March 17, 2011 Finals Week #2 Results:
Conversation during Thursday night results between theHansMan and me:
Him: I would vote for Naima just because of her wardrobe.
Me: Speaking of warbrobes, I want Stephen's.. . and I want Randy's glasses. Who did J Lo's makeup ? Her eyelids are too white.
Me: Pia is my favorite so far.
Me: Well, I see that James had his "tail" back. I like him a lot, too.
Me: Stefano was the young man in that horrible car accident.
Me: I still think Jacob will be on Broadway some day.
Me: Is my drawl as syrupy as Lauren Alaina's ?
Me: I really hope Casey is feeling better.
Him: Me, too.
Him: Give that boy (Paul) a comb.
Me: I like his hair.
Him: I Iike his smile.
Me: Me, too.
Him: Speaking of hair, what is the deal with Ryan's hair ?
Me: Huh ?
Me: I like Thia's ballads.
Me: Randy contradicts himself. He tells Thia she needs to add more variety to her selection of songs, but yet he tells Haley she needs to focus on one genre . . . that she has chosen too many genres of songs. I don't get it.
Me: I really don't want to see anyone have to go home, but I hope it's Haley.
Him: I just don't want Naima to be voted off. I like her wardrobe.
Me: I know. You've mentioned that "several" times.
Me: Karen's mom really touched my heart in last night's episode.
Him: I really like Naima's wardrobe.
Him: What is Crystal Bowersock doing these days ? If she had an album, I would buy it.
Me: I don't know.
(Crystal's new CD, "Farmer's Daughter," is waiting for him at the house when we return home.
As you can see, it was quite the intelligent conversation during last night's episode.
***Please notice the bottom three who were listed after Wednesday night's show.***
I was sad to see Karen leave, especially for her mother. Hopefully, someone will see her talent and she has the opportunity to further her singing career !
On the road, again, so not much time to ramble on and on about favorites for this week or why. Please feel free to expound as much as you like about what you saw and heard.
Here is my list, with several ties:
4. Lauren Alaina
March 10, 2011 Finals: Week #1 Results:
First of all, not sure why Casey is in the hospital, but so hope, hope, hope it's nothing serious. This is the second time in just a couple of weeks ! Amazing how bonded we become to these young people and truly worry about their well-being.
Second of all, this is the FIRST year I can say this: There was NOT ONE of the thirteen who(m) I wanted to see voted off tonight. Usually, there's at least one, but not this time. (I never know if it's who or whom !)
These young people are so talented. They all have a story. They all have a 'right' to 'make it.' Even though I may not especially care for a particular genre they choose, or a particular style, or a particular whatever . . . you won't see me on a stage anywhere. These kids have more talent in their little fingers than I have in my whole body.
For some reason, this year, I'm seeing them through a Mother's eyes. It just hurt tonight when Ashthon didn't make it. Such talent. Hopefully, she is persistent and has a support system of people who will guide her. She is a beautiful young lady and her opportunities are limitless. You go girl. Reach for the stars, Ashthon !
March 09, 2011 Finals: Week #1:
After having missed several episodes of American Idol due to riding on a choo-choo train, theHansMan and I parked ourselves in front of a hotel room TV last night to watch. But not before thinking that the hotel did not carry THE FOX CHANNEL !
He found FOX NEWS, but then announced there was NO just plain 'ole FOX, as in THE FOX NETWORK !
"What ? Call the front desk !"
I did. The young man who answered was speaking what-I-think-was-English just not in a dialect recognizable to my ears. What I think he said was, "Eef eet ees nut on zee card, eet ees not on thee TEE VEE."
"Find THEEEEEEE CARD !"
About the same time that we found 'the card' with the channel listings, there was a knock on the door. Our nephew was standing there with a hat on his head that theHansMan had left (for about the sixth time on this trip) grinning.
"Jimmy ! We don't get FOX in this room?"
"What ?!? Of course, you do. "
Because he lives in the Los Angeles area, he clicked to Channel 11 just as the show broke for the first commercial.
We said our good-byes (again) and then settled in for a relaxing evening of just doing nothing but being couch potatoes.
Here's my critique with a few personal opinions thrown in for free.
MY TOP THREE in NO PARTICULAR ORDER ARE:
James Durbin: (Paul McCartney "Maybe I'm Amazed")
Young man cleans up nicely . . . haircut and he lost that tail ! Sensitive. Soft. Smooth. Silky. Silky ? James Durbin, silky ? Who knew ? Love what the music does for him. Almost like what singing did for Mel Tillis and his stuttering. He's been a favorite of mine from the git-go.
Casey Abrams: (Joe Cocker "With A Little Help from My Friend")
Yup. He 'sweats the music.' Stephen says he's a rainbow of talent and a plethora of passion. Still here at the top for me. Can't wait until they let him sing and play that bass. Who knows . . . he may sing, play the bass, AND the melodica all at the same time !
Pia Toscano: (Celine Dion "All By Myself")
She's the real deal . . . the whole enchilada ! Talent. Looks. Personality. I like her a lot ! She is BY FAR, my favorite female this week. Funny thing is, James Durbin lost his tail. Pia Toscano found it.
My NEXT THREE in NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Paul McDonald: (Ryan 'with an R' Adams "Come Pick Me Up")
Gotta love that smile. He is a risk taker with his song choice. Unique. Unfamiliar. But good. Well, better than good. Hope that the voters accept his very own sense of style. Seems I tend to like the popular, more well-known songs. But, when the contestants choose those songs, and they don't sound as good as the original, then I tend not to like the song. H-m-m-m.
Jacob Lusk: (R. Kelly "I Believe I Can Fly")
As talented as Jacob is, this song just didn't seem to fit him. I would love to hear Jacob sing a medley of Gospel Greats with that choir as back-up. I would probably be standing up, shouting a few "Amen, Brother" and "Hallelujahs."
Naima Adedapo: (Rihanna "Umbrella")
Gorgeous eyes. Hynotizing. Mesmerizing. She was certainly entertaining and I like her a lot. As far as her clothes . . . looks like she was shot out of a cannon through a closet and came out with an outfit that looked like what my five-year-old granddaughter dressed herself in the other day. I am still hoping she stays in the contest.
In the MIDDLE :
Haley Reinhart: (Lee Ann Rhimes "Blue")
Here's an example of one of those fabulous songs by an exceptional talent. Haley did just 'ok' with it. She didn't butcher it, but she didn't do it any favors, either. Was not impressed by her stage presence.
Scotty McCreery : (Garth Brooks "The River")
Still on the fence with this guy. Not sure of his sincerity about things. Seems to be following a 'script in his head' rather than a ' TRUE feeling in his heart.' Liked that he didn't change up this song, but then, how do you sing it better than Garth ? Here's an example of what I mentioned earlier. He chose one of my favorites, and sang it well, but I wouldn't put another quarter in the jukebox to hear him sing it again.
These THREE were equally bad good (I try to be positive) :
Lauren Alaina: (Shania Twain "Any Man of Mine")
Made my ears bleed. Ouch. Made my eyes hurt. Ouch. Ouch. Not sure American Idol voters will allow another "Carrie Underwood-type" to make it this season. And while we're on the subject of clothes, or were we, reminds me of my childhood days. When I wanted to wear dresses, but it was cold outside. So, my mom would let me choose the dress, but make me wear pants under it so my legs wouldn't get cold.
Thia Megia: (Michael Jackson "Smile")
Loved the first part of the song. It was downhill from there. The transistion to another beat, another key, another 'genre,' just didn't go smoothly.
Stefano Langone: (Stevie Wonder "Lately")
I wish he had chosen "I Just Called to Say I Love You." Was not impressed just a little bit.
Last. Last. Last Place:
Karen Rodriguez: (Selena "I Could Fall in Love")
She just needs to be herself and stop channeling artists like Selena and J Lo.
Ashthon Jones: (Diana Ross "When You Tell Me That You Love Me")
Just not sure if it was the song choice. If she was nervous because Berry Gordy was in the audience. Or What ?
Stephen Tyler: I want your lacy shirt. Impressed that you knew it was International Woman's Day.
J Lo: Love your Firetruck Red Lipstick. Reminds me of my mom.
Randy: There should be a drinking game for every time you say: Dawg. Yo. and Dude. I love it !
Lisa Henslee: You're the Greatest !!!!
OK. Here's the deal Lucille. My picks for the guys are ranked 1 - 12 12 being the best. Each week, they will be ranked the same way with the scores added together on a cumulative basis throughout the season. That's about as simple as I can make it for me. Please feel free to set up your own way of scoring and absolutely add your comments. (Thanks Lisa ! You are Johnny-on-the-Spot) I just don't have time to critique them tonight. I will be on a train when the gals sing tomorrow night, so will certainly be depending on all ya'll to comment after the show. Will not be able to watch Thursday night either to see who gets voted off. AACCHHKK ! Come to think of it, I'll have to depend on the DVR to watch next week's episodes before I can rank them because our next trip is a typical, "Planes, Trains, Automobiles . . . and a Boat."
Jacob Lusk 12
Casey Abrams 12
Yes, in my book, Jacob and Casey tied for first place.
Paul McDonald 10
Scotty McCreery 9
James Durbin 8
Stefano Langone 7
Brett Loewenstern 6
Clint Jun Gamboa 5
Robbie Rosen 4
Tim Halperin 3
Jovany Barreto 2
Jordan Dorsey 1
THIS IS AMERICAN IDOL, and it's time to confess.
At this house, we are addicted to American Idol. I was the first to succumb to begin watching it religiously.
It all began in Texas when my youngest daughter was expecting their first,child, and I was there to help take care of the new baby. It is my suspicion that the doctor scheduled inducing based on when the final show of the season aired. That was Season Four in 2005 when Carrie Underwood was the winner.
From that point on, my awareness was heightened as to what the show was all about. Slowly, but surely (and don't call me Shirley), theHansMan has come on board. He was quite disappointed when Ashley Sullivan didn't make the final twenty-four. Ashley is the daughter of late WBZ radio personality Paul Sullivan. But Ashley didn't go away empty-handed. She married her boyfriend of two years, Iraq War veteran, David Suraiva, at a Las Vegas chapel. An American Idol cameraman was their witness. There's no better witness than someone armed with a camera.
We don't always watch the episodes together, but rest assured, the DVR is set to record ALL episodes. And, it goes without saying, we don't agree on who our favorites are. Honestly, it goes without saying, we don't agree on much.
Now that the TWENTY-FOUR have been chosen for SEASON TEN, it's time to get serious and become acquainted with the contestants. This is a private public, personal invitation to join us here at The Asylum to voice your opinions throughout this season of American Idol. Opinions about the contestants, the judges, Seacrest . . .whatever and whomever. No one is safe here. And what goes on here, is published for all to see.
Just be advised that I have the right to change my mind during the course of the season. (So do you.) You are welcome to add your opinions and disagree. That might be fun. I dare you to disagree with me. It just gives me the opportunity to say, "I told you so."
We are going to predict who we think will win, or maybe who we want to win, and who will get the boot.
The rules are simple: There are no rules.
For your information, in the beginning, I usually vote for American Idol contestants the way I might root for a football team . . . if I like their uniforms, if the quarterback is cute or has a cute wife . . .in other words, using very specific criteria, data, and sadistics.
Also, for your information, I am very qualified to critique the contestants. I can't carry a tune in a bucket. Once, when asked to sing back-up, they eventually asked me to back W-A-A-A-Y up. I can play chopsticks on the piano. I could never get a sound out of my daughter's clarinet, but was successful in equalizing my ears. **Update: I have just been politely reminded by my official archivist about the time Little Miss P, who was three at the time said, "Gammy, stop singing. You are scaring my ears.**
Well, here they are in alphabetical order. Yes, my OC-AR personality is in tact. I have added my own little quip that helps me remember who is who. Feel free to add your own quips and alert me to any misspellings or incorrect data.
Plays the melodica and bass. Loved his rendition of "Georgia on My Mind." Was so relieved that the chair that went flying across the stage was an accident. (My first thought was he was not chosen and he flung the chair in anger.) That's how they edited it to appear . . . to me. At this time, Casey has been hospitalized for stomach pains and no one knows yet if he'll be released in time for a Friday taping. It is reported that if he cannot perform, he will be forced to withdraw from the competition. Keeping my fingers crossed that Casey is 'ok' because my prediction is that he will go a long way this season. **update: Casey received a transfusion and was released from the hospital in time to tape the first show **
Jovany has a rocking set of abs but maybe baring them might have been more appropriate on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. He tried out in New Orleans and serenaded J Lo by singing in Spanish. Maybe he might just sing topless for the rest of the season because he's going to need some kind of quirk to keep him in the contest.
Jordan has a great smile (superior smirk ? ) and is probably a very talented musician. He couldn't make up his mind during 'group night' in Hollywood as to who to 'let in' HIS group. Will be watching to see if his arrogance subsides. If he doesn't make it, would like to see him on Dancing with the Stars.
James is a father from Santa Cruz, California. His dad was a musician who died from a drug overdose. James was diagnosed with Tourette's and Asperger's Syndromesw hen he was younger. Well, right there, I'm a fan of James. Just wish he would lose the bandana that "tails him." And, maybe, not 'scream' his songs.
Clint is a Karaoke singer from Long Beach, California who auditioned in San Francisco. I really don't care how well he can sing. He will never get my vote. After dissing Jacee Badeaux and kicking him out of HIS group, the sooner he gets booted, the better. Stephen, Jennifer, and Randy are all three talented enough to watch a group performance and choose the best ones. It appeared to me that Clint might have been afraid that Jacee would be a stand out and take away from his own performance. He's a diva and needs to go back to his Karaoke Machine.
His Beatles performance of "Something in the Way," with Julie Zorrilla was outstanding. I love how he plays the piano. I love Julie, too. Ft. Worth may claim him because I think he graduated from TCU. Yea for the Horned Frogs. They won some kind of championship and so might Tim.
The first thing I think of is Stefano's scars. He survived a near fatal, horrific car accident that left scars on his arms and legs, but did not seem to scar his spirit. When you go through something like that, Langone said, “That flame in you that says, ‘I want this,’ it burns more than anything.” He wore a great t-shirt with the Space Needle on it. I love his dimples.
Brett has lovely red curly locks. When the last three contestants, Jaycee, Colton, and Brett, were all brought on stage to find out which one would take the FINAL spot, I was surprised that Colton wasn't chosen, even though Jacee had the 'prettiest' voice. I think that Brett will be one of the first guys to go.
"God Bless the Child." Wow ! What an emotional performance. I just keep waiting for Jacob to disintegrate before our very eyes. I love his spirit and don't think he'll be our next American Idol but think that he might very well end up on Broadway. If I had to sum up a description for Jacob in one word, it would be unorthodox. He may need to find ONE of his unorthodox styles and stick to it or he'll not last very long in the competition. I do think he'll go far into the competition.
OK. Scotty. Stop with two things: 1) Locking the doors and turning the lights down low 2) Apologizing for not standing up for Jacee ! It will be interesting to see if Scotty's very recognizable country voice can transcend through other genres of music. He is a junior pitcher for Garner High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Oh, and Scotty, please learn the words to Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" whether you ever sing it again or not. And, whether Scotty wins American Idol or not (probably not) he will no doubt end up in Nashville with some great songs.
Well, he gets my vote for the Marty Robbins white knit sequined suit ! He sang "Maggie May" but it would have been fine with me if he had crooned some gunfighter ballads or at least "Devil Woman." He's smooth as silk. And scruffy. And sultry. And sexy. I hope to see him go far in the competition. I think he will.
A rare disease kept Robbie in a wheelchair in his younger days. I think Robbie will be one of the first to be voted off.
She is a mother who works as an arena janitor scrubbing toilets. Even though I don't think she'll make it too far into the contest, my hope is that she will be able to cut a deal with a recording studio and trade that scrub brush for a microphone.
Me thinks it was because she performed with Paul McDonald and it was HIS performance that Kendra made the cut. Just sayin'. She will be one of the first to go.
Ashton sang "Hit Em Up Style" in Round Two and was paired with Ashley Sullivan in the group performance. And speaking of Ashley. The judges should have let her go on through just for the entertainment. I love Ashton's "Diana Ross Hair" and that she is from Valdosta. We have three grandchildren who live there. My prediction is that Ashton will go far in the competition . . . maybe to the finale.
Thia took the last spot as she and Jessica Cunningham sat together to hear the verdict from the judges. Personally, I was rooting for Jessica, a twenty-five year old who had tried SIX other times to go on and be given a chance with the other twenty three contestants. There couldn't have been two more different gals sitting there. Thia in her youthful innocence and Jessica in her short, very short, did I mention her very short leather skirt ? After the announcement that Thia would move on and Jessica flipped off all of us, I quickly changed my mind and was happy that Jessica wasn't chosen.
Haley also auditioned in Season Nine. Her rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" was not recognizable to me. I think she will be one of the first females to go.
Karen is a jazzy Latin singer with a lot of energy. She was first shown on her webcam singing Whitney Houston's 1985 hit "You Give Good Love." She then sang that same song in Los Angeles in front of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. It wasn't her first time singing in front of J Lo. Karen reminded J Lo she sang to her on an episode of "TRL" and that Lopez had praised her "beautiful" voice. She may surprise me, but unless J Lo can be very convincing, Karen may go before many of the others.
She has benefit concerts for her cousin, Holly, who has had chemotherapy for a brain tumor. Advice to Lauren Alaina: STOP acting like a sixteen year-old. Oh, wait ! You ARE sixteen ! And, she just turned sixteen. It will be interesting to see how she holds up under the pressure and take the criticism. In her case, this will be a popularity contest. In the past, it seems those from the smaller towns seem to rake in the most votes because those small towns rally around their heroes.
Pia tried during Season Six and made it to the Top 40. Hopefully, the fact that she's gorgeous won't get her voted off early in the competition. She sang "Doesn't Mean Anything." I love her clothes. There are times, she reminds me of Lea Michele (Rachel Berry's Glee.) I hope this beauty goes a long way this season and maybe end up on the stage with either Ashton or Julie and Tim or Paul.
Lauren auditioned in Season Four but did not make it to the semi-finals. She is a house keeper and tried for the show this year in New Orleans. A place known for Blues which Lauren sings well. She may go far in the competition but probably won't be a contender in the finale.
First of all, I love her name. But didn't she forget the words to "I Hope You Dance" along with Scotty ? She has some powerful pipes but not sure she will make it very far.
In Season Six, she made it to Hollywood, so now, she's one step further. She has some fairly odd bedazzle bling bling about her. I loved her feathery shoes. I also loved it that her mother and her eighty three year-old grandmother flew all the way from New York to be with her.
Ha ! Just kidding and to see if you are paying attention.
Here is Julie Zorrilla . . .
Julie is originally from Columbia and that is a story in itself. She went to her high school prom with the first person shown on this post. She has great shoes and awesome dresses. She even plays the piano. She even picks up Ryan and then falls down. Oh well. When you're that beautiful, it just doesn't matter. She might even pick him up again if she makes it as far as I predict.
Here's the plan:
On the comment page:
1) vote for three gals and three guys who you THINK might win/WANT to win and why
2) vote for which guy and which gal will be voted off first and why (or who you hope will be voted off)
3) be creative with whatever ELSE you want to post
Be sure to watch:
March 1: guy semi-finalists perform
March 2: gal semi-finalists perform
March 3: first results and finalists are announced
Prediction #1: (based on auditions, clothes, attitude . . . )
Three top guys:
Three top gals:
First guy to go: (I hope) Clint Jun Gamboa
First gal to go: Haley Reinhart
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