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American Idol (Top 8) 4/13/2011

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Doug Brott, Apr 14, 2011.

Who are your favorites?

  1. Paul McDonald

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Lauren Alaina

    3 vote(s)
    7.9%
  3. Stefano Langone

    18 vote(s)
    47.4%
  4. Scotty McCreery

    3 vote(s)
    7.9%
  5. Casey Abrams

    19 vote(s)
    50.0%
  6. Haley Reinhart

    16 vote(s)
    42.1%
  7. Jacob Lusk

    19 vote(s)
    50.0%
  8. James Durbin

    6 vote(s)
    15.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. peak_reception

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    Very underwhelmed by last night's show. The judges continue to rave but the performances don't warrant it.

    Paul was physically lively this week, I'll give him that, but the vocals were not strong.

    Lauren was just boring and I'm a fan, sort of. I think she has a load of potential but she never just cuts loose and loses herself in the song. She's just too young for this competition.

    Stefano was also very lively this week and put everything he's got into it. If only Lauren would do the same. Problem is, Stefano only has half of Lauren's potential. Didn't do much for me. Better than last week though.

    Scotty showed some flaws this week with intonation issues and strained high notes. Also didn't seem as involved as he's been in past weeks. Of course none of that will matter to his fan girls who vote 500 times per episode for him, so does it really matter?

    Casey followed his off-beat jazzy siren this week with the stand up base and wildly anachronistic Nat King Cole number "Nature Boy." I liked his assertion of doing what is true to him but have to admit it bored the stuffing out of me, plus the face-pulling and grunts and growls were back, none of which are helping him with most of the public imo. But he gets some extra credit for originality at least.

    Haley had just an ok outing. There wasn't much to do with that song and that's just what she did, i.e. not much. Steven of course enjoyed it because he could try looking up her dress; poor creepy Steven just can't help himself.

    Jacob is never boring but he is uncomfortable to watch and listen to, both for the visual histrionics and the vocal indulgences. He's never really learned to rein it in. He tries, but then the Gospel creature within suddenly erupt out of him like a scene out of an Aliens movie, and there's no stopping it once it escapes. This week it actually kind worked at the very end, but usually it's a disaster when Jacob goes all in as he did with "Alone."

    James is the one and only contestant this week who I was genuinely entertained by to the extent that I just smiled and enjoyed his performance all the way through. It was also the first week where I wasn't thinking "Adam Lambert Lite." The vocals were also pretty solid and he showed real passion which most of the other contestants don't.

    Except for James I found this week's show boring.
     
  2. Alan Gordon

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    AGREED!! I didn't think it sounded bad...

    I own "Pure Country" on DVD, and the soundtrack on cassette (still need to replace my cassette with a CD). It's one of the GREAT love songs, IMHO... HOWEVER, Scotty is no George Strait...

    I watched the show last night with my Mom and Grandmother, and I got a big kick out of the look of horror on my Mom's face whenever she heard them say Scotty was going to sing a song from "Pure Country." She was hoping that it would be an up-tempo song like "Overnight Male," and I was HOPING against hope that he would at LEAST pick "Heartland," but I knew deep down that it'd be "I Cross My Heart." My Mom had to leave the room because Scotty was butchering it so badly... I didn't watch the show live, so when my Uncle who stopped by when Haley was singing had already seen the rest of the show, and we talking about how horrible the performance was... :mad:

    Oh yeah, I'll give Jennifer a pass since she's not really into Country music, but Steven and Randy should have known better than to rave about his performance... it was horrible.

    ~Alan
     
  3. Alan Gordon

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    I'm expecting the vote number to go UP!

    People will realize that NO ONE is safe, and will vote MORE because of that.

    I know I voted more last night... if Lauren or James goes home tonight, it won't be because of me! ;) :D

    ~Alan
     
  4. rkr0923

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    Bye Bye Jacob
     
  5. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    On the other hand....last week there was a clear national outpouring of disgust in the results...often resulting in people bailing from the entire process and show altogether.

    Heck - even the poll voting here has dropped from past weeks.

    This was a hot topic at my company offices in another state this past week - to a person (over 100 people that follow Idol) all said they're done watching for this year. They had a "show of hands" poll at a company social event.

    I sure wouldn't expect anything resembling a total vote increase.

    Guess we'll find out soon enough.
     
  6. Alan Gordon

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    I wrote out a response, then accidentally deleted it. I'm not in the mood to type it all out again, so I'll just say I'm very open to the possibility that I'm wrong, and that you may indeed be correct, BUT I also think it's very possible that some people may realize that if they don't take control of this show now, we'll end up with the "teeny-boppers" running the show (more than they already are)...

    ~Alan<~~~~~~~~~Watching Pia on Ellen right now...
     
  7. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    That actually may already have happened... :(
     
  8. Henry

    Henry Retired Member

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    In general, the judges gave very little negative feedback to contestants that could have used it. It almost appears as if they have compromised themselves.

    My take (after the second viewing):

    Paul: OK. Could have done a bit better. Thankfully he didn't lug an instrument on stage. He was free to waltz around the stage - which is what made him one of the early favorites.

    Lauren: What was that: Rockabilly? I don't think Miley Cyrus qualifies to be anyone's role model, much less serve as a musical source. Didn't care for it, but I'm not 16 either.

    Stefano: My ears get the feeling that this young man is always one note below the top of his range. He reminds me of David Archuleta and Brooke White, always looking pained and reaching out for that note. Not a good showing.

    Scotty: Makes a good impression of Randy Travis. Is there a prize for that?

    Casey: I'm not a Jazz fan, but I liked his rendition of Nature Boy. I don't see Nat turning over but I sorta liked it. What I didn't like was the judges fawning over him just to justify having used the one and only "save".

    Haley: She didn't butcher the number ... but it didn't improve her standing either.

    Jacob: His vocals were the best of the night. Good choice of song there Jimmy and Will. Now teach that trick to Jacob, ok?

    James: Aloof, over-confident, self-absorbed. Me, me, me, right down to ignoring the judges while taking bows and pointing, at the audience. That's it, James, boor yourself right to the top.

    Pia: Missed you, girl.

    Bottom Three: Anyone but Haley and Jacob.

    Going Home: Don't care.
     
  9. Alan Gordon

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    Well, I certainly think it has... but I think that AI can still survive to make changes next year...

    The people I've talked to regarding Pia's departure has stated that if Scotty or Jacob wins, they're done. I don't think Jacob will get the teeney-bopper vote, but I do believe Doug may have been onto something when he predicted Scotty will win. :mad:


    If given a choice between listening to the majority of Miley Cyrus' music or Scotty McCreery, it'd be a toss-up as to which punishment I would accept before killing myself.

    That being said, I have MP3s of a couple of Miley's songs... "The Climb" being one of them, the duet with her father ("Ready, Set, Don't Go"), and "Party In The U.S.A." Now I fully admit that PITUSA is a piece of Pop fluff and the only reason I have it is because I like the beat, but the other two songs are good... in spite of her.

    Was Lauren's performance perfect? No. She held the microphone too far away from her mouth as she was singing a couple of times, and I think the volume of the band was too high. Was it her best performance? Probably not, but it was still the highlight of the night for me.

    LOVED Jimmy's digs at Miley though... :D

    Winning "American Idol?"

    Seriously though, did Randy Travis kill your brother or something? Song, perhaps?!

    I only ask because otherwise you seem to be incredibly harsh to Randy Travis, and my assumption is that he must have done something to you?! :confused: :p

    ~Alan
     
  10. Hutchinshouse

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    I just listened to the Lauren and Scotty "studio versions" on iTunes. Both sounded great. Scotty has a great recording voice.
     
  11. Henry

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    :lol::lol: you have me in stitches here. :lol::lol:

    On the contrary, Alan, I happen to like Randy very much. He's the real deal... it's the knock-offs that I don't like (aka Scotty).
     
  12. Richard

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    Pia DESERVED to go home last week. This week's didn't. That is all.
     
  13. camo

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    13-Year-Old Girls Ruining American Idol Vote
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqtwsMLSRg0
     
  14. Hutchinshouse

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    Not too surprised to see who was voted off last night. However, not my first choice.

    By the way, Haley looked hot last night. I think I’m in love.
     
  15. hdtvfan0001

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    The announced 3 million less votes in the very beginning...on the heals of pleading on performance night how Pia's departure last week made each vote critical to the results...down the slippery slope of losing viewership it goes....
     
  16. sigma1914

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    The ratings didn't drop, though. Final numbers show it was the same.
    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/20...up-breaking-in-minute-shedding-adjusted/89416
     
  17. hdtvfan0001

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    The voting dropped - the people who actually care enough to spend the time to vote. Those are their real followers.

    Not a good testimony to the Pia debacle and the way the system is set up at this time. I bet they've had 10 think tank meetings about that topic already internally at Fox.
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    The voting dropped - the people who actually care enough to spend the time to vote. Those are their real followers. There was a 5 1/2% drop in votes in one week.

    Not a good testimony to the Pia debacle and the way the system is set up at this time. I bet they've had 10 think tank meetings about that topic already internally at Fox.
     
  19. Hutchinshouse

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    My wife tried to vote numerous times last night. She said the lines were always busy. She was not able to cast a single vote. I don’t remember the last time this happened. Let’s remember, they can only count votes that get through. I bet more people tried to vote than the results show. I’m sure there must be a "vote ceiling" due to phone H/W limitations. Even if 200 million people tried to vote. I doubt all 200 million would get through due to the limited voting window.
     
  20. sigma1914

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    Ratings outweigh votes.
     

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