March 23rd, 2010
10:08 PM ET

Did the Top 11 do the No. 1s justice?

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The word of the night – let's all say it together – was "pitchy."

With such a great catalogue of hits available via the Billboard No. 1 songs, I am baffled by the contestants' choices tonight. I mean, some of these songs weren't even all that great when they were current.

What did you think? Was tonight hot – or not?


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    September 1, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Steve Yzerman

    Last week was the WORST Idol show ever!! Everyone just stunk. It is a poor batch of contestants, the weakest that there has ever been. Perhaps we have reached the bottom of the barrel with talent.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. carol

    Crystal is really relevant in todays music. Really? Let me see, crooked yellow teeth, overweight, sandles & a hippie dress singing Janis Joplin's Me & Bobby McGee from 40 yrs ago. Give me a break!!

    Somehow I don't think Beyonce, Alicia Keyes, Lady Gaga etc have anything to worry about.

    This years crop won't even manage to have their 15 minutes. By the end of the summer tour (can u imagine paying to see that)they will all be back in their hick towns working at WalMart.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Miles

    I feel awful because some of the finalists don't know how to pick a song.
    As what the judges said, this is a competition and it's their responsibility to show the best what they have as a performer.

    Among my favorites are Crystal....very consistent and very genuine,
    Aaron is adorable and take note at his age he knows what song is best for him..

    Mike is good...Lee sounds like Danny, and I like his voice.

    Siobhan has a great voice but I don't like her " screaming" every time she sings.

    Didi's style is good but sometimes, the choice of the song affects her.

    They should prove something that people won't forget their performance, and that they will not be compared to other performers.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kasper

    I thought Didi was phenomenal. It was one of my favorite performances of the season. I can't believe everyone on the panel blasted her for it. I still can't believe it.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris Mays

    The real reason for all the poorr performances this week was Miley Cyrus. How can she counsel anyone when she and her gosh awful father are about as bad as it gets. She cannot sing,talk or perform. Give me a break. The idols performers should have ignored all and any advice she spouted.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    must of been something all these comments on here prove that you watched the show. I can can less about American Idol.

    March 25, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. idol4444

    Miley and Demi/Joe were on this week because it was ORIGINALLY supposed to be "Teen Idols" and that would have at least made them SEMI-relevant. When the theme was changed, they kept the three of them around because of contract stuff. It's not like they chose Miley for Billboard #1s. Give it a rest!

    March 25, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. big mama

    Simpy awful ..... snooze .... never will waste my time watching again!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob

    Ever who said that Casey should do Greg Allmans's "I'm No Angel" gave me goosebumps!! YES. He should win. He's the only one with the Idol charisma, talent and looks. Yes, I said Looks. But his voice is magnificent. I would say Lee should win, but he just doesn't have that 'stage presence'. Casey should win. Crysyal is resentful of all her years of singing but not getting anywhere. Doesn't smile enough. You can tell she has issues. GO CASEY !!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. protogere

    @Lisa who stated that Miley DID have a number one – Party In The USA only made it to number 2 on the Billboard charts and Billboard Number Ones was the theme.
    Source: http://www.billboard.com/artist/miley-cyrus/772285#/artist/miley-cyrus/chart-history/772285

    March 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brucie Bee

    You are all missing the point. What is important on 'American Idol' is not talent or performance; it is fun. A poor performer or lousy performance is a winner so long as it was fun. This is 2010, not 1955.

    March 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mom

    Didn't the judges say earlier in the season that this was the best group that idol has had??? Hmmmm

    Love Crystal, Siobhan, Didi, Aaron

    Lee, Casey are growing on me.

    The rest....bye, bye....

    (and my 16 year old could not stand seeing Miley last night on the show!!)

    March 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bobbie

    I am so disappointed with American Idol this year. I have watch every year and always voted. but this year there are only about three i would vote for. My grown children feel the same and are not watching it much this year. My daughter said she has been falling asleep on it. . and her husband won't watch it anymore. there is no excitement this year. and I really don't like Kara. I did not like her last year but decided to give her a chance. but she just irks me. I feel Paula should have been given whatever was needed to keep her as a judge. We LOVE Paula. Ellen should also go. the judges picked badly this year. I think they sent the best home.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan R

    Will all the criticism here and the consesus seeming to be that the show is terrible, it's hard to believe that the performance and result shows are no 1 and 2 in the ratings consistently.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. bubblepuppy

    Crystal is so far ahead of the pack it's ridiculous. She's got more artistic integrity in her little finger than the rest of them collectively and doesn't seem to give a s**t about the whole Idol process. I think she has high disdain for the caricatures they are supposed to portray. That said, she'll never be #1 recording material (thank god!). I just hope she makes it to the top 5, gets a nice indie recording contract and jumps off the Idol bus.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  17. malcom

    1) they need to stop with the human interest stories. Seriously, would 'big mike' still be here if AI didnt get to show him crying when his baby was being born on the other side of the country?
    That kind of thing has a negative effect on the votes. we've all had hardships... that doesnt make us great singers

    2) I will always remember when they came to Los Angeles a few years back, and the hosts of the auditions (we dont see them on the show, but they are there to entertain the masses waiting in line) were these 2 local dj's and they both said that there were probably 100 singers that were better than that years top 12, and NONE of them got to sing in front of the judges

    I swear, I really dont understand how some of these people make it past the producers and into the audion hall with the judges. They arent funny like "she bang" or "pants on the ground". they are barely above average singers. no charisma.

    this aint your mama's American Idol

    March 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. j.r.

    there won't be much use for the "judges save" unless the unthinkable happens and Crystal is voted off. I suggest we institue a new rule where they bring back 3 of the 4 that unbelievably didn't make top 12 (can't remember 4th) – Lily, Alex and Kristin and replace 3 this week and still send one home. If that would happen maybe I'll be able to watch next week 'cause at least they sang in key and have "actual" music talents.
    Mostly, the judges left some of the best behind before they even got to Hollywood (no fault of Ellen's).
    As much as I think Crystal should win...I'd rather she just places top3/top2 and can go to a career rather than the Idolmachine. If u think she looks miserable now, it would really be very sad to see her end up having to sell cars in commercials next year.

    March 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Timbo

    I am baffled by the song choices as well. Most of the songs dated between 1969 and 1974. Are contestants being limited in their choice of songs (is there a financial consideration here?). The only song that was from this century was Fergie's. Of all the songs to do, for instance, was Huey Lewis & the News really Casey's first choice? Really?

    March 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. amanda

    This years American Idol is more like a joke. It seems like they have settled for anything, just to have a show. I am sorry I am a big fan of American Idol and I have watched every season but this one is the most disappointing, time wasting, dumb founded season of all.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. spanishdawg

    I was a big fan of American Idol. I am not impressed this season. I will give it one more week and then I am done. It is boring...........

    Do the contestants have mentors or someone to guide them? I am waiting for the WOW factor from the contestants..... Just give us one wow song. Simon has been right on with his comments. I do feel sorry for the judges. I can switch to mute they can't.........

    March 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  22. LaToya

    The keep saying this is the best tallent they have every had. I do not see that in this group. Maybe it will get better, but I can't tell the way they have been singing lately

    March 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. robert

    producers pick "beatles" week, then judges scold the singers for being old fashioned? it's just a big contradicting mess every week...

    March 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. getreal

    All of you need to get a life. Our country is falling apart towards communism and all you care about are pathetic teens. Go to school, read unbiased books outside of your school, do the opposite of MTV and you will turn out and be normal. Stop reading articles from the (C)ommunist (N)ews (N)etwork.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  25. clark

    Let's just face it...if Idol is going for the guy who sounds like Bo Bice or the girl who has the most cal-like voice, this is the best season ever. I saw some pretty awesome people go through the casting, and this, THIS is what we are left to watch? If it wasn't for Crystal, my TV would be OFF. Let's just give her a record deal and cancel the show. When Simon goes...I go! They did not pick the worst song, arrangement, outfit, or mentor-THEY PICKED THE WRONG CONTESTANTS. I know watch Idol on my DVR, so I can fast-forward through the painful process each week. Hey, I can play the accoustic guitar (and I play a kick-butt Cowboy Junkies), does that mean millions of people should be forced to listen to me each week? And if it were a popularity contest, Andrew, you my man, but having 5 years to learn "Straight up" on the acoustic guitar as your party "if-I-were-to-audition-for Idol" song, does not a muscician make. Crystal is a star and will get a record deal no mater what. So please, I trust the judges to do one thing, pick people who can SING! What will we do without Simon? Talk about how great everyone looks and how "pitchy" they sound?

    March 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Tiredocrap

    While not the worst of the top 11, Big Mike is definitely the most over-rated! I keep trying to understand why the judges like him, but can't see any talent there that is actually marketable at all.

    Go buy an old Michael Bolton album, much more skill and same style (except the hair).

    Don't know names, but the 2nd and 3rd performers stunk last night! Wow! Terrible...

    March 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  27. John Burke

    This is, by far, the most untalented group in the history of this show. Individually, Paige's effort last night will go down as the worst single performance in AI history. It was as if she was purposely trying to sing the song as badly as humanly possible. If the grade was given on how bad the song is sung, her marks would be perfect. With the only exception being Crystal, who is truly inspirational, and Siobhan, who is completely captivating, there isn't a record deal in the group. Even the ever-charming Michael is only a mediocre singer. It's sad really, being Simon's last year that it will go down as the worst ever.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Chuck

    It was embarrassing watching some of them struggle like that.
    Crystal, Big Mike, Didi and Magnus are your top 4. Lee reminds me too much of a spoiled frat boy with a huge sense of entitlement.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Thierry

    American Idol and Repentance!. Oh Paige!, you have been given so many chances and look what you have done. Too pretentious to copy either Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston styles. Seize your last chance and be humble, it is not the time to show up with high heels and fancy dress. I think she was spoiled by a protective and bias entourage, fan base like family, friends of her church...Liily Scott was robbed by Paige and other contestants who really do not deserve to go farther as yesterday. It is true that Voting is part of a game, but knowing who we must vote for also reflect the righteousness and maturity of an audience. To give someone a second chance to see yesterday's show ending in disaster and repugnance (Paige, Tim, Garcia, Didi) really hurt me and probably others watchers who wonder why Lilly Scott was sent home so early...As to Siobhan, I think she has shown her real Mohawk image and screaming exaggeration which could kill her (already did). She too, she should have yield her place to Lilly Scott, cause she was abusing too much of the naivety of the judges (except Simon, who can see through ..) and of course a juvenile audience who likes screams...I think American Idol must have in the future a motion to repeal voting decision, to bring back to the show, contestants who were sent home wrongly. (i.e send home two contestants tonight and bring back one, that give a net debit of one so as to keep a total of ten contestants to go on..). Otherwise, we end up with trash and faked talents. Feel sorry for Lilly Scott, and wish her all the best with or without AI.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Johnathan

    American Idols???? These kids are jokes!!!! ALL OF THEM! This is the worst display of vocalists EVER!!

    What a disaster for this season. I could send you twelve young vocalists overnight that would blow these high school choir kids out of the water!

    By the way, I have a new spelling for the show. "American Idle".

    Sincerely,

    Disgusted

    March 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Adam

    I can't believe the song choices either! Why do they all pick songs from the 70's? I hate the music from the 70's! I don't know who to be more pissed at, the contestants for wasting this opportunity or the judges for picking the most awful top 20 in the show's history. If none of these kids know "who they are as an artist" yet, why are they on the show!
    Last night I thought Didi gave the best performance. She looked comfortable and sang beautifully and had fun. Crystal is good but she isn't anything special. Just another hippie chick. Siobhan is the most talented but is so weird she makes the songs sound weird too. Lee and Casey are good too, but not stars. I was behind Andrew from his first audition, but have been incredibly disappointed by his performances. Such a waste of my time each week!

    March 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  32. hl

    It seems to me that when the contestants are challenged about their terrible song choice they all resort to the same answer, "I just wanted to have fun". I'm not sure why the producers don't pick their songs, it's not like if they win they will be expected to make that decision on their own. They are going to loose their viewing audience if they don't start putting on a better show. Last night was painful.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  33. AmyKd

    Idol Sux so bad this year... Miss Paula and last years talent. The Judges did aweful oicking this years top 24. None of these people can hold a candle to last years top 10. Crystal is overated and boring and would not make it past the top 8 from last year. I am done watching this show this year. I couldnt care less

    March 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  34. sugarcane

    They should have kept the older man who sang that pants on the ground song in the auditions,he did draw attention 🙂

    March 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  35. krista

    and one more thing, why does everyone say "I just wanted to have fun out there"????? This isn't about fun, it's a competion for god sakes.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  36. krista

    I love American Idol....but this has got the be THE worse season ever. Out of ALL the people that auditioned...this is what they came up with? WOW. They better get it together for next season or I won't be wasting my time on this show anymore. Last night was awful...there are 2 people that MIGHT live up to the American Idol.... but they really aren't all that good, just a little better than the rest. I pick Crystal to win, but I don't think he style is what America is looking for.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Henry

    "Don't be surprised to find Crystal and Siobhan the last two standing – they are both outstanding!"

    There is no way that Siobhan is anywhere near in the same league as Crystal. She sucks!

    March 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Barbara

    Judges – Enough with "You didn't pick the right song". You are suppose to be guiding them, advising them. Judges you pick the song you think they are suited for so they get an idea what kind of song is appopriate for them. Help them, just don't criticize them – we are all sick of hearing "you didn't pick the right song' You Judges pick the song for them so they have some idea what you are really thinking.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Roger

    I have watched Idol since season 1. This season has to be the worst ever. You would think that this being Simon's last season he would do all he could to make it the best ever.

    Let's go back to the beginning – great contestants, 3 judges – Randy, Paula and Simon (and a less flamboyant Ryan Seacrest)!!

    March 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. mary

    I think $ is on to something – maybe Fox has planned this thing out, with Simon's help – it bothers me that they have such a low opinion of their viewers – we aren't that stupid – turn us off to AI and as far as I am concerned none of your future reality shows will be worth watching – I have thought all along this thing with Kara was and is planned, with Simon, her husband and the producers – just one thing – if she ever plans to be before cameras again she may want to re-think her part in this – no one that I know will probably ever want to watch her in "anything" again – all of you need to focus on the young people who are trying to make a future for themselves ....

    March 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Kim Smith

    I am beginning to feel sorry for the contestants. The judges are confusing them thoroughly. When they do listen to criticism and try to follow their advice etc., still the judges find something to find fault with. This year the judges are just plain crazy.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  42. kelly

    I have to agree, most of the contestants this year aren’t that great at all. I’m still wondering how they made it this far. I think three contestants in particular stand out and that is about all I’m afraid. Plus, most of them are all across the boards with song choices- not to many contestants have found there passion yet. I have always watched Idol and been a HUGE fan- this year I find my self not watching it as much because it’s BORING. They need someone to come out and knock our socks off as an audience- like the Adam L performance last year. Not a big fan oh him but I listed to that song over and over again. I pray it get’s better for Idol and the contestants sac.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Doubled

    Thank God For DVR. To extend this show out to two hours was a joke.

    Laughable Sheila "As for Crystal, I think she is going to be as successful as Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert...she is the first person I EVER heard who has Janis Joplin`s voice, minus the drugs and cigarettes, so it`s even purer."

    Did you see her teeth on the first couple of episodes prior to the her Teeth Whitening..... Crack Stains. She needed to be wearing a Mr. Yuck Sticker on her forehead. 70s music....LOL! It's 2010. Remember though..."she has something special lined up for up next week." She is gonna put down her guitar and do the worm across the stage while singing one of the old Crest Toothpaste songs from the 70s.

    Rest of these losers need to be cut from the show. TERRIBLE.

    Judges suck too. Ellen, you are not funny...Stop trying to be. Go back and do the Ellen shuffle on your own show so that the housewives have something to watch in the afternoon. Randy, not sure you should be telling anyone about Pitch problems....you were a Bass Player...not a singer. Feel me Dog! Kara....paaalease go home and don't come back out in public. Simon, keep pulling in the checks before Stern takes over!

    March 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Mary

    Don't be surprised to find Crystal and Siobhan the last two standing – they are both outstanding!

    March 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  45. grammybunny

    Season after season I've cleared my schedule and organized my evenings around American Idol because I felt it was the only decent show on television. What the heck is going on!!!!??? Has the raw talent in America been exhausted after 9 seasons? Where did they get these people? With the exception of 3 or 4 singers last night, everyone should be sent home!!!! I don't think I can stand another 10 whole weeks of this....I think I'll be going back to reading, weed pulling and dog walking......

    March 24, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Weezy

    Really, I was worried when Miley Cyrus was the mentor,...not because she didn't know her stuff, but I was hoping it wasn't a metaphor for the kind of coaching the top 11 were getting.
    Alas, it was. It was difficult to choose who needed to go Wednesday night, as quite a few were so uncharacteristically off pitch and allowing in poor song choices. I guess every year can't be the same, but I thought at least there was more talent than I saw last night.
    The Idol top 11 just didn't seem prepared, I guess.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Sharon

    In my opinion, American Idol really sucks this year and last year, nobody's that great anymore. 😦

    March 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Tom Young

    I think Crystal is a talent but all others are also rans. The biggest disappointment of the season has been Garcia. Dewyse is consistant but never really memorable. Big Mike will be around but what Record Producer is going to promote him and what does he have that Reuben Stoddard didn't have and how successful is he? If Paige doesn't go then it has to be Andrew. Urban is the new Castro and Sanjia. He will be around a while. Judges are all over the place one week telling them to use the big stage and the next week criticizing movement like with Urban. Shiabon is almost manic at this point and needs to get off the high note and just sing.

    March 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jessica

    i agree with
    protogere
    leee was amazing!

    March 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jessica

    i think every did prettty bad but; Lee, Aaron and Big Mike.
    i dont know what was going on lastnight but they needd to get it together cause they wont be around for to long! but i think that Paige was the worst!

    March 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  51. moon627

    Mountain Jack – you are right on . . .

    Lee and Crystal are the best by far !!

    Katie is the only one who sang a fairly new song – whats up with all the oldies ?

    Paige was the worst last night so she should be voted off tonight.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  52. LWM

    Worst group of singers ever....

    March 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Di

    This is my comment: The judges are horrible this year and Simon is finally coming back to his senses. Randy is boring with his comments and Ellen is just there. Is she always right, no, but I like her. I don't miss Paula, too weird. Kara is the one who ruined AI. I didn't like her last year and she is worse this year. Overall I feel the judges really confused the contestants, which really isn't fair. It is suppose to be a singing competion not a dance or show off. Carrie Underwood was no way a movement type girl while on AI. So judges get better and start listening. As far as the contestants, booooo. I like Crystal, Aaron, Mike, Siobhan, DiDi, and maybe Katie.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Bo

    American Idol season 9 is over with.....Their isn't one person to actually like on the show. Definetly the wronf sond choices for EVERYONE and the show in general is starting to really suck. The song choices should be reviewed by the producers for approval. The show has absolutely no talent......

    March 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  55. WHATEVER

    who wants to pay to see crystal stand there for 2 hours without moving…come on think about it…we at the top 11 now and she hasn’t moved from the microphone…do you really want to pay money just to see someone stand there all night…with no surprises no wow’s…nothing…just the same damn thing every week…i hope she goes home soon

    March 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Francesca

    This season has been a painful karaoke experience. Simon is probably glad it's his last season ! Hope Crystal is the last one standing.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Donna Goodman

    All I can say is "pathetic in its entirety".

    March 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Cheri

    Crystal is by far my favourite in so many levels as well as Aaron (that kid can really sing). I also thought Didi did very well. Paige will be gone tonight and next week will be Andrew Garcia (or at least my choice in what should happen). I wish I lived in the states so that I could vote. ALL OF YOU AMERICANS PICK UP THE PHONE AND VOTE FOR CRYSTAL BOWERSOX

    March 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Dan R

    I agree with Bee. I've been saying all season that the band is terrible. It's like when you were a kid and the band at a family wedding would try to rock out by playing Tie a Yellow Ribbon. Their songs have no pop or power. That's why Casey's songs seem boring, even though he's good. And every time someone tries to rock or do current upbeat stuff it fails.
    They should all play their guitars, because their playing sounds so much better than the band, which makes their songs sound better.
    And the judges are just running out of things to say, especially when people are bad. How about trying this one "Didi, you were cool, sexy, moved right, picked a good song, but you just don 't have the voice". Or "Katie you made an awesome, current song choice, and were good on the low parts, but horrible on the high parts". Why can't they say things like this? I actually like Ellen as a judge even though I never really cared for her before. Kara is horrible. So melodramtic and self-important, and she says teh dumbest things. And her hanging on Simon looks ridiculous, even when they walk out at the beginning of the show.

    March 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  60. MrsBojangles

    I was a little baffled with the song choices too, and for them having Miley Cyrus as a mentor. She could use some mentoring herself. Crystal was excellent, but I think Paige just sang her way out of the competition. And also, I know I'm in the minority here, but I did not like Sioban's performance, and I'm getting really tired of hearing her scream. My bottom three: Paige, Andrew, and Casey.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  61. $

    Regardless of what the show's theme wanted you to believe, there is simply no way that 'Idol' has legal clearance to use every former number one song in the show. They only have the rights to use the songs that they've paid for. So you can't entirely blame the contestants for the poor song choices. There are only a certain amount of songs from which they can actually choose. You can, however, blame them for poor singing and poor arrangement.

    Totally unrelated. Does anyone think that the contestants might be poor this year for a reason? Simon is gone at the end of the year and is starting his new show in the fall. It's obvious (to me), that he's in planning mode for that show. I think he was instrumental in not having Paula renew her contract so that she can sign with his new show in a carefully orchestrated "coup" and a much-hyped reunion. True, the new show will be on Fox also, but Fox knows that Idol has run its course and that the only way to extend viewership is to replace it with essentially the exact same show while appearing to provide a new product.

    It's a business. That's all it is.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  62. FRAN

    Some liked Didi which I can not understand? Maybe one song I could get through with that voice but an entire CD of that.....OUCH!
    The whole voice thing is so phoney. She can go to the chopping block.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  63. FRAN

    By far the worst season of AI ! Out of how many auditions this was the best group the judges could come up with? Other than Crystal and Sioban the rest can go home now they are awful ! Tim Urban never shoudl have been brought back in the first place bad voice bad attitude and NOT cute! Big Mike may have a descent voice but his arrogance ruins it. The judges except for Simon are also useless I was hoping for more from Ellen but so far we have gotten nothing from her and Kara is so irritating I have to mute the TV every time she speaks or should I say babbles? Very dissapointing season. At least Ryan Seacrest remains himself this year as always.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  64. carol

    Crystal is good but how much of the Bobby McGee songs can one listen to. The screecher, if she would just stop screeching at the end, has shown herself to be able to handle different types of songs and do it well-Crystal hasn't done that yet All her songs seem to sound the same to me. Tim you must go and go now – Paige will be gone with you and Andrew will be bringing up the rear. Three of them are so very bad. Lee is getting better and because he looks like my grandson I favor him but I think Crystal and the Screecher will be the top two.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  65. I HATE KARA (FIRE HER PLEASE)

    i forgot lee he was good but not great but will be

    March 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Kaz

    The only real reason I am eatching this year is due to Crystal Bowersox. To say this girl can't sing is an understatement. She is pure magic!

    Admittedly I thought her a little whacked with the carpet thing but this just goes to show what a normal down to earth person she really is.

    A Janis Joplin wannabe she isn't! She is just being compared to her because that is who she sounds like when singing.

    I haven't really like Casy, I think Kara put me off him with her always looking at him with I want eyes. She really needs to get a life! But I enjoyed Casey lst night and feel this is how he should showcase himself.

    Shioban has been a favorite since the beginning but she is a Adam Lambert wannabe! I just knew she was going to screech again and she didn't disappoint! She needs to get her fame on her own, not copy AL from last year. I'm with Simon, maybe she could do her screech at the beginning of the song. Thsi we wouldn't be expecting. And did she suggest she screech her whole way through a song! UGH!

    Big Mike is also a favorite of mine but he disappointed lasst night unfortunately.

    Lee I also love and whilst he wasn't his best I still think he will go far!

    But to say there is no talent in AI this year is a little extreme. Crystal may be a little shy and awkward on stage, she sure isn't a Britney or Miley but is this what you really need over here. Another one like them???

    I hope she stays true to herself and she will go far. Looking ofrward to seeing her new appearance next year, she says it will surprise all. I wonder if new teeth are part of the surprise adn personally hope not!

    Beauty is having imperfections. These Barbie dolls that are walking around are just that. Blow up dolls. The last thing Crystal needs to do is to turn into another Heidi Montag!

    The world has enough of people who look like that!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  67. I HATE KARA (FIRE HER PLEASE)

    I am getting so sick of Kara and her comments, especially when she told Tim last night, your not a big star yet you havent sold thousands of albums so you can't be how do you say going to the crowd and grabbing hands etc, what a bitch, yeah he wasnt great but hes got looks, and hes got appeal! I am not even gonna get started on Ellen as a judge (lets just say the two female judges need to be fired)
    aaron was ok
    dont like big mike, casey,
    paige sucked
    shibohn is good
    didi was good
    and yes give up the straight up already he will never have that moment again, and it wasnt that great of a moment then!
    ok heres my take on crystal ok shes an ok singer but has a terrible attitude, i was turned off by her during the auditons saying yeah this would change my life blah blah blah telling her kid momma needs a bigger paycheck, now that doesnt sound to me like a person who is in it for the music!
    and if i forgot any other contestants its because they are forgettable

    so i think paige is gone tonight

    March 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Maggi Clark

    I think I am disappointed because of last season and how much excitement and anticipation Adam Lambert brought to the show. This year seems boring to me as well. The level of talent this year is well below previous years. I think Idol is on its way out, sadly enough, or they need to be out on the road longer searching for true talent.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. nevada

    I thought Miley did well as a mentor, for what it's worth.
    The mentors are really only there for publicity. By the time the mentor sessions are taped, the contestant usually has picked the song and the arrangement. The mentor can only make a suggestion regarding phrasing or something easily reconsidered. Or be encouraging.

    Remember last year when Adam did "Ring of Fire" Egyptian-style? The song and the arrangement were ready and all Randy Travis did was comment whether he liked it or not. Mentors do not spend the week coaching the contestans like they would have us believe.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Chris

    pitchy!
    pitchy, pitchy, pitchy!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Fred L. Fraud

    Get a life.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Lisa

    Just one thing protogere, Miley has had a Billboard #1 single with Party in the USA (unfortunate yes but it did happen).

    March 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  73. kathy9209

    It seems like the more I hate this show, the more I watch it. I think I need a drink. Lee, Lee, Lee, I am soooo in love with you! Crystal, you are filled with more talent than most of the others combined. Sioban, you're an absolute doll (and you got some chops!!) For the rest of the contestants, It was nice, it was fun, but its time to go home now. Why cant anyone pick songs that were writtten after they were born? I will watch this season all the way through, as I have no other life. After that....I will look forward to football starting in September.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Marj

    I just don't get it...how the judges can say Big Mike is so good, he sounded like all the others last night with the exception of Crystal, Lee and Sibhon who were outstanding. Big Mike has no outstanding quality to his voice and is just as boring as all the others, and yes, this year is the most boring year of all...I use to look forward to Tuesday nights when American Idol was on....not so much anymore. The quality of singers are like bad lounge singers, and American Idol is at an all time low as someone already said. I can barley watch, but I do ONLY to hear Crystal, Sibhon and Lee otherwise I would not watch at all. American Idol what has happened to this show? The quality of the singers are a joke this year for the most part!!! All the thousands of people you all interviewed this is the best you could do....WOW!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Lucy

    I still like Idol but I do believe maybe it is time to close the curtain. I love Ellen but I think someone in the music industry should hav been the 4th judge. If Ellen could be a judge, then any comedienne could do it. Miley was OK but with a few year of doing a comedy and having some albums does not make her a mentor. She is not a seasoned performer. They should have someone like Shakira who has been in music for years since her teens and now has the maturity to give advice or even Christina Aguliera or Beyonce. Miley had Disney to help her and even her new movie via Disney. I don't think MIley is talented but she was very nice to the contestants and that was nice to see rather than perverse mouth (i.e when she made fun of Asian by slanting her eyes).

    March 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Brooke

    Bring Lily back! It saddens me that there are people left on this show with a level of talent far below Lily's. Lily brought a new element to the show and I can only hope that Crystal makes it to the top.
    I also agree that Didi did a pretty great job tonight. Hoping that Andrew gets his groove back, because I know he is an incredible talent.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  77. A.C.

    I honestly think what we're seeing this season is the judges taking it a step too far and choosing people for their 'story' in addition to their voice...I would bet my right arm that they turned plenty of better talent than this lot away because they were too 'normal' or didn't have a heart-breaking enough story to promote. Simon even commented earlier in the season that they all had a great 'story' and I think that's just ignorant...Carrie Underwood is the PRIME example that American Idol works just fine on the original concept – finding undiscovered talent....period. She is the most successful of all past Idols (the show featured the numbers, that's not my opinion) and she was just an ordinary person with an ordinary upbringing with an amazing voice...I say get back to basics Idol!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Maria

    Siobhan lives in lala land... do you listen to how she talks??!!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Joan

    The show has run its course if these were the best singers in the country. Time to bring the show to an end. Last night was horrible listening to them. Do a clean sweep and get rid of a bunch of them immediately.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Jason

    Worst top 11 performances, of any season, ever. It was like no one wanted to win except Crystal, and Shiobahn, and it also felt like a night of "every song that's ever been overdone on American Idol"- crazy little thing called love, the letter, heard it through the grapevine, you're no good, superstition- really? There weren't other songs to pick? Hard to say for sure, but the bottom 3 should be: Paige, Didi, and Andrew, with Paige going home. That was the single worst performance in Idol history. She would have been laughed out of the room if that had been her initial audition.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Jim

    AI is a Vortex of Suck this year. Let's just crown th eonly talented ones on the group, Crystal and Mike, co-winners and end this torture. If this is the quality of singer the show can muster these days, time to put AI to bed for good.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Maria

    Crystal and Casey.... HOT!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Carol

    It hurt my ears to listen to American Idol last night. More of the contestants were off key than were on. I think they should let 3 or 4 of them go immediately.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Nancy

    There's only 2 good ones that can really sing and deserve to be the AI! A few others have potential, that just need some training.
    I'm just bothered that we all already know who will get voted off! I won't say who, so I don't spoil it for those that don't know yet. Really, Why watch the end results, if we can get the info the same night? Not right!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  85. terri

    OK, Ellen knows nothing about music or singing, and her judging comments are never about the song or how it was sung.
    It's always about how they looked, or their hair, or outfit, etc.

    WHY or WHY is she a judge anyway??? Really a dumb season this year, very boring, and the way Kara acrts towards Simon is really awful! I don't blame Simon for wanting to leave the show.

    What's with Randy, always saying "DOPE" and "DOG" ,etc.
    --UGH !!!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Abbey

    Where do I begin? I'm embarassed for Kara; she's acting so immature with Simon. I've always enjoyed Idol, but not this year. I can't believe that these 11 were put through by the judges in auditions. Even Crystal, the agreed upon best of the lot, will not be remembered 6 months from now. I can't imagine anyone paying money to see this group perform on tour. I agree with others that Idol's glory days are over.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  87. joni

    MILEY CYRUS as a mentor? come on, what is going on here? thta was so ridiculous ! she's never had a #1 hit song... she's only a star with kids under 13 years old.
    Last night's show was a joke. totally the wrong songs were picked by all of the contestants.
    I don't like this season at all.

    Get rid of Kara, bring goofy Paula back.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  88. wja3507

    Kara!!! What is with her this year? Why doesn't she just sit in Simons lap??!! I am disliking her more and more, she's all up in Simons face...how close can she get? It's almost like she is purposely dissing Ellen who I love. Kara calm down with the Simon thing.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  89. JZ

    The caliber of contestants this season appears to be at a new low. Granted it took Kelly a few weeks to find her rhythm but even at her lowest point she was better than 90% of these people. I believe it is Crystal's competition to lose, she is the sole reason I’m watching this year.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  90. siranda

    I don't think Simon has ever been so brutal, but for the most part he's right. He just seems disgusted by it all. As for the contestants, there are hundreds of Big Mikes out there. He waaayyy over performed. Poor Paige was just awful. She really needs to be the one to go tonight. I love Casey and I wish Simon would get off his case about moving around. He's just not that type of singer. It would look ridiculous. Tim Urban looked idiotic. Katie needs to go back to country. I always forget Lee is even there. Didi's performance was painful. Her voice was okay but that sultry fem fatale act was awful. I think poor Andrew has just lost his way completely. Aaron is sweet and very talented but he just seems so young. Siobahn needs to back off on the drama at the end of each song. It's becoming boring, even though I like her. Chrystal was untouchable. But she just seems so shy and humble. Again, Simon needs to leave her alone. She is not the type singer to strut and wiggle across the stage. In my opinion, the two that could leave the show now and still grab major contracts, are Casey and Chrystal.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  91. jemsp41

    American Idol has hit ROCK BOTTOM! The contestants are average at best and there are only 1 or 2 potential recording artists in the bunch. These are the castoffs from previous seasons trying to get further because the talent is so poor this year. Not only are the contestants bad, the mentors are ridiculous. The judging comments are old, confusing and lame. I think it's time to change the channel.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Anabelinda Perez

    I see all the comments writteen. Whatever happened to brotherly love?
    When has something as a television show become so important in life that it consumes us to the point that we can not enjoy it. But have to make us so miserable.
    It am so applaud by the way we judge our others in such a
    deaming manner. Can we not just try to lift each other up.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  93. mar

    If Kara isn't a little nicer to Ellen and keep away from Simon, I'm through. I've never disliked anyone as much as I do Kara. I'm sorry to admit that, but enough's enough!! Please, Kara, try to be decent and fair to Ellen!!

    March 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  94. FOX YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING

    The best quote of the night came from Casey >> "Oh hi, I'm such a big fan of, um, your dads"

    March 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  95. TinLV

    Crystal is the best and has been all season. Followed by Siobhan, but she does need to ease up on the screech at the end of her songs. I worked last week, but no need to run it into the ground. Lee has potential, but he hasn't yet picked the perfect song for himself. Micheal is like a big teddy bear (the Ruben Studdard effect), but he needs to put more emotion in his songs. I didn't feel like he was a man really loving a woman last night. He was just going thru the motions. His voice is good and I like his personality, though. Aaron has a really good voice, and the teeny-bopper voters probably will keep him on the show for awhile. Tim and Paige were just awful last night and Andrew and Didi weren't much better and Katie was mediocre at best. Wish they could just send those 5 home now and be done with it.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Just a Drummer

    This tells you a great deal about TV and American viewers. This is show that you all say is dead, is still number one in the ratings. It is cheap to produce (by drama and comedy standards), and is still wildly profitable.

    While a agree with most of the harsh critiques, I think it is premature to assume that Fox won't try to milk this thing for another few seasons.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Henry

    I personally think Siobhan is one of the most overrated Idol contestants ever.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Sherri

    I would like to see Lee, Andrew and Siobhan finish in the top 3. Lee and Andrew do have the voices, but just need to work on stage presence and confidence. Siobhan is amazing, but does need to tone down her screaming a bit, even though she is on pitch.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  99. gayleb505

    The judges made terrible choices for the top 24 this year. I haven't enjoyed a performance from any of the top 12 this year. Usually there are 2 or 3 contestants I like by this time in the season but this year they're all awful! I'm considering not even watching the show anymore because it's no longer entertaining . . . . just painful.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Greg

    The show is dead so let it die and get a life people.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  101. carol

    wORST SEASON EVER!!. Can we vote off 9 out of 11 tonite?

    I can't imagine anyone in their right mind buying tickets to the Idol tour.

    Painful to listen to these people sing songs from 30-40 yrs ago. Actually painful to listen to these people sing. period.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  102. sue

    My comments......on the singing....REALLY...only 2 or 3 worth mentioning. But I do have to comment on the judging...PLEASE make this Kara act stop AL. It is so ridiculous. Kara you are not all that and all this stupidity with Simon is just making you look completely FOOLISH. I can take the singing part, because I truly believe they will get better. But you Kara will make me turn this off.....grow up and act like a woman and not like some teenage groupie....PLEASE!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  103. freeskater

    Surprisingly most of the contestants chose songs that are contemporary to their parents. Either they tried to match the songs' with the judges' age or there were limitations to the choice of songs.

    Shocking to me that Miley Cyrus was chosen as the mentor. What qualifications does she have as a singer? What were the producers thinking? Because she has a successful career doesn't make her a good singer. I think most of the contestants have better vocals than her. She could mentor grade school kids though. What a waste of time for the contestants this week; I hope that they learned something from the experience though.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  104. PNY

    I am SO SICK of the first judge saying "Yo, dawg, listen up." Enough with that line, move on to something new now. And it is NOT helpful in the least to just tell someone how great they are. Seriously, Ellen, it's not helpful to let that be the only comment. Kara, does one only get to sing from experience? isn't some of being an entertainer faking it a little and stretching to be something bigger than what they are now? If I'm 17, do I only get to sing songs sung now by other 17-year-olds? Don't you think that's a bit unrealistic?

    March 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Nadia Sikes

    I wasn't even inspired to make a phone call.......If we were eliminating nine contestants, maybe. Think I'll watch something else tonite and wait a few weeks to tune back in. I know the show and music isn't necessarily designed for the 55+ age group but even we're finding it BORING. I didn't like most of the music I heard last night when it was first released. And then to have to sit through it last night........spare me. I want Adam Lambert.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Rose

    This is the worst season for American Idol.

    It should be called The American Idol Top 4. The other 7 contestants are very weak and do not seem to even care. This is a singing contest not a cute contest.

    I am so disappointed. There were others who should not have left.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Spieler

    ITS ALL Miley Cyrus FAULT!, WHO TAKES ADVICE FROM HER?, WHO PICKED HER AS A MENTOR?, WHO SAID SHES A GOOD SINGER?.....thats my thought....its Miley Cyrus Fault....

    March 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Linda Sonnendecker

    I am quite disappointed in Idol this season. The contestants seem like they have never seen an episode before. They are all very blah. As for the judges- they are not giving constructive criticism-just criticism. And Kara needs to keep her hands off Simon. It is insulting they way they paw each other. Do they really have to sit that close? Kara is acting like a wanton the way she is acting gaga over Casey and Simon. No one would believe she is married. I know it is TV, but there are young kids watching also. This is not a very good example. Very disappointed this season.

    Linda

    March 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Joe

    I thought Crystal Bowersox was by far, the best. There were a couple of others who made a good attempt: Aaron Kelly and Katie Stevens, for example.

    Overall, very, very week. I like Siobhan, but even her performance was mediocre. I was really disappointed in Paige Miles who was all over the place although she usually has a good voice.

    I did think Miley was adorable as always. As far as who should go home, I think Andrew Garcia is done.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  110. ChristineM

    I totally agree that the judges did a terrible job of picking the talent this year and now they have to live with it. They put through too many young ones that needed another year or two of vocal training and probably turned away some mature talent (Angela Martin for one). I believe that Paula was the real talent-spotter all along and Simon listened to her. Now shes gone and he has no pilot to guide his plane. Really sad situation.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  111. JUS

    It was a horrible night for Idol, they were much better last week. I don't know what is going on this year but in my opinion this is the worst year ever for Idol. The judges appear not to like any of the contestants, did they forget they chose them? I think they need to bring Paula back apparently she contributed more to the show then the producers thought.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  112. Kathy

    This year I do not see an American Idol in the group. This season is the worst season ever, and the show is getting very boring with all the non singers. If I had to vote, first will be Crystal, 2nd would be the lady that screams and 3rd would be big Mike. I don't think I will be watching American Idol this season, poor entertainment.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  113. robmarie

    Idol is so dead....i don't even attempt to vote anymore. the singing suck the comments are bad and the mentor is worse.. nothing worked last night. its like watching a car accident i feel bad about looking but could not stop. paula did the right thing and left... and i am about to do the same

    March 24, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  114. Cynthia

    As always Mike and Crystal were great. But none of them are fantastic. None of them I can say without a doubt have "it". And when it was shown that Miley Cyrus was their mentor this week? You could have knocked me over with a feather. Miley Cyrus? Really? She won't even be relevant two to three years from now. She will go by way of Britney or Jessica. Quickly becoming a hot mess.

    I took a break from watching Idol after Daughtry was kicked off. I thought that was such B.S. and voycoted until this year. I started watching again because it's Simon's last year and from what there is to choose from, I can see why.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  115. sugarcane

    Last night was really horrible,but not everyone was bad.Crystal and Lee were my faves,but Crystal does need to get in the 21st century,her voice is wonderful but move to current times. Paige has to go,she really messed up that song.Big Mike put me to sleep,the sappy love tunes has to go and he needs to focus on more songs with beat. Tim made a fool of himself flying all over the stage like that,what was he thinking? Andrew has absolutely no rhythm what so ever.The rest are really going to have to work at it if any of them want to be in the top 5. And to the judges,I agree with some of their comments,but.....they need to focus on contestants who can sing and perform,not judge by their sad home stories,because everyone has a sad story at some point in their life,doesnt mean they can be put on American Idol.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  116. Dave

    Every Ellen response: Agree with Randy, talk about being a fan, the hair, the outfit, the song choice... anything but the voice!

    BTW, the contestant with the most pure talent, the one who will sell the most records, and be most successful is.......

    Casey

    March 24, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  117. MJ IDOLBUFF

    The 3/23 show was the WORST in Idol History!!! OMG this is not even a great top11 of Top anything, except for Crystal B. I LOVE CRYSTAL BOWERSOX !!! Crystal is a true musician, singer, performer inspite of her shyness! And what the hell did Molly Cyrus help them with?! The guest mentor is supposed to give tips and guidance yet Molly is known for being a HAPPY PTICHY singer so, no wonder the night was so off key!! Molly I love your smile but you TOO need singing lessons.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  118. Cynthia

    This is the worse season ever for American Idol!!!!! I try to watch every week thinking that maybe it's just a bad night, but that's not the case because the quality of singing gets worser and worser. You have a couple of talented people on there, but by far this selection of contestants just aren't that good. We're in the top 10 and we keep saying that they're choosing bad songs. They just don't have what it takes.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  119. dfwdon

    this season may well be the last. i simply cant watch anymore. the judges keep giving conflicting notes. it has simply run its course. RIP

    March 24, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  120. Brittany

    THIS SEASON REALLY SUCKS end of story

    March 24, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  121. susan blum

    I think this is the worst season so far.
    Also not crazy about Ellen on the show and miss Paula.
    Hope it gets better.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  122. ED

    Simon, love him or hate him, is usually dead on....

    March 24, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  123. comment

    Maybe Simon is destroying the 'Idol' show so people will watch his new show next season 'The 'X' Factor.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  124. George Jungle

    What this season is showing is that the talent in America is depleting at a rapid pace.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  125. JoJo

    In this final season of American Idol...let's eliminate 2 at a time..this week Paige and Andrew and move on..get down to Crystal, Siobhan and Mike and then maybe I can stay awake.

    Crystal will have a career, Siobhan too but she needs to lose the scream...Mike...a younger version of Ruben and we all see where his career went.

    Save my DVR space please!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  126. Mick1128

    I've been holding out hope that once we got to the final 12 the talent would start to show up. What a waste of hope. Ever since Hollywood week they constantly cut anybody who could sing and kept just the "stories". Now we get to vote on mediocre talent. There are probably only 3 or 4 who can actually sing something more than 2 or 3 covers, so we have at least 7 more weeks before it MIGHT get interesting. Last night was painful. Kudos to Randy for finally saying it. Not just "That didn't work for me Dog." but that was horrible. It wasn't just "not good", it was downright bad. I actually laughed when he told one contestant (who cares what their names are anymore), thank God they came out and sang because the 2 before sucked. I don't know who to blame for this mess, the producers looking for storylines or the judges who are phoning this one in.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  127. Pam R

    At this point you only have 3 people that would be even close to record an album. Casey although he's just a little too full of himself – "Wipe that smirk off your face Casey – you're not that good looking or talented." Michael – he can carry a tune and belt it out but he's going to get boring really quick if every sone has the same sound and general tempo. Crystal – She too could get boring although I think she has the best chance of changing things up as she builds up her confidence. The question for Crystal is can she take the heat of the lifestyle of a recording star.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  128. rsmithlv

    Thinking back over the years of Idol, I can only think of maybe 10 performances that really were great, and a couple of those were copies. There is only so much someone can do singing covers to show their talent, and that is the problem with the show. A lot of them sound karaoke because that's what it is. We remember the David Cooks and Adam Lamberts because they changed songs in memorable ways. That being said, Crystal and Casey have great talent and charisma (yes, honesty can be charismatic) and will be stars. The remainder will be "who was that [guy or girl] on idol . . . "

    March 24, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  129. Robin

    Why is anyone watching American Idol? It is such a joke!!! You cannot have Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, David Cook, Carrie Underwood, Clay, and the previous good talent to the B.S. that is on now. The show is such a let down and should be cancelled. It makes me appreciate Paula and I thought I never think that!!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  130. Alice Rice

    I think Idol has seen its better days. The singers are pitiful, the judges are sickening and the whole program has really lost its glamour. Needs to just disappear. Ellen is pathetic, Kara is in love with herself and Simon is just Simon. Needs to go.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  131. hd1957

    Crystal or Siobahn for the win.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  132. Ct Resi

    Crystal was awesome! I disaggree that she needs to do something to appeal to tweens. She'd look dumb trying to do Ke$sha or Britney, or whatever. She is great doing her style and I love it.

    What's wrong with simple and singing great in your style at a singing competition?!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  133. Oliverville

    I noticed most of the time when the contestants sing it is with a sort of reluctance on the song. I believe that even though people watching the show are made to believe contestants pick their songs.

    It is ultimately up to the producers, seems to me the producers of the shows are picking the song choices.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  134. Perfect Pitch

    American Idol has gotten so enthralled with themselves and their past successes, that they can't see past their own noses. The 4th grade banter between Ryan and the judges leads me to think that they don't have the intelligence needed for their lofty positions. And putting Miley Cyrus as a mentor, was beyond belief. Even if she could sing, why would anyone listen to the advise of a 17-year old?

    March 24, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  135. mb

    I am afraid with so many negative comments about most of the contestants and most positive comments about Crystal people will not be voting this year..we can not take it for granite that Crystal is going to win – it take votes to win – so many fans have simply left the show becauce of Kara and the rest of us just gets tired of complaining about her so I suppose the one I feel sorry for now is her husband – how he must feel to see his wife unbuttoning (or it looked like that was what she was doing) another man's shirt (in front of millions of people) but then he has been seeing this behavior all season so it must be o.k. with him-

    March 24, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  136. rhonda

    paige & tim were horrible. it's just a matter of who goes first. where did the talent go in this bunch? i liked crystal, aaron did well considering he has tonsilitis, big mike was ok, as was siobahn. ryan need to stoop with the archuleta comments. its disrespectful to both archuleta snd aaron. casey has no stage presence. ive gone to see the ai top ten concerts for the last two years. you couldnt PAY ME to go see this top ten. ill give it one more week to see who is in the top and then probly not watch it for a few weeks. i can read the day after blogs and get the general idea of how sucky it was.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  137. Bee

    The show was a borefest...Songs are not current, I love the oldies but by the original singers unlesss I am at a bar...the back up band is too old fashioned for new talent...Crystal is good but can she sing anything current?

    March 24, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  138. kd

    to reiterate, there is no jennifer hudson, fantasia, clay aiken (saw him at his xmas show and Spamalot), daughtry, david cook, ace young (met him in person at an intimate concert), and of couse kelly clarkson...they all for me took their performances to the next level and i wanted to hear more, download their songs, see their concerts, shows and movies (JH)...as for last night and this season, nothing out of the ordinary or stand out or a 'wow' moment...is it the POOR song choice, lack of enthusiasm, or they just have no business competing for such a coveted title of American Idol...and really, casey is not that good, kara went way too overboard with him, ridiculous!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  139. Just a Drummer

    The city auditions televised didn't really create the impression that the final judges were passing on any amazing voices. Perhaps they need to consider reevaluating the qualifications of the junior production staff that make the first two rounds of cuts.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  140. CGrs

    I can not believe they chose someone who can't sing that well and is not even pleasant to look at to be a "mentor" !! Come on people.. REALLY?? Most of the people on Idol are way better performers than she is. I just want to tell her, cause she obviously has no idea! But, I guess it's nice to know that unattractive, fairly untalented people can make it big too...and because I'm a polite southern girl I will end my comment with: "bless her little heart!".

    March 24, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  141. Bee

    would love to see Casey do Greg Allman's, I'm no Angel...think he would blow the doors off every one..

    March 24, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  142. cloud nine

    P.S pleeeeeease stop comparing Siobian girl to Adam Lambert. Don't insult him that way.. Big difference..I looked forward to AI last season just to watch him. Once he was on and done I changed the channel. He is a true performer. I can bet none of you would be able to tolerate the Janice Joplin wanna be for more than an hour.Unless you are trying to re-live the hippie days...All of them are boring!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  143. Flyin11

    A lof of people are complaining about Siobahn's screaming and all I can say is LMAO...because it brings back last year...Can anyone say Adam Lambert?? Everyone was yelling about him and I agreed with all about his screaming. So, what comes around goes around. Yes, he screamed. Siobahn is no where near as bad. Atleast she is a female. Adam sounded like a female in a guys body. I think it shows what a powerful voice she has. If you can hold that tone and belt it out then that shows you can sing. Others seem to just be talk singing and it's boring. Nobody else seems to have the pipes to actually sing a song with convincing tone. So, people really should lighten up on her a bit...

    March 24, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  144. terryO

    Me thinks Casey is auditioning to start up a band revolving around him.
    It seems that he is not trying his hardest to win this competition.
    He seems to be showcasing his guitar playing . Don't get me wrong, we like his voice & I would probably buy his CD's if he made one that sounds bluesy.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  145. too old to be watching idol but...

    final three conspicuously placed in the middle of the picture...

    March 24, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  146. Disgusted Dustin

    I have watched idol for the past seasons and never have I been so disgusted by this years "Talent" that I take the time to write about it. Granted, there are a couple of contestants that do have talent and just need a little work, but for the most part these people are horrible. I feel like Mike did great as he does every week, Bowersox did great she just needs to get out of the 70's and join us in 2010. I too can't believe that these are the top singers in America, I personally know more people that have a voice 3 times as good as some of these people. Fox, doesn't care about having people that can truly sing, all they care about is getting the laughs, they purposely pick these bad contestants. I really feel like this season has doomed Idol. Lastly, Tim, he is no good, AT ALL, not one week. I am tired of these 10 year old girls voting for him because he is cute. My dog is cute but that doesn't mean he can sing.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  147. cloud nine

    I knew the night was going to be a joke again when they said Miley Cyrus was the mentor. Of course she has hit records. Thanks to Disney's constant brainwashing. I should know I have a 2yr asking for her already. What an awful night! The alllll sucked again! Crystal is wanna be Janice Joplin. I can see that at Venice Beach any day. Tim Urban kid what a joke. Siobian please save the screaming for the bed room. For the rest please just walk away,just walk away...Watching AI this season is like looking at a bad accident. You want to see what happened and then feel sorry for the person.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  148. Dave

    What a terrible exhibition of talent!

    We are watching the demise of what once was a very entertaining show.

    For those of you that have decided to continue watching this crap, you will see just how much of a popularity show this has become, when they announce tonight that Tim has survived.

    GET REAL!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  149. Victoria

    botton 3–andrew–paige–tim–all horrible I think they should all leave

    March 24, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  150. The Judge

    Final two should be Lee and Siobhan. I think Crystal has a chip on her shoulder. Simon is creating a monster with her. She rarely thanks anyone for good praise.... just a bit too cocky! Big Mike is good, will probably make it to the final four with the other three I mentioned. Sayonara Paige, you had your fifteen minutes of fame and you blew it!!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  151. Just a Drummer

    Chrystal was good as usual.
    Mike and Casey were in tune, but who cares?
    Everyone else had some varying degree of intonation problems.
    Paige didn't sing a single note in tune. Rather than gaining confidence each week, she has lost her nerve. Let's hope America let her off the hook this week.

    Rae – Sounding the same all the time is not a bad thing – if it's always good. No matter what they sang, Adam Lambert, David Cook, and Chris Daughtry always had their own flavor. That is precisely why they were superior. Let's hope that the judges don't bully Chrystal into searching for a new sound.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  152. MC

    Overall, an awful night. Really boring, bad song choices and horrible singing. Crystal really was the only standout. Bottom three tonight will be Paige, Andrew and Tim with Paige going home. Siohban needs to go, too. Take all four, throw in Aaron and Big Mike, and then we might have a good show.

    AI really sucks this year.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  153. Rob

    and Miley Cyrus? What a joke and an insult to all the contestants – good or bad.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  154. Semone

    This season is a HUGE disappointment! I hate that they keep saying that they're having fun and that's all that matters. Millions of people try out for the show and it's a big deal. Don't get up on that stage and destroy the integrity of the show with you aweful singing and corny smile!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  155. Mountain Jack

    Lee and Crystal are head and shoulders above the rest. Just skip the next several weeks as we watch the talentless fall by the wayside and let's match these two up. Remind me of Bob Seger and Janis.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  156. Jazz Allen

    Simon is trying to ruin the show. The show is just bad and its badly produced. Music playing while the judges are deliberating, Contestants rushed onto the stage, little dude made to lie about his crush on Miley. Its just bad

    March 24, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  157. Henry

    I thought Crystal did a wonderful job. I'm a HUGE fan of hers, almost more than of any other contestant since I first started watching. But I wonder, if she makes it, whether she will really feel comfortable being the type of performer that they want the AI winner to be. She seems to be so much of "her own person", and I wonder if she will want to be controlled as much as they seem to control the lives of the other winners. Didn't she say that she has never watched the show? Does she really know what she's getting herself into? I'd be interested in hearing what other people think about this!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  158. Jazz Allen

    Im just wondering whats so Great about Siobhan and Lee. They sound OK, but thats it.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  159. Herb

    Only two – Crystal and Lee maybe Siobhan and Michael. Rest could go home now and let the 4 battle it out over the next few weeks. This is the worst 10 in idol history.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  160. C

    Last night was the ONLY Idols show I've seen to date, this season.

    Since I haven't followed Idol this season, I am forced to wonder how "sliding boy" made it this far. (I don't even remember his name.)
    Most of the performers seem to have potential, but there was a serious lack of "bring it" brung last night.
    There was a lot of hiding behind guitars, pitchiness, choreographed movements, but not enough "feeling it".
    Perhaps this is the point in the competition where those who can't yet stand the pressure, get slowly weeded out, and those who are ready to, really shine.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  161. Rob

    All of this goes back to the start of auditions. Let's face it, we have this group because the JUDGES picked them. I know they get tired of hearing contestants while on the road. So evidently, that's not working for AI. Rework the auditions and the final contestants will be fun to watch – again. I think they call it "burned out"?

    March 24, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  162. TT

    @ greg – I totally agree

    March 24, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  163. Helene Leone

    Well, lets just say, there is no Adam Lambert on this seasons show.
    I actually love Crystal who reminded me of Janis Joplin from day one and the fact that she sang Me and Bobby McGee last night was awesome. I think she's uniquie and different.. I love her style and her little piece of carpet that she brings to the stage.. Paige was awful, DeeDee was def putting on some kind of performance and for the most part, it wasn't good.. Tim Urban needs to go also. Not quite sure why he's there in the first place. Siobhan is great and I think she should hook up with Adam and do a record together.. She and Crystal are the only ones that I look forward to. Big Mike is great also. Love him too, but for me, Crystal rocks!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  164. Jamie

    Paige was horrible again, and Andrew was bad as usual. Both need to go. I cringed through all of Paige's performance. Who would pay to see her in the top 10 tour?

    March 24, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  165. Quinn

    They should just start over. This year is a disaster! I think Simon's given up. The only one with some potential is the lady with the dreads. But it's hard to judge her in this karaoke train wreck.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  166. protogere

    @Just A Thought – Miley's albums reached number one due to sales – but her songs have NEVER attained number one status on the billboards. She's had a number 2 hit and a number 4, nothing else has even broken through the top 10 and she's had 13 releases to chart into the top 100 of Billboard charts. Just because little girls worshiped her and bought her music doesn't make her a number one artist nor does it in my opinion make her suitable to mentor contestants on a week of Billboard Number Ones. If the theme was Teen Idols, as it had initially been plugged as, fine – she was perfect for that niche! Her talent isn't singing, it's in performing for which she does well. She's merely an actress who can fill a void which sometimes includes singing.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  167. Mona

    I thought Crystal, Lee, Casey, Aaron and Katie were all good. The others.......not so much. Little Aaron has a big voice for a 16 year old boy. He will go far with all the little girls voting for him. Someone else said they would like to see Casey do some Kid Rock....good idea. So would I.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  168. Jim

    Not a good night for the contestants or the judges. Paige was pitiful. Tim was laughable. Andrew is a one trick pony (and Cara, please get off the "Straight Up" thing). Siobhan was OK until that God-awful scream that none of the judges except Simon seemed to notice was off-key/pitch. I think the judges should offer Didi an apology after they relisten to her performance. I thought she was good. The judges also failed to call out pretty boy Casey for not doing what he said he was going to do–not stand in one place and make contact w/the audience. At least he sounded OK, but why did he need to play guitar on that song? Aaron was good. Lee was better than he has been. Crystal was very good as usual. Michael was good but took some unwarranted judges' critics IMHO. And Katie was hard to listen to because she completely oversang the song and was pitchy as always. At least she had a good song choice, but judges, please, just because she picked the right song doesn't mean you can ignore her singing.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  169. Jazz Allen

    Ok, this is far the worst season of Idol ever. Paige should have went home last week. Did you see her look when Ellen said her hair looked good this week. I was thinking so Ellen has seen the same thing I have. So I never thought I would say this but– BRING BACK SANJAYA!!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  170. Greg

    I don't know what's going on this season, but it's just boring and predictable. When they said it was #1's night, the wife and I couldn't decide whether Bowersox was going sing "Piece of my heart" or "Me and Bobbie McGee"...even the normal bright spot for us, Big Mike, gave the exact performance you could see coming a mile away.

    The contestants this year are treating it less like a singing competition and more just an impressive Karaoke Contest. I haven't seen anything to grab my attention the way David Cook did in season 7 when he sang Lionel Ritchie's "Hello" and Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean".

    March 24, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  171. TT

    I am an huge fan of American Idol, but last night was so boring and of key..I had to quit watching. This show is not standing up to the past shows. The singers are not dynamic they are just regular or ordinary. Nothing to "WOW" about.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  172. Angie

    there are a few people who did so good in hollywood week and now they just suck, i am not very happy with this season. They really need to step it up and pick better songs to showcase their talents. If they cant sing in front of a live audience in a building how are they going to do on a stage with thousands of people?

    March 24, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  173. Angie

    My pick for bottom three....Paige (so, so terrible), Andrew (didn't think he should've been in top 12), the young girl–I don't even remember her name. I actually like Tim even though he's corny, I think he's got potential–I may be crazy but I admit I liked his reggae song last week. My top picks...Crystal, Lee, Casey, Mike. Sioban–I've never liked her and the screetch–seriously...?...normally they would be all over contestants for that...SO glad to hear Simon finally say something negative about it last night!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  174. Lor

    Very boring night – Bad choice of songs. Had to change the channel --

    March 24, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  175. animalcrackers

    Yes, a forgettable night – with the exception of Crystal. Yes, she did sing an old Janis Joplin tune, but she did it just right. I actually thought she had a "wow" moment. She's is so comfortable in her skin. Paige, Tim and Andrew need to go. Top four prediction? Crystal, Aaron, Michael, and Lee.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  176. Just a Drummer

    Craig – The first season (Kelly Clarkson not withstanding), and the season that Fantasia won were both inferior to this year in overall talent.
    There may be others too, but those are the two that leap to mind.

    This batch is pretty weak, but I think time distorts our perception and convinces us that that it's trending worse, when it might really just be an ebb and flow from one season to the next. Overall, this season pales significantly in comparison to last season.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  177. Missy

    Idolisdead – I agree with your comments 100%. In the past, I would never miss a show and voted pretty much every week. This season, I don't care if I miss the show or not and have yet to vote because, frankly, I don't really care who wins – most of them are horrible! I think Paige was the worst last night – everyone else just had to be slightly better than her horrible performance to keep from getting voted off. They should definitely bow out after this season – it is unrecoverable now I think.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  178. Snazzy

    Lee Dewyzee (De-wee-zee) is the man! He is consistent and improves week afer week. He his humble and honest. I can't feel crystal, she feels fake, but she can sing.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  179. skip

    Actually, I think Miley did a pretty good job, as her advice was pretty much accurate for all of them. The judges have reached new lows, though, and as much as I like Ellen as a comedienne, I'm really tired of her "amazing" and "I love you" comments. I got tired of Randy's worn out comments around Season 3.

    The singers...Crystal, Siobhan, and Didi seem to have the best voices, though Didi's style is similar to that of Meghan Joy's last year ... different but not what AI is looking for. The guys...Michael is overrated, Lee has a good voice but terrible stage presence, Casey OK but nothing special. The rest...horrible.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  180. joojoopie

    @Sandy: I thought the exact same thing about Didi. "Oh yeah, I forgot all about her." The song choices were so bad that I wonder if the contestants really chose their own songs especially since we've heard most of them on Idol before.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  181. Min

    Paige's swan song: Take a good look at me now, 'cause I won't be standing here next week. Me making it through this round is against all odds, and it would be a big mistake.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  182. Pat

    Paige needs to go. The song was butchered. Everyone else is safe. Crystal & Siobhan are getting predicable. Last night was ho hum.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  183. Joy

    I was bored out of my mind. The vocals were all over the place. People seem to be picking songs that are bigger than them in hopes of impressing the audience and judges. Only thing is that it is not working. They need to start picking songs that are within their vocal range and add some style and personality to their performances. I have honestly not seen a whole season of American Idol since the Carrie Underwood/Bo Bice era and it appears I won't be watching a whole season of this Idol. If they are still nervous, then get over it or get off the show. The time for nerves is over. I don't know what the judges are looking for, but at this stage of the show, if anyone of these singers was to win, I can't see myself buying the CD much less downloading their music. Harsh, but unfortunately true. I need these performers to step it up. The only one who I look forward to seeing perform is Crystal. I kind of dig her style and she is staying true to herself. I thought Andrew was going to be one of the front runners, but he is letting me down. I know they can sing and perform better than this. I just wish they would.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  184. andrew

    Song choice seems to be a real issue. I cant believe Fox puts so much faith in the performer's picking their own songs. Maybe they should give the contestants more help in song selection.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  185. Eli Blumenfeld

    What were the producers thinking when they hired Ellen Degeneris? She displays a total lack of music knowledge and ability to make sensible comments. It is painful to watch her on this show.
    However, she is great on her own show and should not venture beyond that. She has done a great deal of damage to her personna.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  186. sun.shiney

    I missed Lee's and Paige's performances. But Lee is always good. Paige. I don't know why she is still there. I hope she gets to leave tonight. As adorable as Tim is, he, like Ellen said, will look good in HSM not American Idol. Aaron was really good regardless of his condition last night. I hope that won't cause him to loose votes.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  187. Brian0901

    Crystal blew me away. What a voice! I hope she goes all the way.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  188. RaeOhio

    I think idol last night pretty much sucked. This season isn't the greatest of picks either.... there are some great singers (don't get me wrong) – but aren't right for this show – or you got the ones that got booted way too early and a few that should NOT still be on....... I think this seasons idol is a mess.... DiDi sounds the same every time, Crystal – love her but sounds the same every time, Andrew WAS good but has been lost and I'm sick of hearing about straight up, Paige is usually pretty good but sucked last night, Siobhan ends every song the same, Lee is ok but getting boring..... None of them are making me rush to the TV to watch like I have in seasons before.......

    March 24, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  189. Alicia

    I have been silently reading this blog for weeks and oftentimes agree with most of what has been posted... but just like voting, I don't care enough to post anything.

    HOWEVER.... LOL, I 100% AGREE WITH "idolisdead" on their post today!

    You nailed it.... about everything. Who knows, with this newest change in me, maybe next week I'll care enough to vote?!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  190. Beth

    Really boring songs last night! Crystal was good as usual, Paige was awful, I hate Didi's voice...she sounds kind of like Megan (who shouldn't have been in the top group either...from last year), Andrew was stiff and had no melody, Siobhan needs to drop the high screaming note...she's no Adam Lambert and never will have his range & voice, Mike is a good singer I think but a bit cocky acting and the rest are really just forgetable! If Kara snuggles up to Simon one more time I'm going to get sick! What a crappy Idol season this is turning into...too bad!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  191. Lynn

    Crystal, pitchy?? I don't think so. She is the only one with any real talent this year. They do have a voice coach that works with them a little each week on their songs. But, I'm sorry, I don't think all the coaching in the world would help the majority of these singers. I don't care if Bowersox wins or not I just hope she gets far enough so someone offers her a recording contract and I can buy her cd.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  192. Kathy

    This years' contestants are horrible. This is the worst year ever!
    There is clearly one one that stands out and that is Crystal B.
    These people are not outstanding...don't even deserve to be there.
    It is not like the year when you looked forward to the competition with Kelly Clarkson or the year of Carrie Underwood...Idol has gone down hill...and what is with Kara sitting practically on Simon's lap? She seems to not want to sit close to Ellen...Kara is too stuck on herself .
    All in all, this is the worst year for Idol. Such a same.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  193. Dee Dee

    I don't understand, of all the great singers in the USA, this is the best they can do, I really hate to say this, but this is the worst american idol since the show started. None of the contestants this year are great singers. I've always enjoyed american idol, I cant stand to watch it anymore this year. Sorry

    March 24, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  194. ambi

    it was horrible only 5 out of the 11 sounds decent or good, they rest HORRIBLE, they need to start picking talent instead of picking the person with the best sob story ugh

    March 24, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  195. rl cook

    AI cant win- you either get seasoned experienced voices like Crystal that lack charisma, or unseasoned good voices lacking charisma like Kris Allen. Dont forget there were a lot of mundane performances last year but all memory of the lackluster was wiped away by the magnetic in a class of his own Adam Lambert. Love him or hate him he always left you entertained. No contestant before him ever performed on his level and unfortunately for those in coming season he put the bar in the ozone

    March 24, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  196. Rambeaux

    Crystal...Congrats!
    Carletta said to keep it short since I be staring at the womens! She don't play!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  197. idolsick

    Well, that was 2 hours of my life that I'll never get back...

    I find it hard to believe that after traveling the country and interviewing hundreds of thousands, this is the best talent they could find!!?? Seriously disappointing.

    I think we're witnessing the slow and painful death of what used to be a decent show. Sad...

    March 24, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  198. ROE

    paige was horrible so was andrew they should both be gone and miley cyrus should not have been there

    March 24, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  199. Judi

    I don't see much mention of Lee (my personal favortie). He has a great voice, and i would buy his album in a heartbeat. Music is about hearing. Cyrstal–janis joplin was PERFECT for her. I love Katie, she is young but has a lot of potential with that powerhouse voice of hers. This may be too soon for her, but she will have a long and healthy career in music.
    The rest of them??
    And perhaps Randy was listening to another group of singers. There were some pitch problems, but NOT with everyone.
    Paige and Tim need to go.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  200. Rosemary

    after reading all these comments....

    I'm deleting it frommy DVR!! thanks for the warning.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  201. Anna

    PLEASE!! Shoot us now!! Put us out of our misery-this is THE WORST season ever!! Thank God Lost is on at the same time so I can have a show worth watching!!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  202. Sheila

    Yeah, I agree, love Siobhan but she was off to me and the screech, if it`s not done right, gets nasty. What I can`t believe is that Tim Urban is still there–I don`t even find him charming or very good-looking, but then again, I am no longer 12 years old. As for Crystal, I think she is going to be as successful as Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert...she is the first person I EVER heard who has Janis Joplin`s voice, minus the drugs and cigarettes, so it`s even purer.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  203. Junior

    WHO DAT....Crystal ....DATS WHO

    March 24, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  204. Lindsey

    Horrid, just horrid. Song choices are baffling – not just last night but this entire season. It's like every week is oldies week. These are young kids, why are they all choosing songs that are 20-35 years old? With the exception of Crystal, there is very little talent this season. I'm losing interest fast.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  205. nancy

    there isn't one contestant since this season started that has "IT". Not one. There's no Carrie Underwood or Daughtry. They need to dump the show and start over.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  206. Jeff

    Wonder what would happen if Siobhan stopped screaming at the end. She's realized it's scream or bust (unfortunately for us, she'll continue screaming). I liked Crystal, but she needs to start doing more current songs to get the younger votes.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  207. Manila Fanboi

    The frustration of the judges was palpable. This has got to be the worst set of Top 12s. Sure, Crystal dominates but it is just due to the abundance of lackluster amateurs. I miss the consistency of past Idol finalists. I'm just watching this, like the rest of the world, to see how it goes.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  208. Linz

    This show is becoming quite pathetic. I'm not sure who is worse the judges or the contestants. I am bored. Even Simon couldn't help tell the truth this week.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  209. hunter19

    Why oh why is BIG Mike still there? I cover my ears everytime he sings. As always, the wife is shown smiling and clapping...yuck.

    Crystal by far is the best raw talent. Can't wait for Lee and Casey to cut loose with some hard rock. Andrew should be mentored by Danny Gokey not Miley. Love Andrew's voice. Bye Bye Paige and Katie...Katie first.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  210. forrest

    One limitation on song choice might be what AI has license to use. Simon says, "Out of the thousands of songs you could have chosen..." granted he should know, but I've heard that they're really quite limited. That would explain why we hear the same songs season after season. Just another consideration.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  211. Flyin11

    Ryan could have actually been pointing towards one of her album or some of her albums making it to #1 in the Billboard as that has happened as well. The night wasn't just about #1 hits...Yes, the contestants were singing #1 hits but I think it was focused around the Billboard in general....

    March 24, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  212. DGB

    Ooops, forgot to mention Big Mike. Stop with the sappy love songs about your wife and your god awful facial expressions and faux gang signs! You're good, but yuck!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  213. DGB

    American Idol has jumped the shark! It's time to say goodbye. Crystal and Lee are by-far the best of the 11, but at this point, who cares! Siobhan should consider not screaming – it's so unappealing, with her fangs and all. Make it the Top 3 already and vote everyone off. Kara needs to end her contract – to think Casey has "it". PAAHHLEEASE! He is creepy!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  214. Flyin11

    @ protogere

    You are wrong...I remember Ryan announcing last night that Miley had atleast 1 maybe up to 3 (not sure on how many he said) #1 hits. I think one of them was The Climb song. She was a good mentor. Better than someone like Slash last year who only plays guitar and doesn't even sing. Yes, they could have probably chosen someone better but she's a good mentor to the younger contestants. People need to really stopping dogging her. She hasn't done anything wrong and people are yelling at her because of that mistake picture with the magazine. She didn't mean for that to come out like that and who's favorite artist, actress, or actor hasn't done anything like that before?? Give me a break. She's pretty, can act, and a good singer. Also, some people are thinking she got her big break from her daddy...Well, I'm sure there are other artists out there that have gotten help from others or a member of there family as well..hmmm??

    I thought most did pretty good. I too was a bit bummed by the song choices as they had 1,000s to choose from and they came up with those. I'm so getting tired of Bowersox though. I agree with the judges that she needs to put the guitar down once and a while. All she does is keep coming on their and singing acousticly. Any of the contestants can do that. You need to show variety. She said she had big plans if she comes back and hope no guitar is one of them. You can see anyone everyday on the side of the street playing a guitar and singing.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  215. Joel

    Someone really should hold the judges accountable for selecting the worst top 24 in the show's nine-year history. Only Crystal, Big Mike, and the Screecher are legitimate contenders; Aaron on the fringe. Is this the best of the thousands of contesants? Tatiana would be a star in this group.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  216. lisa

    Miley Cyrus!! Give me a break!!! She can't sing, haven't had a hit song. Everybody was terrrile, if the judges picked this lot... who did they turn away????

    March 24, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  217. JC

    There were about 1/2 dozen that weren't far.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  218. JC

    Paige was hands-down the worst. She was all over the place. But, there were about a dozen that weren't too far from her. There were about 2-3 that were what I expect to see in a top 11 performance (based on previous years). I am still waiting for that one episode that makes me understand why the judges were hyping this group so much.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  219. Craig

    I was disappointed in all of the Top 11. In fact, I'm disappointed with the the whole group overall. The level of talent this year seems miles below previous years. By this point in the season I normally see 8-9 real possibilities for making a career in the music business. And I am usually sad to see any of the Top 10-12 go, because their all usually very talented. But not this year. In fact, not a single one has really captured my attention. Any of them could go and wouldn't be missed. Where's all the talent this year??? I could bring back any of previous seasons Top 10 and I believe they might beat all this year's group easily. It's sad. This is one of my favorite shows and I love seeing new and talented amateurs getting a shot at their dreams. That's what makes AI so great. I just don't see the talent this year. Maybe they will improve. I can only hope. And yes, Paige was AWLFUL!! Worst performance of any season IMHO.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  220. Sandy

    Loved Crystal....Hated Paige. Tim and Andrew should join Paige in the bottom three tonight. Didi is forgettable, when they said she was next I thought "Oh yea I forgot she was still there". Even now I could not tell you what she sang last night. Siobhan is okay but too predictable...no matter what she sings you're sure to hear the scream at the end. That works here and there but not for every song....change it up – PLEASE!!!! Judges – He is not doing Straight Up please get past it. Kara, Paula is gone, stop trying to act like her.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  221. Paula

    The singing was not to be desired, however, I am getting tired of them telling them the song is not "young" or "hip" enough. Maybe they need to have a voice coach working with them instead of a celebrity. I do feel there were a few that did awesome, but overall the performances were disappointing.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  222. Heather

    They were all terrible. This season is so drab and boring.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  223. Susan

    Tim Urban was by far the worst of the night, if he isn't the next to go, I'll be very surprised. Crystal was excellent, which was to be expected.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  224. Just A Thought

    Miley, may be young, but certainly qualified for the Billboard theme week. Both of her albums "Meet Miley Cirus" and "Breakout" debuted at #1! Miley is currently ranked #4 top female artist on Billboard as well! Where have you been, prottege? So, that alone would be quite an accomplishment for any of the idol hopefuls!

    So, yes, Miley is definitly qualified; and that's why she's there!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  225. Pat

    Was it just me or did Andrew seem high or drunk during the judging? He just, idk, felt way too enthusiastic to me, but boy did he quiet up as the judges progressed and continued to tear him apart. Maybe he just knows they're gonna tell him how awful he was, even tho I still think he's one of the better contestants.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  226. rob

    With each song the contestant's sang, I close my eyes and listen to the vocals. Most of the singers were "pitchy". Just a fact. Once again, vote for the vocal's not the "cuteness" of any contestant

    March 24, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  227. idolisdead

    please put us out of our misery now idol. this show reached a nadir tonight that is unrecoverable. of all the songs that could have been chosen, these contestants chose some of the most played out, boring ones to torture us with. the judges bear a lot of the brunt for the laughingstock that idol has devolved into. where is the crackle, the spark, the wow, the freaking contestants who can sing, and come with 100 feet of a note. never seen such a collectively bad group of idol singers in 8 seasons. and miley added nothing to this mess, and neither will that jonas guy and demi lovato tomorrow night.

    paige was horrible, tim was laughable, andrew was horrific, tired of that chick that has the scream as a gimmick now in every song, crystal was good, but is getting boring, aaron kelly can't carry david archuleta's microphone, so please ryan don't insult the intelligence and the ears of the audience, lee was ok, siobhan was ok, but this show is on life support. it was so bad i couldn't muster up the care to vote for anybody. to save the little bit of credibility the show still has, just go ahead and crown bowersox, wrap up this trainwreck, and let idol bow out with some dignity. this show is dead.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  228. Jonalisa

    I agree, the songs were all DULL. It was depressing to listen to the show. I had to use the MUTE button on my remote a few times throughout. I agreed 100% with Kara about Casey. If he gets the right songs, he will sell albums. He should start doing some Kid Rock stuff. Crystal seems to possess real talent, but she is so 60's hippie that I just don't think the kids of today are into that. I really think Simon has been right on the money with all his comments.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  229. sfb

    Siobhan was horrible. She lives to hear people say how different she is. She is pitchy every week in places and the screech at the end is getting annoying. I'm sure she won't be voted off though because so many people think she is great.

    Katie and Paige were by far the worst of the night. Katelyn and Lilly should have their spots. At least they can sing in tune.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  230. Michael

    I say take the audio tracks from Crystal's and Michael's performance, make them singles tracks and start running them on the radio. They sounded great.

    Michael Bolton step aside! Big Mike is in the house!

    Finally... ...Didi reminded me of Harry Connick Jr music. I liked it. Not at the same level as Crystal and Michael however... ...maybe Didi can do a female rendition of some Harry Connick Jr song as a follow-up. Hummmm... ...we are in love (or) recipe for love... ...just a thought...

    March 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  231. gso-chris

    with Demi Lovato performing tomorrow along with Miley, why didn't they just make it "tweener" night! You know, had to perform something that appeals for 10-14 girls?? Couldn't have been much worse. Crystal and Siobhan were terrific, Paige and Tim were horrible. The rest were mediocre. Ya know, they give the judges a save, why can't they let 'em kick two or more off! Only one goes, which means suffering through more mediocrity next week.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  232. mozart4898

    @ Tom – Didi sounded tense, nervous, and just not at ease at all. Listening to her made me nervous – it was like constantly anticipating a disaster that never happened but still had me on edge (and not in a good way).

    March 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  233. mushymushroom

    They could have limited the no.1 songs from 80s to present so that it could have been more relevant. Or maybe they could have limited the song choices from 2008 to present since they're mentor has been in no.1 (if she really has been in no.1) since 2008 or 2007 whatever...
    LOL!

    March 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  234. wikimoto

    Too many of the contestants chose to do old songs and perform them with the original arrangements. Tonight sucked. I walk out of stores when 70's music starts playing.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Tom Mills

    Sometime I wonder what the judges are hearing. Yes Crystal was great and Paige terrible, But Didi was excellent. She showed more range than ever before, and really worked the stage.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  236. ADT

    Like I said on the other blog, I can't believe all the crappy song choices they came up with tonight. Of all the music they had to choose from, why these particular songs??? I'm completely baffled.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  237. protogere

    Tonight was a really poor night all around. I still can't get over having Miley Cyrus as a mentor, she has never had a number one single on the Billboard charts but is mentoring the contestants on Billboard Number One's week??
    I don't get why only a couple picked songs from within the past decade either.
    Paige was definitely the worst, quickly followed by Tim and as much as I hate to say it – Andrew. The rest really weren't so bad, they just weren't great.
    I think Lee won the show tonight though. Crystal was really great, but I think Lee took it to a new level.
    Thanks as always Lisa for having this blog for interaction and commentary for the addicts like me LoL!

    March 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |

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