February 4th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

'Idol' on the road to Hollywood

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Seven cities. Over 100,000 aspiring contestants. And it all boils down to this.

This is American Idol!

Now that I am done with my Seacrest imitation I can say that I have never been more ready for the show to make it to Hollywood.

Wednesday night’s show was basically a round up of the auditions. I liked what I saw in some of the performers including Lee Dewyze who sang “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Slap some glasses on that dude and he is last season’s Danny Gokey part deux.

I was amused by Amanda Schectman's Britney Spears impersonation (she should take that on the road) and I admired Lacey Brown’s restraint in not punching out the judges for sending through the hot mess that was Megan Joy over her last season. Glad to see Brown gets another shot, though I’m not sure her voice is strong enough or distinctive enough to go all the way.

Wednesday night also featured the song stylings of Michael Lynche who reportedly made it to the Top 24 and was booted after his dad blabbed about it to the local media. Fox has declined to comment on the report and I wonder how that will all shake out.

Next week will also mark the addition of Ellen DeGeneres as a judge. That, coupled with the talent that you just know the producers have been holding back, should make for an interesting Hollywood week, don’t you think?

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. jterrell

    Adam can sing, it's a shame he sings only at the most extreme of his registry and has a horrid case of over-drama.

    He lost a lot of people because his every week overdone stuff grew tedious and expected.

    Seeing him once a week was quite entertaining but there's no way I could sit through an entire album from him.

    February 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gran_pabg

    I do not see what Ellen is to bring to the show. Sure she may be funny but how does that give her the knowledge to judge a singing competition. What is her musical background such as the other judges? I do not believe these young people are auditioning for a comedy show.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Hopefully Ellen will bring humor to the show and judge from the normal person's perspective and not someone striclty in the music business. She is a die hard AI fan. Don't criticize her just because she is gay!!

    February 8, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. dixick

    Those of you who think Ellen will not be a good judge...just wait! Don't prejudge her. She knows her music and just because she isn't a singer herself (is Simon?), she certainly knows a good voice when she hears it. This could actually turn out to be a great year!

    February 8, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jimmie

    Aaron, for being only 24, you hit the button right on the nose. You did, however, leave out Tony Bennett. jb

    February 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon

    before we all (pre) judge Ellen, reflect on what percentage of the time your judgement of a contestant equaled that of the final decision of the panel. If you're just average joe or jill american and a majority of the time you decide the same as the panel, then ellen should do just fine.

    February 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CWDC

    Looking forward to AI starting next week! Love Ellen DeGeneres – it'll be good to laugh instead of "HUH"? Won't miss whatshername . . .

    February 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Virginia

    Everyone who says they won't watch Idol because of Ellen WILL watch. If nothing else just to criticize.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. LS

    I enjoyed watching Idol in the past. But, now that they are moving to Hollywood and Ellen DeGeneres will be part of the judges group, I will NOT be watching. She has no business being a musical judge.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    If this were a comic competition, Ellen would be a great choice as a judge: but to get comic relief at best with NO valid music credentials? Well, I think the joke's punch line will be on the viewing audience.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JoAnne Ray

    Ellen was a terrible choice. She's a comedian; not a music expert. As Simon says, "This is a singing competition." Yeah for Paula; no for Ellen.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Stan

    So Ellen is not musically inclined. Are you? are you able to tell a good singer when you hear one? Do you have to be an expert to be able to tell a good singer from a bad one? It's good to have a regular ear on the panel instead of someone who may be too tecnical.

    February 5, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. headdivaincharge

    Yay for Ellen. I can't wait to see her on here. Again, I will miss drunk ol' Paula! Straight up – not twisted!

    February 5, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Linda T

    Couldn't have been a better pick than Ellen. Fun, funny and loves life and music. Adam he is the best every on Idol. Time will show this.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Linda T

    Couldn'b have been a better pick than Ellen. Fun, funny and loves life and music. Adam he is the best every on Idol. Time will show this.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Laura

    To everyone asking: what does Ellen know about music/singing? I respond with: What did Paula know about music/singing? Both are entertainers, both know show business...that's what Ellen brings.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Colorado Reader

    We have not even seen Ellen on the show yet, so how can we judge her? I am looking forward to seeing how she does. As far as the talent goes, watching someone sing for all of 30 seconds, does not show their true talent, so it remains to be seen who is truly gifted.

    February 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  18. thayssa

    are the American Idol auditions going to be at Hollywood??

    February 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sarah

    they picked ellen because she has experience entertaining on stage- with paula gone there wasn't someone with that viewpoint.

    February 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. steve o;brian

    I will not watching anymore idol, the fun is over

    February 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Aaron

    I watched a few of the auditions just because my roommate had them on. I;'m only 24 y/o, but I never listen to pop music cause I think it sucks. I honestly don't think there has been any good music or singers for the past few decades.

    If you want real singers, listen to people like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormet, Carmen MacRae. Aside from maybe Barbra Streisand, there is no one recording today who can really carry a tune and just sing without resorting to all sorts of vocal pyrotechnics.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Slim D

    The addition of Ellen give a different perpective on the show. Ellen is just like you and I sitting at home watching the showing and putting in our two cents. I think she was a great choice. I'm looking forward to this season.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  23. shelly

    Ellen "knowing" about music... to me, she represents the average american. Come on, we know what we like and don't like. In the end, America votes for 'thier' American Idol!!!!! I think Ellen and Simon's banter will enhance this season!

    February 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Norma

    I don't like the addition of Ellen Degeneres to Idol.
    I like her as a comedian, but I don't see her as a musical judge.
    She will be totally out of place, and the contestants won't have a fair comment on their performance.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mark Minachi

    This show is on its last leg. With Simon leaving after this season this show will be crap, well its crap already but it will be a bigger piece of crap.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dot

    Sorry – can't stand to watch this show. Nothing compares to last season.
    Adam was the best there has been on AI. The bar was set to high. There will never be any one like him again.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Elizabeth Billings

    That show doesn't care about real talent, just a good sob story. I'm over it.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Debbie

    Yes, Why Ellen? I do like her, but what does she know about music?

    February 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bill

    I have watched my last American Idol with the addition of Ellen. Why Ellen Degeneres?? First of all she is not qualified to be a judge. She knows nothing about singing and isn't even funny. I think American Idol will lose viewers with her addition to the show. Couldn't they find someone who knows something about music and the recording industry?? Oh well, I believe this is the last season anyway.
    Are the producers all gay?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Erin

    adam not a good singer? you crazy.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. christi

    what does Ellen know about music? I really dont get why she is a judge!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Tiffany

    I am so excited for this show!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  33. mac

    Showdogmom you said it..... PERFORMER! He's not a good singer which is what this is all about...

    Cuddo's to Adam he is entertaining.... But the aforementioned David Carrie Kelly Jennifer and Daughtry Really are American Idols in the Music biz.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  34. karen goldstein

    Can't wait to see Ellen- she's going to bring all kinds of surprises to the show!!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. show dog mom

    Can't wait for the competition to begin; but, for my money, they will never find another creative and talented performer as good as Adam Lambert!

    February 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Chaya van Essen

    Watch for Nicci Nix, the girl with the high-pitched speaking voice and surprising singing voice ...

    February 4, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  37. Omaha Reader

    Can’t wait to watch the Hollywood week and the top 24. I didn’t really watch the (crazy) auditions at the beginning. Now it’s time to watch the show. Also, can’t wait to watch Ellen. Love her! Hopefully, this year, AI will have awesome artists like David Cook, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, and Jennifer Hudson. They are the real deal... Go AI!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |

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