Utterly Horrendous

Top 9 – Beatles night! [again]

Posted in American Idol by alaskansteph on April 7, 2010

Hi y’all, it’s Stephani!

So… after several mediocre episodes of season 9 on Idol, tonight was not at all terrible.

I hate that that’s the best thing I can say about tonight’s episode, but this season has thus far been a stunning display of mediocrity and Simon essentially phoning it in [knowing it’s his last season].

But then, the music of The Beatles is pretty epic. There are very few songs I can’t sing along to [one of which was sung tonight], and it’s the music of both my childhood and an entire generation [and then some]. I really didn’t have a lot of high hopes for tonight, honestly. But my expectations were definitely exceeded.

First, those in danger…

Aaron: The lineup did him no favors, and neither did “The Long and Winding Road“. I remember when David Archuleta did this one in season 7, when he was so far ahead of the pack it was ridiculous. It’s a slow song – not the kind you want to start off the night with. I respect his reasoning [he said it describes his journey on Idol] but I really think it will land him in the bottom 3 tomorrow. Compared to some of the showstoppers tonight, it was forgettable.

Here’s Archie’s superior version [not by much, though] –

Andrew: He’s very lucky he had a bit of a resurgence last week, because otherwise, this would have been the last straw for him. “Can’t Buy Me Love” is definitely one of The Beatles’ more recognizable and catchy songs, but it’s not the kind of song you sing to showcase your vocals. He was a one-trick pony long before this, but he may still have some goodwill leftover from last week. Not to mention those who want to do some Andrew-Lee ‘shipping.

Katie: As Top Idol calls her, “Smug Teen Witch” is doing herself no favors. She’s a former frontrunner who fell hard when her inexperience and sort of snooty attitude began to work against her. “Let It Be“, for her, was pageanty. The judges liked it, but I almost fell asleep, and I think her fanbase is wearing thin. The second spot is also known as the “death spot” for a reason – you’ve gotta really tear away from the pack to stand out. “Blackbird” would have been a far better choice for her.

For the record, here’s how you do “Let it Be” on Idol without sounding like a pageant princess –

And here’s why I think Katie would have done Blackbird better; her range is right on par with this –

Those who rocked the house down!

Crystal: Not that I really need to mention it, because there has yet to be a week where she’s NOT awesome, but this girl needs to win. I fear her plateauing at some point, but everything about her is amazing. Her choice, “Come Together“, was quite likely the best I’ve heard on Idol, and I LOVED Kris’s version last season. Like, LOVED – it was on repeat on my iPod for weeks. She brought some Bonnie Raitt to it, and how cool was the digiridoo guy? Mad props.

Lee: He was blessed with the pimp spot, and he seemed so much more confident this week. “Hey Jude” is such a crowd-pleasing power ballad, even if it usually stretches on until the end of time, but he got the mosh pit bimbos into it, and even randomly brought out a real Scottish bagpiper. That takes cojones. He’s on an upward streak.

Casey: I completely think this was his best performance. It was smoldering, bluesy, gritty – everything a real musician like him SHOULD be. Not to mention “Jealous Guy” one of The Beatles’ lesser-known songs… I’m gonna download it. He’s fantastic and I think he’s getting better and better.

Those I said “meh” to.

Siobhan: She’s a “peak too-sooner”. Her shriek should have been saved for the eleventh hour – because we’ve pretty much heard everything she can do now. Even though Adam pulled out the same big guns early on, he was still able to shock the masses – I don’t think Siobhan has the same ability. She did herself a favor tonight by singing “Across the Universe” all subdued, but all I could think was “I could not care less”.

Big Mike: I really do like this guy – in fact, he’s probably one of the most likeable guys we’ve had on the show – but I found his version of “Eleanor Rigby” to be boring. I really think I’m just spoiled by David Cook‘s version, but … yeah. I don’t care.

Oh, and here’s David’s amazing Season 7 version. Because it is superior.

Last but not least… Tim Urban.

Yeah, he’s in his own category, even though I thought it was a dick move when Randy did the same, but this kid is Teflon Tim for a reason. But “All My Loving” was absolutely the right song and based on his Teflon-ness and absolute adorableness… I think he’ll be okay.

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Top 10 does R&B. AND Yes, Tim Urban is still on the show.

Posted in American Idol by thedavidlewexperience on March 31, 2010

"Im only here because my album comes out today"

David here! I gotta admit, my hectic schedule hasn’t allowed me to sit down and watch ANY Idol episodes since the first semi final rounds (which I watched from Seattle). We’ve been able to keep up through YouTube clips and other Idol sites (such topidolblog.com). Of course I’ve heard about all the hate with this seasons crop of “talent,” and it’s reminding me of Season 6 a lot. Tonights R&B themed episode is my first viewing of everyone on the big stage and i’ll be able to properly give my educated opinion on these people vying for Americas vote.

Usher is the mentor this week, and I’m sure he couldn’t be more happy. Luckily for American Idol his album release is on the same day of this show. And 30mil eyes on him on the day of his album drop doesn’t hurt. Based on the theme alone tonight, I had guessed that the standouts would be Michael Lynche, Andrew Garcia, Siobhan M. I also thought Crystal would have an okay night, nothing fancy but she’d definitely be safe. The ones in trouble would be Tim Urban (he’s in trouble every week. He’s the Abercrombie Sanjaya), and Didi Benami.

PERFORMANCE ROUND-UP

Siobhan In her pre-tape, she pulls off those big glasses without being annoying.  Her performance: Not good. Terrible arrangement. WOW. That was the worst I’ve heard her sing on this show.  Did I also hear FEEDBACK from the mic? The judges (except for Simon) give her a real pass. That’s impressive. The judge also spent a long time talking to her; almost consoling her. She looks visibly hurt. C’mon young lady its one performance. They’ve been pimping her for the longest time. She can stand to have one bad performance. She’s safe

Casey An average vocal, but the energy skyrocketed and it seemed like a party was going on at American Idol! I got a hint of Kris Allen in Casey as far as someone who I forgot was in the competition early on but crept into the finals with ease. Simon really showered him with praise this week which means he’ll be safe

Michael Normally I find “Big Mike” a little annoying. I can’t place my finger on it. But he just hasn’t been a favorite of mine, BUT, I actually liked Michael with the guitar in a quiet acoustic setting. Tonight he sang a fantastic song and really left an impression. Usher also gave him his stamp of approval. He’s Safe

Didi I definitely thought she was crying during her pre-tape with Usher because of her friend who had passed away, but I didn’t feel it necessary for Ryan to make her bring it up after her performance.  Im sure he was trying to earn her votes after getting a lukewarm response from the judges. But as far as her performance, I enjoyed a lot more than the judges did.  I think i’ll have to watch it again. I didn’t think it was perfect, but it wasn’t as bad as the judges made it out to be. She’s in trouble

Tim Urban Oh Tim. Im just gonna really skip you. You are a good looking Sanjaya, and a poor mans Ace Young. Actually the kid showed some personality tonight, but it’s still irritating to see the people that have left in the past in favor of him. There’s one every year (Kevin Covais, Sanjaya, Scott McIntyre, etc.) He’s forever in trouble

Andrew Garcia I will pretend to hide my favoritism to Andrew. I had seen his clips on YouTube months and months before Idol. So he’s the cool, hip and not annoying version of Von Smith. When I heard R&B was the theme, I KNEW in my bones that this was the week to bring him back. When I heard he was singing Chris Browns “Forever” I wasn’t sure at first, but once it started… OOH IT WAS GOOD! Andrew is BAAAAAAACK! Now all the Youtub’ers voting will be joined by the general populous and he is a favorite once again! Judges sang his praises. Kara almost passed out gushing in excitement. And it also marked the first time NO ONE MENTIONED STRAIGHT UP!! He’s Safe!

Katie Stevens HEY KATIE! THIS IS HOW YOU SING CHAIN OF FOOLS!

At least you are better than this guy!

Katie is the little contestant I forgot about. She’s the new Lisa Tucker (Except waaay less likable. When did that happen? I loved her with the whole grandma angle, then at one point I stopped rooting for her. Weird. Here she sang the extremely dated Chain of Fools. Could she have picked a song that’s more disconnected to todays music and has no baring on how she would do as an actual artist?? Don’t get me wrong, technically she sang it well. But it just seemed like a performance a girl would perform at a pageant or an Americas Got Talent audition. BTW I LOVE LOVE that over at TOPIDOLBLOG.COM refer to her as Smug Teen Witch!  But she’s safe

Lee Dewyze I knew he would have a good week, but damn! A great week indeed. I remember from the early rounds, he’s had this soulful edge to his voice. A bit Black Key mixed with some Kings of Leon… throw in some David Cook for measure. This kid doesn’t have star quality stage presence yet. But he will in a few weeks. He’s going to blow everyone out of the water again and have his “moment” He’s so safe and he doesn’t even know it

Crystal B is looking more beautiful than she has on the show. She dressed up for R&B week. AND she brought out the piano. This chick is as polished as they come. She could put on an album now. Which is why i’m predicting she will be going home in the Overly Talented/Diva/Not attractive 3rd place spot. I’m predicting it now. Oh but I do love her. She hasn’t bored me yet, and I could watch her performances over and over. So she’s safe.

Aaron Archul… oops. Its not the kids’ fault that he bares a resemblance in talent, age and bland song choice. His version pales in every way to any version every sung besides this guy.

Another vanilla performance from Aaron. PALES…PALES in comparison to Kris Allens. AND WHO REMEMBERS WILL YOUNG singing this on Pop Idol way back when!!

I wish he would have waited 2 or 3 years before getting on the show. But what do I know? He’s safe

Well, that was that. I definitely feel that this season is inferior to the last 2 amazing seasons we had (minus a few contestants…) but I still think we got some great talents with some great moments to come!

Who is in trouble?! Bottom 3:

Tim Urban

Didi Benami

Siobhan Magnus

WHO IS GOING HOME?!

Tim Urban. Its been fun and its been real. But it ain’t been real fun. see you on next season of Glee.

(Now that I’ve said it, I feel like  he’ll be safe. Only time will tell.)


David Out.

Top 12 Boys! Oh what a letdown.

Posted in American Idol by thedavidlewexperience on February 26, 2010

Andrew Garcia! Jermaine Sellers! Aaron Kelly!

These guys were the voices of Hollywood week! SOOOO WHAT HAPPENED?!?! Everybody was mediocre…except for Casey and Andrew Garcia. More on them later.

We didn’t have any Imagine moments (David Archuleta) or Moodys Mood For Love (Elliott Yamin), Daydream (Jason Castro),or Hello (David Cook). Need a refresher on what an amazing semi-finals performance sounds like.. take a gander

David Archuleta-Imagine

(this is what you with the Pimp spot of the night)

Elliott Yamin-Moody’s Mood For Love

(This is how you sing a difficult song and nail it)

David Cook- Hello

(this is how you establish yourself as a favorite)

Jason Castro- Daydream

(This is how you make up for NO airtime! Come out swingin’!)

Last night we got no performances that will be remember like these, except for Andrew Garcias take on Fall Out Boys “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down”

So lets go in order and re-live these performances, which for the most part weren’t very good.

Todrick Hall – The diva and a half. Took me to hear the chorus to realize what song he was singing. I did not like the arrangement at all. Nice that he took a risk, instead of singing Usher or something that’s been done. Unfortunately the risk didn’t pay off. He may be in trouble.

Aaron Kelly- He became the first victim of these overly sensitive, terribly mixed mics. I guarantee that if he had done that in season 7, that would have sounded perfect and amazing. Something is weird with the sound mix, and Ellen brought it up earlier in the show. I liked Aaron, he lacks confidence and star quality. He’ll make the Top 12 for sure just on airtime and adorable-ness alone.

Jermaine Sellers- The other Diva! But he was by far my favorite male audition of the year. But he tried to do TOO MUCH with his vocals. His voice is so perfect by doing simple riffs. No need to go as high as he does. And WHAT SONG was that?? He would have killed a Ne-Yo song, or remix a song the way he did with Joan Osbourne during his audition. This was my most disapointing performance of the night. I had HIGH expectations.  But he’ll be safe though.

Tim Urban– OneRepublics “Apologize” needs to go in the vault (along with Hearts “Alone) and never be sung again. David Archuleta was amazing with it. Oh Tim Tim Tim. From the first note and weird look into the camera, I knew this was the trainwreck of trainwrecks. And does Tim own a forehead? Can someone tell me? The judges are right, he may be safe because girls like him. We’ll see. He should go home in my book.

Joe Munoz- This was the guy who could have had a Jason Castro moment. He has had little to no airtime at all. So this was his moment to come out and tell America why he is on the show. And he kind of did it. He didn’t vomit on stage, so that was a plus. But no one will talk about this performance next week. I think he maybe in trouble, but I’d like for him to stick around.

Tyler Grady– He got lost in the fray during Hollywood, but he’s got huge personality. For me, his performance is when the show kicked off. Great energy, decent vocals, awesome stage presence. Next week, he has to sing something current and “Visit the mall” like he said. The show and judges are the ones that keep mentioning the “70’s” style”, he doesn’t make an issue out of it. Then they judge him about it… no bueno.  But he’s definitely safe.

Lee Dewyze- The most polarizing performance of the night! The judges were split (Simon LOVED it, the others didn’t. Which is rare) and the bloggers have been split on this guy! He took advantage of what little airtime he had during Hollywood and impressed judges and viewers. I love his natural tone and rasp to his voice. A lot of flat moments in this performance, so it was very frustrating to watch. They need monitors in their ears so they can hear themselves. Easily fixed. I liked his performance mostly based on what his voice is capable of. HE NEEDS TO SING USE SOMEBODY NEXT WEEK! That will be his Imagine or Hallelujah (Jason Castro) moment. Favorite moment of the night: When Ryan asked “What does it feel like, first time performing in front of millons? Lee says: Feels like I never want to lose this feeling…” OH,  He’s safe.

John Park- Wrong song! Wrong song! Wrong song! Last time this song was sung on the show, Katharine McPhee auditioned with it. And that should have remained the last time it was sung. John is my 2nd favorite Korean guy to grace the stage: Big ups to PAUL KIM! But I think this song was a tad better of a choice because it showed more range than Careful Whisper (which is what Season 6’s Paul Kim chose).  Ellen was right, it’s not the song you choose to have all the girls screaming after you. Next week, he needs to pick a song that’s more current that he can make his own! But he’s safe.

Michael Lynche- First question, why did he have a guitar?! He didn’t strum it once, twice maybe? The vocals were ho-hum. I think his personality shone through and that’ll carry him through. But the performance was ho-hum at best.  He needs to sing a ballad next time and just knock it out of the park. Not the John Park. haha. He’s safe.

Alex Lambert- This kid has got such a great tone to his voice, probably one of my favorites. But wow this is the most awkward performance in the semi finals since Jason Yeager season 7 “Moon River.” REMEMBER HIM!?! He should be singing on cruise ships and making really good money!

Back to Alex, he has a great voice, but terribly awkward on stage. So if he stays (which he might), he’ll need to do A LOT of work to stick around again.

Casey James- Did you guys hear about him and Kara? Oh you have? Its because thats all they talk about with him! Which is too bad, because this guy is awesome. What a great look, style and voice! Complete package. If he doesn’t screw up, he’ll go deep into the Top 12. Maybe 5 or 6, but a theme week will be the end for him, I can tell. This was probably my favorite performance of the night besides Andrews. And DEFINITELY my favorite version of Bryan Adams “Heaven” sung on the show. Its been done by David Archuleta and Elliott Yamin (possibly others? Let me know!). But I loved him starting out with the acoustic, great choice. He’s DEFINITELY safe.

Andrew Garcia- My man! The guy who sang “Straight Up” during Hollywood Week. The judges just did not enjoy his rendition of Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down” and I was floored. I could tell it wasn’t on the level with “Straight Up” but compared to the earlier performances, this was tops. It was original and it showcased his vocals, although I can seem him challenging his vocals even more. Maybe a stripped down Maroon 5 song? But I absolutely dug it, so much in fact HERE’s the performance right here! Oh yeah he’s safe, blah blah. Obviously!

predictions

WHO IS GOING HOME!?

Tim Urban

Tim Urban

Joe Munoz

Just forgettable

And also stephi told me to let you guys know her choices for elimination are TIM URBAN and JERMAINE SELLERS!

So there we go! That’s it for round 1 of Semi-finals! Tonight are the results and a live performance by ALLISON IRAHETA singing Scars!

We’ll see if we were right or wrong!

UNTIL NEXT TIME! THIS HAS BEEN…..

UTTERLY HORRENDOUS!

HOLLYWOOD WEEK IS HERE! GROUP WEEK DRAMA!

Posted in American Idol by thedavidlewexperience on February 15, 2010

Imagine performing there? Intense.

DAVID HERE. Hollywood week has arrived! And we couldn’t have wanted more out of it! We got Ellen (more on her later), Andrew Garcia, Crystal Bowersox and other standouts! Also I noticed a lot more terrible performances considering these people were sent through over 100,000’s! I get bad makes for good TV but some of the crap performances were from people whom we saw little from before! Btw, is anyone else getting the feeling that the show is REALLY trying hard to find the next Taylor Swift?? I’m absolutely getting that vibe (Janell Weaver, Charity Vance, Katie Stevens…)

We also said goodbye to some Utterly Horrendous favorites that we had spotlighted during the audition process. One favorite didn’t even go to Hollywood. Danelle Hayes, who was our favorite audition in Denver. Forgot about her, here’s her audition:

Turns out that this beautiful lady had a history that Idol didn’t want to deal with. According to RadarOnline, her rap sheet is fairly extensive (DUI, Marijuana possession). Some of the occurrences were when she was a minor, so they should have been forgiven. Especially considering the fact that these auditions occurred LAST YEAR! They did not have to show her audition at all. They could have left her anonymous, since she wasn’t able to move on in the competition anyway.

Some of the favorites we said goodbye to were:

Erica Rhodes (former Barney kid)

So beautiful, we will see here again in the future.

Bernadette DeSimone

She will definitely be missed by me.

Paige Dechausse

Would have loved to see her go farther into the comp.

Matt Lawrence

(WHY DID YOU LET THEM CHOOSE GWEN STEFANI AS THE SONG???)

Shouldn't have touched Gwen.

The first days of solo performances brought out some great great performances. I’m sure there were some stellar ones that they didn’t air. But I will go on the record and say that the best solo performance EVER on the show for Hollywood Week goes to Andrew Garcia and his incredible rendition of “Straight Up”. Check it out:

RIGHT?!?!

Another stand-out for me was Janell Wheeler. Beautiful and crazy good voice…

Now for the moment we have all been waiting for MONTHS! The anticipation has been building! Ellen has arrived on Idol! It seems like yesterday that we saw this footage from the Ellen show

Here’s a clip from E! News showing Ellen on the judges panel for the first time.

First of all, let me tell you that I have been ecstatic from the beginning about her judging on Idol. I think she is the funniest female comic the world has ever heard. She is Top 10 comedian of all time, and she has proven herself a ratings juggernaut with her daytime talk show. For those reasons alone, I knew this would be an amazing idea. People have been complaining about her as a judge, suggesting that she knows nothing of the music industry and she’s unqualified to judge a singing competition. I argue that by saying as a superstar comedienne for 20 years+, she knows what it takes to be a crowd pleaser. And that is number 1 when it comes to being a pop sensation. As a comedienne she has to have full control of the audience, like a singer. So she knows EXACTLY what to look for in the next American Idol. Lastly, she has been a huge supporter of the contestants, having them on her show after their elimination. So I think the first week of Hollywood gave us a glimpse of how great its going to be having Ellen on the judges panel.

What was that?? U want me to get to the Ground Round!? WELL, OF COURSE!

OH GROUP DAY! HOW I’VE MISSED YOU!! *Stephani will be providing the Top 10 Hollywood moments later* One thing I have a problem with Group Day is that the show is about finding the best performer, not group mate. So why leave your fate up to 2 or 3 other strangers? The group day is only for the drama, and don’t get me wrong: I LOVE THE DRAMA! But a lot of contestants that were great have fallen because of group days. Nonetheless, I love watching Group Days. There are always a few stand out performances. For example this performance of “Irreplaceable” from Michelle Delamor, Ashley Rodriguez, Charity Vance.

Actually, watching it again; not as good as I remember it. haha. But I don’t edit myself. I’m leaving it in, and i’ll just add another video of a group I enjoyed. This is Team Awesome, which is made up of Seth Rollins, Michael Castro (How come he hasn’t been acknowledged once?! Oh cause he goes home after this.),  Michael Lynche, Tim Urban. Unfortunately Seth Rollins was sent packing. I always root for the bigger guys with great voices.

Speaking of DRAMA!!!! Team Neapolitan VS. Destiny’s Wyld!

Wow. This was my favorite storyline of the episode (next to the Mary Powers power-trip over poor Hope Davis). Apparently the very loud Destiny’s Wyld (Theri, Todrick Hall, Jareb Liewer, Siobhan Magnus) feel that Team Neapolitan (Liz Rooney, Thaddeus Johnson, Jessica Cunningham, and Paige Miles) stole their idea of singing Lady Gagas “Bad Romance” A cappella. Btw, I’m going on record as saying Jareb Liewer has become the most annoying contestant with the LEAST amount of stage time! WOW! I didn’t hear him sing til Destiny’s Wyld, but he has been seen screaming and yelling in the background of many episodes. So, I’m going on record as saying I am not a fan of his. With that being said, here are the two videos of both groups performing.

I can’t talk about G-Day and not mention Mary Powers and that mess of a group! Wow. Hollywood week is known for bringing the worst out of people, and here’s hoping that is the worst out of Mary Powers. Not a cute side, at all. Also in that video showed the group of Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens (Who has been amazing), and J.B Afhua (who has auditioned in the past I think). That group sang the heck out of Alicia Keys “No One” So keep an eye out for that.

Overall, the first week of Hollywood delivered above in talent as well as drama! My continuing frustration with Hollywood week is the number of performances we see. I understand its a matter of logistics, but I’d love to see more than 5 groups perform during group day; or 8 solo performances the first day. I understand they edit the show for us to grow attached to certain contestants, but it’d be nice. That’s all I’m saying.

Well, there you have it! 1st week of Hollywood is in the bag! We have 70+ contestants left to whittle down to 24. By this time next week, we will have our top 24. Unless of course you read spoilers, then you already know. But I’m old fashioned!

Season 9 Audition Wrap Up and Awards!

Posted in American Idol by thedavidlewexperience on February 7, 2010

IT’S A WRAP!

Idol brings the audition season to an end this week!

Did they find the NEXT ADAM LAMBERT?? Probably not.

How about the next David Archuleta?? Yes. Aaron Kelly. Look him up!

David Lew HERE!-After over 100,000 people auditions, American Idol sends 181 hopefuls to be whittled down to 24. This audition season seemed to showcase more sob stories and great singers than ever before. Where in the past it seemed they pushed the bad auditions, this year had a fair blend of good and bad.

There are definitely a lot of standouts (the John Parks, Matt Lawrences, Jermaine Sellers…), but it remains to be seen (unless you are spoiler queen *hint hint* Stephani. The top 24 list is just a Google search away, but I love the suspense of it all. SO I don’t look).

We have contestants with sketchy backgrounds and drama. Like Jermaine Sellers who allegedly pulled a “Music Man” type scheme by scamming local parents by casting a play and charging them “costume fees” and then cancelling the production without a single play produced. Who knows how true those allegations are.

This week also marked the return of Victoria Beckham to guest judge. What is it about British people that make them so good with critiques? She was probably the most helpful judge of the whole audition season. Overall, I wouldn’t mind if she was a permanent fixture on the judges panel.
and now……

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Top 5

5. Jessica Furmey I definitely remember liking her a lot last year when she auditioned. This year, she ditched the long sleeve flannel for a more sheik look. Her voice was great this time despite the sappy Simon co-written song choice.

4. Haeley Vaughn This spunky teens goal is to be Countrys first black female star (obviously the first male black star being Cowboy Troy *I use the word STAR very very loosely* I can’t wait to hear Haeley sing some ballads, then we can see what her range is like.

3. Crystal Bowersox AKA Dreads I got a good vibe about this girl. I hope she makes utilizes the guitar during Hollywood Week and make it to the Top 24.  Couldn’t find her audition, so here is Crystal singing her audition song live at a cafe somewhere.

2. Mark Labriola In a weird way, he reminded me of Elliott Yamin. I can’t quite put my finger on it. This kid is great though. Loved the song choice (Squeeze- Tempted), one of my favorite songs of all time. I’ve been told several times that he and I look very similar…Which I kinda see. Mark has likability, decent voice and unique look: The Idol Trifecta.

1. Danelle Hayes Wow. I don’t know what it was about this one, but I was literally in tears through this whole audition. Maybe its the parallels of me being an up and coming comic and Danelle being a up and coming singer, but she turned me into an emotional wreck from beginning to end. Barring disaster song choices, a definite Top 12 spot is waiting for her.


Bottom 5

-5. Kimberly Bishop This girl. wow. She was loopy from the beginning. And I’m pretty sure the American Idol logo blocked her gal pal from being shown. And she complimented randy Jackson on losing weight.

-4. Shaddaii Harris On sheer enthusiasm alone, she deserves to be here. She had a swagger on her that screamed “NOTICE ME!” Unfortunately, her voice screamed “IGNORE ME!”

-3. Austin Paul Football and Idol officially don’t mix. The closest it’ll get is Jordin Sparks dad being a former NFL star. This kid has cocky written all over him and Kara was happy to take him down a notch. Austin is majoring in music composition and is a long snapper on his football team. Lets keep it that way.

-2. Adrian Chandtchi AKA 6’8 of Awkward. From the first mention of man flower to his last gasp letting the producers know  to let him know of “any job opportunities. You have my number.” Lets wish Adrian good luck at his next Swim Meet!

-1. Kenny Everett He says his voice is doing a service to his community. That service is death by song, and he is shrinking his communitys’ population every time he sings. He couldn’t believe the judges didn’t like him, so he roams the hallways haunting people with his voice after his audition. Poor people.

#1 AUDITION OF THE WEEK:

Didi Benami

Our next Idol? Possibly.

Kudos to Didi and her beautiful rendition of The Beatles hit “Hey Jude.” Her voice is unique, she has a great look, and her story of her recently passed best friend makes her a triple threat in the competition. Let’s see if she gets out of Hollywood and into the Top 24.

THAT CONCLUDES OUR WEEKLY WRAP UP!! AND NOW…

FIRST ANNUAL UTTERLY HORRENDOUS AUDITION AWARDS!

Best Guest Judge

Neil Patrick Harris

Worst Guest Judge

Joe Jonas

Blank stares and a random "yes." Thats it.

Smartest Auditioner/Highest IQ

Neil Goldstein

Saddest Back Story

Angela Martin

Worst Boob Bounce

Amy Lang

Best Eric Carmen High Note

Jayson Wilson

The “My Mom Would Be Proud” Award

Aaron Fullmer

Best Audition of the Year

Andrew Garcia

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Worst Audition of the Year

Jarrod Norrell

There you have it! Congrats to all the winners!

NEXT WEEK IS HOLLY WOOD WEEK AND THE DEBUT OF…….

ELLEN!

Second Week! Top 5/Bottom 5. TWAIN vs CHENOWETH

Posted in American Idol by thedavidlewexperience on January 23, 2010

TWAIN

VS

CHENOWETH

This week takes us to Chicago and Orlando! Despite some DVR issues I was able to watch the episodes at a great friends house (HI! MELISSA! Thanks again! See you at this years finale!) Guest judges this week were Shania Twain (HOT AS EVER! When is she coming out with another album??) and Kristin Chenoweth (Who is the new Cher in the gay community i’m starting to learn). I have to say that I preferred these two to last weeks guest judges (do you remember?? I barely do. Na’vi Victoria Beckham and Mary J. Blige). They seemed to have more fun with the other judges and contestants.

Of both cities, the award for best city has to go to Orlando. Hands down. 31 golden tickets were handed out in Orlando, compared to 13 in Chicago. 13!!? Chicago!? WOW! Thousands show up but only 13 got a ticket. Either they had to slow down their invitations or the preliminary audition part was harder than usual.

Unfortunately this week, we weren’t given anything nearly as memorable or catchy as “Pants on the Ground” Which honestly, will that ever be topped? Probably not. I thought “I Am Your Brother” would never be topped, remember that guy?

but Pants on the Ground has GONE GLOBAL! However, we were treated to a lot great singers! Great singers with terribly tragic stories! Speaking of, we have come up with a fun way for adults to watch Idol!

*IDOL DRINKING GAME ALERT!*

(MUST BE 21 to play the IDOL DRINKING GAME)

Here’s how to play! There are different versions of the game. You can play Good audtion drinking game or Bad audition drinking game.

Good Audition Drinking Game!

Pick your drink of your choice. Set up by pouring 2-3 shots to start. If the person auditioning is good AND cries! TAKE A SHOT! If you really really REALLY wanna get drunk, you must add another shot if the good audition has a sob story! SO tears and sob story = TWO SHOTS! Have fun!!

Bad Audition Drinking Game!

Again, your choice of drink. Set up by pouring 2-3 shots to start. If the person auditioning is bad and curses while in the audition room= TAKE A SHOT! To step up the pace on this game, add another shot IF the person auditioning continues to sing AFTER the judges say no to them!
AND NOW LETS GO TO OUR TOP 5 /Bottom 5 of the week!!!

TOP 5

5. Desimone Sisters (Bernadette and Amanda)– This may be me drawing in the small male demographic who reads this. But here they are, the most beautiful pair of sisters to grace the Idol screen since the O’Donohue sisters from Season 5. Remember them?? Here, take a look to refresh your memory:

Unfortunately, she wasn’t as good as she was beautiful. But the Desimone sisters have some talent. Take a look, and let’s see how far they go!

4. Katelyn Epperly– Beautiful girl with a great voice. I love her look and the way she carries herself. Did I mention she’s gorgeous? I’m predicting her parents will be filmed at one point enjoying their daughter on the show!

3. Paige Dechausse– Another beautiful girl, but with a grittier voice. She sang an all time Idol favorite, Sam Cookes “A Change is Gonna Come.” And she does the best rendition I’ve heard in a long time. And I had never heard a female sing it on the show. To see Paige in the video, cut to 5:56. If you want to skip the back story then go to 6:57.

2. Seth Rollins– He was already a quick favorite since he and I share the same frame and beard look. haha. I also liked he took a Sinatra song and put some soul into it. He could be in the top 12 guys.

1. Matt Lawrence– Wow. What a voice. I have never agreed more with Simon than when he said he believed that he could have written that song, just by the way he sang and interpreted the lyrics. This guy could be “Oil Rig” 2.0! He sings better than Michael Sarver already.

BOTTOM 5

5. Curley Newbern– Started off the Chicago auditions with a terrible high note. He makes my list because I love that song, and he had the audacity to attempt to sing a MAXWELL SONG! At least he handled it well…

4. Brian Krause– HE SINGS TINY TIM? And he literally tip toes through the tulips. Plus he gives new meaning to “Military Intelligence”

3. Theo Glinton– The Black Lady GaGa. He was doing too much from the beginning. From the very first swing of his cape.

2. Harold Davis– Wow. If he didn’t name the song, I would have had NO idea what song he was singing. Ushers “Nice and Slow” WOW. Terrible. But since he wasn’t arrested. No #1 this week for you buddy.

1. Jarrod Norrell– I believe this is the first time an audition has ended in handcuffs. And for that reason alone he made it number 1.

Number 1 Audition of the Week:

JOHN PARK

I was not expecting the voice that came out of John Park. I was expecting typcal R&B flair, but he kicked out something vicious. I was absolutely impressed, and I’m sure we will see him in the Top 24 and beyond.ALSO, he was told by Shania Twain that he has “nice lips and a nice bottom end…” WOW. On that alone, he deserved number 1.

Thats it! Stay Tuned next week when the show heads to Los Angeles and Dallas! And the guest judges are Avril Lavigne *what has she been doing the last 4 years? Besides having a ridiculous amount of views on youtube…? 2nd judge is Katy Perry, a veteran herself of the recording industry and it’s vicious cycles.
Til Next Time!  -DL-

First Week Auditions Wrap-Up. Top 5/Bottom 5

Posted in American Idol by thedavidlewexperience on January 20, 2010

David Lew here giving you my wrap up for the first week of auditions. Contrary to popular opinion, the auditions are my least favorite part of the show. ACTUALLY, the group numbers later in the competition bug me the most.

Overall I thought this was a great week of auditions in Boston and Atlanta. They definitely showed more good auditions than they have before. I love the finding of diamonds in the ruff, not so much the ruff rocks they find everywhere.

Victoria Beckham was the first of the guest judges. She looked like a brown version of the Na’vi the first day. 2nd day she looked better. But her overall judging was minimal at best. Her banter with Kara was kind of fun. The second guest judge was Mary J. Blige, who was leaps and bounds better. She was more outspoken and more enthusiastic when she liked an audition. But they both pale in comparison to how I think Ellen will do on the judges panel come Hollywood week!

So I’m starting my weekly Top 5/Bottom 5 for the auditions. Maybe this will keep going into the competition. Until of course we get to the top 9. lol.

TOP 5

5. Ashley Rodriguez– This girl is very very good… looking. AND also a great singer. She sang the often sung Alicia Keys “If I Ain’t Got You” She reminds me of a thinner (yet equally beautiful) Jordin Sparks. I think she will be at least in the top 12. Unless something weird happens in Hollywood.

4. Keia Johnson– “What great hair you have” is what the big bad wolf would say. haha. This girl took a stale, played out “My Heart Will Go On and made it her own. I actually wouldn’t mind hearing this later on in the season.

3. Noel Reese– This girl only got a few seconds of air time, but this 16 year old can sing!! AND she sang a Whitney Houston song… so I can’t wait to see what she can pull out in Hollywood!

2. Miriam Lemnouni– What a beautiful beautiful girl! And her voice is really good. And I also love the eyes! The kid has great eyes, what can I say? She sang The Climb by Miley Cyrus (which got some air time since this years X Factor winner released that as the UK Holiday single). Lets hope she makes it out of Hollywood Week.

1. Jermaine Sellers– WOW! WOW! This was my favorite audition (besides the obvious, you’ll see when you scroll down further). This guy has top 5 written all over him. He has got the voice, he’s young and has a marketable look. If he can show some versatility during country or broadway weeks where his voice may not be the best suited for those theme weeks.  But other than that, he is definitely the early front runner to win the whole thing.

Bottom 5

5. The “I will always love you” girl– Best quote of the night came from her. Kara asked “Do your friends tell you that you can sing.” To which she replies “Not really. But I don’t let that discourage me.” Maybe she should just take note.

4. Andrew Fenlon– Douchy Clark Kent. But I agree with Steph that he was definitely (like most) was steppin’ up his douchy levels for the camera.

3. Mere Boyle– Anime girl… Not the WORST voice, but she gets on the list for absurdity and also for the one of the most dramatic reactions of the week.

2. Janet McNamara– 1st audition of the season. Steph had it right as describing her as Charlize Theron in Monster. The fact that she got her confidence to audition from playing the American Idol game on Wii on top of the over the topics antics, was a perfect recipe for disaster.

1. Skiibo Ski– I don’t know where to put this kid. He DID go through, but seriously? Is he really going to make it out of Hollywood no. He gets on this list for the misspelling alone!

NUMBER 1 AUDITION OF THE WEEK:

PANTS ON THE GROUND!!!!

(Was there any doubt????)

Lookin' like a fool with your....

This guy will be at the finale with Flo Rida and it will be epic!!! We love this guy!!  And also check out the remix!

And now check out Jimmy Fallon doing an amazing Neil Young impression singing Pants on the Ground.

TIL NEXT TIME AMERICA!

-DL-

IDOL 9 PREMIERE! Live-blog recap! Now with snark!

Posted in American Idol by alaskansteph on January 13, 2010

Tonight… is the night. Of the American Idol Season 9 premiere!

It’s insane to think about how much this show has evolved since its inception in the summer of 2002. Paula Abdul [who is already missed] was a has-been of massive proportions. Randy Jackson was completely unknown [maybe that’s why he name-drops so much]. Simon Cowell was just a cranky, judgmental Brit. And Ryan Seacrest was part of a hosting duo [RIP Dunkleman] with frosted tips and the wardrobe of a hipster [blazers over t-shirts FTW!]

Now these four are pop culture staples, household names and very often Googleable.

So here we are at season 9, where after Cowell’s recent announcement and the departure of Ms. Abdul, the future of the Idol franchise is highly questionable. But for now, let’s put all that behind us, because tonight is the first of many episodes of utterly horrendous, breathtakingly awesome, and perhaps staged, auditions. I can’t wait.

This…. is the American Idol premiere LIVE-BLOG.

7:00: Finale recap. The glam-rocker versus the boy next door. Kris Allen’s “shocked” face is still adorable. And it wouldn’t be fair to not address the new judge drama, right? I guess they couldn’t re-edit in time to address this being Simon’s last season…

7:02: Is anyone better than Seacrest at narrating these intros? He’s so droll.

7:04: And the credits. First up: BOSTON!

7:05: Augustana’s “Boston” plays during this opening montage of people waiting in the rain. If only they could have gotten the actual band, Boston, playing “Amanda” or something. How epic would that be?

Posh Spice? Even though she was the least flashy of the five Spice Girls, and is more known for marrying well and having awesome breast implants than being a singer, I guess they wanted to get someone everyone has heard of [and is probably annoyed by].

7:07: First up: Janet McNamara. Dude, if your only singing experience is on the AI Wii game, you shouldn’t be auditioning. Nice product tie-in though. Is it bad that I think she looks like Charlize Theron in “Monster”?

7:08: She gets excited by jumping up and down like some kind of half-assed motivational speaker and then proceeds to destroy “Pocketful of Sunshine”. And then she calls Kara “Paula” which brings the HILARITY. Kara is pissed. And defensive. She is shooed out and gives the obligatory swearing rants hidden behind the Idol logo.

7:15: Human interest story #1 – family has children with Down Syndrome. Maddie Curtis is 16 and adorably cute with her scrunchy hair. And and and… she sings “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. And it’s not grating or self-indulgent. But seriously ever since Jason Castro won over America with this song, everyone now acts like they’ve loved it forever. I guess I’m jaded.

7:18: Kara tells her she has an “old soul” – I guess that’s understandable having 500000 older siblings. She gets a Golden Ticket.

7:20: Pat Ford is a geeky 17-year-old from New Hampshire who seems to think he’s cool, hip, or a hipster. I can’t take this kid seriously. He’s singing “Womanizer” by Britney with some bad dance moves.

7:21: He calls Simon “sassy” and Kara a “sweetheart”. I’m loving this kid’s accent. As predicted, he gets the boot, but seems to have a healthy attitude about it.

7:22: Jennifer Hirsch sings ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead‘ in a jazzy way… was this some kind of cover? Props for the creativity! Her audition is mashed up with two other interchangable females and all three make it. Ryan makes some kind of big deal about how only girls have done well.

7:29: Some Rhode Islander named Amadeo Dirucco yells at the TV and makes Seacrest back away scared. I’m not surprised they’re focusing on him being the Token Sicilian after the success of Jersey Shore and uh… the long-lasting success of the Sopranos? Cue scenes at home, with pasta and mozzarella and sausage and family love around the dinner table. I kind of want to hang out with this guy, even if he’s a walking embodiment of the Italian stereotype and I would fear for my eardrums and cholesterol level.

7:30:  He sings a Muddy Waters song with extra growling for emphasis. Dude reminds me of Sundance Head from season 6, but this guy just reminds me of a big cuddly Italian teddy bear. My bet is going toward this guy being a big “character” on this show … he’ll get a lot of mileage from it. And Kara will take every chance to mention how “Italian” she is when he’s on stage. Because she’s Italian?

7:33: Big Italian group hug / dogpile / what have you. Nothin’ but love here … except, wow, are they trying to choke him? I can cut the testosterone here with a butter knife.

7:34: Spiritual Derek Hilton. He has flowing blonde hair and a barely-buttoned shirt. Look at the wind blow through his hair! Watch him stretch his arms like Jesus! Is he meditating outside the building? Chris Brown and the Eagles? That’s who he think he sounds like? Color me confused…

7:36: Clearly the “hippie” vibe was just to get on camera. Dude can’t sing. I kind of want to crawl under my couch. “I could have touched America in a totally different way.” No thank you.

7:37: Montage of rejects set to “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”. I am totally giggling over here.

7:42: Mere Doyle has pink hair and a penchant for anime and she forgot to bring adequate rain protection. I can safely say I know a lot of people like this. Not all of them are completely delusional.

7:43: Is she wearing a cape? I can tell she probably thinks she’s talented, but really, she’s just shouty and trying to riff and … no. ‘You can’t say that to me” when Simon calls her terrible. Chalk it up to the FIRST person this season saying “everyone thinks I’m amazing, I have voice coaches!” There are always a few of these every year.

7:46: A group of dudes harmonizing to that totally outplayed song ‘C’mon Get Higher’ don’t totally suck when they sing individually. Both guys make it. They’re aiight. Kind of generic.

7:48: Did Rivers Cuomo just arrive on my TV? Andrew Fenlon seems like a bit of a jerk, and I’m pretty convinced he’s doing it because he knows how to get on TV. Ha… Randy just randomly yelled “Yeeeeah” when dude walked in.

7:49: Simon schools this guy about being a smart-ass. I’m having Hell’s Kitchen flashbacks. He sings “House of the Rising Sun” and it’s not amazing but I’ve heard worse. But something tells me he won’t make it because he got schooled by Simon before even singing… they don’t stand for that, and he doesn’t have the benefit of a bikini like someone last year.

7:51: “You want to get in the music business… but you don’t want to wait to get on American Idol”. Looks like Kara found her pet anger project. I would say she was right… if I didn’t immediately realize that this guy was a HUGE TROLL.

7:52: Simon says yes to this guy. Because Simon is not an idiot. He knows the deal. While Kara and Posh are getting all up in arms about this guy being an entitled jackass, Simon chuckles and sends him on his way.

7:58: I’m not surprised to see this many music majors coming from Boston, home of Berklee College of Music. Cue a montage of super flamboyant dudes.

7:59: Ashley Rodriguez seems full of puppies and rainbows and generic Alicia Keys songs. I’m starting to think “If I Ain’t Got You” should be banned from the audition process forever because I’m so sick of hearing it. She’s good. Not great. But she’s pretty, so she’s in.

8:00: Kara throws out “marketable“. [Drink!] She looks an awful lot like Rosario Dawson.

8:02: Tyler Grady talks about breaking his wrists after climbing a tree… I’m pretty sure you have to be 16 to audition for Idol, Tyler. Dude looks like he walked off the set of “That 70s Show“.

8:03: He sings “Let’s Get it On“… I’ve seen this guy ALL over the Idol promos in the last few weeks. But seriously, he’s really quite great, even if his uber-dorky-retro look complete with Guarini hair is totally offset by his sultriness. Mad props, hippie dude. ‘Yes’ all around.

8:11: Day two in Boston! Seacrest does some blathering about Simon being late because he wanted to find the Boston Tea Party. And now for an Idol spin on the history of Boston! This is kind of randomly hilarious … and insanely historically inaccurate. Apparently Randy and Kara are British now.

8:13: Lisa Olivero has a fierce accent and spends her montage looking out of windows while talking about her lack of singing training. And… yep, there it is, that lack of singing training. One day, maybe in the extreme distant future, ladies will realize that singing any Mariah Carey song that isn’t “Obsessed” without proper training or a God-given gift will get you NO. WHERE. Randy is now laughing.

8:14: Simon thought she’d be better. At least she’s pretty!

8:15: Time for another “ridiculously terrible” montage. This time it’s comprised of people giving awkward answers to questions Simon asks, as Simon tries to decipher the mystery that is the New England accent.

8:16: Mike Davis runs a boat called “Codzilla” that basically takes innocent tourists for a stomach-churning spin around the Bay. Note to self: avoid Codzilla next time I go to Boston. He sings “Yesterday” which is a bit off-putting considering he looks like he hangs out with Jon Gosselin. But he sings well, if a little blandly.

8:18: … um, did he just ask Kara out on a date? Simon walks away. Randy says no. The chicks say yes. And HERE is the Boston song I was so eagerly hoping for at the beginning of the episode! “More Than A Feeling“! Mike gets through. Yay Mike. Apparently Mike gets the first Golden Ticket of the day.

8:24: We kept seeing clips of Katie Stevens before commercial breaks about how she’s this “amazing” 16 year old singer… can we say another Jordin Sparks? She speaks Portuguese to her grandma, who does not speak English. I guess the grandma taught her the language. If so, that’s pretty awesome. She wants her grandma to see her “realize her dream” before Alzheimer’s takes over. Not gonna lie, the heartstrings have been tugged.

8:26: She sings “At Last” and girl can SANG. No “hype” here. Not a lot of riffs. Just pure talent. Four “yes’s”. Though it’s kind of creepy that her entourage have her picture on a stick to carry. She calls her grandma and tells her the good news. Aw, even the Seacrest-bot is getting emotional.

8:28: Joshua Blaylock has one last shot, says Seacrest, because he’s 28. So he sings “Bless the Broken Road“. Clearly Joshua think it’s still 2005. Simon says he’s unoriginal and kind of boring. No disagreements here.

8:29: Randy tries to give him “assertiveness” training. Says he should sing with a Spandau Ballet cover group. Random? And finally he wins Simon over by being assertive.

8:36: Seacrest shows us a “behind the scenes” view of the judge’s room and why it makes some people freeze up. Sure, but that doesn’t excuse people who have absolutely no talent whatsoever.

8:38: Justin Williams was diagnosed with cancer when he was serving a mission in Spain. That’s some craptastic timing. And before I even saw that he was from Sandy, Utah I guessed he was Mormon. But holy eye candy, Idol. He’s got a voice! Yay for another inspirational story!
And… I now realize he was on AI8. He was in “White Chocolate” during Hollywood Week with Matt Giraud and Kris Allen. Huh.

8:45: Seacrest takes this moment to show us how “nice” Posh is. Another Paula? Bizarre overcompensation?

8:46: Norberto Guerrero is rockin’ a perm straight out of 1986 [complete with at least one can of AquaNet], singing a song by techno singer Cascada, wearing a silver vest over a red and black shirt, and has Daughtry-esque facial hair. And he says Adam Lambert inspired him. Nothing more needs to be said.
“You sing like a three year old girl, dress like LaToya Jackson, and you have a beard.” Either Simon got a new writer or he’s randomly getting more hilarious.

8:48: Bosa Mora has parents from Nigeria and has a big happy looking Nigerian family. Mom’s wearing a gorgeous African ensemble at the audition and Bosa looks like a college kid. Seacrest makes a cute and seriously non-offensive joke about Mama’s headgear.

8:49: Don’t recognize the song, but he’s good. Reminds me of a more talented Akon. Soulful and velvety. Simon calls him “good but boring” and Bosa offers to “spice it up”. Hee. Simon says no, but that doesn’t matter because he makes it. Bosa exits the audition room holding a Golden Ticket and looking genuinely perplexed and he gets tackled by a bunch of his shrieking sisters.

8:56: Leah Laurenti has a super cute dress [that I’m sure was bought at Forever 21] and looks very Catholic. We are treated to a montage of her looking into the light and waiting patiently, as we are with all pimped candidates who don’t have a tragic backstory.

8:57: She’s got a great voice, very throwback and just a flat-out God given talent. Top 3 unless she crashes and burns.

8:59: She makes it. And Augustana AGAIN? Let’s hear some “Peace of Mind“. Or “More Than A Feeling” again. Meh.

Yay Idol! A great start to the season – a fabulous balance of trainwrecky goodness and actual talent. See y’all tomorrow!

CONFIRMED: SIMON IS LEAVING AMERICAN IDOL! NOW WHAT!?

Posted in American Idol by thedavidlewexperience on January 13, 2010

THE NEWS WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING TO HERE CONFIRM:

SIMON IS GONE AFTER SEASON 10!

After weeks and weeks of speculation, we have received the confirmation we have all been looking for. Simon Cowell, arguably the face of American Idol has decided to abandon the ship he helped bring to the docks of America. He’s leaving his current $36mil a year salary for possible greener pastures at the helm of his own show, The X Factor.

The X Factor is the competition show that Simon created as a replacement for Pop Idol in the UK. The main differences between the two shows is that the competition is between groups AND individual singers. Also, the four judges act as mentors throughout the show. In the UK, The X Factor has been a massive ratings hit, launching the career of Leona Lewis (who is the only X Factor artist to hit big stateside).  Simon and his company Syco TV are hoping to duplicate their success here.

Is it a gamble worth taking for Simon? A lot of people believe that Idol is on it’s way down and this is the perfect time for him to make this move. He owns the brand, so he stands to make a lot more money if the show is a success. That magic word: IF!

We have seen many competition shows try and fail to become the next American Idol.

  • The One: Making a Music Star- its first episode, on July 18, 2006, scored the second-lowest audience ever for a premiere episode on a major U.S. broadcast network.
  • Making The Band- Originally started on ABC (same as The One) and the first season brought the world O-Town. 2nd season moved to MTV and the group Danity Kane was formed. Arguably the most successful singing competition next to American Idol. I don’t count Americas Got Talent since they include all types of performers.
  • Grease: You’re the One that I want- Aired on NBC. The competitions goal was to choose the leads for the Broadway production of Grease. This was fun to watch. I enjoyed this one.
  • Can You Duet- Aired on CMT. Never saw it.
  • Nashville Star- Eh.
  • Next Great American Band – Fox. Lame.
  • Rockstar- Two seasons on CBS. 1st season had the band INXS looking for a lead singer. 2nd season had a “super” group look for a lead singer. Daughtry auditioned the 1st season and didn’t make it.
  • Sing Off- Newest singing competition on NBC hosted by Nick Lachey. It wasn’t bad. But it was too vanilla. No drama, and forced storylines. One storyline was a girl struggling with acid reflux. Really?
  • Pussycat Dolls presents: Search for the Next Pussycat Doll- Pretty girls, trashy girls, definitely drama. But in the end, no one cared who joined the Dolls.
  • American Juniors – REMEMBER THAT trainwreck?

IM SURE IM FORGETTING SOME! If I did, then leave a comment with the shows that I missed!

The point I’m making is that American Idol has not only survived the competition but it is still the number ONE show on television. The X Factor is going to need an amazingly charismatic host to duplicate Seacrests success. The judges have to be legit, and most importantly the talent has to be there. Oh, and drama too.So even though Simon is associated with this next show, a lot of things have to fall into place to find lightening in a bottle again. American Idol wouldn’t have been nearly as popular had it kept its original name “Pop Idol.” The show premiered in 2002, less than a year after 9/11. To show solidarity and patriotism, they changed the name to American Idol. That little change, change the course of history.

We have another year to see if The X Factor gamble will pay off in the end. But in the mean time:

ITS SEASON 10 TIME BABY!!!

Could American Idol Survive WITHOUT Simon Cowell? YES.

Posted in American Idol by thedavidlewexperience on December 21, 2009
Simon

This is how Fox sees Simon.

That’s right. I said it. American Idol could thrive in a Simon-less world. The show has grown to a point where it is bigger than the sum of its parts. With Ellen coming in this year, I believe that the show has been revitalized even more so (including the attention Adam Lambert has been getting post-idol) then ever.
Several press outlets are reporting that Season 9 can be the final season for Simon Cowell. The reason being that Simon has plans to bring the UK hit show X-Factor stateside. X-Factor notably brought Leona Lewis to international attention when she won the contest in its 3rd season.

For those of you who don’t know (if you found yourself to this page, i’m sure you do know), X-Factor is a show very similar to the American Idol format, except that the show also includes vocal groups.  Simon Cowell created X-Factor after putting Pop Idol (UK Idol) on permanent hiatus. Cowell wanted a show where he owned all the rights.

If the show were to lose Simon Cowell, they would be losing his brutal honest and snide comments. Especially during the auditions early on in the season. So they would have to find someone who has enough celebrity status and has a similar personality to keep that arc a float.

Initially, viewers will be a bit disjointed without Cowell, but the show has always been about the contestants and their fan bases they develop. Cowell and the other judges are definitely pillars of the show, but this year will show that the judges do NOT make the show. The ratings will remain consistent if he lives IF given a proper replacement. BUT who will replace him?

Do you guys have any ideas who could take over for Simon Cowell IF he were to leave the show???!!!!