April 1st, 2009
09:54 PM ET

Top 9: Lady GaGa gets spacey

It appears that Lady GaGa has moved from her Christina Aguilera phase on to the Amy Winehouse thing for a hot second.

Lady GaGa

The performance of "Pokerface" was out there.

I kept waiting for her to take off her human costume and reveal the android within. She did have the Men in Black dancing backup so ...

Lady KooKoo all the way!

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  1. Jay

    I love her, LADY GAGA just amazing, and brings both performance and great voice. This is true talent and this generations phenominon!

    April 7, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 1944victoriam

    Well, i loved it. I am a 62 year old Grandmother and I loved the performance. It was not singing – it was performance ART. The costumes, the music, the make-up, the dancing, and yes, the singing. You have to keep you mind open – she is 23 years old. she is hip, cool and today. It was like nothing i have ever seen and that was a good thing. In the times when no talent like Paris and Brittany can make millions of dollars.....this girl at least has some unique and original things going on. Go Lady!

    April 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    She actually has some other good Top-40 stuff, but that song was crap by anyone's standards. Simon was probably thinking "what a complete and utter mess." She has a good voice, but that song was in the wrong venue. Horrible!

    April 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Morris the Cat

    The Lady is NO TRAMP. She's an enormously gifted performer breaking out of the cookie-cutter star shell that most Idols aspire to. Listen, Lil Rounds is a great Lavern Baker kinda singer but she'll probably get her rump kicked off the show before FINAL FOUR. The Judges and the producers want a POP STAR or POP TART (if its female)... They hate it when someone like Fantasia, Tay Hicks, The Big Fella, or the gay guy wins....

    The cookie cutter is Christina, Britney Spears, Madonna, Smiley Vyrus, etc.

    Even Catherine McPhee is way too ballad for them.

    Simon is simply trying to shape the contest in his (and the studios) favour. Getting Iraheta vs. Lambert or somesuch in the final would be right up his alley.

    April 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cher

    Too bad they can't vote her off. She made some of the non professionals look VERY good. Horrible...

    April 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shelby

    Its fun reading these comments that say she's a man.
    Gaga is a female, you morons.
    And by the way, she's an extremely good singer who isn't copying anyone.
    Get whatever it is out of your ass and realize the truth.
    Sorry Kids!

    April 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alec

    I looked pretty good to me. High energy, semi-chaotic dancing is fun to watch. Her singing isn't all that bad - definitely better than the junk they have on Idol right now. For somebody who has to run around and dance like crazy, I don't have great demands on the vocal track (unless it's Mick Jagger running around from one end of a stadium to the other for 3 hours straight and still sounds great).

    April 3, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terry H.

    After reading some of the comments, I can't stop but wonder why so many people lacked artistic taste. She's new but good

    April 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terry H.

    People who don't know would obviously think she sucks if that was the first time they saw her. Heck I like her but though that performance wasn't best. Give her some time besides her music is not everyone's cup of tea. It's artistic yet bizarre. If you want to know how great her music is, watch Miss Universe 2008, she was the "mystery guest".

    April 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    What a horrible performance – it showed everything that is WRONG with American Idol. It had to be the stupidest thing I have ever seen. The singing was awful, the overblown 'stage show' a joke. Worst of all were the two female judges standing, dancing and waving their arms in the air, as if this was GOOD.

    THERE in a nutshell is the whole problem with AI – the judges. They cannot distinguish artistry or good music from absolute utter crap. To them, if it sells a zillion, it has to be 'great.' Not so in reality, folks.

    Lady GaGa's 'show' , horrible as it was, was almost as bad as that horrendous music video they made us watch last year by Paula Abdul – which had to be the worst song and lousiest video of all time.

    April 2, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brandie

    I had never heard of Lady GaGa until last night. Seeing and hearing her performance, I wasn't missing anything. She was awful. What I could understand of the song made no sense. The contestants are way better that she is.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mozzy

    You do realize that the "Lady" is a MAN right??!! She/He/It SUCKS live. Used to like Just Dance, but after seeing that train wreak, not no more!

    April 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Millie Bea

    SHE's # 1 on the pop 40#? UGH,

    April 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mexican Radio

    I'll say it again since I think it bears repeating. Reading through 99% of the comments, ’m afraid that most people who saw Ms Gaga perform simply don't get the joke. That’s too bad. Watching Ms Gaga, I feel like I’m watching a brilliant art critic do a send-up of the entire art industry while at the very same time creating something that is both trassh *and* exquisite! Such art hasn’t been seen on the American stage in decades!
    And part of the joke (for those of you who don't get it) is that the very fact that you don't get the joke is what makes the joke on you! LOL!

    April 2, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. karen

    ga-ga? More like ca-ca. She's taking money from kids and laughing at them.

    April 2, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. Deb

    She played to a sold out "house of blues" this week in boston.
    Hubby took his tweenagers to see her. People were offering him 5X the ticket price to buy his 3 tickets in line.
    I had never heard of her. So, obviously, I was interested to see her performance. It was horrible. Im sure our parents thought the artists of our generation were awful too. But , this chick cant even sing.
    The HD tv is not kind to her. I read that shes 22 ish? Gosh, she looked like she was 10 yrs older than that.
    Maybe she just was having a bad nite, but honestly, I dont think so.
    I just dont get it!

    April 2, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  17. rachael

    She sucked!!!!!!The only thing that could have made that performance any better is if the judges critiqued her afterwards. B/C you know, and I know,and they know it was horrible!!!!!!!and on i singing competition show at that...what a joke.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  18. Susan E

    I think she was fantastic. A great performer, taking risks and I think she has a great voice too. A little out there for sure but she gets attention. Definitely reminiscent of Blondie . I think she put on a great show and I am 44 years old!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  19. Chris

    Wow people who read CNN have like no concept of creativity or anything. Then again, most of the people making comments probably think Adam is amazing. They probably say he is A. Sexy B. Creative and C. Incredible. Sad. Gaga is one amazing creature who actually uses creativity to wow people.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  20. KRM

    Everyone's personal taste aside, like it or not, Gaga is probably here to stay. Saw her sold out opening night of her tour and she was incredible. The Idol performance may have been a bit rushed, so what.

    Most people are behind the curve anyway and it takes them a few years to catch up. So those who didn't like it, go listen to your bad dated music and we will see you in a few years when you finally get it.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  21. Danno

    Lady GaGA is worse than Megan and not even as entertaining as William Hung.............Where does AI find find this crap?
    Time for AI to die.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  22. AT

    Lady GaGa is just another one that has to rely on soundboards and altering of her voice to make music and to actually sell it....She has a unique look, she has the bod, she has the dancing ability – but she has NO voice and last night truly showed that....

    One thing I HATE are all these singers that sound like Gods & Godesses ON THE RADIO – YET when you hear them perform live it STINKS – This goes to show how much altering of REAL voices goes into making the songs we hear on radio and on the CD's we pay for. I would never in a million years pay to hear that garbage live at a concert!

    TRUE singers, musicians have natural talent and do not need to have everything altered – an example of that was Kerry Underwood a few weeks ago on Idol or even David Cook last night. What you hear on the radio and on cds you pay good money for is exactly what you should hear LIVE. You can best bet Lady GaGa will never get a dime of my money!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jeff

    Funny that this article mentioned Aguilera and Winehouse - when I saw her (for the first time on Idol last night), I actually said aloud, "She's like the love child of Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse." GMTA, I suppose.

    Then I said, "Pokerface?! I hardly know 'er!"

    April 2, 2009 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  24. JDK

    This was the stupidist performance by a guest singer I've seen on AI. If they are going to keep doing this, then I'm done with them. Waste of time. An idiot could have done that. Might as well place her with Ruben doing a duet, the results would be the same.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  25. PDB

    I am all about creativity. I am all about risk taking. That being said, I am also all about quality. If the song had been well done, I would have said "wow, that was incredible!". However, it was not sung very well. It was not danced very well. It was "clumsy" to say the least. This is NOT artistry. This was a piece of trash thrown together for effect. This same song, done by someone else in the same arrangement could have had the desired effect. The producers should take a hit on their take home pay for this. It really degraded the show.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  26. Caleb

    I didn't get it. She seemed talented but not my cup of tea. Too weird.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  27. Steve Rodgers

    Anyone of the Idol wannabe's can sing better than this broad. It was truely aweful.

    April 2, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  28. chris

    So, this girl is for real....

    When the performance started I could have sworn it was some kind of April Fools joke.... Lady Garble.... was terrible.... I don't know how she can now have 2 #1 hits...

    April 2, 2009 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  29. j marshall

    if lady koo koo is a number 1 singer i would hate to hear the bottom one. she is terrible.

    April 2, 2009 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  30. Diane

    I thought it was one of the dumbest performances I've ever seen. It sucked. And she gets paid to do that.

    It didn't even make any sense to me . . .

    April 2, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  31. Char

    What was her song about??????

    April 2, 2009 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  32. Jen

    I thought it was AWESOME! Kinda 80's and modern....dunno what you'd call it other than flat out entertaining. Thank you AI for something different finally!

    April 2, 2009 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  33. Rob

    Lady GaGa... OMG, simply horrible, enough said.

    April 2, 2009 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  34. MJC

    Loved it. Bizarrely fascinating. I'll take this over another washed up adult contemporary star any day.

    April 2, 2009 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  35. ACJJ

    Weird. Lady Koo-Koo is right. I would have loved to hear what Simno thought of that.

    April 2, 2009 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  36. Chuck

    Horrible performance and song for people without the life experience to know better. Youth is truly wasted on the young.

    April 2, 2009 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  37. sheila

    What was that?. if she is what idol viewers call star quality no wonder adam is near the top. and Kara and Paula standing up dancing. we all know Paula was probably drunk again but Kara come on. Going ga ga over Ga Ga was so stupid. That zipper should be on her mouth.

    April 2, 2009 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  38. db

    I thought they were going to say, "April Fool's"!

    April 2, 2009 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  39. Michelle from Iowa

    More like "Lady Gag Me!" What a lame act for competitors to top!

    April 2, 2009 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  40. booboo

    Same thing – what the h was that???? I kept waiting for an explanation – what kind of music do you call that?

    April 2, 2009 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  41. Bernardo Gui

    This woman was a "Dale Bozzio / Missing Persons" reject.

    April 2, 2009 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  42. molly shepherd

    What WAS that thing??????????????????/

    April 2, 2009 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  43. dangle66

    so that performance was "out there?"... clearly you don't know Lady Gaga

    April 2, 2009 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  44. ruth

    never heard of her before tonight and if i get lucky will never have to hear her again. wtf?

    April 2, 2009 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  45. SJ

    You are old and out-dated. I guarantee that everyone that bashed her was over 30! At least she could put on a performance, dance, play piano, and have costume changes...all the while SINGING AMAZINGLY!!! More than you can say for most of the "pop diva's" of today. Get over your self!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  46. hilary

    I thought it was weird at first, but it grew on me because it was such a different scene for AI. BUt then again, I'm a huge fan of early Bowie and Blondie.
    Thumbs up to GaGa!

    April 2, 2009 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  47. Eric

    I loved the performance. I don't know why so many people can't appreciate her as an artist. She worked her way up through the New York underground club scene and she's earned all the success she has. She may not have the best set of pipes, but she's original and she is far from your typical, mindless cookie-cutter artist that's a puppet of a record company.

    However, it's a really cheap move by her record company to postpone three of her sold-out shows in New York and DC in order for her to perform on Idol. If I really have to wait until the fall to see her because of this one performance, I'm not going to be happy.

    April 2, 2009 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  48. Adrian Toronto Canada

    This makes one wonder who promotes these performers. Made good use of my remote as I changed channels in a sec!!
    Bad night for American Idol.

    April 2, 2009 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  49. Jr

    Fantastic performance. I'm guessing that those commenting that they didn't like her, probably think that Anood is a good performer.

    April 2, 2009 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  50. Kevin

    That was awesome. It reminded me a little bit of a performance that Blondie or Nena Hagen would have done. Welcome back to the experimental and out there '80's. It is nice to see someone trying to set themselves apart thru their art instead of concentrating on publicity and drug/alcohol rehab!

    April 2, 2009 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  51. Dan

    I'm gaga for Lady GaGa!!!

    April 2, 2009 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  52. Joyce

    Lady Ga Ga is worse than Goo Goo! She sounded like she was a contestant that should be voted off instead of a guest performer! She also, looked like she had a bad hair day!

    April 2, 2009 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  53. ilene

    Oh, I'm so happy I have a DVR - skipped right over this weird person. But then with a name like that, who would think you'd get anything other than weird.

    April 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Travis

    Who knew that sitting in front of a piano and having a seizure was Billboard #1 material?

    April 1, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Lizzie

    You are ALL haters! She is a wonderful performer and has a unique voice! Great performance!

    April 1, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Cindy

    The performance was different but I wasn't blown away or even intrigued by the singer and the song was forgetful. I can't believe that she has a #1 hit with that song. Prior to tonight I had never heard of GaGA or the song!

    April 1, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  57. dave

    And the Idol judges had problems with Allison's outfit on Tuesday night???? Whoa. Part of rock music is the way the artists express themselves through fashion...or lack thereof. Everyone made a big issue out of Allison's get-up...looks pretty tame by comparison.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Simon

    What the hell was that?

    April 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Kris

    I think Lady Ga Ga was great and could really sing. What a performance.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Mexican Radio

    I'm afraid that most people who saw Ms Gaga perform tonight will be too young to get the joke. That's too bad. Watching Ms Gaga, I feel like I'm watching a brilliant art critic do a send-up of the entire art industry while at the very same time creating something that is both trassh *and* exquisite! Such art hasn't been seen on the American stage in decades!

    April 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Bob

    So how much do you think her label has to pay to get her any air time at all? Seriously, this chick sucks and there is nothing appealing about her or her "music".

    April 1, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Ricky

    Adam was taking fashion, hair and makeup notes during her performance.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  63. chip

    Worst performance I ever saw on Idol in all it's years. She's a star?

    April 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  64. amateurs

    i loved the performance! she's different! and i like it! and so did everyone else. and least she didn't stand at a mic and sing a slow sappy song! love u gaga

    April 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  65. di

    GaGa is GOOGoo if you ask. That was pitiful!

    April 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  66. sam

    Interesting sounds but they are mostly electronic. She is not much of a singer and a lot rougher looking in High Def than I would have thought.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Wes

    That performance was hard to watch. Can't think of many things I have seen that were that bad. I don't usually watch the show, but the wife wanted to see it.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  68. bobo

    i think lady gaga is weird and interesting. i'm tired of all the cookie cutter chicks trying to hit the top 40. maybe she isn't the best singer but at least she is something different, and "just dance" is a great song.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Ricky

    one more thing ... she is sooooooo getting voted off.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Ricky

    Sometimes I hate High Def -

    April 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Tom Mitchell

    Lady gaga is copying Roisin Murphy, whom by the way has better sounds.

    April 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Jeff

    Poker Face? More like Butterface... She can't sing either. Sad that a singing competition has her on for an example...

    April 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |

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