'Idol's' Top 11 redux elimination cuts it down to 9
March 31st, 2011
09:08 PM ET

'Idol's' Top 11 redux elimination cuts it down to 9

SPOILER ALERT – Tonight's "Idol" blog will reveal who is leaving the competition, so please don't read if you don't want to know.

We now have gone directly from our Top 11 to our Top 9.

Your thoughts on the two who have been sent home?

I have to say that I expected Naima, but Thia was a bit of a shock. It was a good run for them both though.

I liked the duets, and I think they should do more of that. What a night, and what a competition so far, yes?

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    August 27, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Itzallabuncha crapp

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaares!!! This show is past it's prime, if it ever had one.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rj

    Paul Stefano and Jacob need to be sent packing. Paul sounds like a bad Rod Stewart imitator on a good night, Stefano is soundy very "karoke", and Jacob just has not stage presence and I'm just not fond of his vocals. As for the girls....maybe Haley but thats a long shot. But Pia is starting to bug me. She needs to branch out and sing something rockin and stop playing it safe with the ballad bype songs. She has talent...just let us see she has depth as well. Im pretty positive James, Pia, and Casey will be in the top 5 at the end. other than that its a crap shoot.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Arnold Ziffle

    Send them all home. cancel this crap!

    April 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. A

    Who I want to be in the Top 4: Paul, Jacob, Pia, Casey
    Who WILL be in the Top 4: Lauren, Pia, Casey, Jacob

    Who I want to win: Jacob
    Who WILL win: Lauren (and with more guys the odds will be against her, at that)

    April 3, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Arnold Ziffle

    Cancel this crap. quit getting all these peoples' hopes up only to show America what goobers they are! Except for Jersey Shore, this is the worst crap on TV.

    April 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KrisToronto

    Stephano "could be a star in Canada"???? I'd be offended if that wasn't so hiLARious. I wish people would stop comparing Stephano to David Archuleta (whose new album "The Other Side of Down" is amazing, btw) ... he might look a little bit like a cross between Archie and Joey from Friends but his vocals (& connection with the song and the audience) don't even come close. ... And I never thought I'd say this, but am missing Simon this season, lol.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve-O

    The right two got ousted laste night, imo. But now it will be a tough call on who should go. They are all good in their own way. Well, maybe Jacob can go next. A prima-donna trapped in a man's body. Final two girls should be Pia & Lauren. Final two guys should be Paul & Casey. Then it's anyone's game. Oh, and here's hoping Pia lands in the pages of Playboy or Penthouse (or preferrably on the internet).

    April 1, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tina munn

    last night i think was a very good decision if the judges still had a save i don't think they would have spent it on them

    April 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kathleen

    Whether these were good choices or not, I don't know. What I do know is that it's going to be tough season for eliminations. Each of these youngsters is incredibly gifted; and finding the American Idol is going to be a weekly exercise in tough calls. I've yet to experience a season with so much talent. They're all idols IMHO!

    April 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PSR

    This had a good voice. I am willing to bet we will see her on the next Disney movie (i.e. High School Muscial, Camp Rock, etc). It would not surprise me a bit. She seems to have that type of look.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RessaP

    as someone else said, I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed all the comments. it's like chatting w/co-workers about last nite's AI episode. the whole "who's mike" thing was the funniest of all and the "race card" comments kept popping up at weird times. i love reading these blogs aloud to my husband using the tones i think the writer intended. try it, it's hilarious fun! but i think out of all the posts, i agree w/Chamdexor so far, except i happen to hate jacob's voice and wish he would either cough it up or swallow it. and haley puts me in mind of the annoying 7 yr old that your sister/aunt/et al forces you to listen to sing. "SomeWHERE OVA THA RAINBOOW!" (anyone remember Lil Magick off of In Living Color?!)
    great fun everyone; keep up the snarky comments! and an aside, one should NEVER sing about any fattening food items when one looks as if they have consumed too many of said items! "boy, yo love is better than a plate of FAT BACK and HOG MAWS!"

    April 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. art vandolaye

    And who the hell is voting for Hillbilly Scotti every week? Its American Idol, not Redneck Idol. He is a one-trick pony with that twangy country crap. -Art

    April 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. girl 22

    I hope jacob leaves soon his voice is so weird and the face when he sings is awful looks like he is constipated. Pia is just painful to watch don't like her at all!

    April 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. darcy516

    BTW – I am impressed with J-Lo's judging. Steve Tyler never makes any valid critiques, never goes out on a limb. PRobably too busy lusting after the underage ladies.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. art vandolaye

    Lame judges wasted the "save" on sickboy Casey. When they could have used it to save Thia, who has a great voice and tone range. Tyler has to go. He has no balls and likes every performance. He must be tone deaf. -Art

    April 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Doc

    OMG! Some of the people on here just don't get it. I wonder if they're actually watching the show!! Yes, A.I., is a singing contest. But, America is looking for a singer, performer and an artist combined. It's ALL about selling records afterwards. I've been watching A.I. from the 1st season. RACE???? C'mon! Get a grip!! It has NOTHING to do with it!! As others have stated, "minorities" have won several times; which completely invalidates your point. Should Thea and Naima have gone home last night? Absolutely! Should Paul have been in the bottom 3, instead of Stefano? Maybe not. But who will win? It depends on America's voters; and what genre they prefer really. So who do I "think" will be the top 4? Pia, Scotty, Casey and Lauren. But, who knows what America will do. The talent pool this year is the best ever!! Each one has their niche and will most likely be successful in the music biz; if they want to be. I agree with the posts about only allowing one vote per person though. That, to me, is the most fair way to determine who stays and who goes. Anyway, this season is exceptional. I've always been a huge fan of Steve Tyler; but I think he needs to become more critical and find a new adjective; other than "beautiful" lol.. (Sorry Steve! Love you man!!)

    April 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Gee

    Paul should have gone home...I don't know who told that guy he could sing...he is a Rod Stewart wanna-be the problem is Rod Stewart could sing on key and carry a tune. This guy can't even carry a melody and sounds like one of the chipmonks from Alvin and the Chipmonks. He may be in a band outside of AI but I would be willing to wager that they are not employed much and he is not the lead singer of the group. I have to change the channel as soon as he starts to sing and leap around because he makes me nausious....the ones thinking he can sing on here have to be absolutely tone-deaf..YUK!

    April 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Name*ruth

    Paul is the 4th chipmonk.get rid of him

    April 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. darcy516

    I've enjoyed reading all of your comments.

    Thia had to go. She has a lovely voice, but she doesn't fill a room with emotion, and doesn't sell a song. Her gestures are the same every time she sings. I am surprised the coaches didn't teach the girl some moves.

    Naima is beautiful and exotic looking, but her performances have been consistently weak. She has great presence and is exciting to watch. Maybe if Thia coached her on her singing, she could have returned the favor by teaching Thia to dance and emote. Just a thought.

    Scotty has a deep rich tone and the confidence to sell a song. No doubt there is a record deal waiting for him at the end of all of this.

    Jacob seems like he is trying to channel Mihalia Jackson with every performance. Technically proficient, but he over ornamentalizes every song. Pull it back dude, you've been appearing like a drag queen.

    Stefano has technique, but he has a very unpleasant tone to his voice, and he has problems sustaining some notes. He did better connecting with the audience the other night, but he can't last much longer.

    Lauren is cute and very confident on the stage for one so young. I didn't like her at first, but the more she pulls back and sings balads, the more I can hear that she has a great voice. As a very astute earlier poster mentioned, she needs to connect the lyrics with her facial expressions. No smiling during intense balads!

    Haley has improved. She has been pitchy in the past, and lacked confidence. The other night, however, she hit her "triple axel" – she moved better, she beamed confidence and she purred and growled in the right places.

    Paul has a really interesting voice, but with each performance he gets weaker. He is on his way out, I think.

    Pia is beautiful and is technically proficient. Many men (and probably many women) lust for her. I think she is a bit hollow – she doesn't connect for me. She hits notes, she flaunts flourishes, she displays power, but she is boring. Gorgeous, but boring.

    James can do power balads, but he seems to prefer metal. I don't like his sound, I can't imagine who his audience is, but I don't deny he has some talent.

    Casey has lots of talent, but I can't imagine that he will end up in the top 2. He just doesn't fit the profile. Also, can't imagine a young audience buying his stuff.

    April 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  22. WisdomVSknowledge

    Naima was fun but not the most talented (I like black people, unlike some folks on this blog) and Jacob is holding his own, so leave him alone. Casey... PLEASE GO HOME! When I hear him my head fills with images of the 1920's, Jimmy Durante (The Schnozz). What were the judges thinking when they used their only save on this guy?!

    April 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Andy Lee

    I think America got it perfectly right this week. My two favorites are Jordan and Casey and in this order. The judges are a good mix. Maybe Steven is too easy to please, but a great personality!

    April 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. aw

    I think Pia, James, and Casey are the most talented.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Bookenz

    Next to go: Paul and Stefano. I'd rather Scotty go than Stefano because all Scotty can sing is country and it's boring. Plus his mugging in the camera is annoying.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  26. scott

    This will be another one of those seasons where the current front-runners fall behind in the end. In other words, right now Pia, Scotty, and Lauren are way out in front, but by the end it'll be something totally unexpected, like Stephano, Haley, and Jacob. The past 3 seasons the underdog or dark horse ended up winning, and I really think it will happen again. We just don't see it right now. An unlikely person will surge to the front of the pack in the coming weeks, mark my words.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lambkin

      Do you really think Lauren is out front? What have you been smoking?

      April 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      She's absolutely at the front of the pack. Large portions of America love a blond country singer who is halfway decent. She's no Carrie Underwood, but she's good enough. And she's not one of MY favorites, but she has an enormous fan base.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  27. dilberto

    In keeping with its Tea Party voters, AI just got a whole lot whiter. Way to go red states....now just push the country bumpkin with the big head and the deep voice over the top.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Randy

    This year; too much Africa wasn't she born in USA (America got it right), too much country (please no more) I hope they don't have Metallica week, too much screaming (had enough of Adam Lambert II) and too much mouth (Luther/whomever/insert name). Please vote 2 more off next week.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  29. vin

    Why did they cut naimas armpit hairs off ? I thought it looked nice !

    April 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  30. jess

    I love american idol

    April 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |

    I cannot stand Pia. Winner Miss America....Loser on American Idol. I love Paul and James.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Chamdexor

    My take:

    Scotty- Exit stage right please. Yes you can sing country. So please carry on your merry way so you can make your country album and country fans can buy it. But please don't make me watch another 8 weeks of you tilting your head left while the microphone tilts right and then after the chorus, tilt your head right as you shift the mike left.

    Paul- Why the hate? I dig him. He's not who you'd hear 'in da club', but he's who I'd listen to in the background gabbing with my friends and drinking wine. My favorite.

    Jacob- Yes you can sing. No I would never buy your album. Lighten up dude. Try not to seem as though you're about to convulse when you sing.

    James- You have good tone. But I can't seem to get over the image of a white suburbanite sitting in the living room with dirty tube socks on watching WWF Saturday mornings and then going into your bedroom sticking a bandana on your head watching yourself sing into a brush pretending you're a rock star. I'm not convinced you're truly rebellious- anti-establishment and instead think you're an wanna-be rock star with a very good voice. Adam truly was alternative- no pretending.

    Casey- Very talented. Not as good with the rock songs, but fantastic with the blues. And I would also listen to your album while dining with friends.

    Stephano- Pretty good when he doesn't have to hit some high notes. Decent enough to make a record.

    Pia- Beautiful and boring. Yes, she can sing and yes she's a Celine-Whitney-Barbara type. And no, I would never go to see her perform in Vegas either. Lighten up lady.

    Lauren- She's growing on me. I like her. I prefer the songs she sings with restraint and control. I do not like when she's singing a serious song and smiling. I did not like the other week when she sang "I'm the Only One" where the lyrics are begging this person and she's smiling away. Listen to the lyrics and act accordingly. Otherwise good job.

    Haley- Pretty much think she's okay. Like the growl- but don't over do it. And don't dance. Not good stage presence- more flailing than anything.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bookenz

      I thought the same thing about Lauren when she was singing I'm the Only One – she wasn't even paying attention to the tortured lyrics while she was doing her stupid beauty pageant smile. Really annoying. This is what happens when they let 16 year olds in though, they lack the maturity to put the proper emotion in a song.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Maryann

    I think Pia needs to go home. (right away)
    The judges compared her to Mariah & Whitney !!!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  34. MUSE IC

    Scotty and Jacob need to go!
    Scotty with those weird face and body gestures and the same ole song singing. Please just STFU.
    Jabob, what a freaking Queen. Has a voice but damn stop the OVER OVER OVER the TOP dramatizing.
    It's as if he's a drag queen out of drag..

    I dig James,. Casey and Haley the best. Talent and Originality, check! Maybe not so much for James but he knows how to rock out!

    April 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  35. john doe

    Ok we had better start getting more minorities involved or someone from the NAACP will intervene and requrie that for every one minority that 2 whiteis must go. Talent hasn't matter for years in music, business the work place or anywhere. Just the color of your skin and if you can get a good lawer. I'm black so I should win. I'm black so I should get the job, Im black so you have to hire me or give me something. Love when people don't get a job that they have no qualificatiosn for and then scream I didn't get the job because I am black. Give me a break...

    April 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Babs

    SO glad Thia is gone. Hope Pia is next. after that I don't care who wins.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Al

    Scotty needs to go. His mannerisms annoy me.

    April 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • babs

      And it's all about you not being annoyed.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • frankt18

      I would guess that you probably do not like country music. Scotty is only 17 and has a country voice as smooth as silk. I predict he will be as big as Carrie Underwood. Don't be surprised if he doesn't end up in the top 2 or 3.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • frankt18

      Oops! I meant that he just may end up in the top 2 or 3.....

      April 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Candida

    The group this year is by far the most all around talented. I love the judges especially Steven Tyler. He is sooooo funny. And Lauren you go girl you are fabulous

    April 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Candida

    I would like to know one thing. Since the two girls both got voted off at the same time, which of the two goes on tour? I hope it is both of them

    April 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • john doe

      They said last week that since the save was used when there were still eleven that they would all go no tour. So a tour this year of 11 not 10. They both get to go

      April 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Dang...we have to listen to Noxema if we want to buy tour tickets? Bring your ear plugs....I'd wear some vision blockers, but her dancing provides comic relief for me.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Joe

    People still watch this crap???

    April 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • CK

      Yes, and obviously you do too otherwise you wouldn't be reading this article and commenting. If you didn't care you wouldn't have even bothered to post a comment.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bookenz

      I agree last year's show was crap and I quit watching. But this year there are some talented people, so it's worth watching.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. mls

    Pia sings beautifully, is a gorgeous young woman, but is not exciting in the least. I have seen a lot of "pias" at the Kennedy Center. I hope she has a career but I don't think she fits in with the AI profile.That's probably why Adam Glambert didn't win last year – not the AI profile. But he is a huge talent and has done quite well. Better than Chris what's his name, the "winner". Talk about bland.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Fran

    Good riddens to Naima it's about time never should have made the top 24! Thia was ok but very boring America got it right this week.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  43. mls

    I loved Jacob at the beginning but he looks to me now to be a "one trick pony." Granted, it is a good trick, but what is with all the faces? I think he belongs on Broadway.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  44. derek

    What's sad is that AI chooses to narrow it down to 12 boys and 12 girls, instead of just picking the best 24 people. Clearly, this is the boys' year. By forcing 12 girls in, some boys lost spots in favor of lesser talented girls. In AI's quest to be fair, they failed.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • mls

      Totally agree with you derek, have felt this way since the beginning of this season. I want james durbin to win, for so many reasons.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  45. shira

    Oh yeah – and Scotty. A one-trick pony, and forgettable enough for me to forget... Whoops. I suppose he could win, but I hope not. Good kid, good character, but not my favorite musically.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bookenz

      Scotty has no versatility and turns every song into country. I think the winner should be able to sing anything. It will probably be Pia, but I wish she'd stop with all the ballads and every time she hits a high note she practically raises her face to the ceiling.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Mommeyh

    Overall I'm enjoying AI this year and think the judges have done a pretty good job. Wasn't surprised by those that have been kicked off so far, and if not now, would have gone eventually, as none of them had that "star" quality. Of those that are left, I think it will be Pia, James and Scotty, as the last three remaining. I like the other singers, but they lack that something special in order to win.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  47. shira

    Gord, to my knowledge at least three AI winners have been people of color – Reuben, Fantasia, and Jordin. LMK if I'm forgetting anyone. Two of the judges (first Randy and Paula and now Randy and J-Lo) are ppl of color). One of the most successful idol alum of all time is Jennifer Hudson, who was way more talented than Fantasia – but losing AI was the best thing that ever happened to her. The only person this season who I believe was booted out of xenophobia is Karen. Ashthon was a tone-deaf diva, Naima was pitchy (though interesting), and Thia, well, the judges have not been fair to her at all this season, and America listened. And if you are counting the Italians as non-white then Casey, who is almost certainly of Jewish descent, is not "white" either. That leaves you with Paul, James, Haley, Jacob and Lauren. Jacob is talented but oversings like mad, and swallows his notes in the lower registers. If he can restrain himself into moderation, he stands a chance. If not, he's out. Neither Haley nor Paul will win, which leaves James or Lauren, both of whom would be legitimate winners based on their talent and marketability (though Lauren needs to step it up). If either of them won I don't think you could blame it on racism. The only person who got screwed by racism was Karen; she was never going to win, but should be on the tour and had no business going home before Stephano and Paul.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mls

      you got it right, girl

      April 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rabbi Jacob

      Alluding to someone as a Jew, or Jewish as if they belong to a race is incorrect. It all about religion. Nothing else. There is no Jewish race. Jew — definition: A person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties

      April 2, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  48. bernardo

    I think those writing against Casey are just envious people,looking for eye candy or the grandious voice that at the end does not touch the core of our souls.Casey is the ONLY ONE who's briiliant,taking chances,the only one who's NOT BORING and the only one ORIGINAL in that bunch of second copies.CASEY IS THE BEST

    April 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  49. moon627

    I think America got it wrong ... it should have been PIA and CASEY.

    Its as if the public is voting whichever way JLo tells them to... Pia is a BORE and Casey isnt very good – at least compared to Naima and Thia

    Naima is a true original , and Thia has a great voice and range (altho imho she is only 1 step up from boring us to death like Pia).

    I'm glad Paul and Hailey didnt get voted off but we all see the writing on the wall ...

    April 1, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jeff

    I'm glad that Naima (sp) was voted off....look on the bright side...now she's not bound to the countract that the winner has...she can go her own direction, a record company will pick her up in a heartbeat and she'll earn millions in record deals, concerts, and mp3 downloads (snicker)

    April 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Bulldog

    I know the result shows are always the worse to watch, and thank goodness for DVRs, but last night's show was worse than usual.
    1) what was up with that ridiculous intro? the piano plinking away with the ominous text? I Iactually replayed it on the DVR to double check if it was as dumb as I thought it was...
    2) the duet with Jacob and Naima was painful to watch. Naima can't sing and Jacob was, as usual, overly dramatic. Again, thank goodness for the DVR.
    3) and what's up with the sound of the show? The Will I Am and what's-his-name performance sounded horrible. And During Haley's performance the night before, it sounded "loungey", the band and musical arrangement didn't match what Haley was trying to do with the song – but the judges loved it? I wonder if there is a sound problem so TV viewers aren't hearing everything (all the instruments) that the in-person audience and judges hear. The sound "professionals" on that show need to step it up and listen to the TV broadcasts to figure out what's going on. Other shows have figured it out, why can't AI?

    April 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  52. JoJo

    I am enjoying everyone's comments. I believe this is the best bunch ever. They are all talented. At this point choice is just a matter of taste. I don't know who will win, but they are all already successful. Vote for your favorite and please don't be mean to the others. Have fun!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Denise

    I think that Pia has got the best voice hands down.I agree that she needs to sing something up tempo.James has got the it factor.He will do well as a rock singer.Paul sounds like Rod Stewart and I like that.But he doesn't sound good on some songs.Lauren has got a great voice and could make a hit record right now.She's a little too dingy for me though.Stephano has got a good voice but he doesn't know how to use it.Jacob has a good voice also but he needs to show case it more.Haley reminds me of some night club singer.Casey has got some real talent ,especially when he plays his instruments.I think that he needs to clean himself up a bit more but that's just my opinion.Now,let's get to Naima and Thia......Naima has talent but she could use a little training with her voice.Besides James,she was the only one that showed any energy on stage.at least her performances were entertaining.Thia...she has a beautiful voice but it is too soft.And her songs were boring.I really haven't seen any talent this year that has knocked my socks off so to speak.They are really gonna have to up their game to keep me interested.Oh ,I almost forgot about Scotty.He has only got one talent and that is that he can hit the low notes.And that is getting old.I think that it is time for him to go.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Frankt18

    Scotty will end up being the biggest success of them all, selling more cd's than any of the others regardless if he wins or not. Country fans are more loyal to their favs and stick by them for years. I am sure they are already writing songs for his first release and producers can't wait til the tour is over to get his career started. He will be on the charts for decades.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bulldog

      Agreed. And I'm not country fan. If/when he gets voted off, I'm sure there are producers and writers already waiting for him in Nashville. Add a few more years of maturity and he'll have a huge following.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bookenz

      Scotty is zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Sorry, I fell asleep.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Watcher

    First, I loved the use of duets and small groups singing last night. It pits one against the other and allows their voice to really compare against the other contestants. Lauren surprisingly won big time last night over Scotty. Naima and Jacob were a toss up where both deservingly should be tossed out(well one down, one to go). Pia definately outshown her 2 compadres and James was the standout of the "Band on the Run" (which didn't work at all... too much diversity in the style of their voices).
    @John.... 11 go on tour
    And why was Chris Allen not singing instead of Fantasia (she was so good on her season but has only put out 1 somewhat decent song since).

    April 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Bulldog

    I agree with Viking (at the very top) – they got the bottom three right. And Finally, Thia and Naima go home! Paul and Jacob need to be next:
    Naima: "I'm Still Standing" – Ugh! That was AWFUL. She didn't sing it well and making that song a reggae song was just wrong. At least JLo and Randy gave some honest feedback, but Steven, once again, was just a cheerleader- and a useless judge. And then the producers totally sabotaged her when they show Jimmy Lovine telling her she should dedicate the song to all who are struggling – so it looked completely insincere and fake when she did it on stage – if I was her, I would be wondering What The Heck??

    Paul: "Rocket Man" – this is one of my favorite all time songs. And Paul blew the chorus! The chorus needs to be strong with that song, and Paul did his soft whispery voice and "faded" in spots and was pitchy. Paul has the wrong voice to do this song – it was bad.

    Thia: "Daniel" – ENUNCIATE! She never sang the consonants at the end of the verses (which is also a cheat when they fall behind the band). AND it was boring and she always sounds like she's singing in a pageant – no soul or zing. The "dedication" to her brother was totally fake and garbage.

    Jacob: "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word" – bleh. And same as Thia – ENUNCIATE! Was he auditioning for a Broadway play?? He was WAY too dramatic and looked like he was going to cry during the song – way over the top (the song is supposed to be melancholy and introspective – not sad and sappy like its the end of the world). Jimmy Lovine said he worried about Jacob being too dramatic with the song – and he was right. I have to force myself to watch this guy perform now. His stage acting/mannerisms are now completely negating his good vocals. He'll be a good background singer someday.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  57. NATIA

    Hey "Jus Sayin'...... Stefano is Italian , not hispanic. Top 4 will most likely be Pia, James, Casey and Jacob. Ciao !

    April 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Idol-xpert

    Tour...TOUR? would any of you clowns pay a nickel to see this crop of losers? If you would, you are either:
    a). a 14 year old girl
    b). a 40 year old soccer mom who attands ice cream socials on weekends
    c). living in Montana watching the show on a 19" tv with rabbit ears
    d). need a frontal labotomy
    e). Thia Maghia's cousin via Uncle Kahlia Maghia and from the island of Thahia who also like the wheels on Pia from the Pizzeria near the Galleria

    April 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  59. CH

    There it is the race card, I was waiting for it. Someone always has to play the race card, it would not be america without it!!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • CZ

      Just to clarify... You are being sarcastic right? You are really trying to refer to the ridiculousness of a person making the case that race could have played a part in Americans decision. Essentially you are trying to play down the point that person was making with your sarcastic tone correct?
      I am sure that you know what it is like to have racism put in your face daily whether you like it or not. This is why you are able to understand the ridiculousness of making the statement that race could have played a part in Americans decision. I am sure that's the case.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • kls817

      cz – you are the racist one – always attributing racist motives to white people. We don't know what it's like to be black? Well maybe you don't know what it's like to be white. Maybe you should quit crying and go do something positive for yourself. There is a world of opportunity out there, no matter what color you are.
      Since some of the most loved singers are of color, it would appear that whites, by and large, love the black entertainment culture.

      April 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  60. AI fan

    I think they should do a week where they all sing the same song...then we can really compare who has talent and who doesn't.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Harvestreaux

    I'm not entirely sure why people are upset about Thia going home. America got two of the bottom three right last night... they should have traded Paul for Stefano. Paul may not be the best, but Stefano sounds like he's singing into a box fan on high. His voice isn't pleasant, and I don't understand how he keeps lucking through!

    Thia may have had a nice voice, but America wants to see charisma and she's too young for that. Her version of "Daniel" may have been alright, but she doesnt have the life experience to really sing any song from her soul. Lauren either, but Lauren's voice is strong enough to make up for that... Thia's wasnt.

    My guess for the top five are: Scotty, James, Pia, Jacob, and Casey. I think Stefano will go home next (fingers crossed!) followed by, Haley, then Paul then Lauren.

    I dont know who will be in the finally yet, but something is telling me Scotty and James.... its too early to be confident about that, though!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheery

      Can we trade Lauren for Jacob? He really just creeps me out. And I hate to see just one female in the top 5. And Pia's all nice and polished, so Lauren could bring a little pizzazz on behalf of the girls. Otherwise, I'm good with your top 5.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Idol-xpert

    Listen up Idol idiots: this season is like Jersey Shore – we're watching just to see a train wreck. Or maybe more like Hoarders or Intervention. We know how pitiful these losers are but we watch just to critisize and shake our heads. I mean do any of you out there really take this show serious? You must because some of the comments show how shallow and insipid your pitiful lives are! Whining about Thia... Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  63. danlb

    Popularity? Really? Let's get it right here. Last year, Idol crowned the wrong winner for the wrong reasons. Adam Lambert was by far the most talented performer Idol has EVER had, yet the voters didn't see that? Who was more popular? Can you even remember the winner's name? No.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  64. John

    So who goes on tour ? Top 9 or top 11?

    April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Harvestreaux

      Top 11 goes on tour. Ryan said it after Casey was saved that in the event someone got saved on the night they would pick the top 10 that go on tour, it was predetermined that all 11 would go on tour.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • whatthef

      Seacrest said 11.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  65. ChristyinFL

    So, for all of you playing the race card, are only "whites" voting? Aren't any minorities voting or are they voting for the white contestants too? Ignorant.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  66. judge

    Based on their latest performances, I think the voters got it right. Thia has the best voice but NEVER performs. She ws even warned last week that she needs to choose an up-tempo song and move around a little. She did not do it. Naima is just mediocre compared to the rest of the group and needed to go. Lauren and Jacob need to go next.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  67. terry

    Who is mike?

    April 1, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  68. Idol-xpert

    David: Dude, dog, realize it dude, dog, dude: now hear this: Thia Maghia could not singia. She's just a lame little tweeny who has a decent voice. When is everyone going to stop cheerleading for these contestants who suk??! Get a life morons!

    April 1, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  69. David

    I don't understand why the judges were so unfair to Thia? True, she's picked a safe song, but why didn't they day the same to Pia or the country singer, who consistently sing the same way. Plus they say all those great things about casey, but criticize thia. Totally biased.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  70. TJones

    I wanna hear James sing "stand up and shout" from Mark Wahlberg's "Rock Star" movie...I think he could kill it.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  71. Jibbity clack

    Can't stand the George Strait ripoff guy with the huge ears

    April 1, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  72. .pH

    All you have to do is ask yourself, "would you buy their album?"

    If the answer is no, then they gotta go.

    Seriously, who could sit through an entire disk listening to Paul?

    I have bought more downloads of losers (Daughtry, Bowersox, Lambert) than I have of any of the winners.

    I had to leave when Fantasia came on the stage. Yup, "Collard Greens and Cornbread". God, I wish we weren't from the same state.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  73. Idol-xpert

    Rrrralph: the only thing Pia could win is Miss New Jersey. She fine but she sings like a pagent contestant. Remember Katherine McPhee? Great career she's having – NOT! Now I would like to do something freaky with Pia but though she has some chops, she better off horizontally if you know what I mean...

    April 1, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  74. Jibbity clack

    Country boy ala Alfrd E. Neuman has got to go. If you don't know who that is, google it lol

    April 1, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  75. Confession Time...

    Remember when Ryan told Casey you'd be proud if you knew how many votes you actually got??? Well an unknown small group of my friends voted for Casey over 3 million times in 2 hours via pc, using a script to manipulate the vote window/frame. Anyone who thinks the voting isn't rigged, just look at 2 years ago with Adam. Word was that alot of hackers said gay Adam wasn't going to be any idol here in america. Adam was so much better than the winner most people probably fell out of their chairs when he didn't win. Until AI fixes the voting system to allow 1 vote per phone#, text# and ip# the voting will be rigged.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      The AI voting system sucks.....it should be limited to 5 per houselhold/email/phone....it's ridiculous!!!!!!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Rrrralph

    Prediction: We are soon to discover that Seacrest can sing! He's going to do a duet with Pia at the end of the season finale. Then shock America by kissing her. The producers are gonna go to commercial real fast. When we come back from commercial the theater will be empty except for the judges who will close out the season with a special message. Then he's gonna quit his radio show and we'll see photos of Seacrest and Pia on a yacht off the coast of Cannes. But they won't last. Pia will have a terrific recording career, and Ryan will be relegated to the world of podcasts. Okay, maybe none of this will happen. But I it does, you read it here first.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • mjinmd

      If your premonition regarding Seacrest/Pia comes true, Julianne Hough is going to be mightily upset!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Sal

    Jacob lusk needs to go. He's so over the top, can't stand him.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  78. Idol-xpert

    And another thing, that frumpy Jacob IS NO LUTHER VANDROSS!! He's a middle of the road, typical black church gospel "singer". In fact he couldn't hold Luther's jockstrap (though given they're both 'light in the lofers' if Luther was still alive I'm SURE Jacie boy would love to do things with Luther's jock...). Dude you suk (literally I'm sure too).

    April 1, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  79. Rrrralph

    Pia is gonna win. Pia should win. Pia is the only one that has the chops and presence for a long-term career.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  80. Idol-xpert

    This season totally sux. No one can sing – not a one. Randy, dude, dog, dude, dog, dude, dog, what up? You suk too. Where is Simon when u need him? J-Lo is the only one offering somewhat legit critiques but she goes soft too often (like most women). Steven Taylor (as Stevie Wonder called him) is a bit too spaced out to offer real critism but at least he's funny at times. Casey has become laughable at best. The country singer gets worse and worse and more irritading each week. And that stupid, flowered suit wearing, Rod Stewart/Lady Antebellum wannabe beanpole couldn't get a gig singing at a Best Westen lounge in the sticks if his life depended on it. So glad rasta mama wannabe from Wisconsin is gone...(yeah, lots of Caribbean influence there!) She needs to get back home and smoke some doobs with her rastaman boyfriend. Dreadlocks mon! Or maybe she can do a duet with Jason Castro snging "The harder they come". And Pia , mama mia! Girl fine but so OLD sounding for this show. Maybe she should sing "Evergreen" or "Where the boys are". I hate this show and all you posters who try to suggest how great so and so are absolute morons with NO musicality at all!! This season is by far the absolute worst AND I am sure the last. RIP and good riddins'!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      @Idol-xpert – obviously your not what your name suggests. This is by FAR one of the better seasons of Idol. Both in terms of the singers AND the judges.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  81. jj


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  82. pjs

    Absolutely LOVED Band on the Run!! They all had such a great time singing and playing together, they should go on tour like that, the four of them!

    April 1, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  83. Matt

    FYI....just because you do not like someone or think you think person x is better than person y, that doesn't mean there are a bunch of other people who disagree with you. There is a lot that goes into singing, and to me it's not 100% about the voice. I'm not going discredit anyone that disagrees with me, but there seems to be too much bias throughout most of these posts.

    April 1, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  84. ned smith

    Well America, you got it wrong! The WRONG 2 women were sent home last nite!! It should have been Lauren and Haley!! Thia has a remarkable,mature voice for 16, and Naima is a bit different, but creative and spunky, unlike the stiff-untalented Lauren and completely "average Haley. Paul, Stefano, Haley, Lauren and Scotty will be the next 5 to go. Being a SINGING contest, the best 2 singers, Jacob and Pia will battle it out at the end! Count on it!!

    April 1, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      I agree. Except the remaining two will be Pia and James, two polar opposites.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  85. Deliverance

    Well what can i say...Idol is NOT really a singing contest...it just plays one on TV. My case in point is why networks have now came up with a show called The Voice where you don't even see the singer you just listen as if you were hearing them on the radio or on a CD. Idol judges and American voters are influenced too much by appearences. If they want a total package as an "artist" (voice, looks, stage presence etc.) then how could Kris Allen ever have won?
    Now about last night...finally we got rid of Naima and poor Theia (was just too young too hang with this years crop) and sadly we'll have another week to listen to weakling Paul whisper/sing and the way over due to go home Stefano.
    Then we can send James home screaming with a copy of Adam Lamberts Cd as a parting gift to hear how it's really done and of course we'll have to endure Scotty country-ize another pop song as he freaks us out with those weird facial looks into the camera. PIa is already the winner with Jacob as a close second and both have record deals waiting. PIA is the best singer IF this were a singing contest with Jacob on her heels.
    BUT the big topic for me was the untalented guest last night!!! Oh my God Fantasia sqeaking Collards n Cornbread and looked as though she'd been having way too many but worse was Jamie Foxx (whom i've never heard sing well ever!) hooked up with another talentless so called singer Will I Am??? Awful is not a bad enough word to describe how off key and weak they were. This is why real talent cannot be heard these days because it has been taken over by popular celebrities who cannot carry a tune and must rely on vocal enhancers with a built in key controller to even make thier voices passable (and still not even close to good). Very, very, SAD!

    April 1, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Pork & Beans

      Deliverance, hush yo mouth boy!, before Missy comes and slaps you with a "She was invited to sing for Sir Elton at the Kennedy Center Honors. Girl has mad talent." for Fantasia and a "I'm not into country, but I recognized the beauty in Scotty's voice." for Scotty. She of course knows her music based on the fact that Fantasia was Simon's favorite and was invited to sing for Sir Elton John. besides who doesn't like a nice hot piece of cornbread slatthered with a stick of butter and lots of honey, and some nice h ot greens? Judging from Fantasia's booty last night in that tight red dress she loves 'em!

      April 1, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      Wellll, I totally agree w/ your comments about Alfred E. Neuman...er.. Scotty. WHY are they all over Pia doing only ballads, while they praise Alfred for doing only country.....?????????????/ Hellllloooooooooo

      April 1, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Just sayin'

      I believe the main difference in what the judges tell Pia vs Scotty is that Pia almost always sings ballads, or "pagent type" songs. While Scotty may always sing country style, the tempos change. The style of performance is different than the song type. I enjoy Scotty's performances, and I am definately not a country music fan. I appreciate the quality of his voice. I am not terribly impressed with Casey, but the judges seem to like him. I really don't enjoy Jacob's performances, his voice sounds forced and harsh. I have found myself smiling when Paul performs, as there is a raw quality to it. I know many will disagree with me, but that is why we all get to vote. James' songs are entertaining, as are some of Hailey's. Don't know who should win, but what a lovely group of distinct voices and entertainers we are watching. Good luck to all of them.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      Deliverance – I f you don't know why Kris llen won, then you must be blinded by all of Adam's eye liner and nail polish! Once Adam came out – So was he!

      April 1, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Just sayin'

      Sorry, spelling correction, "pageant" instead of pagent. Happy fingers in the morning! LOL

      April 1, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • adam fan

      Um..thats ok that kris allen won..because look at him..he's gone NO where. 🙂 I was an adam fan from day one...and he's already bigger than kris allen will ever be!

      April 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Missy

    Naima was the least polished. It's clear she's never had vocal lessons. She has a nice sound, but no controll. At first I thought she looked strange. As the show went on, I noticed with some polish she was very attractive and could have a future. Because she is the least trained, her upside is huge. I don't get the judges with Pia. She could be another Katherine McPhee: looks great, sounds ok, but boring and will not sell records.

    Scotty is going to make money no matter what. He is the only one on that show right now that could cut a hit record. All the folks cheering for Pia wouldn't even download her record.

    April 1, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Pork & Beans

      Naima is the least talented and least polished AI had on the show this season, and needed not to have been one of the judges 3 wild cards. She flubbed from the get go, and each time the judges saved her or America saved her she continued to get worst and some one else paid the price, thank God no one did last night. As for Scotty, that kid can sing only one note and that's low, he'll have his 15 minutes of fame over soon, once he's finished touring with AI he'll do his talk shows and his glory days will be behind or he'll be someone's opening act and then poof, he'll be a has been at the ripe old age of what 17 or 18?

      April 1, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • missy

      Well Pork and Beans, it obvious you know little about music if you think Scotty can sing just one note. The guys has great range and control. The fact that he is only 17 means he will get much better. His voice is still developing. He could also get taller too. Naima has more talent than she has ability right now. She would benefit from a vocal coach. Folks like Pia and Thia have been coached for some time. It's boring. You can tell the way Pia holds her head back that she's been in some beauty pageant. Problem with Pia is she's starting to believe the hype and is becoming a little diva like. Folks will turn on her. I predict she will not win and could go out before top three.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Pork & Beans

      Missy, Scotty has not done a performance where he has not ended with that lame low note, he has always done country and we all know that the style of country he's chosen has been "old school" and that's been with a slow drawl, he's NOT ONCE hit a high note, has never sounded "pitchy" b/c how can you if you sing the same slow drawl, doesn't sing and move around like the rest of the contestants in order to have to worry about sounding winded or off key the list goes on and on. The kid has only one talent, he can sing slow country drawl in a low baratone note, he has one schtick and will always be remembered for "baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low".

      April 1, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  87. Mike

    Thia had to go... I'm tired of hearing disney songs!
    Naima would be an awesome creative director behind the scenes... but not on stage.
    Paul would be awesome if he still had a voice.
    Pia needs to stop singing ballads... I don't care how good you can do it, give me somthing else.
    Lauren looks asleep all the time... she needs more character
    Jacob sings well, but you've gotta look comfortable while you do it.
    Stefano doesn't have any "it" factor.
    James can go on tour now.
    Casey is the most talented musician in the group if he would just have fun with it he'll impress anyone. (Bring out the melodica!)
    Haley, sorry you can't growl EVERY NOTE. It gets old very fast. Judges please stop encouraging it, it gets worse every week.
    James... can go on tour now and start recording albums. Dude has the rock star package.
    Scotty... same deal, go record your country albums... but at the I don't think you're talented musically enough to deserve to win over some of the other guys.

    April 1, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Cheery

      I wasn't a huge Naima fan, but at least she tried to bring a little something different, including something upbeat, and she was willing to take chances, which will serve her well in the long run. I know Thia is only 16, but the girl can't make eye contact and without that, her performances were empty and boring. I agree with an earlier post – Jacob is kind of creepy. I don't get his appeal AT ALL. All that screeching and giving us those weird 'come hither' looks – makes me shudder. I'd really like to see Casey get rid of more beard – maybe do the goatee or similar thing. And take the wardrobe up a notch from corduroys and a hoodie – a leather jacket, maybe. I think Paul is quirky and I kind of like him. Why was Stefano chosen over some of the others – like, Kendra? Pia is all polish, and when you start out that way, it's hard to show real progress – she needs to expand her music selections (maybe she can help Casey with some polish?). Lauren is young, but I think she'll develop nicely and do alright – if Kelly Pickler can be successful, then Lauren can too – think Lauren's got more upstairs. Scotty stays true to himself, and good for him. As so many have already said, he's got a country contract coming and if you like country, you'll like him. James has grown on me. Didn't really like him much at first, but he's willing to take some risks (Pia, are you paying attention?). And I think you need to do that (think Adam Lambert) to do well in the music business. Haley has some spunk and once she gets free of Idol, she should get some vocal coaching and use her spunk to create a fun career for herself.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Arthur

    So where was Sir Elton John ?
    This week's song choice was his songs but no appearance – why was that ? (and before people start stating he was already booked with SNL – where talking about Idol – the number one show on TV).
    So who did they have – Jamie Foxx and Will-I-Am singing something about Rio and Fantasi – can't stand her singing, really can't stand her singing......

    April 1, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      What?! you didn't like Fantasia singing about cornbread and collard greens? You must not be from the south!

      April 1, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      I get it if you don't like Fantasia's style. Not everybody likes country or rock. But Fantasia has one of the best voices to ever come out of Idol. She is still Simon's favorite. I'm not into country, but I recognized the beauty in Scotty's voice. I could tell Carrie Underwood could sing. Fantasia gets more respect from her peers (other musicians) than any other Idol. She was invited to sing for Sir Elton at the Kennedy Center Honors. Girl has mad talent. I don't like the look she was sporting, but the voice – awesome.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      @Missy big deal Fantasia was invited to sing for Sir Elton, but she was not invited to sing for HER idol was she? Fantasia is what us white southerners would call other white ppl poor white trailer trash, only she won AI and got millions of dollars, and just b/c she won those millions don't mean you can't take the trash out of her. (and yes I know she's black) Her voice is horrendous, her style is horrendous, and her life is atrocious. If Simon messed up on anything with American Idol and his choices it would be Fantasia. Jennifer Hudson beat her out in Dream Girls, and is probably more recognizable and notable than she is, and I'd be willing to bet that Simon is regretting backing and pushing Fantasia.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Yuck

      Fantasia hurt my ear drums. She needs to have a big girl voice..and not talk/sing like a 5 year old who just sucked helium out of a balloon.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjinmd

      I can't believe that no one has mentioned the slit in the dress that Fantasia was wearing. You talk about indecent--

      April 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Does Fantasia have a stylist?? If she does, she should fire her!! Hair was atrocious....and I just don't like her voice at all......Jennifer Hudson is crazy better than her!!!!!!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Lee Fan

    Spyderman you have all that info, most of which I agree with,
    but you forget who won last year??? LEE DEWYZE!

    April 1, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Spyderman

      LEE! Thats right! But see what I mean? Lee got the granny vote, the crooners usually go far in AI, but rarely are remembered.

      April 1, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • lee rocks

      Lee deserved the win last year fair and square. He is/was amazing. crystal was ok in my eyes..something about her i didn't like...something in her voice-either way...they both are going somewhere. GO LEE!

      April 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Spyderman

    Naima was no surprise. She's beautiful but played the black vote too much. The majority of the voters I think are the granny voters: white, middle class, stay-at-homes. Scotty is good but no range, Lauren has more range but needs more stage presence. Paul is BORING. Jacob, incredible talent and a bright future but needs to come out of the gospel singer box and cross over into the main stream. Casey, definitely out of the box but won't sell records. I love him but another Hicks who I also loved. Stefano, couple weeks at best. James the rocker is another Jacob, stuck in the box. Won't win AI but will sell records ... a bunch. The final 2: Pia & Haley. Pia is the odds on favorite right now with all the right tools with a stunning stage presence. Haley will become the Most Improved. What is missing? Who is selling the most downloads on iTunes? So far I've bought the whole album the last 2 weeks because the talent is that good this year. Last year I bought mostly Crystal Bowersox and she didn't win. I forget who did. There should be a concession for most downloads each week.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      Actually Niami didn't play the black vote. She did very little R&B. She played the "Island vote" which is so niche that most people watching just couldn't get into. I am confused about the judges comparing Pia to Whitney, Mariah, Celine Dion? I don't hear it at all. That girl is boring and better show she can move and do something else. It's mostly pre-teen and teen white girls voting on Idol. The middle-aged white women vote on Dancing With the Stars. That is why young white guys like Stefano last longer than they should, even if they are horrible. And also why we end up with that boring guy who won over Adam Lambert. Who won last year?

      April 1, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Most african-american's that I've talked to say that AI (and the music style) sucks, so I don't think she was playing the race card....did she get the sympathy vote, or 'vote for the worst' ?

      April 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Maverick

    Can't they ALL just go home? There's no talent there..AT ALL!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  92. Ive Nopenis

    I want every one that posts on here to ask yourself one question,and try to come up with the answer without checking the internet! Who is the British Prime Minister? If you do not know, then I beg you,,Please do not vote in any upcoming elections

    April 1, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • BJ

      Ive, not that it makes any difference for this board, but the British Prime Minister is David Cameron. I know this and I am an American.

      Comment on AI, I don't like to really watch it but end up watching most of it with my husband. I hope James wins. He is a positive role model for anyone with disibilities that doesn't think they can do or are worth anything.

      April 1, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred L. Fraud

      Winston Churchill

      April 1, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • whatthef

      Henry VIII, isn't it? I heard he's getting remarried too.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jus saying

      yo mama.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaeson

      Some guy with bad teeth and a dry sense of humor.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaeson

      Since were on the topic does anyone know who the king of Canada is? How about the queen of Pakistan?

      April 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  93. just sayin......

    so very funny............MOST of you. You all are really such experts (buying records/music does not qualify). Most of your opinions are clouded by your personal prejudices, ignorance and stupidities.

    Even some of the stuff the judges come up with are totally ridiculous (they must be tone deaf or something is going on in that milieu that we can not hear)..........much less you idiots.

    Here's whats really telling........I believe without exception.......all the "strong vocal" AI contestants are the ones selling records and making money. The "unique".......the "raspy".......the "performer".......the "always screaming rocker".....the wanna be "Motown Crooner"........the yodel singer that wants to be country but has no voice..........all that stuff the judges are always begging for.........THEY DON"T SELL RECORDS or make money!

    April 1, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • arbeegee

      @just sayin.....

      Who are you? What makes you such an expert that you can call other posters on here idiots? How much musical/showbusiness experience do you have, compared to the judges, that qualifies you to criticize them?
      Get down off your self-imposed egotistic high horse, jerk. You represent yourself as a know-nothing nobody, wannabe expert, who feeds off of his own stupidity.

      April 1, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      Minus the idiots part – He's exactly right! It's all about the money! If it won't sell they will fail; regardless of how good they are!

      April 1, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  94. Dana

    Saw this show for the first time last night...thankfully Elton & Bernie are alive lest they otherwise would roll over in their graves with that God-awful Raggae rendition of "I'm Still Standing" by Naima...

    April 1, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  95. marty rogers

    Naima was exciting and original–not qualities appreciated in shows like this. Paul has to go. Poor thing, he is good looking, but simply cannot sing. Pia sings great but who needs (or wants) another Celine Dion. I vote for Haley or Casey.But they are probably too original for the average AI viewer, many in the deep south

    April 1, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  96. Iggie

    I was glad to see Naima go tonight. She's sweet n'stuff but gah..she can't hold her notes at all. As for Paul>..wow...ok so Rod Stewart-like he may be, and I see the similarity..what bothers me about him is he seems to always stay in a small range of notes, and wisps them out....I don't think the guy can really carry a tune, and I think if you put him on the spot and asked him to sing the notes of an octave, he couldn't do it and hold the notes. I think he's there on a smile and looks, but usually that gets salted out in the end. The remaining 8 have some true talent, so it'll be interesting to see who America votes for in the end. Hard to choose at this point (not counting Paul).

    April 1, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  97. Resa

    I can't believe Sarah is playing the Race card.. hmmm let's see, what about Jennifer Hudson and Reuben and Fantasia???
    Ignorant fools always playing the race card ... ticks me off!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • OpenMike

      Agreed – race comment was silly. Was going to respond to them, but decided to be positive and agree with you instead. The show has represented minorities rather heavily throughout – Even two black winners over 10 seasons is 20% rate and African Americans make up 13% of the population at this time. Much of the minority talent is so good that they go straight to recording and bypass Idol altogether. Judges: half way to a rainbow

      April 1, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Speaking of Fantasia.....OMG what a train wreck she has turned out to be. That performance last night was one of the grossest things I've ever seen....expect that screaming thing she put us all through last year.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jus saying

      i don't exactly agree with the race card THIS TIME, either...but calling on jennifer hudson as an example would more so prove her point, not yours......When Jennifer was eliminated, it was said to spark racial questions, even by Elton John who called the show "racist". She wasn't a winner...although that season Fantasia did win. All in all, the top 3 that yr should've been 3 black females, but two of them were elimanated early and somehow (maybe because of the sob rags to riches story) Fantasia made it through and beat out 2nd best...

      April 1, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  98. OpenMike

    Jacob – too much mouth distortion while singing – will find his niche in cd, but not a winner
    Naima – expressive, but not powerful enough, sometimes off key, fake jamake? gone
    Thia – sweet, soft voice, too soft – listen to her though – very mature voice – gone but will be famous – gone
    Paul – raspy, raspy, can only really sing about 6 different notes with any clarity – soon adios
    James – a bit exaggerative for a rocker, if that's possible, but actually hits the notes and performs- top 2 or 3
    Haley – growler and prowler – she is on her way out, but will have a cd – toothpaste commercial with paul
    Scotty – milking the low tone – little diversity otherwise, even in country – will have cd, but soon gone
    Casey – servives because of halo effect, people drinking cool aid – he is smoke and mirrors – should have been gone
    Lauren – naive, innocent, fragile – if she comes out of shell she will blow pipes to top 3
    Stefano – sweet kid – would be a star in Canada – good to mediocre vocals – broadway – soon gone
    Pia – hands down the best singer on the show. Already Pro! Makes rest look like little girls and boys – WINNER!

    April 1, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      You hit the nail on the head with every single one of 'em!

      April 1, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      I think you're on it. But, I think that if Pia, lovely, talented and classy as she is, doesn't start moving a bit, she might not take the contest. In that case it will be Lauren. Both of them are cuter'n hell, aren't they!

      April 1, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      I agree with almost everyone! I think your top 3 is about right – but for me it's gonna be Pia, Scotty, and James.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • jus saying

      I COMPLETELY agree with one exception.....call me crazy but I LOVE Haley. I love the difference in her voice (more so than Paul). Other than that, I think we're looking for the same results.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  99. RollTheDice

    Just got done watching AI on dvr, yeaaaaaaa, Thia is gone! Naima, I got a kick outta her, never knew what to expect! She get done & I'd just shake my head, laugh, & say, "What the he_ _ was that"? I will miss her! LOL

    April 1, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  100. lana

    James Durbin sing the WHO'S The Who – Baba o'riley

    April 1, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  101. Rock N Roller


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  102. ADT

    If you listen to the studio version of all the artists you can hear a difference in the live vs. studio voices. If a contestant can't produce a good studio version I don't see how they can continue through the live shows without being voted off? That being said, I am thinking of Jacob. His studio versions are not great but he seems to be liked by the judges and getting through on what I think are mediocre vocals. I am by no means a good singer and definately couldn't do better. But I know a good voice when I hear one. I think he is next to go. And I think Pia is in danger too – she is the best singer at th emomnet, but th others are improving week-on-week and showing versatility, she doesn't seem to be 'progressing' – like Melinda Dolitle (name?) who was hte best in her season but got knoked out in hte final 5 (I think from memeory).I'd like to see Scotty win, even though he is very one deminsional as well – he wil go a long way with the right writers and producers, and I am sure the country world is lining up to work with him

    April 1, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      I say GOOD RIDDANCE to Scotty Boy! Let him go, and let country music have him, b/c as anyone can see he ain't done nothing for any of the different genres that AI has tried throwing at him, and poor Lauren was stuck with him last night having to do a duet with him carrying his sorry country butt through that.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      @ Tammy – Obviously just a country hater! Last time I checked Aerosmith isnt singing gospel, Snoop dogg isn't singing country, and George Straight isn't singing hip hop! Why? Cause that's not who they are!! Scotty is country and sings it darn well! He should be commended for staying true to himself – O wait the judges have been doing that all season!

      April 1, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • mjinmd

      Lauren is a country wannabe.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  103. A

    I REALLY like Paul and Naima, so tonight I felt as though I had to sacrifice one favorite over another. I was hoping that Stefano would be in the bottom three, and that he and Thia would leave. Tonight was kind of a bummer for me.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Iggie

      As Randy would say.....YO! Are you tone deaf? you liked the two who were the least able to even hold a note!

      April 1, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Arlee

      Yup, I have to agree,. Even though none of those 3 had a chance to win I wished Niama would have continued on simply for the chance to see someone that will shake it up a bit. She has the ability to do that. Still does, just not on the show.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  104. Proud To Be White

    Thank God that dreadlocked, monster looking, fake ethnic Naima is gone! Lord knows that girl cant sing/dance, even if her life depended on it. And that fake African/Jamaican stuff just wasnt cutting it. Shes really confused about what/who she is. maybe now that shes going home she can figure it out. Good ridance I say! Now lets get on with the real singers.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Proud To Be A HUMAN BEING

      Ah, you just proved my point about "American" Idol and what is REALLY going on. Guess you were jumping for joy when the other minorities (Ashthon, Karen, Thia and Naima) have been booted out too, huh??? You'll be thrilled when Jacob the gospel singer goes, won't you?? Followed by the 2 Italians (Stefano and Pia)... then all that will be left are all your favorite 'white people', am I good or what??

      April 1, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • dtcpr

      @ Proud to be.... Last time I checked, Italians are white

      April 1, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      @Proud to be an Human Being – Actually your point has no merit! Sorry – but that guy simply stated his view point. America still has to vote and they obviously didn't care for her singing either! Remember she was not even selected initially, but got the second chance from the judges. Personally, I think she had a good story, and still a great future in the biz, but just not good/popular enough to win.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      I am "white", and I am ashamed to see that racial bigotry is still slive and thriving in this country!
      Shame on you.
      Naima was just too "out there", white, black, pink, blue...whatever
      You're an idiot...change your user name.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • billbaby54

      There have definitely been a few minority AI winners,HOWEVER you are a Bigot,whohas a narrow view of LIFE in general.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Erika

      @ Dogs Rule – you're wrong. Cat's Rule!!!

      April 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  105. lana

    James Durbin you need to sing this song QUADROPHENIA- Love, Reign O'er Me

    March 31, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Rosie

    Shocked at Thia leaving? Not me. Never thought much of her.

    Naima – the run was fun. Her vocals weren't – fun or impressive.

    Next up – Paul and Stefano. And then it gets interesting.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      I agree; Paul next week and Stefano the week after that.

      April 1, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Right on. Paul's one of my favorites for his intangibles but he's just not as talented as the rest and I think he'll be out next and Stafano soon after. Also, not that big of a fan of Haley. Did you hear how week she was in the trio last night? Pia and Thia blew her away.

      April 1, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • wendy

      It has to be Jacob. Good voice for gospel – the choir needs him.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  107. Sunshine Girl


    March 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      is your caps lock button stuck? enjoy your life full of fear through that limited little tunnel

      April 1, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Arlee

      You have to get out more and experence life. You are so stuck in a grove with blinders on you don't see what the real world can offer. Open that mind, and get off the drugs!

      April 1, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • derek

      Naima was awful to watch. I'm also thrilled I don't have to see her silly outfits or dancing anymore. Watching James every week is a privilige. He's going to win.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Estelle

    Love Jacob's voice, but he's got to quit crying while he sings. Coming from a musician, I like Casey because he is original. Most all of us can sing, but there has to be a star quality. Pia has killer vocals. Scotty is normal country for whatever that's worth.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Jacob has a good voice if you're interested in finding a girlish high tenor for a choir or backup singer, but that kid is no American Idol....not even close. He's way too soft and girlish and God knows we don't need any more of that from men.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • tina

      I think Jacob is a tremendously talented singer but he goes overboard almost every week. The screaming doesn't add anything desirable to his performances, and some of his mannerisms are kinda creepy. If he could fix those things, it would make him the best.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • erika

      Are you joking? Jacob is awful! I have to change the channel when he comes on. I'm a teacher and one of my students commented that when Jacob sings, he looks like he's trying to swallow the microphone whole. I have to admit, he nailed that one on the head. Come on America, vote Jacob off!

      April 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Greg

    Namia would have been better off being tossed earlier because she needs electronic enhancement to her voice and all she did was provide evidence about her true voice. Thia was the lesser diva and it people vote partly for genre. Pia will benefit from the loss of Thia. Where do Namia voters go?

    March 31, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arlee

      They move to Casey. The only one left with the guts to go out on a limb for a memorable performance. True Casey and Niama don't have the best voices but they are (were) worth watching. Sorry to see Niama go she added some life and creativity to this years group of contestants.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  110. Carol

    Haley is this years Idol for me...She has a great range going in her voice and she never misses a note or a beat...You can tell that she loves to perform...I want her to win...Good Luck...Haley!!!

    March 31, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Finally!!!

    Way past time for the lame Naima and Thia to be gone! The fact they got this far says alot about how lame the show is. I hope X factor is a more actual talent based show, idol is so popularity based and not actual talent. Plus the voting is rigged by being able to do it as many times as you can in 2 hours.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      I agree! Naima and Thia needed to go. Both are talented but not as talented as the others. Same with Paul. We've watched for years and love the show. This year I think there is a lot more talent than last year, especially the guys.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  112. nunu

    why is everyone on naima, at least she's not cookie cutter and boring. i'm an idol fan but the contestants this year are so boring i still don't remember their names. the country guy and lauren need to go, they're just country music tokens he's boring and she's so generic. the rest are ok to look at but will soon fade into oblivion. (except pia, she's a star!) casey needs to go. there will be another casey next year.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrskool

      i agree with you about Naima – its refreshing to have contestants who arent doing the same old thing

      i disagree with you about Pia – to me she is so boring – Thia's voice is just as good but neither of them are relevant

      April 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  113. zz

    The best is Country music guy with the deep voice, wow beautiful.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debi


      March 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gord

      Scotty is your Idol winner – can't beat good old country music and especially with a voice like his!

      April 1, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • derek

      He's great at country music, but that's all he can do. James is the winner already.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjinmd

      Yes, derek, he is good at what he does–country music. That's what he sings and all he wants to sing. When his career takes off, he will not have to sing Motown or Elton John, etc.; he will sing country. That doesn't make him a one trick pony–it makes him a dedicated country music singer.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Mitchell

    A.I. talent winners are chosen from vocal talent. Naimi, maybe had good stage presence but poor vocals (probably could not sing a ballad to save her life). She is very happy just to make the traveling show tour (earn about $250k). Thia very young at 16yrs old. Has talent but not good range in the various categories of music. Very little if any stage prresence or "magic". I would not go pay to hear her sing invidually (good Kareoke vocals) . I believe the winner will have both stage presence, personality and "mad vocals" that actually can "move" an audience. -- I'll keep voting until the last day. Remember, "it is what it is...." If they are truely talented then they will be successful ala' Adam Lambert, Cooke and Aiken...... Peace!

    March 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      If what you say is true, then Chris Daughtery would have won, Fantasia would have lost, so far your theory is flawed, but we'll see by way of James this year

      April 1, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  115. Lola

    Ugh, I can't believe Thia is gone! She has a nice tone to her voice but I must admit, she just chose the wrong song! She had so much potential...oh well. As for everyone loving Pia, I don't get her at all. She always seems like she's struggling for air when hits those high notes. I have been "listening" to these contestants (yes, I purposely close my eyes when they're singing) and I must say, Pia is nowhere close to what everyone is saying. She's not that great.

    March 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • NeuroChris

      Seriously?!?! Yeah...neither is Barbara Streisand, Celine Deion or Whitney Houston..just not 'that' great.

      April 1, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • NYC

      I agree! Close your eyes and listen to all of them. It makes a big difference. Pia is completely overrated. Her voice is thin on top; she is barely holding on to the notes. She does not have a unique song, but she would be well suited for cruise ships, and this is not a slam to cruise ship singers. She does not charm. She could not do Broadway. Did you notice how she was out of breath during her up-tempo trio last night? She's a one-trick pony.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  116. EOIGJ

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....you peeps need to really get a life watching this nonsense. Losers - all of you!

    March 31, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • taffd

      dearest eoigj–so why are you even on this site?? Curious?? LOSER!!

      March 31, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      And yet you're on this site reading the comments and replying. Who's the loser?

      March 31, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Tammy

    Figure they would put Lauren in to boost Scotty up with the vocals. Anyone NOT see Naima going had to be blind as a bat and or deaf as Helen Keller, or a family member. As for Thia, she was going to go either tonight or next week, too many people saw her as boring, although vocally she was one of the, if not the best last night. Why oh why are y'all keeping Scotty, you know he's got a record deal once he steps off the AI stage. I am surprised that Haley wasn't in the bottom 3 instead of Paul though, just based on the what I've read in the past blogs in here.

    March 31, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      OMG! You said it yourself that Thia was "one of the best, if not thee best" SINGER... yet she got booted off because she was 'boring'. Hilarious! As for Naima, she got booted off because she is just "too African", come on, admit it, this country still is hung up on RACE, god forbid a black person win 'American' Idol, right? Yeah, America we'll show them. What a friggin' JOKE this country is. And what a stupid show AI has become. Vote for the one you think is the cutest or wears the best clothes or has the best smile - that's all this show is now.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Ruben. Fantasia. Jordan Sparks. 33% of the winners (not to mention some of the biggest artist in the country) are minorities. Save the race card for something legitimate.

      April 1, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • dtcpr

      No Jules, Naima was terrible, it has nothing to do with anything else, and last time I checked Jacob was still there. I also don't understand the hype with Thia's performance of Daniel, everyone in my house felt there was no emotion behind the song

      April 1, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      @Jules – Seriouslly!! Rueban, Jordan, Fantasia! Ring any bells? America doesn't have a problem with race – now stupidity and ignorance is another story!! Get a clue!!

      April 1, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • SARGE

      @ Jules, last time I checked AI was a show for all races, and everybody is allowed to vote. Naima tried to hide the fact that she couldn't cut the mustard vocally by dancing around like she sat on a thumbtack, plus she looked like the female Gremlin from "Gremlins 2". Just because your favorite got sent home, the whole country sucks and everybody is racist. What a shallow minded fool. Well, get on the boat and go somewhere that suits you.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnDoe

      I think AI is wrong in bringing down the age limit to 15. If anyone hasn't seen Thia's performances (pre-idol) in Youtube (America's Got Talent and David Foster's concerts), it is very far from her AI performances. I think she lost confidence and got overwhelmed by all the pressure.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjinmd

      Put Lauren in to boost up Scotty–what are you drinking? Lauren is terrible and Scotty will win it all. We're keeping him in so that he gets his "just rewards" for doing a fantastic job. And, yes, he will have a great country music career.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • kls817

      I thought Scotty and Lauren sounded great together: the best duo act I've seen on the show. They really harmonized well. The second duet with Jacob and Naima was pretty good too. The other two performances were terrible, especially the last one with the four guys.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lambkin

      If you really think its racist, then youve got to admit its sedxist: only 3 women have won. What a load of cr*p!

      April 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancon454


      Are you kidding me? Race has nothing to do with it! Niama was lucky to be in the top 11 when you look at who she was with on that stage. If you would have put her on last season then she could have had a chance, and I am white and I vote for Jacob every week, because that Big Queen is great! It's so funny that every time someone black goes home someone pulls out the race card! I for one do not think that people that vote for AI think about race when they make there choice, it has to do with the voice, look and how they work the stage and yes also just because they like a person. Niama was all over the place with her roots in Africa, or sorry Jamaica, or what I am confused now! She did not know who she was, and she did not have the chops to be there and this is why she is home now.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  118. gypsy

    I was hoping Paul would be the one in the bottom three and go home yes he is cute and has a great smile but his raspy voice is just not American Idol material., Thia would have been my second choice, yes she has a great voice, but not really powerful. My guess Pia and James will be the last two standing

    March 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      In a well rounded world you would be correct in your assumptions on Pia & James, but we are talking about AI. They are the ones who put Fantasia up there singing something about cornbread and collard greens and allowing the judges to give her a standing ovation for that crap! (not to mention the fact that she won AI once in a lullabye)

      March 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • orlandobob

      If Naima wasn't your top choice to leave, you're tone deaf!

      March 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • wendy

      Pia is all about glam but ever so boring. won't be buying her cd if she does win!

      April 1, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Penney Sick

      My thoughts exactly pia and james top 2 but scotty will end up selling the most music, country fans are loyal

      April 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Connor likes James!

    I bet James or Pia or Casey will win idol. I thought God bless the child by Jacob was great though. LETS GO JAMES!

    March 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancon454

      I agree with you, I picked them to be the final three from the start of the top 24.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  120. John

    Well sometimes the Best win's, example David Cook.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      I totally agree! David Cook has the whole package!!!! My favorite ever!

      April 1, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • wendy

      Oh yeah, David Cook was my fav too. The present lot doesn't seem to poss that 'extra' special quality to their voice. Forget the glam.

      April 1, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Book

      I never vote for anyone on AI – big exception: David Cook. Voted my a z z off for him.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jg59

      And sometimes they don't – Daughtry for example. One of the best ever and I think him "losing" was the best thing for his career. Definitely one of the most successful Idols.

      April 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  121. John

    I thought that Thia, singing "Daniel" was the 2nd best of the night , Haley had the top performance last night. I was suprised that Thia was voted off tonight.

    Nothing new for Idol, you can be the Best & still be voted off. It's not a singing contest, it is a popularity contest.
    the best singers usually don't win.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • rt

      Its full package contest... Singing really well is not good enough, people want eye candy as well. Unless you have a really unique voice and personality.

      March 31, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      Of course it's a popularity contest! DUH! What's popular is what sells! Family Dollar could have the best jeans around; but try and get a teenage girl to wear them! So yeah it's about popularity!!

      April 1, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      Thia was adorable, and she has a lovely voice. If America wants "eye candy", what's Jacob still doing on the show? All his screeching makes him sweat, too. It makes us have to mute the volume. And lauren? She's mediocre and chubby to boot.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • JT

      She's good but boring.

      April 1, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • hermitlady

      It is called "AMERICAN IDOL" a singing contest yes, but the winner needs the whole package. Singing and the ability to bring the audience into their performance. Naima can do that but she is not a great singer, Thia is a great singer, but she has not stage presence – Boring to watch. Pia also has a great voice but she continue to perform like she is in the Miss America Pageant, she really needs to start performing for the audience or people are going to get bored with her. Stephano, needs to go, he is just another David Archuleta -and what has he done lately? I would like to see Scotty win, I think he would be very successful.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jross

      Thia is a fabulous singer, but she was boring. No performance there. That's why she's gone.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Lori

    The only problem I have with this show is that it's more a popularity contest than a real talent contest. I've said from the start that the judges should pick who leaves the show up until there are 5 left. This way you're pretty much guaranteed a "reputable" star/winner to the show. Prime example was on tonights elimination. I don't know who told Mike he could sing....omg, this guy sounds like he's inhaled helium-he sounds like a girl. This reminds me of a few years ago with Sanjaya and the show doesn't need that to happen again. Anyways, Naima was far superior to Mike and so was Thia. America once again is proving that Idol isn't a talent show...it's a popularity contest. All you have to do is look at past winners and who of them you hear about in the press/media. Carrie and Kelly are well known in the industry but everyone else is hardly ever heard from/about. I commend Idol on the great changes they've made this year but now it's time for the American public to "get with it". As for the "mansion"....call Ghost Hunters....Jay and Grant can take care of that little problem. 🙂

    March 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      And what about the second-place winners who seem to have had better success after the show compared to the winners themselves?

      March 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stewart

      Of course it's a popularity contest. After all, it's Americans that will be buying the albums. If America doesn't like a certain person, they're not going to buy their albums.

      March 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nori

      Who is Mike?
      Do you mean Paul? I think he is good, people are not getting him. Reminds me of Rod Stewart with his own twist.

      March 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • OrlandoBob

      What show have you been watching? There is no "Mike!" Maybe you're talking about "Paul". When you listen to the show, watch for the right name.

      March 31, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      I believe he is calling Jacob "Mike"...As in Michael Jackson...lol

      March 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I totally agree with you! "Mike" is actually Paul McDonald, the guy who thinks he's another Rod Stewart w/ bad suits. God, he MUST go. A.I. is nothing but a JOKE now. It's clear you can't be a 'minority' and be an 'American' Idol winner any more (i.e., Ashthon, Karen, Naima and Thia, ALL minorities)... I know people don't like to talk 'race' in this country, but it's so clear that this is what is going on, same ol' same ol' crappola.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Sey12

      Who is Mike?

      April 1, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Candace

      Who is Mike?

      April 1, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ken

      Pathetic to try and pull the race card. If you can't see that the people eliminated are the weakest singers that is a problem for you to get over. Naima is not good, not at all. Do us all a favor, flip your tv around so that it faces the wall next season and see how much race has to do with the outcome.

      April 1, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      Who the heck is Mike???

      April 1, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • rustysrage

      @Sarah – You obviously have no clue! There have been 3 as you call them "minorities" crowned as winners on AI, not to mention many others that made the final 10! It's about singing, not race!

      April 1, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • r fu

      mike? it's paul. i love how people have these lengthy comments and don't even know the contestants names...

      April 1, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • jus saying

      I'm sorry...I'm black, have been for 31 years and i think all the minorities that went home should've went home. in actuality, I thought at least four or five that made it to the top (Naima, Thia, Ashton, Karyn, and this hispanic guy that wears sneakers ) should have never been there in the first place, and they're ALL minorities. Naima is great in the studio but just below average live; Thia is boring; Ashton was horrible; Karyn was better during auditions and the sneaker guy had already peeked during auditions...he strains just to sing a normal song...what happens when he's given a power ballad...his voice is thin and he's more of a choir or group singer than solo....

      April 1, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
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    • Theresa

      Lori posted 3/31 @ 9:40PM,
      Who the heck is Mike? Do you actually watch AI and if you do, do you pay attention? Naima seriously? You can see her as THE AMERICAN IDOL? As for past winners, how about some of the past non-winners? Ever heard of Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert, David Cook, etc? Come on. Get real!

      April 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toni

      Who's Mike?

      April 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • FrankMhere


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    • Kelly

      Mike, who the heck is Mike, don't you mean Paul??? If you are going to complain you should at least get the name right, makes it look like you don't know what you're talking about. Oh wait, you don't. The 2 that left should have left a while ago, remember one of them was a wild card and in the bottom 3 after that so that speaks volumes! Haley should have been in the bottom 3 with the other 2 before Paul. He sounds like Rod Stewart and the others just don't have it going on at all. AS for the popularity contest, the season Kris beat Adam defies that statement all together because Adam was way more popular than Kris ever was. Also, Daughtry was popular and didn't win....

      April 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattCC

      Ummm .... David Cook was the winner, not second.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark S

      I watch the show for enjoyment. Never saw someone except maybe Underwood,that deserved to win, win. I do not vote because my vote means nothing. It should be one vote per person and to brag about the 55M votes you might of gotten from 20M people. That is what is wrong with the show.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen Quagmire

      I like Paul. He sounds like Rid Stewart mixed with Ray LaMontaine. Thia had to go. Every time she was praised for her "talent", I cringed. Casey all the way.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  123. ben

    Sorry but casey needs to go home.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • OpenMike

      Totally agree. He looked like a potential winner through hollywood with his upright bass, but has been totally smoke and mirrors since. He has been saved by some wierd "Halo Effect." He could win American Singing Clown, but Idol? what?

      April 1, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      He's one of the most talented now has people voting for him. You won't see him in the bottom three again for a long time.

      April 1, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      No question about it. Casey looked shocked that his rendition of Your Song didn't sprout wings beneath him and fly him home. I'm just not seeing what the judges see in Casey or in that fat black guy.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Raf

      Casey has that wierd Austin SXSW thing going on and I think it might judt work for him even if he doesnt win. He is a multi instrumentalist and sings. Kinda rare in pop today.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kareen

      OMG if I have to listen to Casey one more time I am going to scream.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sym

      I totally disagree. Casey is one of the most talented people on this show and in my opinion, he redeemed himself with 'Your Song.'

      April 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Viking

    America got the bottom 3 right. The big story is about the manion. I didn't see the whole segment....did they mention it has spiders, is haunted and has ghosts in sheets floating aorund? This is the reason the Idols wanted to leave!

    March 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Sorry, Keeping the broken glass porter wagner was a joke. That poor 15 year old to go home instead was pure prejudice. I thought this was suppose to be a talent contest. Where the best prevails. Not in this case.

      April 1, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • CandleintheWind

      Thia's time had come. She has a great voice but not much stage presence. Stefano and Jacob should be next.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |

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