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American Idol (Top 13) 3/9/2011

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Poll: Who are your favorites? (154 member(s) have cast votes)

Who are your favorites?

  1. Lauren Alaina (13 votes [8.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.44%

  2. Casey Abrams (28 votes [18.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.18%

  3. Ashthon Jones (2 votes [1.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.30%

  4. Paul McDonald (8 votes [5.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.19%

  5. Pia Toscano (17 votes [11.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.04%

  6. James Durbin (20 votes [12.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.99%

  7. Haley Reinhart (13 votes [8.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.44%

  8. Jacob Lusk (8 votes [5.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.19%

  9. Thia Megia (12 votes [7.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.79%

  10. Stefano Langone (5 votes [3.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.25%

  11. Karen Rodriguez (4 votes [2.60%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.60%

  12. Scotty McCreery (16 votes [10.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.39%

  13. Naima Adedapo (8 votes [5.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.19%

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#26 OFFLINE   Henry

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 10:31 AM

Agree ... James is a major talent, but I don't like him - and for all appearances, neither does Ryan.
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 11:29 AM

Agree ... James is a major talent, but I don't like him - and for all appearances, neither does Ryan.


Has Seacrest talked bad about the faker? (His Asperger's claim is BS IMO and in many others.)
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:18 PM

No way he'd be up there doing what he's doing and relating in that manner if he had clinical Asperger's and Tourette's as claimed. It's a dodge for sympathy. As is his "poverty" whine. Santa Cruz is full of shirkers and slackers living off welfare. And he has a thin, hard, unmusical quality to his vocals that greats Adam Lambert and Daughtry do not have.

I agree the general level of professionalism, singing skills and "slickness" has gone way up this year. Yet it's hard to find as many sympathetic performers, favorites as in other years. It's kind of like a contest made up of the cast from Glee.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 12:35 PM

Regardless of James' angle I believe that the statement is "He was diagnosed with .. blah blah blah" and it seems the reference has been in the past. Now, the natural tendency is for people to believe that he actually has those conditions, but I don't recall him or anyone else actually saying that he does have them or not. Still, the way it is portrayed, that is what we want to think.

For me, I don't care. He can sing and other than watching him during the critique, I think he does a good job on stage, too.
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 03:23 PM

James seems to enjoy grandstanding in front of the cameras. He's done it twice (that I was able to notice) and in the company of Ryan both times.

That's the part of his personality I find distasteful, not any medical condition he has or has had. I don't think he's done anything medically-related.

While his singing voice makes for a great contestant, he shoots himself in the foot each time he resorts to attention-grabbing which only serves to peg him as rude, arrogant and childish.

I have to give him credit for great singing abilities, but that's it.
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 03:33 PM

James seems to enjoy grandstanding in front of the cameras. He's done it twice (that I was able to notice) and in the company of Ryan both times.
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I've read that he's a real camera whore on some fan sites. One girl who made it to Hollywood said he did this a lot. And while waiting he was an obnoxious jerk asking where bars were near & how he's ready to get wasted, but when cameras came he was all buddy-buddy with others.
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 05:31 PM

I've read that he's a real camera whore on some fan sites. One girl who made it to Hollywood said he did this a lot. And while waiting he was an obnoxious jerk asking where bars were near & how he's ready to get wasted, but when cameras came he was all buddy-buddy with others.


Thanks ...your post reenforces my feeling.
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 06:10 PM

Can I just say .. I am not a fan of Jacob. I never have got the Judges complete and total adoration.


I feel that way regarding James.


My take, James and Jacob will be the last two standing.

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 06:20 PM

Thia is a real dark horse, she has an amazing voice, awesome emotional tone and extraordinary control. She could make it pretty deep.

Jacob is truly odd as a performer. He seems awesome at first blush, but his delivery borders on weird and he gets very sloppy with his intonation. He could very easily crash and burn the instant they take him out of his R&B genre sweet spot.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 01:43 PM

Thia is a real dark horse, she has an amazing voice, awesome emotional tone and extraordinary control. She could make it pretty deep.

Jacob is truly odd as a performer. He seems awesome at first blush, but his delivery borders on weird and he gets very sloppy with his intonation. He could very easily crash and burn the instant they take him out of his R&B genre sweet spot.


Agree on both your points.

Thia needs to get the orchestra involved a little more than the back-up piano or guitar. This is not an a cappella contest. She's done two numbers that way; now's the time to cut the brass loose. She seems to have a knack for song selection, though. I hope she retains it.

Jacob seems to have a limited repertoire. If it's not exactly what he knows, he just flaps around the stage giving Paul a run for his money, and shreeking like a banshee.

I like them both even though I don't think either one will be working on their fatal flaw.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:05 PM

Birth Year songs theme tonight.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:48 PM

You see what they're doing, they're letting everybody stay in their one-trick-pony genre week after week. While that makes perfect sense since once they're idols, they'll do exactly the same thing, it does really hurt the sense of challenge and competition. Rednecks stay rednecks, R&Bers stay R&Bers, Broadway crooners stay shmaltzy, rockers keeping screaming.

Kinda boring frankly.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:13 PM

Birth Year songs theme tonight.


Cool! Works for me!

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:37 PM

You see what they're doing, they're letting everybody stay in their one-trick-pony genre week after week. While that makes perfect sense since once they're idols, they'll do exactly the same thing, it does really hurt the sense of challenge and competition. Rednecks stay rednecks, R&Bers stay R&Bers, Broadway crooners stay shmaltzy, rockers keeping screaming.

Kinda boring frankly.


Something tells me it won't be boring tonight, but if it is then I won't make excuses for it.

Keep in mind that most professional singer/entertainers can't do diddly-squat outside their genre either.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 03:55 PM

The more they sing in their own style, the better. I just don't need Scotty singing R&B (for example) when I know full well that he won't be singing that style when he goes Pro. The way I see it, the closer they perform to their individual styles, the more we are going to enjoy it and the more acurate our votes will be.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 04:39 PM

Well that's what I've been saying since the getgo, they don't NEED to be versatile in the real world. Just do one thing great.

But it was fun when they used to hit the wall of an unfriendly genre. Some real blowups for sure. Now it's just a bunch of slick Glee lounge performers--the kind you see late at night in the mini-lounges around Vegas casinos. Robot pros doing slick cover songs hour after tedious hour with all the right moves and expressions.

Idol has really lost its pose of "amateurism" this year. They used to hide the fact that, say, Katherine McPhee had a record contract and was living with a married record producer twice her age.

Now I suppose the whole thing is a bit more honest. Many of these performers are highly trained pros and semi-pros. Not diamonds in the rough who fell off a turnip truck.




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