of place. He's been acting VERY odd almost since day one this season. Maybe the new 45M contract has gone to his head and sucked all or the little sense he's had?! Change your tune quick Ryan, or you mind find yourself looking for a new gig!

    April 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  104. susan

    Only Adam stood out. They are all cute kids and I wish them the best, but none stand out. I don't even have a favorite this year. i think this is my last year for Idol. Especially if Simon goes.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Nan

    You people say Adam is the best thing about last nights show and the only thing wrong with this season is there is no Adam.... GGGRRROOOSSS..... I am glad there is not an Adam this season and I will be glad when this weeks shows are over. I am recording tonights show so I can fast forward through anything that has to do with him.
    To the show, the bottom three will be Andrew, Aaron and then Mike. In my opinon.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  106. talley

    I did think this was the best night for the contestants as a whole. I like Adam and thought he did a great job. For the one who didn't win as some say, he's the best known in some time. Unfortunately some of them didn't take his advice. I'm so NOT on the Big Mike love train. He's got a good voice but I just don't get him. Shibohan was my favorite but she's now into trying to be different rather than let it be naturally. It's fine that she's still trying to figure herself out, but you have to stay with something for a little awhile to know if it works or not. She's doing too much all at once. Andrew, is the worst to me. He seemed like a lounge singer last night. The young guy, forget his name, has a really good voice and great POTENTIAL not an Idol. He needs to stay in the cooker for bit longer. Katie was good. I don't get the hate on her by the judges or the public. Bottom three for me Andrew, young kid, and Shibohan. btw She whines too much when they critize her. You're not 16 sweetie, talk like a grown up please.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Jessica

    I turned it off after Crystal...got bored with it.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  108. J Wehling

    I thought it was a very weak show insofar as doing justice to Elvis. Strangely, because I usually don't care for Tim Urban's voice,. he was much better doing Elvis than the others.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  109. moon627

    Why do people say stupid things like theres No talent this year ?! That is so dumb !! Seriously , there are 2 contestants who are good enough to go Pro now – better than most on the past seasons and i would actually buy their albums – – Crystal and Lee – –

    The rest were not so good – they did NOT do Elvis justice... but i thought Adam Lambert made a good mentor ... plus he has the look 🙂

    Bottom 3 should be : Tim , Andrew , and " take your pick "
    – Aaron, Mike, Katie, Siobhan ... only Casey was good enough to stay.

    I think the judges are drinking something other than coca cola – they were pretty bizarre last night ... and whats up with Ryan dancing with some guy in the audience ??

    April 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  110. SATXidolviewer

    I think the bottom 3 should be Andrew, Siobhan, and Katie.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Amy

    I have to agree with Simon on the zero to hero remark about Tim. I really think the last two weeks have been great for him.
    Siobahn has lost it, shes all over the board and frankly I have been mostly disappointed with her the last few weeks. I could fall asleep everytime Mike sings. I hate that stuff on the radio and I hate it on AI.

    To all that complain about Ellen: Look, people, she isnt there because she knows anything about music. She is there representing the "super fan" and in that respect, she does just fine. I dont see her trying to give professional advice, she just gives a fan's opinion, and I think it's refreshing. After all, we, as fans are on this blog giving our opinions, right? Besides, Randy never has anything to say. I fast forward through Kara, I just cant stand her. The only opinion I ever agree with is Simon, and when he's gone, I'll probably quit watching.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Steve

    Compared to last season, this batch of contestants is a great pile of suck. Add Ellen Degenerate that nobody wants to see, and Simon's supposed departure before next season, and Idol is pretty much dead.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Just A Thought

    Big Mike is boring! Same old slow, sleepy, sad songs. He has yet to do anything that requires some effort or enthusiasim. He is simply boring and last nights song sounded like something you'd hear at a charity event where you could call in and donate money. He should have went home last week and hopefully does tonight with Andrew.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Jen

    Candace – I have US Cellular and I can call and vote. Have done it every week. Sometimes, it gives an error but you can call right back and get through!!

    April 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  115. money

    Firstly, WHAT was Ryan Seacrest on last night?
    Second, I thought for the most part all of them, including Big EGO, did well.
    I loved when FAT MIKE was done singing the judges were not going out of their way to build his ego even more...I STILL THINK HE IS GONE TONIGHT. Nobody likes and ego.

    I really can't believe Andrew Ricardo Sanchez Fernando Enrique Pablo Castillo Gomez Garcia is still on the show. He is not deserving of being in the top 50 let alone the top 9.

    i don't think Mike can sing an "esss" withut pronouncing it as "Shhhh". It is kind of like "Ha"lison from last season.

    Although I would love for Mike to go I really don't think it will be him this week.

    My top 3 last night:
    1. Tim
    2. Lee
    3. Mamasox

    Bottom 3
    Gone: Andrew Ricardo Sanchez Fernando Enrique Pablo Castillo Gomez Garcia
    Gone: FAT MIKE
    Safe: Yoda

    April 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Keith

    They should let these folks sing what they want to sing. They tell them to be "current" then they tell them they HAVE to sing Elvis or Lennon/McCartney or '60's stuff.

    Music they would NEVER sing if they chose to or were signed by a label.

    They can't be themselves when they have to sing these old, and often boring, standards.

    Let's get some fresh relevent music for them.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  117. KATHERINE

    Adam Lambert may not seem to be ready for mentoring part but he has been the most honest, accurate and helpfull one of all. for those people who keep saying that the 9 idols r not talented, lets c if u can sing. they r all talented but the problem r the judges, every move the idols take they have a comment(good or bad) u have to let them be themselfs, and i can promise u that they would b much better and I also think that the addition of Kara and Ellen and the departure of Paula brought down the rating of AI.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  118. AMANDA

    I AM A HUUUUUGE ELVIS FAN! ACTUALLY GETTING MARRIED AT GRACELAND AND LET ME TELL YOU, CRYSTAL AND LEE WERE AWESOME AND KEPT TRUE THE KING, SADLY HOWEVER EVERYONE ELSE MADE ME WANT TO THROW UP A LITTLE. AND I LOOOVE EVERYONE ON THE SHOW BUT DEAR LORD THEY BUTCHERED ELVIS!

    April 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  119. mjdet

    Candace on US Cellular – I am a US Cellular customer as well without a land line and you can call to vote you just can't text to vote unless you have AT&T so get your votes a counting girl :)!

    As for the show, I am a huge fan of Mike, Lee and Casey. Crystal is great as well. I like Andrew but i'm worried for him.

    I think the bottom three will be Andrew, Aaron and Katie with Andrew and Aaron going home

    April 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Doug

    I don't understand who is selecting the weekly theme's. In past years anyone covering an Elvis, Beatles, Michael Jackson song are ripped that you can not cover or mess with classic songs. But, Idol gives them these themes and of course the judges rip them. It is almost like Idol is wanting bad songs and harsh judge comments. And, while the judges have always given conflicting advise it is bad this year. Simon tales Shabvon (excuse spelling) to stop sceaming each week, then after she complies, tells her she has lost her way. What's Up???

    April 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Chris

    I don't understand all of these negative comments. This is only the second season of Idol I have watched, but I don't see why everyone thinks the talent is that much worse this year than last. Personally I like listening to Crystal more than Adam, but I fully recognize that Adam is probably more talented and others like him more. After that though, the talent seem pretty similar to. People keep complaining about personalities and stuff, but my memory of Kris Allen was that he was pretty boring. Danny Gokey seems like a fabulous person with a tragic story, but as a performer he looked a bit ackward. i like those guys, but I don't see that they are leaps and bounds above say big Mike, Lee, and Shioban.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  122. hippiechick

    Kay, I liked it for the fact it was so far out there and unique. If you'd never heard the original by Johnny Cash, might be a different experience, eh? 🙂

    I heard Aretha Franklin on an interview yesterday saying she wishes they'd ask her to be a mentor. So do I!!

    April 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  123. cbb

    adam lambert is so overrated.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Mark

    As a 54 year old man, I do not understand why the judges ask the young people to be current, yet they have them sing Elvis songs and Beatles songs. Thank God that they do because most of todays music is horrible. Just listen to Lady Gaga. The proof is when these contestants choose their own song they are always songs from 60s or 70s. By the way Big Mike will never be a star, just like Rueben. The only talent on the stage this year are Crystal and Lee.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Jeff

    Wonder how many DVR sales were due to the boring American Idol season. With a DVR, you can skip over the filler and watch the singing in about 25 minutes and the results show in 5. Even though I want Crystal to win, I think she'll be eliminated tonight in a shocker. The judges clearly didn't want to say "We shouldn't have used the save on you" to Mike, even though half the audience was thinking it.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Sandy

    I HATED what they did to Elvis' songs. But Adam was a great mentor and had some very good insight and suggestions. Not everyone listened, though. Adam could sing those songs and run rings around this group of Idol wannabes. This group certainly does not have the talent as a whole as the last group did. Alison also could have outsung most of them, not to mention many of the others, Matt, Scott, Danny, etc. What an extraordinary senior class they were!!!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Kay

    @ hippiechick – wasn't it just brutal? I cringed through the entire thing.

    One other thing to note – I love all the comments about "Adam didn't even win". I've got to know what the point of that is – cause Kris did win and his album is selling less than Lambert's.

    Can we also remember that Chris Daughtry didn't win? The gray haired guy Hicks won that year and lookit – Daughtry blew up the scene with platinum albums and awards. Where is Hicks? Hmmmm.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  128. BigDogDad

    I think the choice of Adam Lambert for member was counter-intuitive (just one year into his singing career!)–but brilliant. I was pleased and surprised at his ability to identify specific techniques a contestant could try to improve their performance (e.g. suggesting to Lee (?) to find insert an "arc" in his song to make his performance more dynamic). Adam demonstrated a rare ability to empathize with a singer while simultaneously criticizing their styles.

    Regarding the talent level this year: I disagree that there is less talent this year compared to seasons past. For example, do you think the talent during the season Jordin Sparks won was better than this year?

    I really think the loss of Paula and the thought that Simon will be gone next year is coloring viewers evaluation of the singers. Paula was a big loss, and Simon will be an even bigger loss. The talent level of the judges has been going down, but not the singers.

    Here's hoping that the producers can find a dynamic replacement for Simon. If they can't, then, sadly, Idol may not last after next season.

    For the record: I think Crystal is on a par – or better – than past Idol winners. She is a great singer.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  129. ai watcher

    Andrew and Aaron were the worst performances last night. Andrew has consistently been terrible. Magnus is getting boring and loosing the controversial appeal of being different. Although Christal has been great on every show Lee and suprisingly Tim out performed everyone last night. Katie has a great unique voice along with Lee. Lee needs to rock it out more with his stage presence to fit his powerful sound, and Katie needs to have someone work with her to harness her potential. Over all Bowersox needs the least amount of work and is most ready to win AI however Lee would make a great ablum for rockers that love the Creed style. Katie would be a great pop star with some work. Aaron in a couple of years will be great. Magnus has a nice sounding voice but doesnt know how to use it yet. Big mike is nice but he sounds the same every time.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  130. hippiechick

    Hey now, I liked Ring of Fire! LOL

    April 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Kay

    All of the yammering about Lambert not being fit to be a mentor. Perhaps some of the contestants would have done a tad better last night had they taken his advisement. That said, since I'm not a famous and/or successful musician/entertainer, and i doubt none of the rest of you are either, I'm not really in a position to be saying whether he's got what it takes to be a good mentor. I can only say this – I know what I like to see and listen to and one thing I can't stand is a boring performance which for me is mostly what I've seen this year. And one thing Lambert never was is boring. Sure, his "Ring of Fire" performance was awful, but what he did with "Mad World" was phenomenal.

    That also said, the reason Idol is so annoying for me this year is because of Kara. That woman drives me nuts. The way she wags her big head around when she speaks and sits on Simon is brutal!!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  132. JD

    I loved Adam mentoring last night! My favorites last night were Crystal, Tim, Shioban, and Lee the rest in my opinion need to go home!!! Big Mike was good but is not my favorite. Andrew needs to go home! His straight up number could only carry him so far!! We haven't seen anything good from him since and he hasn't listened to what the judges have been telling him at all. He didn't even really listen to what Adam told him last night! Pathetic he seems like such a nice person though!

    April 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Suzanne

    I love Adam Lambert and was thrilled to hear he was mentoring the contestants this year. Unfortunately, I don't think any of them were amazing! Casey and Crystal are my favorites, and after last week's terrific performances by both of them, I was expecting a little more. However, to consider either one of these to great musicians in the bottom 3, you'd have to be crazy! Sadly, I think Andrew Garcia and Aaron Kelly are going to have to go! Tim hangs on but is simply not the caliber of singer as the rest. It's the younger kids keeping him in!

    April 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Greek

    JoJo, if you don't like a chance for the public to express themselves...why do you read it and why reply? Janine, I agree with your comments. No talent this year, Siobhan – ignorant about talent, that screach is annoying, I think her lips are about to split- a disgrace to suggest she even knows who she is. Why allow 16 year olds to participate as Aaron is proving age matters, how can he relate to songs and artists he has no idea about? Garcia, Katie, Mike, Tim none have the talent to sell records... Crystal is a Joplin Wanna -Be..and boring, Lee and Casey are the only ones who stand half a chance at a career that won't fizzle after 1/2 year. No contestant made
    me even think of calling in to vote! Bad year of talent. that made it through to the show. All deserve to be voted off, can't say one that is commercial enough to have a career. This year not one of them understands how to perform...they think it's all about them having fun! It is ashame judges keep trying to give them hints on "performance".
    YUCK.....BORING....

    April 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  135. T

    Crystal is over rated........she is not a star....they all sucks. 2 or 3 of them can sing ok but not over the top......AI need to make this their last year. No talent at all. If you ever need a downer watch AI...........

    April 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  136. jpo

    1. Adam is intelligent, informative and a good communicator. I believe he would be the best choice as a new judge.
    2. Crystal has lapped the field, just as Adam did last year. Let's hope her fans don't get lazy (like Adam's did) and assume she's got it wrapped up.
    3. Who else should be in the final two? Probably doesn't matter, but Lee or Casey would make it interesting.
    4. Too bad they saved Mike. He is too full of himself, and not likable at all. Send him packing ASAP.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  137. shelbar53

    Adam was a great mentor. He is a star and will go far. We will be talking about him for years.

    I really like Tim, he is growig professionaly, it's a joy to watch.

    Big Mike offers nothing exciting and he needs to go. To bad the judges used the "save" on him.

    I like the "trill" sound to Casey's voice, he will do well post Idol.

    Aaron and Katie will be good in a few more years... to early for them to be on American Idol, now if there were a "teen idol" they would be perfect.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Jonathan

    This show is dead. These contestants are bad. There is no talent at all, and it's just painful watching the judges try to come up with something good to say. I miss the days of the early seasons...IMO, it should end with Simon leaving. He knows the show's dying, and it's obvious. He's always been the one to speak his mind, and he is doing so by calling it quits and moving on.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Isay

    I think Elton John will be the only one can replace Simon.
    Will be interesting to watch then. Otherwise, Idol will be finished.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Roger

    Adam did a fine job as a mentor and some of the contestants needed to take his advice SERIOUSLY as he has been in their exact same position. After all is said and done, I think the finale will be between Crystal and Lee. Lee could win this whole thing if he would let his personality shine more and SMILE. His voice is amazing and he could really do well for himself.

    As for tonight"s elimination, I would have to say that Andrew is a goner and probably Aaron. It"s a shame too because Aaron has a beautiful voice. He should definitely audition again next year if he's booted!

    As for the judges...... I have always loved Randy and have no problem with him at all. Ellen brings some humanity to the show even though she is not an expert when it comes to music but her presence adds a certain needed touch to the panel. Kara needs to go. She provides nothing and needs to be replaced next season. No one can really ever replace Simon BUT someone who could be brutally frank, exceptionally rational and provide constructive criticism should be sitting in Simon's chair. Who that person is I am not sure at this point. I think though that someone like Harry Connick Jr. would be a great addition to the panel!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Rosie

    I hate that Katie is always begging for people to vote for her! Very annoying. She must go. I would say that Andrew, Aaron and Katie will be the bottom three. Andrew and Katie will go home.....

    April 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Hmmm..

    Big Mikes slow lovey dovey songs are starting to really get irritating. I really dont think he can sing anythig but that. Tim is not growing on me at all even though he has had couple good nights... nope not at all. Bye bye Andrew..

    April 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Alan

    Thank goodness there is no Lambert this year!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Lisa

    My prediction is the Judges used there save too early. Tonight will be a shocker who goes home and stuns the audience. First Andrew will be sent home then for the drama..Crystal is sent packing...buh bye.....Lee will be this years American Idol he is the only one with a decent voice that is commercial enough

    April 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Isay

    Adam was doing a good job last night. I like him, because he is so special. In the entertaiment business, you have to stand out and be specila.

    I think Crystal is good, but she is sooooo BORING. Every time she came out, the same tone, same performance, no ups and downs... People like controversal, not a street girl like her. I am not going to vote for her.

    I think Andrew, Arron, Katie will be the bottom 3 tonight.
    That is my thoughts.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Hjg88

    The talent is just so so, I can't get exicted about anyone.

    Adem Lambert should replace Simon... what do you think?

    April 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Beth

    I think Crystal will win but I'd really like her to step outside her box and do something really original. I also wish the contestants didn't get to use musical instruments...perhaps they'd get more personality into their performances. Katie's voice doesn't have much range..although she was a bit better last night and Andrew...well he has a terrible voice and absolutely no personality! The winner will be Crystal with Mike or Lee coming in second . Can't wait to hear Adam Lambert sing tonight...it's the only reason I'm watching.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Suzy

    Based on the judge's comments I would pick the bottom three as Andrew, Aaron and Shioban! But, then I have been wrong before. I think this is by far the worst season of all. No wonder Simon is leaving...the talent pool is diminishing.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  149. JB

    Oh, and Siobhan is not that good, people. If you're gonna scream, it should at least be somewhat controlled.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Brad

    WHY IS BIG MIKE STILL HERE? He is the worst of the worst and Andrew Garcia can't sing to save his life! This is the WORST SEASON EVER! Go back to your TV show Ellen.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  151. JB

    I don't get all the love for Aaron and Katie. Not that great. Is it because they're the youngsters that the judges tiptoe around any criticism for them, or is it because the judges really are tone deaf and can't hear when they sing out of tune (Katie)?

    April 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  152. JoJo

    It's so ironic reading the comments here and to see all of you using words like, "pathetic", "tripe" and "ego" when describing AI.

    Did the irony ever dawn on any of you that these words describe all of you?

    Sadly, Americans live in a "LOOK AT ME!" "PAY ATTENTION TO ME!" "LISTEN TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY" world. WIth twitter, facebook, social networking sites, blogs and CNN comment pages, you've created an environment where you're all so self absorbed and feel a huge insecure need to ensure the entire globe reads your thoughts.

    Here's a thought: if you don't like AI, don't watch it and carry on with your life. If you do like it, talk to your friends, family and co-workers about it and then carry on with your life. There is no need to express every thought you have in a global public forum because, quite frankly, no one cares what you think.

    America – please, show some dignity, show some restraint, show some security and stop announcing to the world your every thought, on every inane topic, every second that you have a compulsion to do so. It's just a tv show people. Pay attention to the people & things in your life that actually matter and most importantly, do it quietly and with grace & dignity.

    But as I'm speaking to Americans, I know they only understand blunt, rude language, so in your own vernacular: "KEEP YOUR PIE HOLE SHUT".

    April 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  153. millie

    Adam looked a little green eyed at Tim Urban.Perhaps he's jealous over Tim's naturally dark hair. Adam's eyes looked glazed over when he was "mentoring" Casey. Poor Casey couldn't wait to get out of there!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  154. penhilskid

    Don't they have to vote off 2 people this week since they saved Mike last week?

    April 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Towanda

    How sad it was – I SO last year wanted to hear/see "look-alike" Adam sing an Elvis song (tonight I think he will???) – but last night I just was sitting there and saying to myself – "Are you kidding me???" – it was BAD.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Kelltastrophe

    Out of all the great Elvis songs, I was not impressed by any 1 performance. Andrew butchered the song! Crystal's outfit should get her voted off, but I think it will be Tim too. By far, the worst Idol yet!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  157. david valderama

    My bottom 3:

    andrew garcia
    shioban magnus
    aaron kelly

    April 14, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Sam

    I'm not really watching much this year- I can't believe that Paula leaving made such a difference, but it certainly did. She is the only judge that actually had a solo performing AND songwriting career; in between her crazy talk, she gave the AI kids good advice and love. Feeling nothing from Kara or Ellen. I think this show jumped the shark. Simon was smart to make this his last season.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Nabster

    It's truly hard to understand what the idea of this show is anymore! I didn't think Paula's departure was going to have such a gross, negative effect, boy was I wrong. Kara was a fresh comment last year and actually judged last season, this year she seems to be more interested in Simon's chest hairs and has totally changed in her approach this year, very dissappointing. Look, Ellen has been a surprise, pleasant addition and Randy is just being as he has all of these years, just there Dog! The problem with the show is the judges and even Ryan, face it, they get more of the attention than the performers. It's sad that after many years of fun and excitement with anticipation on a weekly basis that now we have what's on. Can't wait for Hells Kitchen to start....................

    April 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Bevy

    In order for me overall... not just from last night.
    Crystal
    Mike & Lee (tie)
    Tim & Casey (tie)
    Siobhan
    Katey
    Aaron

    April 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Janine

    I don't get it- the judges are always telling the contestants to be "young" and "relevant" but the themes the producers pick for these kids are old and outdated! The Rolling Stones? Elvis? Come on AI- it's time YOU became relevant and current! Pick put some groups and singers that have hits now and see what happens.
    I wish Ryan would shut the heck up. I think his Ego is about ready to swallow him up.
    AI- please stop shoving Ellen down our throats, I could care less what she has to say and they act like she is the star of the whole show. I now record the show just so I can skip over everything but the singing. And, if it's Big Mike, Andrew, and a couple of others, I can skip over that as well!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Just A Thought

    @ Kennie – he looks gay, because he is gay

    @ marc – he wears makeup because thats what some gay guys do!

    @ Eva – Adam resembling Eilvis!! Get real! The only presley he resembles is Lisa!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Omaha Reader

    I have to agree with what you wrote, "One of the biggest issues this season is that there is no Lambert." Last night was the first time I actually watched the whole show because just to see Adam Lambert and will watch again tonight because he performs... Lee & Crystal are the only two that I like this season and hope they'll make it far... ps. I actually enjoy watching DWTS this season. Hopefully they will invite Adam to perform on that show, that would be awesome!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  164. millie

    Mike- aren't you actually Big Mike? I've never enjoyed your product- which sounds kind of gross.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  165. millie

    Has anyone noticed how much Ellen and Ryan look alike? Especially from the side.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  166. Mike

    I can't believe I am reading this tripe. Just because like all Americans you get bored of something after awhile, doesn't mean it (idol) sucks. There are excellent people on the show this year. Certainly better than the winner last year (Chris?). Crystal may be the best that has ever hit an idol stage although she will draw from a narrow fan base than others so she won't sell as many records as a Carrie Underwood. Big Mike is pretty good and Casey is as good as any of the previous rockers. None are as good as Lambert who stood head and shoulders above anyone else last year, including most of the current people making records. That last person last night I believe Katie was probably the best last night. Simon must have his head up his *** as far as his remark. He has never really like her, but sorry, she has the most powerful purest voice of the lot. The show is just as good as it ever was although I wash Paula was still there. It isn't the show guys it's your boring lives and your loss of focus and what the show is about. Good luck finding another show that gives us so much for so little.

    Big Mike (Still loving it and enjoying the better than ever product it brings).

    April 14, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  167. katiekath

    crystal and Lee are the only real performers/musicians on the show. They are way above and beyond the others. I would buy both their albums today.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  168. Sherri

    Casey is overated.... Lee can win this IF he keeps smiling and gets his personality going. He already has the talent.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  169. hk

    I think the band stinks! It makes them sound karaoke to me.. they could sound better without it..

    April 14, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  170. purplecheezits

    I like Crystal but I think she is a bit of a one note. No one really impresses me on idol this year. 😦

    April 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  171. krismas29

    Can we all just agree to let Adam replace Ellen?

    April 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  172. Sherri

    Mike, Aaron, "Bye Bye"..... My favs: Lee and Siobhan

    April 14, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  173. millie

    Kennie- Adam Lambert is gay. Big Mike has probably been arrogant all his life- it didn't just start when he got on this show. I'm positive he was instructed to tone it down this week.The producers also told the judges to not fawn over him- America is not keen on this. All in all, his ass will be saved a third time. Little has to do with his talent or lack of.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  174. CK

    I didn't like the fact that they brought back Adam Lambert. They have been trying to push and push this guy. He didn't even win. When I saw that he was the mentor I said to myself – you've got to be kidding – give it a rest already.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  175. Dallas

    I agree that Adam did a wonderful job as a mentor (and whoever said his album isn't selling obviously has no idea what they are talking about – check the facts.) He didn't say false things to pump them up – he was just open and honest and told them what they needed to do (and who better to give advice on really performing with pizzazz than Adam?) I just wish HE was the one singing the Elvis songs. He would be incredible at them and probably add something to make them current (and would have actually danced.) This year's show is for sure less interesting than most, but hopefully they will continue to use the advice Adam gave them to improve each week going forward.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  176. underwhelmed

    Idol has lost its appeal. Where are the real icons that used to come on and mentor? Burt Bacarack (sp), Elton John, even a Natasha Bedingfield or Whiteney would do...

    kara is annoying, so shes a producer, she give silly critique and advice to the contestants. "I just didnt know who you were trying to be..." Silly comments. I like Randy, Ellen is ridiculous, funny but what the heck does she know about singing. The only judge worth listening to is Simon and the talent is mediocre. I'm close to not watching...

    April 14, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  177. John

    Does anyone besides me see the pure genius of replacing Simon with Adam Lambert as a judge next year?

    April 14, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  178. former fan

    Contestants are boring; judges’ comments are ‘forgettable’ and ‘predictable’. I wish they all go home tonight. Show is definitely down the hill.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  179. Jeff Dwyer

    Clearly, David Garcia will leave the stage tonight. Adam Lambert told him to punch up that song, yet he failed to do it. His rendition was slow and boring and was truly poor Kareoke. The second person to go tonight will likely be Aaron. He did a fine job, far better than I expected, but he clearly lacks the power to compete with Crystal, Michael, Katie, and Lee. I've been calling for the early dismissal of Tim "Hair Hat" Urban, but he surprised me last night. He will gain thousands of votes from 10-14 year old girls and likely escape assignment to his usual spot in the bottom three. Michael Lynch redeemed himself but I would have liked an up-tempo version of that song, similar to the way Elvis did it. Lee could be great if he finds his pace and relates better to the audience. Casey is over-rated.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  180. Tiffany

    Idol is not worth watching anymore and I really think they didn't do anything for Elvis. Nearly destroyed his name. Only reason I watched last night was to see Adam Lambert. He should have done all the songs.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  181. Bob56

    I have to say, American Idol is no longer keeping me interested on a weekly basis. This year is talent-less and with the performance of last night, I clearly make my case. There was not one contestant that performed well. What a disappointment. I will not be watching much for the balance of this year. What a sad conclusion to what was an interesting format.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  182. Fan

    One more thing, dont get me worng, they all have talent but just not "over the top" Idol type talent.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  183. Fan

    This year they just picked the wrong talent. No one "really" stands out except Crystal, Siobhan, Katie and Lee. If I had to pick, the safe pick is Crystal – she will sell records – shes genuine, but not really new or unique. Most potential is Katie – she is young and has a great voice – can find her own with that voice. Siobhan is the most unique and querky enough to make a name for herself. Lee stands out as the best "Hootie" in the crowd. But its gotta be Katie or Crystal to win.

    My opinion this year is they are all trying to be "Hootie and the Blowfish" with the wierd twisty voice stuff. Its not talent to me, its just kind of wierd and odd, I wouldnt buy it. But there have been quite a few seasons where they just didnt pick the real talent early on and we ended up with Taylor Hicks – not that bad this year thank goodness.

    For me, I was a Kelly Clarkson fan from the beginning and my last favorite was Katherine McPhee who didnt win. Carrie Underwood was great as well. They had/have talent and can really "sing". So far this year the only one that is even close in that realm of being able to "really" sing is Katie.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  184. Walter

    Simon said Tim went from zero to hero! Can't get much better than that! What a beautiful song that was. Thanks, Tim!

    April 14, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  185. cloud nine

    Can't wait til tonight Adam Lambert performs. Then it's back to the Yawn show next week..

    April 14, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  186. Eva

    American Idol is getting boring. Paula should be glad she quit. Simon Cowell as a smart business man can see it is going down hill and he does not want to be associated with a flopping show.
    The main reason I watched it yesterday was because Adam Lambert was on it. He tried his best to help the kids. Only a handful of real talent.
    The rest were 'karoake' (I've forgotten how to spell that word! I blame that on idol!). The show is no longer interesting. They let the best singers go several weeks ago.
    People did not vote for Adam Lambert to win last years show BECAUSE HE WAS ALREADY A STAR BEFORE THE SHOW ENDED LAST SEASON! They knew he didn't need to win to make it. Who even remembers Kris Allen, Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard ? Adam has the star "hmmm" they are looking for. He is a born performer and he does have a striking resemblance to Elvis Presley.
    I am not on stage because I cannot sing . Anyone who agreed to be on the show has signed up to be criticised or praise by the public- that is what the show is all about.
    As my professor once said " He who descends into the arena cannot avoid the dust of his encounter". So feel free to criticize- just leave me out of it !

    April 14, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  187. hippiechick

    Tired,, Jennifer Holliday comes to mind. She won an Academy Award the year following when she was on Idol.

    Carrie Underwood is another singer who started on Idol... and Daughtry....and several others. It was at one time a springboard to a recording or acting career.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  188. M.M.J

    Well I was surprised when they announced it was going to be Elvis night.
    At first I thought "What!" Then I thought that's cool. The first performance was very cool. Perhaps some screaming vocals but she did a fine job. Overall I really thought they did better on the Beatles songbook. I did not hear some of Elvis's greatest tunes being done. Some yes but not some of the greatest ones. Some of the performers managed to pull it off but as written here not so sure they pulled it off as it could have been. Adam is cool but I don't think he totally pulled it off with them in order for them to achieve greatness to the topper most of the heap. Elvis is tough stuff. He was the king. Sounds easy but it's not. The hound dog tune is the hardest because you either have to match Elvis or match it just as incredible and that's not easy.
    There are a number of reasons for such.. as in style.. vocals.. etc..
    When I heard big Mike sing I immediately though "YES"! The song he choose suited his vocals and style and he could make it soulful.
    He sang "In the Ghetto" Which he amazingly did well. I heard a couple of good performances but nothing that over topped Elvis Presley. Or made me think WOW where I would have jumped out of my seat, I think that has happened in other Idol seasons though. But there were a few interesting ones. There were some great vocals here/there but as I say nothing that topped Elvis. Well that's how it goes sometimes. Hey at least they tried. And better luck next time ot tonight when someone goes home. No one is perfect but in time perhaps better perfection can make the grade. Best of luck to all the contestants. A little less conversation and a little more umph and you may deliver the gold. Rock On!!

    April 14, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  189. Deanna Staner

    Oh and Casey James was good as usual!!

    April 14, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  190. tired

    why do people actually watch this show? it's canned garbage talentless hacks, out of how many seasons they've had how many people that actually had a good career afterwards? these so called "artists" spit on the achievements of the people that came before them, the beatles, led zepplin and the rolling stones, you know, people that actually had talent and worked their way up through the ranks.

    the show immediately discredits itself with these so called "judges", has ellen even sold a record before or actually had any kind of vocal training? has she ever even been in a band? so now why is she an authority on the musical talents of others? the only one qualified to even be on that panel was paula or maybe simon.

    this show is brainless for the brainless masses, thank you for contributing to the auto tuning and dumbing down of the music industry.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  191. Michael

    Last night was a really interesting show – and quite a change from past weeks. Sure, Crystal, Lee, Casey, and other front runners performed solidly as always. But the real surprises? Tim, Katie, and others who seem to be stepping in front of past frontrunners like Michael. I say Andrew and Aaron going home tonight...http://thesmogger.com/2010/04/14/idol-hangover-the-still-top-9-perform/

    April 14, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  192. Deanna Staner

    I don't think they did Elvis justice or themselves. Very dissapointed. Lee was the best!

    April 14, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  193. Candy C From Fl

    Also to LAME BRAIN SPACKLER Crystal will be the winner Crystal will be the winner Crystal will be the winner. End of discussion

    April 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  194. FRAN

    Other than Crystals performance last night I have 3 words: AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL! One was worse than the other. Tim Urban is a joke and the judges should be ashamed of their encouraging comments to him. This is by far the worst season ever! As I already said other than Crystal not a winner in the group they might as well crown her the winner now because it's just too painful to watch each week.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  195. MARC

    Last night's was an insult to ELVIS.
    TOP 4 IDOLS: MamaSox, Lee, Siobhan, and Mike.
    BOTTOM 5 IDULLS: Andrew, Aaron, Katie, Casey, TIM.
    FACT: IDOL needs gossip and bloggers.–
    Here's a shocker: EXITING TONIGHT: ANDREW and Siobhan.
    Shocking? Not realy!
    IDOL needs gossip and bloggers. Remember?–MARC
    See all my forecasts on ASTROMARC.com 🙂

    April 14, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  196. irish

    I think the bottom 3 will be Andrew, Katie and Siobhan with Andrew leaving. Why he's lasted this long I have no idea....not much personality there at all and his singing isn't much better. I think Tim has lucked out the last 2 weeks because I wasn't all that impressed even last night. My prediction for the final is Lee and Mama Sox

    April 14, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  197. Molly

    I have been an avid fan of Idol since the beginning. Sadly I haven't even had any desire to watch it this year, the first couple of shows for the auditions I ended up turing off only about 15 – 30 minutes into the show, there was just nothing to catch my ear or eye. Therefore, I just haven't watched at all; literally. Last night I only watched through the whole thing only because Adam was the mentor. I agree, he made some great constructive criticisms to really help these finalists, but it really is up to them to decide whether to follow through or not. After watching last night, I can honestly say I will not be watching the rest of this season. There was nothing to hold me; no one showed any kind of spark to make it any draw to finish watching, and no voting. Sad...Idol used to have really good talent in the past.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  198. cloud nine

    Once again Adam Lambert brought light to this show 🙂
    This is the first time I watched the whole show without changing the channel. They should have just ended AI last year. Adam Lambert !!
    The End 🙂

    April 14, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  199. Debra

    Mike and Andrew should be eliminated this week

    April 14, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  200. crazybaby

    Say goodbye to Andrew and Katie. Tim and Aaron are not going no matter how bad they get. May be Siobban will go in place of Katie but she is too interesting. When I usually watch I like to watch the performances. Now a days I just listen while I do something else on the computer. No one has performance value. Like someone said earlier, the guitars are getting in the way of the performances.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  201. beast

    I mean you know Elvis is a tough act to follow...His swagger was unique to his music...I can see why they brought Adam Lambert in because he gets it...But this group...I dunno, Bowersox is the clear winner from the outset, however Lynche is really great and so is Dewyze who is getting better every week...The others have all gotten better too...And it seems like each week that goes by they are obviously comfortable...Andrew and Aaron need to go and then Siobhan next week...Katie is soaking it up nicely...She was really great last night...Did you notice "Sal Cracchiolo" playing backup for her...He was one of the Trumpet Players in the band...Sal was the big Spaniard on the left...go to http://www.eclecticbeastband.com and link music...Sal is playing on the second version of of the song "Big Al's Groove" on the Nature of the Beast album...

    April 14, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  202. Beth

    I am only watching tonight so I can hear Adam Lambert sing!!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  203. Crowmt

    The group as a whole did no justice to Elvis. Most Elvis imitators don't either though. Crystal did best but that may be my bias, I picked her and Casey at the beginning as potential winners. Crystal reminds me faintly of Janis Joplin, of whom I was a big fan back in the late 60's. Casey's only short coming might be that he sounds like Huey Lewis and hasn't got a unique voice. The group as a whole is disapointing this year and I'm an wondering why Tim is still there. Somebody likes him.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  204. ........

    american idol sucks this year!

    April 14, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  205. TO

    All of you sittin here talking about how crappy they did or they could have did better.. still dont understand.. your not the ones up there on stage.. and if you were you probably couldnt do near as good as these people.. so why is this even on cnn.. I think we have better things to talk about and comment on other than this..

    April 14, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  206. MARC

    A few spelling errors corrected.
    IDOL is painful to watch due to lack of rainbow magic.
    We were spoiled by ADAM of whom Siobhan is a poor imitation.
    Ryan is painful to watch due to lack of brains.
    Kara is painful to watch, plain and simple.
    Ellen is painful to watch due to lack of experience in music totally empty except for flashy bright comments. Cheeze brainy!
    IDOL needs experienced singers who made good in the business such as Harry Connick, Jr, Jason Alexander, Michael Bublé, Suzanne Weiss and countless others.

    ADAM overdoes it and misrepresents what it is to be a TOP IDOL.
    Remove the makeup ADAM.
    Be the beautiful man that you are in reality!
    Your heart shines, ADAM. You don't need makeup!
    You give and sing with your heart.
    You take away and make us feel sorry for cheering for a man who wears makeup.
    Give us RAINBOW fireworks.
    Thank you for your smiling energy, ADAM
    You're a man ADAM, behave like ONE!
    TOP 4 IDOLS: MamaSox, Lee, Siobhan, and Mike.
    BOTTOM 5 IDULLS: Andrew, Aaron, Katie, Casey, TIM.–MARC

    April 14, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  207. agree with hippychick

    I agree. Good point..Amen.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  208. MARC

    IDOL is painful to watch due to lack of rainbow magic.
    We were spoiled by ADAM of Siobhan is a poor imitation.
    Ryan is painful to watch due to lack of brains.
    Kara is painful to watch, plain and simple.
    Ellen is painful to watch due to lack of experience in music totally empty except for flashy bright comments. Cheeze brainy!
    IDOL needs experienced singers who made good in the business such as Harry Connick, Jr, Jason Alexander, Michael Bublé, Suzanne Weiss and countless others.

    ADAM overdoes it and misrepresents what it is to be a TOP IDOL.
    Remove the makeup ADAM.
    Be the beautiful man that you are in reality!
    Your heart shines, ADAM. You don't need makeup!
    You give and sing with your heart.
    You take away and make us feel sorry for cheering for a man who wears makeup.
    Give us RAINBOW fireworks.
    Thank you for your smiling energy, ADAM
    You're amn ADAM, behave like ONE!
    TOP 4 IDOLS: MamaSox, Lee, Siobhan, and Mike.
    BOTTOM 5 IDULLS: Andrew, Aaron, Katie, Casey, TIM.--MARC 🙂

    April 14, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  209. Spackler

    Bottom 3:

    Andrew (going home for sure)
    Aaron (weak performance and he knows it)
    Katie (can't figure this one out. Trying to be a big girl with little talent)

    April 14, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  210. hippiechick

    Spackler and Havaback, yes, she needs to visit a dentist, soon. Bad teeth can lead to major health problems, and she's already diabetic.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  211. 4got

    i wa shopping for a prom dress while the idols were preformint last night. i will be psyched and pumped to see who goes home tonight, thanks to everyones comments 🙂

    April 14, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  212. SQ

    The thing I noticed the most is that in a few moments of constructive feedback Adam improved almost everyone's performance.

    So.... what is the job of the judges again?

    And... I can't help but wonder how much positive impact he had on the contestants last year.

    Such a shame to watch what was an interesting show go out with a whimper. I watched last night just to see Adam – last year I watched until Adam had performed (which lots of people did according to the ratings).

    April 14, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  213. Margie

    I don't know if I am mistaken or not but I thought two people will be going home tonight.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  214. Havaback

    I totally recognize Crystal's awesome talent and voice, but I was not warming up to her at all and have finally figured out why. She looks unkempt and borderline dirty. Total turnoff.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  215. Gandalf

    da gey dude wit da makup is a gay anti christ

    April 14, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  216. scott

    The only three that are ready to make a record right now are Crystal, Lee and Casey. Big Mike is almost there. The rest are never going to be recording stars.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  217. Spackler

    One tip for Crystal: Teeth whitening....

    Love her voice but can't stand looking at her.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  218. Lucy

    You are so right, hippiechick! The contestants should just ignore the judges comments!

    April 14, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  219. jonesey

    IMO They should just give it to Crystal now and put us out of our misery. I have to watch everyweek because I think this will be Idol's last year . I did like Tim's performance last night, but 1 out of all the songs he has done does not make a star. Cyrstal nails it week after week no matter what they throw at her. Adam Lambert was good and tried to get them to show some life but it didn't work in most of them. Siobhan should just stop screaming and go home

    April 14, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  220. Gandalf

    THIS IS LAME (kicks everyone in da shin)

    April 14, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  221. patricia

    With CNN(Crappy News Network) you can only get a good report if your a liberal left democrat.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  222. Spackler

    You're all still a bunch of fat lazies. Move to Canada – home of the real artists like Justin Bieber.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  223. CARLA

    I think Aaron and Andrew are out the door tonight. I just hope the judges won't be disappointed they saved Big Mike cause I certainly would have saved it for someone good. He is OK but not worth using the save on that is for sure. That being said why Elvis....I thought most them were mediocre at best last night.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  224. Lynn

    Aren't two people going home tonight because of Mike's save last week? I definitely think Andrew will be one going home and maybe Katie. Of course they could always do better but I think they all did pretty good, except maybe Andrew. I'm a Mamasox fan so I thought she was the best.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  225. skeptical viewer

    My two cents...
    I thought Adam gave good advice and those who listened, benefited.
    Bottom three IMO are:
    Andrew
    Aaron and
    either Casey,( Who did a GREAT job last week, what happened this week?)
    or Siobhan. I like Casey and Siobhan, and I am just basing this on their performance from this week.
    With two going home tonight, I would say Andrew and Aaron.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  226. LJ

    All I have to say is it that it is time for Aaron and Andrew to go home.

    this year has really been a disappointment

    my choice is Crystal and Lee – major standouts and I really like Katie

    whoever made the comment on Adam looking gay – yeah so what he is gay and an amazing artist!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  227. hippiechick

    The biggest problem with the show this year is the judges comments. If a singer ditches their instrument and moves around the stage, they say "you come off like a karaoke singer." If Sibhoan sings the way she likes to sing, they get all over her case about screeching. Yet, last night, they said the best part of her performance was the latter half when she hit the high notes. Did you see the ticked off/confused look on her face. I really wanted her to let them have it. Her answer to them when they suggested she decide what kind of singer she wants to be was the highlight of the show for me when she replied that she didn't think she should be pigenholed into any one style.

    I've heard too many of them say that they are totally confused about the direction/advice the judges are giving. I have to agree. That, to me, is why the show is so boring this year....you get a great performance from someone, they nail it again only to be told "but you sang that way last week, we want to see something different..." It's nuts.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  228. Katherine

    The difference betwen ELVIS and the Idol contestants is ELVIS had true, raw talent. The contestants don't. They hide behind everything from their instruments to backups and synthesizers. Adam Lambert has talent but was out of his league when it comes to ELVIS. There is no improving on ELVIS tunes – he is true perfection. The Idol contestants can only wish to become half of what ELVIS is and still is today.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  229. Kennie

    Adam Lambert looks gay! He sings really good, but the guy needs to really get a makeover!

    April 14, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  230. Roscoe

    Crystal, Casey, and Mike will be the bottom three. Mike and Casey will go home. That's what my tea leaves in my FoxNews teacup said.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  231. Kennie

    I agree! I think it should be more original! And the guy that sung "Hound Dog" last night....sucked! Absolutely ruined the song!

    April 14, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  232. Spackler

    This show is pathetic. Even worse is that dancing with the Stars crap. You yanks should get off your sofas, stop eating your fatty snack foods and get a life. Try listening to some real Elvis on your iPod's while going for a run – now that's inspiring.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  233. Fedir

    Katie is just downright awful. She seems like a sassy school girl with the whole "put on a serious face and shake your head annoyingly at the judges" routine. Her whole persona just comes accross as very juvenile.

    That being said – she may have a good voice, but since I can't stand to look at her, I sure as hell can't concentrate on listening to her.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  234. Stewart

    They've constantly complained about the contestants not being "current" but they assign them to sing songs written by old groups. I know they're expected to arrange them into something different, but then the judges pick on them when try.

    I also don't get the love for Lambert. There are far better singers that have come out of AI.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  235. mary jackson

    You're doing Elvis, The King of Rock-n-Roll!!!!
    Put some heart into it! Sing it like you saw a relative sing it. My grandkids do a better job. Come on, you made it to American Idol.
    I do not think anyone of you did a good job. If I was Lisa Marie (his daughter) I would be like, what the heck!! I am truly saddened more emotion and spunk was not put in to it.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  236. johnny

    they all suck...including adam

    April 14, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  237. weezie

    I'm thinking it will come down to Crystal and Lee, with Crystal winning. Lee is really coming into his own now. I think Adam did an amazing job as mentor – he knows how to make the oldest of songs relevant – I was pleasantly surprised.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  238. Julieannk

    I have to disagree with any of you who say that these kids dont have the ability to sing. Most of the individuals left have jaw dropping pipes! With that being said, I dont disagree that there has been something SERIOUSLY lacking this season.

    The one thing that I have noticed that season has been almost completely devoid of is FLARE! Where is the star power that, by this point in seasons past, shines through and just floored the audience? Where's the karisma? Where are the performances that leave little girls crying and Paula Abdula awaken from her half-baked state?

    I truly believe that these ladies and gents have the power to 'wow' us with their vocals, but with their serious lack of stage presence and personality intruige the equivalent of valuum... I think they will continue to disappoint week after week.

    Tip of the day: Wanna be a star? Grow a set, get out of your comfort zone and KNOCK OUR SOCKS OFF ALREADY.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  239. Lucy

    I actually thought Adam did a good job mentoring the Idols, but where are all the big stars like in seasons past? Remember, Stevie Wonder?

    I would pick the Top 4 to be, Siobban, Crystal, Lee and Casey with Mike being the 5th place winner, although it could be Casey. Andrew, Katie, Tim and Aaron can leave anytime in my opinion.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  240. Luv U Adam

    Adam was a terrific mentor. Who better to mentor than someone who recently was on American Idol and did NOT win. Only 1 contestant will win, but all the rest will lose, so it was fitting to have someone who didn't win mentor the masses. Adam was the only reason I watched the show. It is painful to watch this season. We all miss Adam so much and this season has such mediocre talent. It was smart to bring Adam back because he tried to give the contestants a little energy. Those that took his advice did well. Those that didn't did not do well. How could you not take the advice of Adam Lambert?!? Love him or hate him, he had everyone talking about him. The contestants this season just don't get what it takes to be a star.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  241. Joe

    Idol sucks. And how does this writer call this an Idol Recap....duh?

    April 14, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  242. Coop

    Idol pretty much sucks this year but I think Chrystal or Lee will win.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  243. Mike

    Bottom 3:

    1. BIG MIKE(should go home this time)

    2. ANDREW(should go with him)

    3. KATIE

    April 14, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  244. michelle

    I'm a huge Elvis fan, and they just didn't do him justice. Lee and Crystal came close, followed by Siobhan. The rest were just "eh" as you said. There are no super singers like in previous years, either. I hope Idol is not on next year, after Simon's defection. It's not nearly as interesting or entertaining as it used to be. It should go out now before something really bad happens – like Ryan sarcastically insulting someone just one too many times.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  245. Candy C From Fl

    First of all Adam Lambert did a great job as a mentor, he gave them advice on how to present their choice of songs and he is the best ever as far as I'm concerned. Tim was way on the bottom two weeks ago but he has soared, possibly bringing him to the last three standing. Keep up what you are doing right Tim!!!!! Siobahn one of my favorites has fallen but I still believe in her that she will soar back. Big Mike was awesome last night too. Unfortunately in my eyes the bottom three should be 1) Andrew 2) Katie and 3) Arron with Andrew and Katie going home Big Mike Thank God for you that you dropped your Arrogant Mr Big Stuff persona last night. You did great because you do have a good voice. Siobahn please take this advice and stop that angry look you give to the judges when you are critisised. As fo Crysta you will be the winner of American Idol 2010

    April 14, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  246. Anon

    Andrew and Aaron...see you in the next life.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  247. Wendy

    I thought Idol was great last night. I loved that Adam was an HONEST mentor! They all seemed so much better at singing last night than ever before. They are now showing the really good from the really bad. It's so obvious now who stands out Thanks to Adam the show was interesting. Every season is different and this season is just not as good as last. With the talent in last season if would be difficult to match that again this year. I'm enjoying what we had this time around and a HUGE thank you to Adam. He's an awesome force!

    April 14, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  248. Phyl

    Hardly could stand watching, however, believe Tim Urban & Casey will go tonight. Next Garcia & Sobhian, then the "Kid" & Katie, then train station performer Bowersox, & it will come down to Lee & Michael. Lee will win & be the next David Cook/Daughtry.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  249. ms

    Poor poor Elvis.....

    April 14, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  250. TWR2422

    I think they should give it to Crystal and call it a day!....This year is the worst ever..Goodbye to Andrew Garcia and Siohban tonight. I think it will come down to Crystal and Lee in the finale but I don't think any of them will have any real success.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  251. Liss

    Adam did a good job as a mentor. I hope they bring back other past contestants to mentor...that might bring a little spark to the show.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  252. Bob Brown

    Sobhian does not take critics very well. I think what Simon said was right and it his in your interest to listen and improve instead of giving that angry look.
    remember, you are not there yet.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  253. Harold

    I think everyone did pretty well except for Andrew. He just seems so dry and I could almost guarantee he's going home today. He's what u call washed up. Like Simon & Kara keeps sayin' he did really well hollywood week and since then he's only had a coupe more great weeks, it's like since then he's been getting werse. I wish he could do a Chris Brown song every week cause when he proformed Forever I think that was his best performance.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  254. James

    and for the record: As an R&B fan, Mike is generic. I can pick 10 CDs at random from my collection, and at least 6 of them will sound exactly like Mike. Same with Aaron- nothing new there.
    Adam was a horrible guest judge, and that was evident when no one really took his advice. I mean, what could he possibly have to teach them? How to come in 2nd, or how to embarass yourself on National Television Post-Idol? Or maybe how to promote yourself as an "over-the-top rocker", only to release a techno/pop album filled with auto-tuned garbage? He had amazing moments when he was a contestant- his post Idol album just felt like a slap to anyone that enjoyed him on the show. Glad this will be my last season (with no Simon, what's the point?), as they've clearly jumped the shark several times this season.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  255. Joenie

    I CANNOT believe the judges all thought Teflon Tim was any good at all. We thought he was horrible, just horrible.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  256. MRose

    My top 3 would be Lee, Mike and Crystal (or could be Crystal and Mike)

    April 14, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  257. James

    Two bad theme weeks in a row! Hated Elvis week when they did it during Season 5, and hated it even more this time around. Bottom 3 should be: Mike, Andrew, and Aaron- with Aaron and Mike going home. However, it will most likely be Andrew, Aaron, and Katie- with Aaron and Andrew going home.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  258. NatTurner

    Considering that Elvis did not write or first perform half of the tunes selected on the show, I thought the kids did great!The producers give not hints or instructions, how a performer looks over how he or she sings seems to carry the day, Siobhan, Boxersox and Big mike are clearly the best singers. This show is getting predictable.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  259. Penny

    no one has me holding my breath since Clay Aiken. Hate me if you will, but he NEVER was off-key and that boy could sing CIRCLES around aybody on Season 2. Adam IS great, though. He never did to me what Clay's voice did, but he kept my attention each week, that's for sure!

    April 14, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  260. Brenda

    Adam Lambert was the highlight of the night. Yes he gave good
    points and advice, contrary to what others have said. IMHO he
    was the best mentor they've had this season. The talent is not
    as strong as previous years though. You can only do so much
    with the talent they have picked this year. Can't wait to hear
    Adam tonight. He'll show the group how it's done.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  261. Thorne

    I love that fact that even though Adam Lambert lost to Kris Allen... the Adam haters are still just raging about him still. I mean... "your" guy won. Get over it already. Personally I liked them both, though I only bought Adam's album.

    The AI folks are pulling out all of the stops and bringing back Adam to mentor was a serious cry for ratings. I haven't watched more than 2 episodes this season but even I made sure I watched last night (and I will again tonight) because Adam is going to be on.

    And if Adam's album "really isn't selling all that well" he's still outselling Allen 2 to 1.

    I think the two most talented for this season are Crystal and Big Mike. I would probably/maybe buy a Crystal album. I'm not really into R & B so while I respect Big Mike's chops, it really isn't my type of music.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  262. millie

    The producers got together with Big Mike and told him to quit being an arrogant – and grab your guitar and sing a little diddy.Tim did do well enough. No surprises with Crystal and Lee. It will most likely be Andrew and Aaron- Mike gets a pass again.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  263. Just A Thought

    First off, let me say Adam Lambert was great on AI! But he is nothing like he was then; his tone of voice, stage presence, is way off. He would never make the top 24 if he was to do it again. He put on an act last year and now we have the 'real' Adam and it's a sad impression of what we saw last year.

    Bottom 3 will be Andrew, Aaron, Big Mike....all 3 could go home now and it would be fine with me, but Big Mike will be safe this time.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  264. skip

    Wow, where to start. The judges...awful this year with their conflicting, confusing advice, their blatant favoritism towards a few and blatant bias against a few. The insults piled on Siobhnan week after week have made her a nervous head case. "Screeching"...uh, she doesn't sound much different than their glam boy Adam Lambert when he belted out those tongue-assisted high notes.

    I'm finally glad Kara stopped drooling over Casey long enough to actually listen to his mediocre singing. And is Lee Dewyze really what they want as an AI? He has a great voice but with zero personality and looking like a stiff every week makes him a candidate for radio but not for public appearances. Michael...overrated, broken record boring, and their save of him is going to come back and bite them tonight or in the next few weeks.

    Would Katie, Aaron, Tim, and Andrew even get into the top 24 in previous seasons? I don't think so. Didi and Lilly had so much better voices than many of this present crew, and it's a shame that Lilly doesn't get to tour while some other lumps get to go. It starts with the judges, and they really blew it this year.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  265. Malia

    While Adam was the best mentor of the season, he could do little to improve the Top 9's lack of appeal. I agree with Denise when she says, "Adam Lambert ruined Idol..." because there truly will never be anyone as talented and as exciting as he was. And to all of the haters posting comments about his inability to mentor, you're clearly unaware of what is needed to improve this season... Adam understands the pressure the contestants are facing, he knows what it takes to progress on the show, and he has the guts to be honest when giving advice! I mean, who cares if he's had a lengthy career or not. None of that matters if you're going to sugarcoat your critiques and give unrealistic praise like all of the previous Idol mentors have done... And, just an FYI: Adam was the one the other contestants went to for advice during his season. Clearly he gives good advice.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  266. samara

    I only watched because of Adam, He has a couple of gold records and a platnium..I wonder if they will pesent them to him when hr sings to night? They have done that before. I think when Daughtry came back on the show.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  267. Carlos

    Idol used to bore me, but I noticed it was getting better and better with each season; this is the best season yet! Go Crystal!

    April 14, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  268. Lucy

    Crystal and Tim are the two standouts, IMO. They give me goose bumps.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  269. Dee

    Ok, granted, I have been an avid Idol fan in the past. I think I watch more out of habit now. I don't look forward to seeing and rooting for any of them BUT to be fair, I have to admit that when the season started there were only a couple who could even sing. But now, each one of them sounds better every week. Not sure if its confidence or they are all receiving some vocal training (and I don't mean those guest mentors) but all of them have improved since the show first started. Even Siobhan's shreik sounded better than when she first did it! And I have to admit-I hate the use of the instruments. I think the contestants look stiff and uncomfortable.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  270. LT

    The best thing about last nights Idol was Adam Lambert. Same for tonight although for some strange reason I have come around to liking the simple singing of Tim Urban. I guess he reminds me of someone during my 60s era.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  271. sobo

    I thought the idea of a mentor was someone who has already succeeded in that field. The mentors this time, for the most part, have been lame. Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, give me a break. Rhianna is the only one that I would consider to be an appropriate mentor. How can someone who is still trying to get to the top themselves help others to get there. If anyone has any sense they will vote for Crystal. She is the only one who can truly sing. (Elvis or anything else.)

    April 14, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  272. Jan

    I'm with those of you who have watched IDOL...glued to the set, not answering the phone at all until it was all over. Whew, not this year. I'm watching...out of loyalty but really, they went all over the country and this was the best they could do? I haven't even been to Itunes to try to get any of it...to use Simon's word...forgetable. I still remember David Cook and Dolly Parton week...I could not imagine what he was going to do...and he sang that Little Sparrow song..changed it up and nailed it. Crystal seems to be the most talented, and I like Lee's voice but whew, no personality–it's just not the same. I didn't really think Paula would be missed all that much–she seemed pretty ditzy... but apparently she had some ideas on how to pick 'em that Randy and Simon didn't have...I'll leave the new judges out of that...

    April 14, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  273. millie

    The fix continues- They threw Andrew under the bus (not that I care much).Did anyone else notice the sign that the camera convientely cut to after Simon gave Aaron a thumbs down? Talk about subliminal messages!

    April 14, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  274. Robin

    Forget about American Idol! Let's discuss Glee! I LOVE THAT SHOW AND THAT IS WHERE THE TRUE TALENT IS!

    April 14, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  275. bob

    Once again Big Mike almost put me to sleep! When will he ever sing something with some life in it. BORING!

    April 14, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  276. mclighn

    I personally think Adam Lambert was nothing but a screamer and would take bathroom breaks when he came on. ?Talent? Maybe if you call screaming and screeching each song and acting "Why be normal?" is 'talent'... not so much..

    April 14, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  277. Denise

    Adam Lambert ruined Idol……. Not a bad thing IMO
    It will never be the same. There will never be another contestant which makes us hold our breath until the final note then smile with feelings of amazement that a person can sing and perform like that!
    Adam is amazing and to compete under his shadow only makes it darker for the contestants. There is no stand out star and unfortunately for Idol, Adam is hard to forget! It would be like trying to sing after Elvis has left the building.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  278. Samantha

    I guess I must not have an ear for music because to me Tim was absolutely totally without doubt god awful. what the heck did the judges hear that i didnt. and wasn't just me, both me and my husband sat there laughing out loud at how pitiful he is and out puppy even began yapping when Tim sang. Think the puppy was telling me, mommy make it stop, make it stop!!

    April 14, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  279. Scott

    Tim still sucks. Lee still rocks. That is all.

    April 14, 2010 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  280. catherine

    I completely agree! They have good singers, but very few good stage performers this year. It is so weird, you watch them and it is all kind of ho-hum, in a bland, not very interesting sort of way. I know why Adam L was a little frustrated because he is looking for the "fire" in these contestants and it is just not coming out! I do like Crystal though... she is at least true to herself and genuine.
    Looking forward to seeing Adam do his thing tonight!

    April 14, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  281. Olivia B

    In order Crystal, Lee, Aaron, Casey, Siohbhan, Tim, Andrew, Mike, then Katie....

    Bottom 3 prediction Siohbhan, Andrew, Mike w/ Andrew going home. Mike'll get sent back to the couch.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  282. dm nash

    Lambert was a good mentor and "dead on" in advice...he brought up their "performance" level & energy finally. Most did better than usual. That said, he can't save them from song choices, lack of creativity & average "eeeeh" performances seen in "anytown" USA. The standout is MammaSox for the "should" win...the others in the distance.
    Song choices tonight will weigh in equally to the performances and there WILL be surprises in the bootom 3 or going home. I'm with New Orleans native Ellen on liking Andrews' arrangement but he has most limited vocals & hasn't had a "moment" yet. Never been a fan but Siobahns' lost her way & mojo -worst of the night. Alternates – Casey, Mike & Aaron ...or Simon & Kara -lol

    As for Adam Lambert, his album IS selling quite well....IS repeat good & listenable....is timely w/ it's "glam" – sharing influences w/ the Runaways movie that just opened.

    Adam if your listening.....from a former biz vet....how 'bout a duet w/Joan Jett or solo cover of "Bad Reputation"/Cherry Bomb.....a second tier promotion campaign & add as another bonus track

    April 14, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  283. SierraGrace

    IMO the top performers tonight were: Lee, Crystal, Casey, ...Tim & Katie.

    Performers that may go home: Andrew, Aaron, Michael or Siobhan.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  284. idolfans

    I think all the idols are playing it safe because when they tried something, one of them would say too theatrical or too corny. I think they need Paula back. She always pointed out the positives. I never thought she was so important to the show. She is passionate for the contestant. Now all the judges sounds mean. No wonder the contestants start singing behind them so they do not have to look at them.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  285. GH

    Siobhan – "I don't even know who I am, but I love to sing."

    *screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech – freeze frame*

    THAT coming from a Top 9 finisher. Sweet heart, you just lost any record label chance.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  286. Sandy

    I really feel all the Idols 's are playing it safe this year, there is nothing really exciting, they all need to come out of their shell and just give it their all, for pete sakes its a life time chance for all of them and they need to believe in themself because thats the only way they will be good at what they do. Remember to believe in yourself makes other believe in you. I want to believe but its just not out there on the stage at all how sad.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  287. mozart4898

    @ Jeff – I really want to see Crystal have hit records honestly. As a musician myself I can see when someone has musical talent and she does, but it's not going to appeal to the masses (at least I don't think it will...maybe musical tastes are starting to shift). I just mentioned her in my last post but I keep thinking about Jewel in reference to Crystal cause that's what Crystal's original songs sound like. They're amazingly beautiful, storylike – she's one of those types that can connect personally with her music. The problem? Jewel put out one HUGELY successful album and then a couple years later followed it with a 2nd that as I recall had one minor hit and then kinda faded. I don't know if she really did anything after that but she sure faded from the scene, that much I know. Regardless, even if Crystal puts out one quite successful album, she'll have accomplished something that 99.99% of musicians never do. I support her at this point because I can see just how talented she really is – not because I think she's going to be the one to change the face of music today.

    As far as Siobhan – I really think that girl needs to find herself. While I applaud her for admitting "I don't even know who I am, but I love to sing," she needs to figure it out, otherwise she'll end up being whatever her record label (assuming she'll have one...which I'm sure she will) tells her to be. And they're not going to really have her interests in mind, they'll just want to make money off her. Being a finalist on AI will pretty much guarantee they'll sell at least her first album. After that, she may completely disappear off the radar. She IS talented but needs to get a better idea where she wants to take her career personally before someone else tells her what to do with it. (I'd seen somewhere that she was actually a lead singer of a band before AI...she might actually be well suited to that. If you've heard of them (no offense, don't know how well known they are), think Flyleaf. You could probably draw comparisons between that girl and Siobhan. That might be her best route really, and not so much the solo route.)

    April 14, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  288. GH

    Remember the days when Idol was being mentored by the likes of Smokey Robinson, Jamie Fox, Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Foster, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez, Slash, Bono, Tony Bennett, and Gwen Stefani?

    This year we get (Teenager) Cyrus and (Idol Runner-Up) Lambert. No wonder this year's "talent" is shoveling fog every week!

    April 14, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  289. Maybeben

    Simon nailed it with his first comment. Dedicate a show to Elvis, and you're just begging for a night full of bad karaoke. That's what they got. Could they please just end the season now with a showdown between Crystal and Big Mike. The rest of the "contestants" are just wasting their time and ours.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  290. mozart4898

    @ sandy – I really don't know how you can say that much of what they have this year is "commercial" talent. Look at who's left – Crystal, Casey, Lee, Siobhan, Tim, Katie, Andrew, Aaron, Mike. Of all of them, the only ones I could see being made into something even remotely "commercial" (i.e. "popular," mainstream sorts of artists) are Katie, and maybe Tim, Aaron, and Mike...although I hesitate to put any of those last 3 there. Katie is the only one who could actually be molded into what people think of as a stereotypical "pop" star like Beyonce, Lady Gaga...or any of them similar (or at least I think so...heck, I don't even listen to that sort of music unless it happens to be on a commercial or program I'm watching).

    Crystal is a combination of a throwback to the 60s/70s and a singer/songwriter type like Jewel, Casey is a bluesy rocker, Lee is along the same lines as Casey but more John Mayer-esque with some Nickelback thrown in...Siobhan herself doesn't even know what she is, and well, Andrew sucks IMO. I think Tim should pursue acting honestly (even better if he can sing in his acting because his voice is clear, pure and pleasant to listen to, just not knockout WOW quality...but with good song choices he can stay in this), Aaron might be country but really needs time to develop his potential, and Mike is a classic R&B/soul sort of singer, I think at least. And really at times I agree that Katie could go country, so among the 9 remaining, it could be said that NONE are "commercial" sounding – at least how I think of that, cause I'm thinking top 40 pop when you say that.

    April 14, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  291. Jeff

    Judy Garland, (Dorothy in Wizard of Oz), was coached at MGM Studios for something like three years before MGM execs thought she was ready
    for singing in front of the public–she was coached hard according to her bio I saw on PBS. So, take Siobhan for instance: A good coach could make a super star out of her, no doubt, as she has the voice and looks. However, when she is trying to figure out what to sing and how to sing it she doesn't connect as well as Crystal does with the public. I feel, therefore, that Crystal will have hit records but Siobhan will be a recording, movie and Broadway star if she gets the right coach.
    Go Sibahn and in the future get a reputable coach as I would like to see you on the stage and in movies.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  292. Peter

    Mike, Chrystel and Lee really rocked tonight – the others not so much. My favorites are pretty clear.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  293. lalla

    I did not get a chance to see Idol tonigh but I voted fro my favorite Sioban ( She is my Adam Lambert).

    April 14, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  294. sandy

    The best moments tonight were when Adam sang a phrase or two as an illustration of what he was suggesting. Part of the problem is that they pick "commercial" talent, so everyone ends up like someone else, and it's hard for anyone to really stand out. The bigger problem is with the show's structure. Paula may have been loopy, but she was far more entertaining than Kara. Ellen is marginally better than the horror show she was at the beginning of the year, but four judges is still too many, both because the amount of time it takes for each of them to comment, but even more because it's way too much advice. The Save feature can't save the worst problem of all - does anyone believe that the vote totals are an accurate representation of popularity? Between Vote for the Worst group and schemes to send huge automated totals, the vote is all but pointless, a lesson learned all too well last year.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  295. Fomer Fan

    There's NO TALENT this time, it should be who 's the worse !
    I mean when dances with the stars gets bigger ratings with Kate Gosselin, then you know these 9 stink!

    April 13, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  296. mozart4898

    Rant warning...

    I think there's a few big reasons why most people are saying "the show stinks" or is finished. First of all, the judges and producers pimped Adam Lambert last year to the point that viewers became convinced they were watching the next big thing. All other factors aside though, his album really isn't selling that well – it's selling and he'll probably go on to a decent career but he has not yet become the phenom they were trying to make him into during his time on the show. But no matter. Viewers were forever tainted by his pimping on the show and considering the guy DOES have quite good stage presence and performance skills (after all he toured nationally with a couple different musicals, he SHOULD know stage presence and choreography). This season doesn't have someone with that sort of background BUT it does have several very good singers...

    The problem is, I think, the show this year has apparently gone for a wider variety of styles and types of singer. This has divided people to huge extents and turned them off from the show when their favorites were eliminated. I never heard a song that Alex Lambert or Didi Benami did that I particularly cared for – but I also (especially in Didi's case) only heard what she was doing on the show after a couple rounds. At that point, they're simply trying to do the best with whatever they're being told to sing (or allowed to sing, because of performance rights). Some people don't care for Crystal because they say she always does the same sorts of songs. Well, artists have certain styles – so a smart singer WILL PICK THAT STYLE. That's what she's done. People have said the same sort of thing about Big Mike. Technically they are both outstanding singers. The problem is that they're not the kind of singers that people want to see – and the theme weeks are doing almost none of the singers any favors. No, you can't really make Elvis or Lennon/McCartney current. But would you want to hear this group do "The Hits of Gaga, Beyonce, and Timberlake?" Heck no – it'd be absolutely awful.

    What they need is to be able to do whatever songs they want – including original material if they write their own. For those who say Crystal always sounds the same, go listen to her original stuff on YouTube (Farmer's Daughter, Holy Toledo, Sandman, On the Run, and there's several others too). They're not like what she does on the show. They're also not what you'd hear on the top 40 stations either, but these are the sorts of artists they've picked this year. I've heard some of the same sorts of things about things Tim has online. Apparently Andrew has a ton of YouTube videos that are actually quite good too (never looked for them). The mediocrity of the show is probably a result of a couple things – the public's support being spread so thin in the early rounds, the show's (possibly misguided) desire to explore new types of artists, and the forcing of a theme week on the singers week after week when many of them just can't do a certain theme justice (and add to that some of them aren't good at picking songs they can pull off...something that I'd hazard a guess that most of today's artists wouldn't do so well either without someone to advise and manage them).

    /end rant

    Again, I really feel Andrew is gone tomorrow. Seeing what others are saying on other parts of the 'net, I guess that Aaron, Katie, and Tim probably are all going to be in the running for that other spot. Big Mike could *maybe* pop up there again (you can make a case depending on your source for him being anywhere from the winner tonight to nearly the bottom, IMO he was one of the top 3 or so). Not really looking like the other 4 are in too much danger of slipping that far.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  297. ab contador

    Why does CNN report on this junk - things like this make me embarrassed to say I am an American

    April 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  298. eilish ni raghaillaigh

    The show is finished, they should have finished on a high note and let it die last season.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  299. mamasharkey

    I thought Lee and Crystal were top two. I am not feeling the whole Tim thing-he should have been gone already. i think andrew is gone.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Hugh01

    I don't even comment anymore .. the show stinks.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Melina

    I am so disappointed in this season's contestants. Elvis is an Icon! and no one did him justice. Lambert had nothing to work with. I almost wish he would grab the mike and perfom an Elvis song the right way.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  302. fefe Wright

    First to have Lambert as a mentor for Elvis songs was a disgrace. Secondly, he's mentoring when he's less than a year off the show and not the winner?????? Sorry Idol, these kinds of choices besides Ryan bantering with Simon (not good natured kidding but at times has been rude and condescending) are the reasons you are sliding in ratings. Kiss it all goodbye when Simon leaves.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  303. David B

    I used to be addicted to Idol, but I stopped watching the show when Paula left. It's just not the same. Additionally, with the American public judging, the most talented singers are not sometimes voted off for obvious reasons.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Joe M

    No they did not. They are good singer but overall they were not up to it. I agree that Tim was good.

    Every good show has a peak. Idol has reached theirs. Without Paula it is not the same. This should be its last year. Then they will go out with respect.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  305. cassandra

    crystal rox! and then lee

    April 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Julia

    I thought tonight was really bad. The only one I actually enjoyed listening to was Tim.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  307. NYer

    The bottom three this week SHOULD be:
    Andrew
    Kara
    Simon

    April 13, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Candace

    I've read many negative comments regarding the talent this year. There are clear standouts...the talent is as good this year as in any other...the showmanship may be lacking, but the voices of some are extraordinary...i.e. Siobhan, Mike, Crystal, Casey, and Katie. Lambert was a good choice as a mentor this week...these kids need more "Hollywood Mentoring."

    April 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  309. R & T

    Crystal is way ahead of the pack and in a class by her self. The show has some very talented people but it only makes her sound better. She is already a star!!

    April 13, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  310. IronCider

    Definitely the bottom three will have a surprise or two as stated earlier. Most of the performances were good tonight but I thought they would have chosen a newer set of songs that we all like.
    Lee was really good tonight and Tim is actually growing on me. Great job Tim!
    Let us see who the bottom three will be tomorrow!
    Do you think Katie or Aron will be in the bottom three?

    April 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Candace

    Oh, and another thing...for pure entertainment, which Idol contestants would you buy a ticket to SEE and HEAR??? My votes, since I can't vote in a normal fashion, would be for Siobhan, Mike, Crystal, Casey, and Katie in that order...all the most talented of the nine..teeny bopper loves Tim and Aaron must go..and Andrew, bless his heart, seems to be a nice guy but he blew it tonight...Lee is on the cusp as far as I'm concerned.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  312. MJ

    They completely missed the mark on Idol this year. No one really stands out as a superstar in this group. Everything is ho hum ...and if they sound half decent ... then personality is lacking (Crystal). Adam Lambert was a hard act to follow ... no doubt the ratings have dropped, and not just by a percentage or two. It's too bad - they had a good thing going.
    The Idol love fest is clearly over.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Sam P

    I think Adam did a great job mentoring. He gave them good criticism meant to help. I think the show had more energy than most if not all have had yet.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Candace

    First year without a land line...I can't vote because I'm on US Cellular..not ATT...what's up with that???? Is there a partnership going on between Fox and AT&T???

    April 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Thierry

    I think Kara and Simon already speak on my behalf.

    I hope my comments will not be blocked or disapproved as last time.
    Something wrong?

    April 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Bill

    Big Mike- Nice performance, Siobhan- I know what she was trying to do but could not pull it off. MamaSox -Clearly a front runner if not a winner already. Keep it going girl.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  317. nelson

    I'm a 58 year old "closet" Idol watcher. I have watched every season, went to Staples to see one Idol tour of the top 10. This year? Idol? What's that? I can't get interested. Not one person is over the top. I do like the Joplin knock off, hope she has success with her career.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  318. mozart4898

    It's really hard for me to pick a bottom 3 – Andrew is there no question and I'm about 99% sure he'll be gone tomorrow. I have a heck of a time picking two more though...

    Crystal, Tim, Katie, Aaron...I think they're all safe. I think Big Mike will be too. Problem is, that leaves Lee, Casey, and Siobhan. So am I saying bottom 3 is Andrew and then...Casey and Siobhan? Or Lee instead of one of them? I dunno. When it comes down to it I'll probably only be right about Andrew. I'm actually worried that going first, Crystal may not pick up as many votes although I think her fan base is pretty huge.

    Performers vs. singers...honestly, if I'm not interested in just looking away from the TV and listening to them without seeing them, then I'm really not interested in them. In other words, their "performance" is the least of my interests. I don't care if they sit in one spot and play and sing if they do so well. Of course some of them haven't done it that well at times either.

    Tomorrow will probably see at least one surprise elimination...and maybe 2 surprises in the bottom 3. We'll see.

    April 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Nicole

    Not too much kept me glued to the television. In the past, I wouldn't even answer the phone during Idol.......Maybe I am just getting older as the show continues to get younger.

    April 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Glambert

    I am pleased that Adam was honest with them and gave them good constructive criticism. Nothing worse then someone (Miley) standing up there going "oh God, you nailed it. Don't change a thing!". Some of them needed to step it up and I think some were successful and some did not. HOWEVER, Adam is my dream gay man and I'd love a chance to convert him! Yeah baby!!

    April 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  321. protogere

    No Lisa. No they didn't do him justice as a whole. And I think that you're right, we are missing performers. Too many of them are musicians and they cling to their guitars and it hinders them a lot. I really wish they'd bar the instruments again, it would force the contestants to do something more than stand there.
    Sadly I have to put Andrew in my bottom three – and I like him a lot.
    Katie too, though I don't feel bad at all about putting her there.
    Casey or Aaron would be my third choice for bottom three, though that's a tough call for me.
    It'd be easier I think to say Tim is 100% safe, as is Big Mike. Those were the best two for me.

    April 13, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |

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