SPOILER ALERT!!! Tonight's blog entry will reveal the contestant being sent home from "American Idol." Don't read any further if you don't want to know the results.
I am officially bummed out.
No way Aaron Kelly should have gone home tonight. He wasn't the best, but goodness knows he wasn't the worst. And by the worst, I mean he wasn't Casey James.
Casey is a cutie, but based on performance, he should have totally been on his way.
What do you think happened? Did a cutie face trump a baby face?
Let us know. And don't forget to head over to iReport to post a video of your questions for Aaron Kelly.
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If you close your eyes while listening to them, the only two you could actually hear on the radio are Crystal and Lee. Mike is grossly overrated and the others are average at best.
The American Idol winner of season 9 is SIOBHAN MAGNUS. All other remaining singers are second rate. So...now that she is gone, watch the ratings go down down down.
Unfortunately, it has always been about the "cutie" aspect, versus the talent aspect.
I have been watching this show since it's first season, and there have been many less talented, better looking contestants, who have outlasted much more talented ones. I think they should emphasize to the voting audience that this is a SINGING contest, not a beauty contest.
For me Crystal's soulful delivery provides me temporary freedom from the mechanical world ,politics hate and stress.
dude, i love Aaron Kelly. He has the most beautiful vocal among them. I think casey should go.
I read somewhere that Skiiboski comes back and wins it!
I think this Top 4 is perfect.
Lisa – if the show results were based on performances Aaron would have been gone long beore this !
Casey may not have been better at crooning Frank Sinatra's song but he certainly deserves to be in the top 4 way more than Aaron.
AMERICA GOT IT RIGHT LAST NIGHT :)
Just think only 3 more weeks of this awful show!!! Thank goodness!!
That poor stage hasn't seen much action since Adam Lambert brought it to life abt 2weeks go...
Miss you Adam!!!!
Dah. I mean like. Ah. Der, ah. Like, ah, da. I thought like I won Idol. Like totally.
I think Harry Conick Jr. was the best mentor that Idol has had on in a long time, I actually enjoyed his playfulness and jokes and he had some real instruction to give the contestants, and the arrangements Harry came up with were awesome and made just about everyone sound good. Go Harry
Its about time for Aaron to go, he should have left weeks ago. Katie Stevens was way more talented and had a better vocal range, but because she came from the third smallest state (Ct) she did not have the fan base that Aaron did. Aaron was pitchy, squeaky, and just not ready for the big time, his girly voice and lack of stage presence really makes me wonder how he got as far as he did. I mean really, rocking back and forth while your singing? whats that called, the pee pee dance? I think thats why its important that anyone who is able to call in and vote be over eighteen years of age. Adolescent girls voted for him because he was cute not because he could sing. Big Mike or Casey is next to go. Mama Sox and Lee to take it home.
I'm stunned that this stupid show is still on the air.
I don't think Aaron should be the winner by far, but I feel that Casey has been put through way past where he should have gone. This guy is not good at all. He got through with his looks and that is all that has kept him in the game. No talent there.
If Crystal gets booted Im not voting at all . The show is a bomb . I just tune in to hear Crystal , love her style of Rythem , Blues and rock n roll , she has the gift and is truly in a league of her own . And if you think about Ryhthem blues rock and roll ,its the reason all the 60,70's music is still around today, bigger then ever . why you suppose that is ? . You think you be hearing snoop dog and lady gaga 30 years from now ?. NOT
Casey just had a bad night that's all. He will make some great country-rock music...just wait!! Big Mike will make some R&B too. Dirtysox was horrible, it was painful to hear and watch. I don't think she would be a good representation for Amercian Idol....do we really want our kids idolizing an unwed mother?? I don't get it. Little boy had enough it was time for his to head home. Lee just doesn't do it for me. Casey #1 – Big Mke #2.....the rest you will never hear about again. Also Ellen has been so refreshing on AI...her jokes are natural. Kara is a phony, Simon is an arrogant man who is lucky enough to have met the right people to be where he his or he would be nothing at all. Randy is ok.
no way!!! my frien cried cuz he went home!!! now i want lee or crystal 2 win
Mike is the best ???? maybe doing weddings or Hotel gigs . As far as Hippe crystal well she is in good company . The world was a better place when hippes roamed it .
People are not voting on who is talented, they are voting on looks. Let's face it. Lee, Crystal and Big Mike should be the top three. Jessy needs to go. I did like Aaron, but he's okay not great.
Oh, please, Big Mike NEVER should have been saved and he should be the next one to go if his performances continue as they have in weeks' past!
To all the Mike haters......who cares what you think. Vocally he's the best one on the stage. He run's circle's around everyone else including that hippie Crystal!
Michael should be gone. Voted out once. Very average. Good voice but sooo over the top affectations. Can't stand to watch him.
Mike sounds the same when he sings. He is good, but nothing special. I'm surprised Simon doesn't mention Cruise Ship in his comments on him. Crystal changes her sound and style every week which shows great talent. I have grown to like her. Lee has really come along and may win it in the end. He may peak at the right time.
Most people's comments on the blogs have been overwhelmingly against Fat-one-toned-lifting-people's-getting-old Mike. So I thought he'd be in the bottom 2 with Casey who didn't do well. The kid was a surprise. He's better than Fat-Mike and has more of a future. Nobody's going to sign Bloaty-Fat-Man to any kind of a deal. HE CAN'T SING!!! And don't give me that jive that he's deep. BS!!! He needs to go.
I agree with LT. How in the world did Aaron even make it to the Top 20? Certainly the judges are giving extra weight to bringing in someone to match the target musical catagories. Remember, they have voting data and use it for much more than just picking a winner. For instance, you can be sure that even if they were by far the best performers and singers ever to grace a stage you would not end up with 20 rockers. Aaron must have satisfied probably a couple catagories that were otherwise underrepresented. His singing was at best a struggle.
I LOVE CASEY JAMES! Aaron is good, but he's so young and doesnt seem to have the confidence that other young people that become stars have. I am a huge country music fan and I already want to have Casey's cd so I can listen to it all the time!
The sad part is the judges and how they influence the phone calls. All season Kara and Randy have commented on Caseys voice and the raspy southern rocker with a soulful side and loved how the gravel in his voice was unique. Then they critize him for all those same qualities. Kara talking about Goats and people voices! I agree with others the contestant should pick the type of song they want to sing each week. Forget this theme night, the contestants are forced to sing some type of music they would never record and then critized for sounding bad. I thought Harry Connick Jr, was funny and was more qualified to offer mentor then Miley Cyrus.
@Just a Thought – You're right on the money!
I love you, Nick. I love you, Franco. We are all bored with Big Sam. Again, no matter how hard they push – he still was #2. There is something fitting to that.
Why is it that if your opinion is not the majority opinion, it is automatically assumed that the outcome is manipulated? Is this an AI forum or a Tea Party rally? Get a grip, people. If Simon and Simon were behind the scenes pulling strings, don't you think Daughtry would have won? The producers knew full well that he'd sell way more records than Taylor. And further, tweens are not the biggest voting block, women from 35-50 are.
How else do you think Archie beat David Cook (Whose first album was quite good, by the way)?
I'm happy about the top 4!!! Aaron should have NEVER made it to the top 20... poor boy couldn't remember the lyrics.
Hum, could it be "Vote for the Worst" who voted for Casey or the Shabhan complaint that got Aaron kicked off? I haven't figured this one out yet, but Casey was horrible the other night, how did he not make the bottom? Something just does not seem right!!!!!
UH GUESS YOU ALSO FORGOT RUBEN STUDDARD, SHIRLEY
@Jim's comment from this morning and Dede's comment: I completely agree with both of your posts 1000% percent. I think it was a travesty for Aaron to go home last night ahead of Big Mike and Casey. My question is what were the producers thinking puting Big Mike and Aaron in the bottom 2 ahead of Crystal and Casey. Idol Producers are once again showing there true colors and picking who they want to go when. No way with the fan bases of Aaron and Big Mike that they were in the bottom 2 last night. I mean some votes must not have counted or something. I know single individuals who put in 1000+ votes for both Aaron and Big Mike every night. I think it is either time for Idol to go, start releasing the results publically after the show, or having a judges score and a public score, just like dancing with the stars. Sorry, but something is seriously wrong with this show.
Is this show still on?
Why did Aaron sing Frank as his farewell song? Because he had to! Harry was on stage so whoever had to go last night would have to sing along with him. Aaron definitely got the short stick. Imagine having to sing the song that made you leave idol. If it were up to him, he would sing Shania song.
Quite frankly, neither Aaron or Casey could win this thing, so does it matter who goes home before the other? At this point, both are likely to get a record deal (probably on a smaller label) anyway.
The real contest is between the top two, Lee and Crystal.
shirley: didn't fantasia win.???? what's your problem...
Themes do not make a singer great – the singer does! The songs of Elvis, Sinatra, Shania are all great Singers, they took well written songs and sang them even better! That's what a singer, a talented singer does -they take a song and make it great! The contestants this year however, have not taken the songs and made them anything! For example, David Cook when he did Billy jean; awesome rendition of a song obviously not his genre but he made it relevant! It's the singer not the song folks!
I dont think Aaron should have been send home, he is mature for his age,and I think that was the factor.If he wins , Mommy Dearest must be with him all the time, and it would be a pain for the Producers.
Now it is for "looks" only, they all can sing, but the image plays a roll,can we make money ?I wish the commercials will be shown only at the end of the show or before, ( the same old stuff over and over )it is annoying and we are just about to turn off. I know they pay your show, but we pay too, but not for commercials.
Harry would be good to replace Simon, he knows music and has a great sense of humor which is needed on this show.
Ellen is good but not enough, Cara tells the kids crap over and over , does she know music ? Well and big boy, well its another story.
since american idol isnot about vocals (look at melinda doolitle) but about being an "idol" crystal will sell well and casey looks it ,if someone teachs him how to unwind...
steve-O: aaron has beautiful eyebrows and thank God he stopped plucking them.. now he looks like a man and he will do very well very soon.
they all suck
Shirley, your comment is racist and ignorant. Congrats.
GOOOOO CASEY!!! <333333
That was a travesty sending Aaron home last night. Casey should have been on the plane back home by now! But......... if you don't get the votes, you don't get the votes. I would love to see a final between Lee and Big Mike but have a feeling it is going to be between Lee and Crystal and my vote is with Lee to win it all. Still, not a good night last night. America got it wrong!
This show is about likability. Who would you want to watch on TV, listen to on the radio, buy their albums, etc? I think Mike's a goner next and then Crystal. Why? Crystal falls into that same category as Melinda Doolittle or Jennifer Hudson. Great set of pipes but very narrow in her general appeal musically. Mike is a crooner, ala Luther Vandross, not a huge audience out there for him either.
Casey and Lee can sing it and bring it when the heat is on and only Lee has stayed true to who he is, which is why I think he'll win. Casey cracks under pressure, he sang much better on Wed. than on Tues. night. Lee is the only one of the entire group who has consistently listened to the judges, improved how he sings and how he relates to the audience.
The smart guy will win.
And I really wish they'd stop making these young people sing old music. It is like watching a train wreck.
Stop picking on the black guy no way white can out sing black not
enough soul in their voice yet there is only one black male left on the
show you or telling me not one black female make it this far that why i
don't watch it anymore.
Michael Lynche has a good voice when he sings in a lower octave (poor voice when he attempts higher octaves), but he is the most boring singer on Idol this season. He takes all of the energy out of every song with his slow phrasing and looooong drawn out notes. It would be fine that he holds notes, if he had good tone when he sings high notes, but he does not - instead, he has the nasally tone of a billygoat. He wants to sound like George Benson, but he can't. Mike's performances of "Eleanor Rigby ," "Hero," "In the Ghetto," and "The Way You Look Tonight," were not entertaining in the slightest. He should have been eliminated from the contest when he was eliminated from the contest. He is poor enough that he makes Casey seem good, by comparison.
No, wish it would have been Big Mike though.... Maybe next week!! I am a BIG fan of CASEY and LEE :)) They Rock <33
I think either Big Mike or Crystal will win, but Casey is a hottie, so you never know. Usually, it seems as if people who shouldn't get through, do get through because people vote for them because of how they look (or something other than how they sing). Eventually, though, the last few end up being the ones who should be there, so we'll see. I think that either way, Casey will "go somewhere." Maybe he will get signed as a male model.
I know this is about the contestants, but.....................Lady Gaga's performance was terrible. I have a general respect for her talent and business mind, but that was aweful!
Not only is Casey HOT, the many plays a mean guitair and sounds like a dream! He sounded just like Sinatra last night. He's humble and modest–and takes it like a man when everyone puts him down. At least he has a personality and snappy comeback when the others get tongue-tied!
Aaron looks like a kid next to these adults, who reallly need the break. He has no life experience and sings to his MOM! He's a teen idol wannabe–but he can grow up and come back in 5 years; they can't. Every one of the finalists has a great voice but they're not outstanding like Adam Lambert. They all have (poor Alicia Keyes and Harry Connick sounded off–Lady Gaga ROCKS!)
My vote is for Casey James–he's got the talent, the looks, the poise and he's getting to be a great performer. GO, CASEY–you've got my vote!
Aaron Kelly should have been gone weeks ago. Cute or not he was really bad four or five weeks ago. But, Casey should have gone this week.
This has been a disappointing season. I'm going to miss Simon. As for Aaron, he's just too young and too green, glad he went last night. Casey is probabaly staying because of his looks, but he can sing, just only his personal style. He is no crossover. Crystal is good, again in her genre, not so good in the others. Mike is good, but I never really feel he's that entertaining. Lee has the most potential to do more than just his style. I think I like Lee best because of that. But in defense of the others, they will all make good albums when they pin down their own personal style. As for the "themes", I'm over it. Elvis? Sinatra? How old are the people picking these themes? I'm almost 40 and those are too old to be current. Forget making them relevant, choose themes that are already relevant and make the contestants remake those! That's what would be required of them in the real world off the Idol stage.
I only tune in to see and hear Michael Lynche. The only one with a strong real voice you can feel when he sings. The others left are boring me, I only watch a few seconds then I tune back to my Baseball Game or other programing and record the results show for who is eliminated. The voting on this show is a joke. It should be updated to todays technology, online and regestered to keep fake votes out of the voting... Like on DWTS, (Phone, Online or text). Your are limited and it's real, not automated like with AI.
write this down people 100 times..".LEE WILL WIN THIS YEAR"
Ms. Piggy 2nd
Pretty Boy 3rd
Mr. Piggy 4th
100 times people ..".LEE WILL WIN THIS YEAR"
Many of you people obviously know nothing about music, the remaining ones that can sing are crystal, Mike and it was Aaron. Lee can sing but has a weaker voice. Casey is not even in the same league. Maybe you teen girls would buy his albums but no one else will. This is a singing competion, not a beauty pagent folks.
Casey should have been gone...he was horrible and is not that great a singer on a good nite. I also don't get lee, okay vocals but has alot of difficulty with tone and staying on key, I should know, i am a music teacher.
Just goes to show you its not about talent or stage presence because Casey has neither...and guess what, no one will buy an album because someone is cute...lol what a joke.
Mike and his arrogant self needs to go home next and then Casey. Lee will win!! This has been the worst season and I am done with AI! The voting is rigged.
Go Home MIKE, You think you are Great, I dont think so, show a little compassion towards others.
I am for LEE or CRYSTAL as the Final Two!
This is the worst American Idol season ever! The contestants are basically just average singers. Just like Simon, this is going to be my last year.
If Lee could only loosen up and get the confidence on stage that his good looks project , He could walk with the American Idol win. He fits the image for future money making in the business and sure does have a fine voice that has got better each week he performs. Go Lee!!!
Why is big mike still there?! He sucks.He already got voted off and the judges saved him why?! He really isn't that good.I mean he sounds like everyone else you hear on the radio today.I want Lee or Crystal to win.At least they can sing.Big Mike you gotta go.The top 4 could be better.
what slowed the bowersox train down was the AI dumb music category . Shania Twain and Frank Sinatra , please .Asking bowersoxs to sing Sinatra songs would be like asking Snoop dog to sing Led Zeppelin songs . This week Crystal will find a more rhythm and blues song from the Movie category , perhaps IRIS from by the goo goo dolls . If she makes that round then she gets to pick the song of her choosing .Game over , She will win hands down .
Lady Gag gag was the worst ever. Who booked her??? What a creepy, stupid, Halloween stunt!
Aaron is young. He can afford to go home. Come back next time.
Crystal or Casey. The only two real choices left.
If you ask me...the top two left should be Aaron and Lee!!
@Scott – what a great suggestion. Harry Connick Jr. to replace Simon, love it!
Casey is enormously talented! He's a great front man and unique, When's the last time you saw a Casey come along? Zep anyone?? And authentically handsome. Star quality.
Big Mike is old, done and needs to be booked in Vegas. There are millions of him out there, Any more weight and he's going to be on Big Fat Losers instead!
Aaron needs to go home. He does NOT have the confidence vital to the industry after what, 10 weeks in??? He's a coffee shop band guy. College cirquit. Hooty and the Blowfish.....whatever.....
Crystal is very talented and we need her to offset the insipid "Gag Gags and Madonna wannabees out there. She knows who she is and she knows what she wants.
By the way, what the H** was that with Lady Gag Gag and her "boys town" boys? She kept fighting her black crepe like a bat out of hell....wardrobe malfunction anyone? .
Based on just Tuesday night performances absolutely Casey should have gone home. But that is not how people vote. Voters base their decision on all past performances and Aaron did not have many really good past performances.
Is this worst season? Unquestionably. Who's to blame? The judges picked the Top 24 and except for Crystal and Siobahn they made some awful choices. The voters are to blame since then. It is clear to me anyone with a personality is going home because Americans don't like anyone who is different than them. In my mind that explains last years results. The guy who easily had the most talent didn't win because he was different. and will somebody at FOX please come to your senses and get rid of Ellen. She's funny but she is no judge of singing talent. She has no credibility.
I was STUNNED by the TOP 12!! They were all pretty much karaoke!! This is by far the WORST season! Can't believe of all the thousands of singers (?) they had try out this was the best they could come up with?
Half the time I turn DOWN the SOUND. Pitchie isn't the word for some of them! Must be tone deaf!
I am stunned any any of the final four are still on the show. This show is sooo boring that I have stopped watching it live. I now TiVO the results show and fast-forward to the end to see who is kicked off the show. I suspect will have stopped watching completely after this season...
Mike is the best singer. He needs to settle down, stop flexing his muscles and get serious. He wants singing to be a career, he has a great chance of it. He needs to sing some different songs. When he sng the rock song, I almost stop having confidence in him, it was crazy.
Mike should look at songs like, "Ribbon in the Sky", "Knocks me off my feet", "A House is not a home". "One in a Million", etc. there is no need to be talented and sing nonsense songs.
Bowersock made me a fan when she sang, "People get ready". The arrangement was great and the back up singers helped pull it off. She does not seem to mind allowing talented people to help her. She will go far as long as she stays like this.
Chaboun is like Adam Lampert, seeking attention from childhood issues. They needed a channel to chanell their frustrations and America gave it to them. They should feel mentally and emotionally delivered and realize that singing is not their thing.
Come-on "DONNA" please leave the "RACE-CARD" out of the picture! Some of the greatest American entertainers have been African-American.
The American Idol show is not an exercise in affirmative action, even though I'm sure the producers are cognizant of politics. Any group can use politics to gain an advantage, sometimes justified. But in this situation "Big Mike" is not big enough to qualify for survival.
Casey said he "deserved" to be voted off after his Sinatra song. That is admirable humility. However, the voters chose to support him based on the body of work that he has presented this season. Casey had the BEST performance of the night (according to Simon) when he sang, "Hold On, I'm Coming," "Jealous Guy," and "Don't." That means Casey delivered three of the best performances in the past 6 weeks, since the Top 10 were selected. Aaron's performances were good, but he never excelled.
Idol is looking for marketable talent. Casey's textured voice, musicianship and professionalism make him attractive to record companies.
mike has got to go the guy is so phony
Idol has reached an all-time low – lady gag,gag......
Donna, music with "soul," as you refer to it, has gotten more than its fair share of exposure on Idol over the years (for instance, it's comical how many times we've heard Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey songs covered on the show). In recent years, that music has been rejected, time and time again, by the public. The sales for the likes of the Idol "Soul" singers - Ruben, Jordin, Mandissa, Paris Bennett, Taylor Hicks, and Fantasia - have been poor. The people who would have listened to this genre of music 15 or 20 years ago are mostly listening to Rap and Hip Hop today. If Mike were to win Idol, his sales would definitely be the worst ever from an Idol winner. There has been far too much Soul music on Idol over the years. Meanwhile, there have been very few Rockers on Idol. I challenge anyone to name ten Rockers from the first 8 seasons of Top 12 contestants (96 contestants to choose from). The producers of American Idol are so biased in favor of Soul singers that they had Mary J. Blige come out and sing Stairway to Heaven a few weeks ago.
Arron will make it another time, he's on his way just needs experience on stage to connect. Crystal is trying to be Janis Joplin reincarnated, it's old and she needs some cosmetic corrections, teeth? Casey is a cool rocker, yes maybe country. He's real and that counts. Mike is FAB but I'm tired of the gospel sound . Lee does have that Elvis Costello, Bruce sound but it's not enough. I have enoyed watching but nothing too exciting this time. There is NO IDOL up there except Billy!!!!!!
Why do all you people insist on blaming teenie boppers for the success or failure of your favorite??? Last week, oh the teenie boppers all voted for Aaron that's why SIobahn got the boot, but this week apparently all those teenie boppers decided they liked Casey better?! yeah, right!
It's simple folks – Aaron got the least votes – so bye bye! Obviously those that feel Casey deserved to stay also decided to vote!
I believe casey should have went home last night. His performance was bad tuesday night. I think too many girls are voting for him because he is cute. Just like when jonas brother was there. We finally got rid of him. I feel like it will come down to crystal and lee and mike in the end. then thats when it will get tough. these 3 are the best in the game.
Big Mike is a cheater! a liar! & he cant sing! he just annoys me to the end! I would of rather seen him go home. I think it should of been Casey, Aaron, Crystal & Lee in that order
@ Jimmy D – your right! AI has certainly stooped to low standards to who they have perform/mentor on the show. AI is barely even close to family entertainment at this point!
@ Only One Winner – Aaron is 17 and now he's history!
I feel bad for Aaron but Casey should have gone before him for sure. Someone will pick Aaron up in time he will do really well. For me in order Mike, Crystal and winner Lee
Adam should have kept his personal life personal???? The American entertainment reporters do not allow any semi-celebrity to keep anything personal...
Good for Adam that he didn't win. Winning AI does not contribute to a successful carrer.
I agree with how America voted on this one. Casey had a shaky night – but who wouldn't while playing onstage with one of their personal favorites? – but I still like him a lot. All of the 4 remaining singers are good. Any one of them could win, but I'm pulling for a final with Lee and Casey. I think Lee has this season locked up.
I was surprised that Casey was still on stage at the end. I prefer to watch Criminal Minds on Wednesday but the performances on Tuesday. So Crystal seems to come across like she thinks she knows what;s going on- but every time they announce who is going home- she breathes a sigh of relief. I think her arrogance is mis-read plus the judges all tell her that she is the best. On the other hand I don't think she's got what it takes to write music. The songs she likes for personal reasons are pretty mediocre and I'm wondering if she might fall be the way side after the ride is over. Lee is good but lacks the star quality he will need to carry him through the finals. Mike just doesn't have the versatility. Casey is a potential winner if he can get past being not able to play guitar and sing. He has a voice that is like Bob Seger and a stage presence.
I just believe after jennifer hudson and ruben studdard and fantashia that american idol should have gone off the air, american idol has no talent anymore, look who the judges are, "ellen" lol
@DerrickS – Adam didn't get robbed -America simply doesn't see a Gay as thier American Idol! Adam should have kept his personal life personal!
As far as Siobhan and Aaron Kelly.
Aaron is a talented young man. He vocal style reminds me of David Archuleta.
Siobhan, just needs a little self-control and good coaching. She could have been the winner or second-best, if she would have not been so out there every week. I think she has the greatest range of all the singers in the final 6.
Again, I'd vote for Crystal to be the winner, but Lee is really coming on strong now. Crystal has to wow the aufience in her remaining performances.
Casey should have been voted off. He just doesn't get it. Aaron was not that bad compared to Casey. What a shame.
Lee and Crystal, in the end. Mike is clearly in danger of going home next week, by track record alone. But this is when the voting is going to get weird, because once someone's #1 goes, do they vote again? Change their #1? There is going to be some unexpected swinging and even Crystal is in danger.
I agree there is not one Adam Lambert pzazz singer among the final four.
I personally think Crystal and Lee are the most talented of the bunch, vocally. Although, I am glad "Big Mike" is still around. He has personality.
As far as looks trumping talent. That's true for most of today's talent, whether it be in the field of entertainment or in business or in politics.
Casey is talented by the way, but not as much as the others, as a vocalist. He can play a mean guitar. I see him as an Eddie Van Halen type musician.
Casey can't sing Sinatra and is more comfortable with his axe. The judges have for some reason stopped telling Mike to leave out the superfluous vocal flourishes, so he's back to that. Crystal is a great talent, but how many genres can you force a singer into? Aaron needs to develop some stage presence, but probably off-line from national TV. Lee, the sleepy-eyed middle of the roader, the most malleable and least distinctive of the group, will win.
American Idol makes demands on its singers that "real" pop idols are never forced to deal with. For starters, real pop stars never need to sing on-key a cappella (unless they really want to). But I suppose its a great way to eliminate contestants who weren't blessed as kids with professional singing lessons.
For another, rock singers are never forced to compete with jazz stylists, or soulsters against country singers, and guitarists aren't forced or encouraged to lose their guitars because "we've already seen that side of you."
Which of course leads to the judges' blizzard of conflicting, off-subject advice- to be yourself, but to show us something else; to worry about what you wear and how your hair is done, while at the same time to be authentic. After weeks of this, I wonder if Siobhan has yet managed to remember who she really is.
With all of their industry background and savvy, I'd expect that the producers of a show like this could figure out how to make it more relevant to what actual pop stars really really do.
Krystal talks too much – she's good but every thing the judges say she has to defend herself win some meaningless comments and it just seems like she is a big baby about it... so, I don't want her to win anymore like I did before!! GO LEE!!!
I think that Aaron and Casey were not the best performers. BUT, Casey was awful on Tuesday and should have gone home.
Ms France are you kidding me ?" I am officially bummed out." "Casey is a cutie, but based on performance, he should have totally been on his way." What are you 12? As far as performances go no he did not have the best performance on Tuesday but having him do Sinatra was like if you had Aaron do rap . not eithers strength . The show is called American Idol not American singer . Casey is one hell of a guitar player and his vocals are not as bad as you make them out to be . I mean according to your logic if Eric Clapton was on the show you would have booted him off weeks ago Clapton is a great guitar player and does not have the vocal range to do songs by Sinatra .Music is not all about vocals he is the most rounded one left on the show
I can't say I was suprised that Aaron went home. I am more surprised he has lasted this long. Not that he isn't a good singer he is. He, like all the other idol contestents his age, will have a great career on Disney. He just isn't American Idol material. Yes there have been those in other season's there weren't either. Jordon Sparks,Taylor Hicks and even last years Allen for that matter. They have not done much with there career's. There have been contestents that didn't even get into the top four that have better careers now than those who won. I like Big Mike except for one thing. ".Mike, stop picking everyone up off th floor and hugging them" Casey has the face not the talent. I think when this whole thing started Chrystal was the one to beat,but now Lee has come into his own. I look for Lee to take it all.
I wish they'd realize it is time to send the stuttering and stammering Ellen DeGeneres home for good & forever !!
What she knows about music and talent is obviously following whatever Randy offers. She rides his coat-tails on whatever he says,
Ellen needs to go – she's no judge !!
I hope Lee wins. He's very cute and I like his voice and his guitar playing.
Am i the only person that thinks Lee is the most over-rated Idol contestant ever!! Hes okay but the judges are making it seem like hes given Adam Lambert-type performances..noway!Big mike is CLEARLY the best male singer there..the finals should be mike and crystal. It was only a matter of time that Aaron was going to go home.
The only good thing about the top 4 is that there are only **3**more weeks of this awful season. The whole season has been boring. Not one of the contestants has the WOW factor. Sadly the one who wins this one will soon be forgotten by the time they put out their first album.
Can't wait till this is over..
@ Matt – this is called entertainment – You know that little button at the top of the screen you had to click to get here! I'm stunned that people come to the entertainment link and expect to see news! Get a clue!
It was time for Aaron to go but it is past time for Mike.
Casey wasn't good Tuesday night but last night he did a dead on Sinatra while singing and even had some swagger. The right person went home at this point. Casey's wheelhouse isn't crooning so people gave him a pass this week. He is one of he fastest improving people on here right now. Big Mike has plateaued and I think Mama sox has too. Don't be surprised if it is Lee the wise and Casey in the final.
No but one bad night being out of your element because of contest rules (as in guitar-less Casey) does not get trumped by ONE good performance (baby-faced Aaron)
Crystal – Mike and Lee will be the top three – I think, even though I like Mike and will vote for him over and over again – will be the next to go out of three, leaving Crystal and Lee as the top two.
Crystal will take it all the way and she deserves it. She is such a natural and I loved her from DAY 1 when she auditioned. She is multi-talented and LISTENS to criticism. She has a very down-to-earth personality, sweet, sincere and authentic – she would be a hippy or love child if she lived in the 70s, full of earth and love. Lee would be the runner-up (I'm still voting for Mike).
In my opinion, I truly thought Shioban should have been in the top three with Crystal and Mike – BUT, the judges were looking at her through a broken glass – just like they did Jennifer Hudson, so watch out!!!
Well, everyone sucked that night. Actually, none of the contestants are really fantastic – Mike disappoints me (I always expect something more emotional from him, but he never delivers), Crystal seems stuck up (like she knows everything, she's going to win, screw everyone else), Casey does (in fact) sound like a lamb but I've ALWAYS thought that...I'm surprised it was just now brought up, Lee is mediocre, and I am GLAD that Aaron went home. Watching the top 20 show (I started there, didn't feel like going through the other stuff), I was wondering how he even got through in the first place. There have got to be better singers in America. This bunch just doesn't cut it.
Aaron should not have gone. Send Mike home. He is not nearly as good as he thinks he is. Lost that "too small" hat too!!! Lee was the best!!!
Clearly Casey was the worst Sinatra in the group.
But the mystery to us is- what happened to the once-mighty teenage girl vote? We all assumed that was what kept the tuneless Brady Boy (Tim Urban) on the show for so long. So we guessed that Aaron was their last candidate. Oh well, Aaron will go on to other successes.
With the exception of Adam Lambert, a Rocker should have never won. Adam got robbed, because of the teenie-boppers drooling over a married squirt.
Aaron should have left like five weeks ago, he is cute and all but him outlasting Didi and Katie was just not right.
Everyone seems to be ruling for Crystal and Lee, but they will sell very few albums. Wait until Crystal wins and AI tries to make her pop.
Lee is so out of tune and uncomfortable, do you actually see him in concert seriously?
I’m so glad Casey is still AROUND. Casey was great last week and still in the bottom 2, so whatever! He had my favorite performance this year with jealous guy and is an awesome guitar player. He made the top 5, that was what I was hoping for, he should not win, he is too good for the AI machine. He ’ll do just fine with a country album that actually sounds like him..
I"ll buy his and Didi's album in a heartbeat.
It's so obvious that Mike and Crystal are the two best. Teenie-boppers are voting for ugly Casey. And people don't want to admit it, but race always matters in America. Mike should have never been in the bottom. If anyone ever deserved a save, it was Mike. Be honest!!!
i think that it will come down to crystal and lee in the final. i must say that casey is just so yummy that i could watch him all day. i agree he should have gone home, but it gives me another chance to melt when i see him next tuesday.
I bet you onceBig Mike leaves, there's no reason for any minorities to watch American Idol anymore (i'm not sure how many do anyway). I'm tired of watching rockers or country musicians and call them "American" idols.
I feel that Aaron should have stayed. Although I like Casey, his performance on Tuesday, May 6 was not great. This time the viewers were totally wrong. They voted on the base of looks not talent and that
is a shame.
Linda, Big Mike is still there because he can really sing. They rest of the singers have the same sound. They either want to be rockers or country. American is not made up of country singers or rockers.
I think Casey or Big Mike should have been voted off. Not Aaron! First of all I thought Big Mike was disqualified right from the getgo. What's he still doing there?? But I do believe the winner will be either Crystal or Lee.
Big Mike and Bowersox are the best. The rest are the same mainstream singers picked every year. Same ole sound as the country or pop sound. Get some soul this year. Its the best kind of music and is generational.
I think this is the final four that makes sense. Final two will be Crystal and Lee (I mean look how incredibly over-the-top the judges have been praising Lee to make sure he gets there because he has the most commercial potential). Does anyone know what the theme is for next week? Pleeeease let them sing their own type of music!
I am shocked at Aaron going instead of Michael. However, I am totally shocked at the entertainment that Americal Idol is allowing on this show. The contestants are a 1000 times better than any of the entertainment and how Lady Gaga can be allowed to be on is beyond me. Looks like she came out of a strip joint and I don't think she appropriate to be on TV. No wonder our young people today are having the problems they are having and going down the wrong trails.
stunned but only in that America finally got it right. Aaron should have gone home weeks ago. boring. boring . boring. everyone i know ends up fast forwarding through his performances!
Fred, I think there is a stipulation for the save that they have to use it before week 5 or it goes away. I seem to remember one season where they didn't use the save on someone they should've used it for and ended up not using it at all.
Totally wrong! Aaron wasn't going to win idol, but he is so much better than Casey. Casey has no charisma or style on stage. He looks uncomfortable even when he has his guitar. If he is a "rocker", then ain't what I thought it was.
No, I don't think Casey should have gone home.
He didn't do well this week, true, but I think that when you look at them as performers over all, he is much more solid, and has much more potential than Aaron.
Aaron's 14. He appeals to 14 year olds. Casey's an adult, as well as being very versitile. He relates to all ages. No big loss not being able to sing Sinatra.
On a brighter note, the group numbers (whether you can appreciate swing tunes or not), were better than they have been all season – and some of the singing was actually live for a change.
Harry Connick made this week the most entertaining week in a very long time. I loved that after all that blathering the judges did about "small", "sleepy" songs, he did that incredibly laid back bossa cover of the Beatles tune, and slayed it.
This week was a stretch for most of these kids, and it was nice to see them grow and learn. All you self assured, mean spirited know-it-alls – lighten up! Each and every one of the contestants is doing something more stressful and challenging than you can possibly imagine.
I expected Aron would go home. I was however surprised that Big Mike was in the bottom two. He was great.
VOTE FOR THE WORST!!! Yeah, baby!!!!
WHAT??? You really think Aaron is better than Casey? Oh COME ON. That kid sang in his nose and whined his way through all of his songs and could barely stay on pitch. Come on. Casey is a REAL musician. He's not my fave of the season but at least he's gifted. Aaron Kelly's nasal pop voice was like nails on a chalk board. I couldn't believe that the judges praised his Sinatra. It was awful.
Way to go Franco,I agree with you 100%
Wow, Jimmy D....Just in case you missed it, this is 2010, not the 1950's. You have a problem with Lambert, but no problem with the poor girl whose father has climbed on to her back to bring himself into the spotlight? Interesting.
We all agree, Aaron is a good kid and should have a career in music when he gets older. But he still needs more training. Someone commented that Casey is a one trick pony, well, so is Big Mike. Luther is rolling over in his grave...
Crystal and Lee are the ones who should be the final two. Also, this should be the final season. The fomat is old, the changes they try to make don't work, Simon is leaving, Randy is still there, Kara is still there...Cheers went off the air while still on top, Idol could learn a few things...
America picked right this time..Aaron has a long way to go to sing better and PERFORM better on stage. His constant squinting of his eyes and his left arm swing everytime he sings gets on your nerves after awhile. With age will fix that and he will be a good country singer down the road.Unfortunately with Bosox and Lee running the show, that leaves Mike and Casey.Next week will be tough..Brawn or Beauty?...Which will it be?...
Casey is not just eye candy. He has a great voice and can play the guitar very well. Why in the world they had a Frank Sinatra night is beyone me, no one did well on those songs, except Harry! da!
Not only should Casey have gone home.....Shioban should of been in the
the top 4.....what a mess thus year. Its finally over for Idol...ratings are
done big time......Paula's gone.....finished caput
Blah Blah Blah... Lee is the only one that should win .. he has stage presence and the talent to back it up... reminds of a Idol reject, what was his name Daughtry or something like that LOL.... I was sure Chris Daughtry should of won his season the day he sang "Walk the Line". So even if Lee gets booted, he is set for life even if he does not get the votes to stay.
I don't see that happening for any of the others I am afraid.
Crystal has a great voice, but she did not do well on Sinatra night. She has been my favorite, but lately she doesn't seem to WANT to win– like she's just going through the motions without feeling. I read she wanted to quit the show a few weeks back and Seacrest convinced her to stay. I think she doesn't really care is she wins or not, but for her future career's sake she should still try to perform her very best each time and pick songs that showcase her talent(s). Maybe she's just tired or playing it cool, but singing with feeling and emotion is part of the show.
Anyone who thinks that Casey deserved to go more than Aaron has clearly forgotten the weeks after weeks where Aaron's performances were horrendous. If we're comparing each singer's performances by week, I'd put it at Casey 10, Aaron 1.
Honestly, I don't see any " grab you by the boo-boo" talent, at all this season!
Casey definitely should have been the one to go home this week (or even last week,) not Aaron. Aaron probably should have been around for another week.
I know everybody likes Lady Gaga, but I don't think her act fit in a show themed around big band music. It was out of place.
LindaJean – Ever since American Idol allowed that sicko Adam Lambert to mentor and then perform, it's obvious that the show has abandoned any pretense of being a "family" show.
hay people out there. ill bet anybody out there that big mike will win the contest. i think it is all rigged . mike should have gone a long time ago he stinks. anybody thats wants to bet email me at firstname.lastname@example.org i feel that they a lot off good tailent go home. every body thought mama sox will win . it seems to be a big joke because big teddy bear mike that showes off to much.anddd thinks hes real cool. so let me here from you all.
We're going to wind up with the worst finals ever – Crocodile Tooth Hippy versus Chocolate Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man
Not stunned that Aaron is gone, while he seems to sing pretty well, I never thought his voice was strong enough to be in the top 10, then again, this year's tope 10 is pretty thin.
Casey James definitely slid by this week, but he shouldn't feel too bad about it because he has more than proven himself in most every other previous week.
I've always expected Lee, Crystal & Casey to be the top 3. Mike sings very well and is sort of a wildcard, but there's something I can't quite figure out about his demeanor that keeps me from supporting him.
Aaron, Mike and Casey all have to go, doesn't matter much to me what order. Mike should not have been saved in the first place.
Are you kidding me??? Casey James is a star with real talent. Aaron is a nice kid with a nice voice, but no real, tangible talent like Crystal and Casey. If I had to choose who I wanted to see live, I would definitely be at a Casey show before an Aaron show. Actually, you would have to pay me to see an Aaron show. I think America made the right decision.
The comment that, at this point, good singers will go home is spot on. Casey has a fan base that kept him in, but I agree that he's a "one-trick pony." I don't like the judge's save, so I won't go there other than to say that it should be saved for the top three. They're gonna wish they had saved it!
Crystal has shown over the last few weeks that she is out of her element and can deliver a poor performance. I predict that Lee wins, based on his overall appeal, Crystal 2nd, Casey 3rd, Mike 4th. :)
I loved Aaron and was sad to see him go, but I also love Casey and based on his singing last evening, he should have stayed too!
I think anyone who goes now is sad, I like them all!
10 million 13 year old girls can't be wrong
I like Casey but he should have been voted out and Aaron should still be there. That is the problem with the program. It becomes a popularity contest not for the best talent. I can see Lee winning the whole contest but he really has little personality. Crystal can win but she has to up her game. She was the best at the beginning but lately not as good.
Of those left, James has the most market potential. Put a little country influence into a bluesy record produced for him and he could sell a lot. The country market would go gaga over him (no pun intended in reference to that hideous and embarrassment of a performance by the Lady last nite).
Boring so I did not see either the sing-song on Tuesday or the results show last night. But not surprised that Aaron was booted based on past views. My only surprise is that Siohban was sent home so early. To me, she is the ONLY memebr of this low talent group and that includes the increasingly boring Crystal and always boring Lee, that will have a good career in music. Siohban has the voice, just needs the right handlers and producers.
Too many teeny-boppers voting for Casey James' hair. His performance this week was horrible, definitely the worst of them all. If he doesn't go home next week I'll be upset, given the alternatives!
Hated Lady GaGa... gag me. I thought of AI as a holesome show but not with guest like this. She should have been performing in a strip joint.
It was completely Aaron's time was up. It should have been Aaron and Casey, not Big Mike. The judges were too easy on Aaron. He always started off the songs so rocky...
Go Lee and MamaSox!
franco... you obviously have some racial issues....
I am stunned that American Idol has any place at all on CNN's home page. This isnt news, its a tv show.
I think Casey should have gone home last night. He did a terrible job on his song, "like a lamb" Cara said, and he's only getting by on his looks. They sent Aaron home only because he was the youngest. I think Cara has a thing for Casey anyway.
They are so accustomed to voting for who they think everyone likes that they do not think someone want a normal sound for a change.
Harry Connick, Jr. could never be the next Frank Sinatra in style or substance. Actually, he is closer to being a FRANK SINATRA, JR.
When I think about the thousands of people who were (or wanted to be...who knows?) auditioned to be contestants, I just can't understand why they couldn't find truly gifted contestants for the show. I hear great voices doing commercials all the time, for instance. Do folks with true talent just not show up? I do love Crystal, (and she will have to get her teeth fixed) but I just don't think any of the others has any potential for stardom. Why were they chosen?? It has to be the whole package...vocal distinction, good looks and a strong personality. Don't the judges know that?
how is america voting for looks when no one in the top 5 is attractive..??? and I am sorry Crystal (spelling) is annoying.. i loved her at first but she defends herself wayyyy to much and is really annoying now...
Aaron's gone? Can't believe it. I thought he would have made it to the top 3 at least? I'm a huge fan of Casey's but I thought he would have gone after his performance yesterday... Hmm.. Let's see how it pans out...
Crystal looks somewhat trashy...it's her hair...she needs to get rid of it...and the Janis Joplin look....ollldddddd....not impressed with her. i believe the whole thing is rigged anyway...mostly bad singers this season...don't know what the heck the judges are hearing...I think Lee is about the only one left worth hearing...Casey has got to go....UGGG...Billy Ray Cyrus incarnation yuckkkyy...Sucked last night...to bad he is still on.....not going to buy any of the IDOLS CD's this year at all...suckky....
Aaron should not have went home yet. Crystal or Mike should have went home before Aaron. Casey was horrible but he does have a descent voice. I would like to now see the final two be Casey and Lee...... Lee wins it in the end. He has a good rock-n-roll raspy voice and I can see people buying his album, including me and my teenage kids. GO LEE
Come0n Voters! "Little Aaron " should not have been let-go. "Big Mike" has been flirting with an exit for several weeks, he should definitely be the one to leave. He just resembles a huge Russian circus bear riding a small tricycle and singing a song around the Big-Top.
LOL, took me a while to leave a comment because these comments were long...
I second JasonA's comment. Where are the Kelly Clarksons, Carrie Underwoods, and Daughtries?
Thank you Harry for telling the judges that "pitchy" is not a critique. The singing is sharp or flat. A ship gets pitchy. Tar gets pitched. You can be a good ball player who pitches.
I think Casey James should have gone even before Sohban went – I never did think he deserved to be in the top ten - he's cute but can't hold a note and doesn't have any depth to his voice – my personal opinion.. I think Aaron Kelley may be the next David Archeletta - he is very talented. Shame on the voters for not getting this right.
I believe Casey has gotten where he is because of his good looks.
omg i love american idol, like this show is amazzzing :)))
i love crystal and lee too! all the people on the show have so much potential and talent
On another note. Lady Gaga. Come on. She is doing the same thing Grace Jones did in the 70's. She is a no talent hack.
What's this love affair with Lee? He sings straight notes, with little variation or dynamic, and has a bland stage presence. He does have a good sense of a particular style but is only ordinary at best compared to the top singers in that style. And he sounds nearly the same every week - average. While Casey's worst is definitely worse than Lee's worst, I think Casey's best is better than Lee's best. Casey CAN sing well, and has a far more interesting and textured voice than Lee. The problem is he's too inconsistent (and I do think he was awful Tuesday night). Aaron was getting monotonous, and I hope Lee goes next, then Casey, leaving Mike and Crystal in the final, with Crystal the winner. May not happen that way, but that's what I'd prefer to see.
I think it's time for AI to go.
They all stink this year and the show lost the original appeal
Again, America got it right. No offense to Aaron but he should have gone a long time ago. He has a good voice but being 17 hurts in the end. I agree with someone above me that he should get a Disney show because the 6-12 year old would love him. Big Mike can only sing one kind of song. Does anyone remember the butcher job he did with Eleanor Rigby? He also seems very smug. If he in real life is not smug sorry. Casey did do a horrible job but overall he was better than Aaron. Crystal amd Lee are head over heels better than Mike and Casey. I have said all along that Crystal has the most talent but Lee is rising. This week should define the winner because of a better selection of songs. The contestants can go back to their strengths.
They got it right. Aaron should have gone home. Now he needs to finish High School and than get his career going. If he's that good he'll be around! I really like Aaron but it was time to go. It's a formality now. Lee has really been stepping up to the plate! Way to go Lee! He could win!
I would like to see Crystal and Lee competing against each other in the end. I would like to see Crystal win. I felt this was the least talented group of people on American Idol thus far. I have gone to the last 3 Idol summer concerts and I don't plan on attending this year.
Mike should have been gone a long time ago. He is good, but he is a ham and not a great one. Aaron, was definitely not the worst performer on Tuesday, but the public has voted.
@Vickie: Carrie Underwood was never booted off of AI. She WON the 4th season.
At this stage in the game, it really doesn't matter who falls in what order as long as the final pairing is the most deserving. As far as I'm concerned, Aaron could've easily been cut months ago. Most of his performances have been fairly bland and karaoke-ish. For me, Casey and Aaron are relatively interchangeable from a singing perspective. Neither of them have had a "WOW" moment and that's what you need to get into the Top 3. There's no way Casey will get into the Top 3 and for quite some time the Top 3 has stood out to be Mike, Lee, and Crystal. I think America actually got it fairly close to correct this entire season and I look forward to a Lee vs. Crystal finale.
I wouldn't have been more suprised if you hit me with a frying pan. American Idol once again proves that it is either rigged or that more pubecent little girls have phone access to dial a vote for their lolita crush rather than vote for talent. I don't think if you shook a lamb would it have sounded as bad as Casey did. Although I did like the Ford commercial, thought it was pretty acurate having Casey in a waiters uniform since he will be seeing that in the near future. This has been a horrible talentless season of American Idol. Nobody sings with any heart or real talent, they all just get by.
Casey and Mike both sucked worse than Aaron (in general). I wish they would have never saved Mike to begin with. Casey and Mike will go in quick succession in the next two weeks, and Lee will win the whole thing.
I for one will be relieved when this show ends next year.
For those that are done watching – great; please be done posting here too! That way those of us who enjoy watching can do so without be annoyed by you and your pointless irrelevant comments.
i think lee should win, i'd listen to him on an album. crystal is a little smug, i don't care for her or her voice anymore. she doesn't really mix it up well. lee has surpised me while watching this show, he is much more likable too.
Crystal all the way!
Is was Aaron time to go. He was getting boring and on Tuesday I do not know what the judges were drinking but Aaron sang horribly...i personally did not like the way he sang the song. Good Luck Aaron..
@Craig – this is called entertainment – You know that little button at the top of the screen you had to click to get here! I'm stunned that people come to the entertainment link and expect to see news! Get a clue!
It was Aaron's time to go. I didn't agree that Big Mike should have been in the bottom two. Casey should have been standing next to Aaron. I think next week it will come down to Big Mike an Casey. I would love for the top two to be Crystal and Lee. That would be a show.
STUNNED? Not at all. Next Mike. He is a nice guy and most likely he will be alright in the future. Casey will be after and he will do very well after the show is over. The rest, Lee and Crystal, doesn't matter who is first and who is second, both most likely will be successful.
I'm so disappointed that Tim and Aaron had to leave before their time. Casey should have gone before either of them. It's eithter Crystal or Lee and I'm plugging for Lee.
Casey is a one note singer who is a dime a dozen, he should win and join the rest of the winners of AI playing at county fairs. How many males sound like Eddie Vedder complete with long hair? Too many
The singers that are booted off idol go on to have notable careers ie.
Jennifer Hudson, Daughtery, Underwood. AI has become a mockery of talent. Where are the winners? We all have different musical tastes, but even a moron can actually hear a quality voice. The criticism of Mike for not being physically pleasing or for not singing rock or country is a further indication of what is wrong with this nation as a whole. AI needs to fold up its tent and go home, what America votes for is clearly not based on the shows original premise.
No, but i AM stunned that people watch this drivel and I AM stunned some think this is news.
It's not based on one night's performance, nor is it based soley on thier singing. Each contestant needs to be on thier game every night; best performance/singing/stage presence/star power the whole package. Casey was off last night but overall has been better than Aaron.
This week's show was possibly the best yet due to the high caliber musician that upped the ante. Thank you Harry. Big brownie points to Crystal- she has an incredible sense of musicianship that she refuses to compromise because the of the judges- bigger is not always better- you have to interpret the song to give it meaning. The best American Idol does not have to be the cheesiest pop voice. Aaron has a career ahead of him, but he is young and inexperienced, and it shows on stage.
Glad Casey is still there! Just because Sinatra isn't his groove, doesn't mean he should go home. I'm sure Mike's groove isn't rock and roll. Mike should go next, he is TOO ARROGANT. And I wish the cameras would stay off of his wife. Who cares!
I am not at all surprised by the bottom two or who went home. America already voted Mike out once. I'm sure he'll go next week. I don't even know why the judges saved him. His voice is okay, but not commercial. I don't think you will every hear from Aaron or Mike ever again.
I actually thought Siobhan and not Aaron should have made the top 5, so I'm not at all stunned that Aaron is now gone. But I didn't think Siobhan would make it another week anyway. This top 4 are the best of the final 12, so it is as it should be. The shame of it is that anyone should have to go home based on how they sang Sinatra songs. And they wonder why the show fell to its lowest ratings night in 8 years. Nothing against Old Blue Eyes, but the younger set that watches this show and drives the ratings don't even remember him. I'm in my 50's, but I was mostly bored by the whole show. The producers who pick these theme nights must be as old as my parents.
such BS Mike SUCKS!!!! Aaron should NOT have went home the save should have never been used on that suck as*
I think Aaron should have stayed at least one more week. Casey should have gone home. Aaron is originally from Florida and lots of people were routing for him. It's too bad. The final two will be Crystal and Lee. Casey should go home next week, then Big Mike.
As much as I love Casey...based on his singing...he should have gone home. Casey is next – then Big Mike – and we will be left with Crystal and Lee...and thats a toss up for me...I love them both...and they are the best singers of this group.
A note about K. L. – she needs to stop with all the "your are too young to sing that song – it doesn't fit you". What? Its about the singing voice, not how old you were when the song was made....Another one, "You are too young to sing about love, have you ever been in love?" Again K. L., its about the voice – not the meaning of the song!.
(They sang Frank Sinatra songs – some of them weren't born when he recorded some of those songs! K. L. just keep your mouth shut when you don't have anything better to say..and move on to Simon because you are constantly putting your foot in your mouth!
It's justice that Casey did not go although he sang the worst. They fixed the arrangement and on Sinatra it was going to hurt Casey the worst.
Aaron is judged by a different standard it seems because he is young, but I thought it was time for him to go after two poor weeks (I thought they were shaky).
Big Mike next?
Casey is awful. He tried to sustain a note, and the pitch was everywhere..no vibrato, horrible tone. How has he lasted this long? Mike has personality, stage presence, and a beautiful sound...so of course he won't win. When the producers decided against Adam last year, this show jumped the shark. They are done creating stars.
Aron should have been in top 4 not Mike, Casey deserves to stay he has a great voice and I think all guys are jealous of him my G_D leave the guy alone its not his fault he was born gorgeous, tall, great voice, blue eyes, blond hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sad it wasn't Casey going but Aaron probably would have been next.
if Crystal goes I will not watch the show except maybe to fast forward to watch Mike and or Lee but other than that... it is just junk.
regardless the only album of them all I would be even interested in a little would be Crystal. Sure her last couple performances haven't been huge off the wall but with her style, not every genre is going to fit into it, yet she still does the best given her style.
i would like to see her move around a little more... i thought for Sinatra songs the contestants were rather glued to the stage rather than giving the songs their free moving justice. can't be 'cool' without moving.
I'm not shocked. Aaron was never going to win. As for Casey, he was out of his comfort zone on Tuesday. Mike is always entertaining. His voice is not the best. He won't win. Chrystal wasn't good on Tuesday. She's also getting a bit whinny. Lee wins!
I don't know what America is watching. Aaron should have left weeks ago. And I don't understand how Big Mike is always in the bottom. It's about talent and it's obvious America doesn't know. They're in the same boat as the judges, I don't know what goes through their minds either at times. Big Mike and Crystal should be the final two.
Prediction: Casey will go next week and Lee will win.....
The only STAR in this years crop of American Idol was Siobhan Magnus.The remaining 4 wil be a flop.
American Idol has jumped the shark!
I'm not surprised it was Aaron...but he and Casey should have been the bottom two...and it's true that by now everyone has their favorites. If we'd have gone without the save Mike would be long gone already... If IDOL is going to continue we need to go back to three judges, no saves and let America vote. I thought this was a rough week...this group and Sinatra...Lee was the only one who seemed to "get" it.
It was way past time for Aaron to go. He was consistently horrible and should have never even been in the top 24 much less the top 5. I am thrilled that he is gone. If he had won I was going to stop watching the show, but they have not lost me as a viewer just yet. Yeah for the top 4, and now Mike needs to go next.
CRYSTAL totally r-o-c-k-s and should be crowned the winner. She has mega-talent that far outshines anyone else on Idol. She is destined for stardom. YOU GO GIRL!
I think Aaron should get his own show on Disney. Its not like he is going to release an album and be a star guys. Casey has a better chance musically although i don't think he will be a star either.
actually i don't think any of them on idol this year are going to make it as anything big. mamma sox, i'd like to hear her sing some country and see how she sounds...she has a beautiful voice but don't know what type album she would release. Lee to me is a bruce springsteen wannabeeeee.
Ok folks . . . Casey should not have gone home! Let's get this clear – it's gotta be about overall performance! While he may not be the "best ever", he is talented, a strong guitar player, and knows who he is. I can see him putting out a bluesy/rock album and it selling well.
I can't see Aaron doing anything more than showing up in High School Musical 12, or whatever number they're on! The little girls who think he's so cute just couldn't put it together for a push to keep him. The kid has a future in music . . .or something. I wouldn't worry about him.
I still think Crystal is the one. Consistent, true to herself, great artistic talent, and a heck of a set of pipes! Go back and listen to "Saved" and you'll see what I mean.
I am not shocked! I think these are the 4 that should be here...and I was happy with the 5! I just think Aaron wasn't that big artist – but we all know he will do something now! He will do awesome, I'm sure of it! I CAN NOT believe they put Big Mike in there tho! That is silly....The way I see it: Next should be, Casey/Crystal and then Mike, and then Lee as the winner. But the top 5, were the best on the show I believe! And now it's just narrowing....I just hope Big Mike makes it further....
For all the praising,shove down our throats lovefest for the Big One- he still found himself in the bottom two. How strangely quiet Ryan and the judges were. What would you call that- embarrassment?
No way should Aaron been sent home!! Casey or Big Mike should have gone. Young or not, he had a great voice. Not fair!
Sometimes it is "cute" over talent, but everyone's taste is different and the votes got counted!. Just hope Crystal and Lee are the last ones standing.
Aaron was the right call. Big Mike likely next. That is the right top 3. Since Casey was by far the best the previous week and was still in the bottom two
I was relieved he stayed in this week. He reminds me a lot of an Eddie Veder, I think he was owed another week. Big Mike is getting too safe and boring, though he has a great voice.
I am dissappointed over the caliber of pretty much all the contestants this year. Aaron would never have made it this far, previous years... nor would have Casey. I think Idol should take a good look at why they ended up with such a poor batch of singers this year. Maybe the process needs a little revamping.
As far as who is left... I personally can't see myself going out of my way to listen to any of them. Crystal seems to have the most appeal, but I find it hard to picture her cutting a major recording hit.
I'm surprised Casey wasn't eliminated. But I'm glad. He or Mike will be next. Hope it's Mike. He is the same week after week.... he's so boring.... he should already be gone. I'm glad Aaron is gone. He's boring also. Tired of watching him. I think it will be between Lee and Crystal. Hopefully Lee the winner. Yay Lee.....
Thank god Kelly is out, he didn't deserve to get nearly as far as he did. The talent this year is blow par and the final four shows it.
Wow!! What was America thinking. Casey should have gone home. I was shocked. Aaron may be young but he definately has a better voice. Oh well. It will be between Lee and Crystal. Strange things are happening. She may be next and Casey will be the winner. :-(
I find it amazing that people who don't like AI and have better things to do , still manage to jump on the computer first thing weds. morn to put down the shows and contestants. if you don't like AI fine...watch what you like....but get a life.
Worst performance of the week? Lady Gag Gag!!!!
Such an obvious Madonna copycat – yet she sux way more.
As bad as the contestants were, they paled in suckiness next to her and her troop.
Big Mike should not have been saved. I wouldn't pay to see him in concert then Casey, then Mama what's her name, then Aaron which leaves the only person that may have some star power.
i was shocked as well, no way he should have been eliminated last night. i really think based on performance Casey should have gone. their should be a way of reinstating these idols when its clear that the votes arent based on their talent but on their looks. i dont think Aaron would have gone much further, but in no way ,in all fairness he should have gone last night. really, really shocked.
Hey guys , someone had to go home , we are down to four !!!
I had picked Aaron to go home . I think Casey is just Darling !!!
But my two favs are LEE and CRYSTAL !!!
I too, feel that based on Tuesdays performances that Casey should have gone home. Aaron was getting better and better each week. I agree with Kara that Casey sounded like a lamb. I would say more like a dying lamb...but thats just my opinion. Poor Aaron :(
That Big Mike is still there astounds me. He will NOT have a career once this show is over.
Casey sounds like Huey Lewis.....
Final 2 will be Lee and Crystal. Both will have careers when the show ends.
I too, feel that based on Tuesdays performances that Casey should have one home. Aaron was getting better and better each week. I agree with Kara that Casey sounded like a lamb. I would say more like a dying lamb...but thats just my opinion. Poor Aaron :(
it is what it is.......no one was cheated.....casey was the scapegoat tuesday night...and he still made it through...he did no worse than anyone else,...frank sinatra was a bad choice for everyone except mike.....personally I think if you listen to voice and range...casey has the best voice.....so I am really glad he will be back.....his confidence is down but I think that is a direct result of the judges...shame on them...especially kara...for being so hurtful and nasty...that shouldn't be part of the night.....and you look at lee who is ok but they have been grooming him and he has a lot more confidence as they praise him more and more, and really his voice does not have much range at all.......the judges are making me think this will be my last year watching.....they can pretty much ruin the show........
I am stunned Casey was not gone ages ago. Aaron was far better. He along with Crystal and Lee are the only talent on this year.
Not sure it isn't fixed after last year.
I like listening to Mike when he is singing in his "lower register" - his deep voice is good. But when he sings in his higher octave he is too nasally sounding and sounds a bit like a goat. I expect Lee and Crystal to be in the finals. This would be for the best, as it will taint the contest if Mike makes the finals after he was eliminated by the public a few weeks ago. The judges already have more influence on the contest than they should, and their decision to "save" Mike gave them even more influence. American Idol is a completely subjective contest and if Mike got eliminated by the subjective vote, then so be it.
I think this will be my last season to watch. The judges are clueless, then the voters take over and vote for looks. Weak bunch this time and clearly no Elliot Yamin's among them! What is with all the praise, given to Leo?
He sings out of tune, all the time and has no range!
Simon is an overpaid know it all, who clearly, knows little about vocal ability!
Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey are the best.
This is exactly why this isn't a talent show.
Lady Gaga wouold never come close to winning on American Idol....what a freak show.
Bowersox or Lee for the whole thing
Surely Lady Gaga should have gone home.
That was possibly the worst garbage I've ever seen on TV. I wasn't even watching the show, but it was on in the background and I had to go turn the TV off.
I don't think that Casey James is all that "hot" but I do think the right person was let go. Dispite the judges reviews of Casey on Tuesday I thought he was awesome. One of my favorite performances by him. Aaron is cute as you say but he just always seems like he's play acting at being a famous singer. It's easy to pick on Casey because he is a good looking guy but he is genuine and never seems to play into the "hunk" hype. Good job Casey and I look forward to next week.
Casey and Aaron should have both been in the bottom two but Casey should have went home.
I could really care less who wins. I am concerned more about who will be left to entertain us next Tuesday. Idol ended for me when Siobhan was eliminated. Not because she was the best singer (she wasn't) or that she could win (she couldn't) but because she was the most entertaining. I waited to see what she was going to wear, what she was going to sing and how she would sing it. The rest I categorized as all "predictable". Last year it was Adam who got my attention just because he was unpredictable.
Aaron was there on borrowed time although he was improving every week. Casey probably was lucky to have made it at all (along with quite a few others). It will be Lee and Crystal in the end. Doesn't matter who "wins". When you get to that point, you already have won and your life will change.
that kid should have been gone weeks ago, its about time
Aaron gone? : ( That is so so wrong...Mike should never have been saved...and he should've gone, not little Aaron. Don't people know that less is more????! That little guy just oozes talent & grit & maturity & charm & wisdom...way way beyong his years..i hope he gets picked by some great talent scouter who gives him the time & space he needs to fulfill all of his great potential. AI is just a stepping stone for him. GO AARON! Looking forward to hearing your rich sweet voice ! xoxox
Get a life. Who gives a crap. I wouldnt cross the street to see ANY of these people if it were free.
What difference does it make? Aaron went home instead of Casey? So? Neither will win. At this stage being the 4th or the 5th makes no difference.
Besides, none of them can sing Frank Sinatra style, none. Not even my favorites Lee and Bowersox.
Nor it was a surprise that Tuesday was the lowest ratings Idol. How many percentage of the viewing audience listens Sinatra anymore?
Out of 100,000 was this really the best 5? I don't believe it for a second. I think Simon intentionally "killed" this Idol season to make place for his X-factor audience.
Either Lee will win or Bowersox. Then both will be forgotten. Lee has the voice, but lacking the star personality, he seems to be too much of a nice guy.
Music seriously needs another "Beatles style" revolution, some radically new style.
At least this week the bottom two were the right two. I agree with those who feel that in no way should Casey James not make the top 3. His voice stands out because it's different. He has that Bob Seger/Eddie Vedder thing going on and anyone who can dis that, is simply jealous of his good looks and talented guitar playing. If you can listen to "Jealous Guy" and "Don't" and say that he can't sing amazingly well, then you don't have an ear for music. I feel that he and Siobhan have the best chance of having a successful future.
More shocking than that is the fact that there are four guys and one girl left. The final four should have been ALL GIRLS... the GUYS SUCK THIS YEAR! The show is falling apart.. I think it might be time to CLOSE THE CURTAIN! It wasn't the same without Paula this year anyway.... It's definitely not a MUST SEE SHOW FOR ME ANYMORE!
This season has been awful: Lynch was saved,Siobahn was "criticized" to death by the judges,and now this.
Voting shouldn't be based on a single week, it should be based on a performer's overall performance from day one until now. Aaron Kelly was lousy this week and poor most weeks. In fact, he has never been very good, in my opinion. He's a kid with an undeveloped skill. Give him another 3 or 4 years and he might be worth listening to. Casey's best weeks have been excellent and he wasn't as bad this week as the judge's claimed he was. Aaron deserved to be eliminated. There's no shame in an undeveloped performer and singer making it to the Top 5. He had a good run.
I'm stunned that people still watch this crap...I've never seen a single episode and I'm better for it...it's sad when *this* is the best we can come up with as far as entertainment...
From the top 12, I picked Crystal, Lee and Casey to be the top 3. Mike is good but sounds the same week after week, it just so happened that this week his niche of music fit well into the Sinatra theme. I am not a fan of Harry Connick JR and I think he possibly exerted too much control over the contestants this week trying to make them into mini-Sinatras or even mini-hims instead of letting them put their own stamp on the music. Heck, they even dressed the part. It was a bad week for Casey and I was glad to see he survived but I think if he had been allowed to do his own version of a Sinatra song his performance would have been different. They made it into Sintatra Imitation night....talk about bad kaoroke.
Hey "eurotoad": That will be pretty tough to do, as May 29 is a Saturday. Idol ends on Wednesday, are you with us?
Hopefully, "Miss Piggy" will be long gone by then. Mike vs Lee!
Toad: I agree. WHY then, are Crystal and Mike still there?? Boring and Boring-er! And horrible to look at, both of them!
If you look at votefortheworst.com, they had Casey James up there.........that may be the reason.
This is not a talent contest anymore. It's who's more popular. When you have a bunch of 7 year old girls with cell phones voting it's usually the cutest instead of the most talented!! Look at last years winner he couldn't sing a lick but he was cute and the little girls loved him!!!
Aaron was cute and seeming like a sweet kid. But I could never take him seriously as a singer. My first (and continuing) thought was, High School Musical . . . at a high school. Sorry. Now don't get me wrong, it was a real toss up between sweet Aaron or lamb-vibrato Casey (I almost died laughing when his favorite judge dropped that one!).
Lady Gaga looked she had one of those nettings on her head that one uses to cover a cheese plate so flies won't get on it.
This definately does not look good for American Idol. When someone like Casey who should have gone home gets to stay on the show just because viewers voted for him. Aaron may be too young, but he is better than Casey by far. I like Crystal to become the next idol.
Aaron had to go. He is too young to be up on stage. The songs he is singing, though beautiful, just don't jive. I felt great to see Mike as one of the bottom two. He has something in his personality that rubs me the wrong way (and his always crying wife-yuck) and I'm glad that others feel/see it too. True, Casey didn't perform well but he does have talent-just maybe not the American Idol kind. I think we will definitely have to see who gets the most votes-Crystal or Lee-both have remarkable talent and deserve success.
Mike should have been sent home WEEKS before he was saved. He sounds like he's singing the same song each week. Aaron should have been sent home weeks ago also.
^ sorry... it's May 25
American Idol Season 9 presents DEWYZE vs. BOWERSOX | May 29
So long to the worst top 5 contestant in the worst AI season ever. Crystal's the only one with any talent, the others couldn't sell a pair of shoes, let alone a hit record.
Lee and Crystal are the best. They should be the final 2. Lee should win! He gets better and better every week!!!
I absolutely felt that it was time for him to go a couple of weeks ago, so no, I was not stunned.
It was a great decision by America.
I'm very disappointed in tonight's show and the way America is voting. To me Casey James shouldn't have even made it to Hollywood. It was a pretty face who used his looks and shirtless body to get him to Hollywood. He has no personality, and I haven't been at all impressed by his singing. Aaron Kelly should still be there competing. Ultimately I would have liked to see Casey James go home leaving Mike, Aaron, Lee, and Crystal. Next week better be Casey James going home. I will vote for the other three as many times as I have to to see that Casey James goes home. Crystal and Lee deserve to be in the finale the most, and I believe that Crystal should win, but Lee is right up there with talent.
NO, That stupid little kid needed to go, He was on this hit show for way too long, and I was about to boycott the show because of him! Thank the lord that he is gone!
I'm totally shocked at tonight's results. Casey is the one who should have been sent home OF COURSE!
There's something wrong here and am afraid the wrong person will end up being the idol ....Ugh!
I'm disappointed Aaron went home I'd rather see Big Mike go home. I'm still stuck on Casey singing Don't and Jealous Guy which moved me more then any other songs this season. Lee is still my fav. I think Aaron will be making some country records from this and will do well.
My favs in order of what's left is Lee, Crystal, Casey, Mike needs to go home next. Casey needs to sing a Staind, Pearl Jam, or Live song.
They need to get Harry Connick Jr. to replace Simon!
This is the worst season ever........ last year was unbelievable . Adam, Matt, that red haired gal and Danny were a pleasure to watch and listen. I thought Chris should have been offed but won. This group is ok but no where the caliber. I feel sorry for the judges. I wish them luck.
This is NOT a good season and the only surprise is how many BAD singers are STILL there! Hopefully the last 2 standing will be Crystal and Lee, in either order.
i think the "votes" are more for "appearance/looks" than singing, by
the results.....sad, but true.
Who is counting the votes? Aaron definitely should have still been standing at the end of tonight's elimination
Since Casey was "supported" but the Vote for the Worst folks, it had to be Aaron, unfortunately....he was MUCH better than Casey!
Finally someone recognized that Casey sounded like a lamb. Actually, he sounds more like one of the BeeGees...way too much vibrato; almost to the point of sounding–can I say it–girly.
I'm torn between Lee and Mike.
honestly, as a music student and being involved in multiple music ensembles for years, aaron cannot sing in tune. his notes are long and always sharp. casey has been progressing and getting better. crystal is going to be a great recording artist, she's got that early faith hill feel, and lee is just coming out of his shell and to me is a weaker david cook, but he is talented. Mike should not be there.
I totally agree. What happened? Casey was the worst one last night and he should have gone home. Aaron has been pretty good and he sounded really good last night. This is very sad. It is definitely not a voting for the -singing of the contestants.
Aaron's got a decent voice, but really...he has zero stage presense. And I really mean zero. There is no way that kid is going anywhere anytime soon. Sorry, but it's true. There are a million people who have a good voice like his, but that's just a fraction of what makes a star / idol. Lee will win hands down. Crystal is great as well, but Lee is winning the hearts of everyone when the time counts...I'd bet my house on this (not really...i'm not stupid, just being poignant :)). Big Mike has an amazing voice as well, including stage presense, but his music style just might not be quite as marketable as Lee's, but nonetheless very good.
Thats my 2 cents :)
I was little surprised. I do like when Casey rocks out, but I love Aaron's voice. It might be a case of rock vs. country? Not sure.
Are you stunned by the new 'Idol' Top 4? No.
Are you stunned that this passes as 'news? Yes.
Laura Bush wears thong underpants.
Aaron and Casey are the clear bottom of the top 5. One of them had to go tonight, and it just happened to be Aaron. I would really, really like to think that Casey will be next week, but I actually think he could win the whole thing. It has been very clear all season that the voters are NOT voting on musical ability. And if Casey did not have a strong voter base, most likely comprised of teenage girls, he would have been out weeks ago.
NO way am I not shocked,,,its amazing to me Aa ronmade it this far...
when you have Casey's looks you dont have to sing the best...
i will be more shocked if Lee doesnt win this year and so should everyone!!!
at this point the voting should not be based solely on the night's performance but, rather, should combine the night's performance with some measure of past performance. aaron kelly has been consistently weak, so he had to be great last night to stick around.
aaron was not particularly good llast night. no fault of his own because of his age, but he just didn't connect with the song. (crystal, by the way, has been weak two weeks in a row also, and should be in trouble herself with another mediocre performance.)
casey was the weakest last night but he has been strong in recent weeks so it makes sense he gets another shot.
CRYSTAL AND LEE FOR THE TOP 2!!
Aaron should have gone home weeks ago..he slipped under the radar.
Casey has potential..
Big Mike is too boring.
SOOOOOOOO happy that Casey is still here. It was time for Aaron to go home. He's cute and good, but he's young and has alot of time ahead for him in his singing career.
Crystal will probably win, but I would like it to be Casey! xoxoxo
Of course it was – that and Simon's increasingly derogatory remarks.
No I wasn't stunned at all ... Casey deserved another shot .. Aaron had to go.
I am thrilled Aaron is gone! I have been hoping he would go for the last several episodes!!! He has some talent, but not as much as some others. Moreover, I felt the talent he does have REALLY needs to mature!
Frank Sinatra songs was a real toughie. It was just too hard. Aaron was young, tho, I think he needs to grow into himself just a little more. He has a great voice, and hopefully will go somewhere with that. It's got to be hard for these singers to be good at every genre. Some are better rockers, some are better R&B, whatever. You can't excel at every type of music. It's hard to compare them at this point because they are all strong in their own types of music. I think Lee will win overall, tho. He has a great voice and oozes with charm.
The right choice was made. Aaron seems like a good guy but it was time for him to go.
I really think they need to limit the voting per person. For Big Mike to be in the bottom 2 again, when he obviously along with Crystal have the most vocal talent on the show, is beyond me. As a performer I find this irritating. Why not just call it "Teeny Bopper vote for the cutest" contest, because the callers are definitely not basing their votes on talent. That is why the Idol viewing audience this year is so limited. People are starting to view it as a waste of time.
Yay for Casey. I'm ecstatic he didn't get eliminated. It Was a bad night for him but over all, he is talented and already has a huge following. He will have a great career ahead of him. Go Casey!!!!
Aaron, Mike and Casey are all close in the bottom, huge jump then you get Lee and Crystal, so between those bottom 3, they are all going soon anyway. Casey is more market ready, he misses some but when he does get it right like with "Jealous Guy" he does have the ability to blow you away. Aaron constatly good but has never blown me away, that is probably why Casey got to stay.
Mike fans, granted he has great voclas but that is it, the whole package doesn't work, his ego is just as big and he annoys most people.
aaron? really? i cannot believe after the poor vocals from casey last night that he wasnt even in the bottom two. is aaron the next american idol... probly not... but casey? consistently under par. i am stunned, shocked and disappointed in the voters. this is a TALENT CONTEST not a BEAUTY CONTEST. i wish aaron only the best.
Simon tried to tell Crystal that she needs to be picking songs to help her win and not songs that "have a personal meaning to her." Crystal needs to shut up for once and listen to Simon. He's giving her great advice. If Crystal loses this contest it will be her own fault. Lee has surprised me. I didn't think he had a chance because he always looked like a deer in the headlights. Scared to death. He's the best one now for having good stage presence. Mike is too dramatic and theatrical for my taste.
Just one person's opinion, but I don't think any of this matters because Crystal seems to be alone at the top. Just a matter of time as the others walk the plank.
Although I agree that Casey did the worst that night, Aaron's time was drawing to a close anyway. There was no way in -- that he'd go all the way to the top so he might as well leave now.
I was in shock. I have known Aaron since he was 6 years old and no well in hell should he have gone home Casey was the worst based on thier performance. America made a big mistake with this one
I was so praying that Casey didn't go home tonight. He had a bad night, but that doesn't mean that he's bad all together. I like Aaron, but he wasn't so great last night either. Aaron was really great on country night.
Country is his bag. I was hoping that Mike would go home tonight. I've been getting tired of him these last few weeks. GO CASEY!!!!
I really love Casey and I think he is far more talented than a lot of people like Kate, Aaron, and Tim. I'm glad he stayed. Mike has a great voice too, its just totally not my music. I want Lee to win, with Crystal in second and Caey in third and Big Mike at 4. Overall, this has been a pretty odd season but not a necessarily bad one either. There are some amazing voices on that stage. Also, worst season ever? I think not. Jordin Sparks and the Taylor Hicks ones were terrible. As much as I liked Taylor hicks, he shouldn't gotten that far and Daughtry was way better (even tbough his music SUCKS)
Aaron should have gone home weeks ago.
Casey (see above)
Crystal is no longer consistant.
Mike or Lee to win it all. I can't even believe Mike was in the bottom. Posters on this board that think Mike should be gone or shouldn't have been saved, you don't know music.
Please. Aaron should have been sent home weeks ago. It will be Crystal and either Lee or Casey in the final two, I've predicted since Hollywood Week. I'd prefer to see Casey, but I fear it will be Lee, because of his good looks and radio-friendly vibe. Casey will have a great career though. I actually hope Crystal doesn't win, so she can be herself. My fear is that she wins and they try to turn her into Kelly Clarkson... and that won't fit.
I am surprised, I think "BIG MIKE" needs to GO! He sounds too average, nothing new!
Mike should have gone home a long time ago, judges should have never used their save on him. Some excellent female singers should have been saved. The show has become very boring, I'm done.
Truthfully, I think Lilly Allen should have been in the top 4, but out of the 5 from last night, I do think it was Aaron's turn to go home. I LOVE Casey; I think he'll be the next to go, but I think he's got a great voice! Personally, I think he sounds nearly identical to Eddie Veddar. Lee or Crystal should and will win it all.
Casey is talented – just cant sing sinatra – who can?
i still cant believe AI doesnt let them sing what they want.
judges are way too cutting.... and ELLEN SUCKS – repeats what randy says and takes twice as long to say it.
My issue with this season and thus waning interest in AI is there haven't been any moments by any of the contestants unless you count Andrew's too often mentioned performance that he could not reprise. We have yet to be wowed by anyone. Lee seemed to be approaching a moment last night, but did not quite deliver in my view. So Idol does need a major overhaul, perhaps Simon's departure will spur it. I did like the way they utilized Harry Connick Jr. more than other mentors. Perhaps there are other willing performers who would step up like that. I'd also like to see a change in the judging rules, particularly in going from 24 -12 with some judge "intervention" like making the final choice(s) from those with the least votes, It would allow opportunity to preserve some of the better talent and hopefully a better show.
I believe the people that vote will end up picking Lee as the winner, but he and Mike will definitely make more hit songs, records, and more money compared to the rest when it's all said and done. Mike and Lee are true Idols of America, can't you all see them both singing at a Superbowl, World Series, Inauguration, Performing live in front of millions around the world, the Olympics, promoting better lives for children, in schools giving back to the communities, etc. Being an Idol of a country is more than looking good and singing good, one has to be very special to represent our country as an Artist and I believe many of us have forgotten that aspect of American Idol. We continue to vote just based on looks, sound, or phony acts. Rise up America and think about who out of the 4 would be the best Idol representing Americans!
The big, fat, moronic gorilla (AKA Lynch) should have been sent packing. He's self absorbed and thinks he's the greatest! He's pathetic!
Casey might have had an off night yesterday, but don't foget that he was in the bottom 2 last week after having the best performance of the night. That, coupled with Kara's rude and inapropriate comments, made his fans vote like crazy. Aaron is a nice kid with a nice voice, but he was not particularly stellar last night, his performances were always just ok, nothing spectacular.
Wait, people still watch American Idol?
The producers of the show want a female winner this year. Bowersox will take home the big prize, beating out Lee.
The whole thing's rigged. I'm convinced of it.
So, all those little teeny-boppers texting Aaron to win are just wasting their time and money.
I am SO glad that Casey James stay!
Who will IT be?
Crystal Tired & boring as well
Lee Boring the same as Bruce Springsteen: no tone at al
Casey Angel, handsome, sing well. Prediction: Casey James will sell CDs to Country Music (same as Alan Jackson)
Casey probably will WIN!
No problem seeing Aaron leave. He's a great young kid, but his voice isn't there yet, and yet being the operative word. Sure, Casey should be next, no doubt. After them, the real battle begins.
I was hoping it would be Aaron heading home tonight. Everyone says how bad Casey's performance was, but I think he was victim of a bad arrangement (too slow) and the key was too high for him. As great as Harry Connick Jr is, I think he screwed up Casey's arrangement last night, and made him sound bad. Casey is a rocker, and of course he was not at home singing some hokey old Frank Sinatra sng – not his genre. I think Crystal is the best vocalist by far, but I'm very happy that Casey is still in the running!
It's irrelevant that Aaron went home tonight, he was going to go home soon anyway. Casey will go home next week and Big Mike will go home the week after that.
The final two will be Lee and Crystal and Lee will win it all!
I live with American Idol fans. I just can't wait 'till the show's over.
BIG BIG mistake!
Should have been Mike or Casey. Hopefully next week America will get it right & send 'Mr Big Ego' home.
How in the world did Big Mike and Aaron end up in the bottom 2? Casey and Bowersox were the worst last night. Casey was lost without his guitar, and he was finally forced to express his vocals last night. He, Casey, had the worst vocals last night and when he tried to hit high notes, well I'll say it just as Kara did, Baaaaa Baaaaaa. So sad, people(mainly women) only voted for him because they like him and thinks he looks nice, vocally, he just doesn't have it. I don't think they really know what being an Idol for America really means. Bowersox had the nerve to wear a dress that was a nice dress, but for her, NO NO NO. The way she's been dressing throughout the duration of this season and now she wants to take it to a different level?Disappointed. Lee and Mike will be the Top 2! The rest shall perish and continue with their Thursday night gigs at the local clubs.
My husband and I are old hippies who love to listen to music; we grew up with music. Today’s music is as good as it was in the late 60’s and early 70’s. So what is this BS with Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr. or even Elvis Presley? Give us a break; we don’t want that old crap. We want new music. Let these people sing what they want to sing. I hate getting political with this but who’s running the show…Cheney??? Harry Connick Jr. SUCKS!!! Just like Sinatra did. And we all know that Cheney SUCKS.
Why do people continue to defend Bowersox? I just don't get it. I have never thought she was good and she was easily one of the worst two for the past two weeks. I was ready for Aaron to leave but now it's Bowersox's turn.
This year, ALL of them are so baaad!! Even Crystal is getting to be so boring and the same old thing week after week. There's no excitement and it's time to call it quits for AI. Ryan is getting disgusting, and Randy, the boos from him whenever Simon is introduced, is so infantile and sickening. Many of us just don't watch it anymore for it's just another show heading down the drain. Call it quits man!
It's not about how you sound any more; it's all about stage presence, carisma, and connecting with your fan base & for aaron that connection never developed. I think his fans gave him enough time to come around; he just failed to make that sudo-personal connection. It's to bad someone didn't pick uup on that & help him w/ that issue.
I don't think it's necessarily a weekly contest that must be won or lost based on how well a contestant sings a particular song. While Casey had a bad night on Tuesday, it is clear from his past performances that he has a real and unique talent. People who voted for him are saying that they want to see him make a record, not that they thought he was the best singer on Tuesday night.
Casey reminds me of Fabio. Most of you are way to young to know who I'm talking about. He isn't that cute and he's not that talented. So why does he stay? Crystal is the best talent but I think it will be the Chris Allen factor and Lee will win.
Aaron should not have gone home tonight. He should have gone home weeks ago.
To be honest aside from Crystal I really couldn't care less who gets sent home!
This has been a terrible Idol season and the producers really need to get their act together for next season...
Here's a great blog piece I read recently that really nailed the problems of the show – and 8 ways to fix them!
I was right on cue–time for Aaron to go back home. Casey and Lee need to follow him, leaving the only two real singers on deck. Casey's performance Tuesday was pitiful! Lee's cute but he needs to go back to the paint store. I guess I'll have to vote when it comes down to the only two who have really good, true voices. Mike and Crystal. I would hate to choose between the two of them.
Aaron going home tonight doesn't bother me at all. Mike or Casey could have gone home also without bothering me at all. At this point, I think Lee and Crystal should be in the finals. On note, someone please tell Mike to stop licking his lips while singing. He does it constantly. So annoying.
I was looking on youtube the other night and I found several pre-Idol performances by Lilly Scott. Just type "Lilly Scott Edgewater Coffe House" into the search box on youtube. I still believe Lilly should have easily made the top twelve.
It should have been casey, he was terrible last night. I belive that fox already know who they want as the winner. They really need to limit the votes just as dancing with the stars does.
I am only stunned that a contestant that was previously slated to go home (Big Mike for those clueless individuals) is still there thanks to the judges' save.
However, I predicted Aaron tonight due to those eyebrows. I mean, look at them!!!!
Idol should have gone from top 12 to top 3 in one swoop two months ago. Casey clearly deserved to go home, but when has that mattered on Idol.
Casey was by far the worst last night and he proved in his performance what I've suspected week after week – that guitar is his crutch. For him to not be sent home after that performance is purely as a result of his fan base and not his talent or lack thereof. And his defense, I'll say he is a superb guitarist.
Aaron was a good singer, learning and progressing, but I never thought for a moment he would win and I've continued to be surprised he has lasted as long as he has. He isn't strong or overly confident, he works his boyish charm and innocence and he's done it well.
I don't think Aaron should have gone home. I'm surprised Mike was in the bottom 2 also. He did an excellent job jast night. The two of them were much better than Casey. In fact I'm tired of seeing him. He's a one trick poney and last night proved it. Crystal is starting to get on my nerves. Lee is too timid to be on the big state. I hope Mike wins it all. He has confidence and can sing anything well.
Well I'll just give my thoughts here and then move on cause I'm pretty sure this one is going to get heated. I agree that Casey should have been the one to go based on last night. Next to him though, Aaron was the "next worst" last night...and he wasn't really bad. What it boils down to, is that despite people saying this is the worst season ever and whatnot, we're in the top 5, and for one they're not that bad...for another, people are more or less attached to contestants at this point whether or not they admit it (or, they've got those they really don't like, one or the other). I think Casey's probably got quite a following and they probably went into panic mode last night to vote to keep him around after the judge's critiques and all. Plus, don't forget the other wild card – Casey is from the South. All but 1 winner has come from the South, so as whole, it seems they're a pretty powerful voting block. This one doesn't really seem rigged like some people were implaying or saying outright at all. It makes sense, unfortunately. Aaron's a good kid and a good singer too – not just for a 17 year old, but overall. But it's top 5 (4 now) and good singers will be eliminated at this point.
Aaron should not of gone home tonight. America is voting for looks and not talent. Casey should of gone home weeks ago. Sure he looks good but he can't carry a tune.
Yeah, I don't like the top 4. Casey does not even stand out. I want Crystal to win. Or Lee.. it looks like he wants to win.
I think it was time for Aaron to go. I like him as a person but I am glad about the top 4.
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