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American Idol 2011

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by peak_reception, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Jan 27, 2011 #61 of 236
    Scott Kocourek

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    I watched the first half last night and the show was far better than I expected, for starters I think Steven Tyler was very good for the show. Tyler may bring this show back to where I can enjoy it again.
     
  2. Jan 27, 2011 #62 of 236
    Maruuk

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    If the winner always gravitated to the most popular (read: lucrative) market, that would be hip hip/R&B (from Kanye to Jay-Z to Eminem all the way over to the The Black-Eyed Peas), or pop-dance a la Gaga or Ke$ha or Katy Perry or La Roux. None of the contestants ever come close to those genres either in auditions/competition OR in their career as winners.

    Since Ye Olden Days of Fantasia and Ruben, it's been nothing but Whitebread Blandomatic Safe Muzak for Elevators.

    Love the way Idol avoids Rap like the Plague, like it doesn't exist. The 800 lb. ethnic gorilla in the mist. You can say Rap isn't singing, but for the last couple of years many rappers have been either singing themselves for part of the song or alternating with a female singer. But I forgot: Rap doesn't exist. Never mind.
     
  3. Jan 27, 2011 #63 of 236
    Maruuk

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    Tyler has been showing up sober and relatively subdued. That makes him barely tolerable. I was expecting his usual endless mugging, yelling, shrieking and not-funny drunk riffs.

    Doesn't Lopez have the prettiest smile on Earth? And since she's sitting down all the time, you can at least imagine she doesn't have Oprah's butt.

    I was surprised the Dog was so negative last night. Clearly the producers told him to toughen up without Simon to hold down that fort.

    Tyler exposed his musical weakness last night. The girl he called "way pitchy" but then relented after Dog nixed her was not lacking in intonation at all. Her pitch was fine. That's why you want producers, not performers as judges.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2011 #64 of 236
    peak_reception

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    I thought last night was less entertaining than last week (maybe because the novelty of new judges wore off?).

    However... there were some really good singers shown/heard, for a change. I thought the girl of African origin (yellow&red dress) revealed some beautiful soul. Also, the kid toward the end of the show who was very plain-looking but there was nothing at all plain about his singing which was startlingly good. The last guy from Chicago with his fiancee injured in the accident. All Excellent.

    Some others showed solid potential too, including the girl from California with the rhyming name, the Harvard grad/White House intern, the Bar Mitzvah singer wearing the hat, the accountant with a very un-accountant like individuality to his voice. All quite promising.

    The young kid with the deep country voice who kicked off the show didn't do much for me. Rich voice but boring, at least for now. Maybe next season or beyond.

    Just on the basis of tonight's show alone I am feeling optimistic now about the talent they've got for this year. Looking forward to hearing some more. :)
     
  5. Jan 27, 2011 #65 of 236
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    I didn't think so either. She kind of bent some words and rolled some phrases, but it wasn't out of tune. People thought Allison Iraheta from Season 8 sang out of tune for the same reason(s) but she didn't. Similar thing.
     
  6. Jan 27, 2011 #66 of 236
    hdtvfan0001

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    I have never really followed this show since it started....but she-who-must-be-obeyed here has been a loyal viewer from the beginning.

    Unlike previous years where the judges banter has been borderline lame and uncivil, having to sit aside Mrs HDTVFan this week actually didn't cause any nauseousness (for a change).

    The chemistry with the judges, as well as their diverse personalities...is downright....not too painful...:D
     
  7. Jan 27, 2011 #67 of 236
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    Entertaining show again tonight, but did they find any standouts other than the final girl? Didn't sound like it to me. And the final girl, though good, wasn't on par with the best from Milwaukee imo.

    There was one other girl they showed who was very real, and sang from her heart, but the most memorable thing about her for me was her surprising boyfriend, which supplied the funniest scene of the season so far. ;)
     
  8. Jan 27, 2011 #68 of 236
    sigma1914

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    sigma1914

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    Thanks ffemtreed. I checked their list, both are the same.
     
  11. Jan 28, 2011 #71 of 236
    Doug Brott

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    VERY Minor spoiler (no names) for clarification of above spoiler
    The list is the Top-40 .. The "real" finalists list will be much smaller and it's unclear how it goes from 40 to lesser at this point
     
  12. Jan 28, 2011 #72 of 236
    Paul Secic

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    The show is a waste of time!
     
  13. Jan 28, 2011 #73 of 236
    sigma1914

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    :nono2:
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  14. Jan 28, 2011 #74 of 236
    Chris Blount

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    That really depends on who's time you are talking about. :)
     
  15. Jan 28, 2011 #75 of 236
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    and your definition of waste.
     
  16. Jan 28, 2011 #76 of 236
    Doug Brott

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    So is posting in a thread about a show that you care nothing about .. :)
     
  17. Jan 28, 2011 #77 of 236
    ndole

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    I was worried that the first episode was going to be the direction of the whole audition phase. They were letting too many through, and being too nice. They edited out all of the really awkward funny ones that make this part of the show so much fun to watch. I'm glad to see that they've reversed course on that.
     
  18. Jan 28, 2011 #78 of 236
    Henry

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    I'm enjoying the season, but I don't really care for the auditions (on any season). My wife seems to like them (the auditions) so it's just my personal opinion.

    The addition of Tyler and Lopez has been well recieved, at least in my household. We haven't mentioned any of the old judges by name nor have we made any comparisons between the old show and the new one. We sorta want Fox to surprise us.

    If it goes on pleasing viewers They'll have one huge success on their hands.

    Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze.

    Wonder who's next?
     
  19. Jan 28, 2011 #79 of 236
    Maruuk

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    The folks who come in second and third have been faring way better than the winners lately! Daughtry, Kelly Pickler, Adam Lambert...all LOSERS!
     
  20. Jan 28, 2011 #80 of 236
    Henry

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    +1,000

    And I'm also sure Clay Aikin would agree with that.
     

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