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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby Bear » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:41 pm

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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:27 am

'American Idol' Semifinals, Pt. 1: Twelve Awesome Men
Posted Tue Mar 1, 2011 7:12pm PST by Lyndsey Parker in Reality Rocks


On Tuesday the top 12 "American Idol" boys performed in what was possibly the most competitive semifinals episode in the series' history. Usually at this early stage in the game, it's positively painful, but this season? Not so much. There was only one performance that was truly awful--Jordan Dorsey's--but even that took place under unusual, somewhat scandalous circumstances. Read on for more on that, since I was in the studio at this show's taping, and there was plenty the TV audience DIDN'T see Tuesday night.

It was also a Very Special Episode in other ways, as it featured many firsts: a snazzy new 360-degree set, a revamped judging panel...and a new prop, a little cardboard panel on a stick Steven Tyler could place over his big lips whenever he felt a curse word coming on. ("It's in case you [beep] something up," Ryan Seacrest explained. By the way, did I mention this episode was pre-taped, not live? Maybe Fox execs didn't think a five-second delay would be enough for the foul-mouthed Tyler.)

But in the end, the show was still all about the contestants. The good news here is, whoever makes it out of the 12 male hopefuls, it's sure to be a strong top 10. The bad news? It's inevitable that some very worthy contenders, who would've been shoo-ins during any other season, won't make the cut. Sigh. Thank gawd Wild Cards are being reinstated this season, right?

continued to give critiques on all 12 of the guys......
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Jordan Dorsey - I had high hopes for this guy, but if there was ONE contestant among this dozen that I now think has NO chance of making the top 10, it's Jordan, sadly. It's all about song selection, song selection, song selection, people! Usher's clubby "OMG" just wasn't the right tune for Jordan, as he gyrated awkwardly, pelvic-thrusted, stripped like a Chippendale's dancer, dropped to his knees, and basically tried, unsuccessfully, to bring sexy back. His vocal acrobatics, jumping from the verse's lower register to some dog-whistle falsettos, were equally embarrassing. "You had the moves...but it wasn't OMG for me," said Steven in his first negative critique of the night. J.Lo, who once likened Jordan to old-school crooner Nat King Cole, concurred: "I'm not sure that is who you really are. Is this who you want to be as an artist?" Randy dubbed the performance a pale and (wait for it) "pitchy" Usher imitation. Surprisingly, Jordan was all too quick to agree that the song was "not me" and that he's not usually a "jumpy-jumpy singer."

Here's what the audience didn't see:
I attended this taping in person. Jordan's full response, when he was asked why he chose a song so unsuited to him, was that he was "offered" it. It was not his choice, but he did the best he could with it. However, this comment was edited out of Tuesday's broadcast. So did producers set up Jordan, who'd been difficult during Hollywood Week, to be the fall guy, by making him do a tricky song that not even Usher himself can sing well live? If so, their plan worked. Jordan is doomed.
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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby John Q Public » Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:08 pm

Isn't Dorsey the guy that was judging all the other contestants during Hollywood week? I think looks a bit like payback. No doubt a few of the other contestants are chuckling right about now.
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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:59 pm

Wow, Judges just used their only save of the season to keep Casey Abrams in the contest... :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby NMSB » Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:23 pm

Happy Mom wrote:Wow, Judges just used their only save of the season to keep Casey Abrams in the contest... :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

What a waste of a save. This guy will just get booted next week, along with someone else. It just prolongs the inevitable.
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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby Happy Mom » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:27 am



Top 11 'Idol' Results: Most. Dramatic. Elimination. Episode. Ever.

Posted Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:05pm PDT by Lyndsey Parker in Reality Rocks

You know how writers like me tend to lapse into hyperbole, and use that hackneyed old phrase "Best ______ Ever"? Well, believe it this time. This ain't hyperbole here. Thursday's "American Idol" top 11 results show was in fact The. Most. Dramatic. Ever.

EVER!

The show started out innocently enough, with a Motown-soundtracked birthday celebration for 63-years-young judge Steven Tyler (who doesn't look a day over fabulous), complete with a cake the size of J.Lo's dressing room and a surprise "Happy Birthday" serenade by Motown legend Stevie Wonder. Good times, good times. But I couldn't quite enjoy the spectacle, because at the back of my mind was Ryan Seacrest's ominous announcement from the top of the show: "Tonight's result might shock you." And with this being one of the highest-staked elimination episodes of the season--the one that determined which contestants get to go on the Idols Live Tour this summer--that didn't sound like cause for celebration at all. What a party pooper that Seacrest is.

Then Ryan, evil man that he is, nearly gave me my biggest "Idol" scare since that horrible night Adam Lambert was in the bottom two, when he told two of my favorites, Paul McDonald and James Durbin, that they were "not safe." But this was, thankfully, just an elaborate setup for a gag starring one of wrestling fan James's idols, Hulk Hogan, who crashed the stage to tell the boys that they'd actually made the top 10. Not cool, Ryan. I got my revenge when Hulk body-slammed Ryan into the crowd after that, but I didn't think that was punishment enough for such cruel fakery.

Little did I know, the cruelty had just begun...

I started to breathe a bit easier and put away the smelling salts once other favorites of mine--Naima Adedapo, Jacob Lusk--went through, along with presumed frontrunners Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Pia Toscano. And I can't say I was too disappointed to see Stefano Langone and Thia Megia in the bottom three. But then, dear readers, came the shocker Ryan had warned about: Haley Reinhart, the girl who'd been in the bottom three the last two weeks and was widely predicted to be this week's castoff, was safe. She wasn't even in the bottom three. Taking her place on the last stool? None other than...CASEY ABRAMS, who actually received the fewest votes this week.

Yes, Casey. The lovable lug who until recently seemed like THE guy to beat. How did this happen? What went wrong?
Was it the fact that he sang first this week, in the kiss-of-death spot? That he was getting just too angry and angsty and growly and, well, kind of creepy? That the producers weren't letting him play his melodica or standup bass, which would have better showcased his immense talents and unique jazz-blues style? I just don't know. All I know is America got it very, very wrong this week.

Casey looked crushed, but he put on a brave face to sing for the Judges' Save. His song choice was "I Don't Need No Doctor," but I needed a doctor, because I felt like I was going to have me a heart attack...especially when the judges cut him off mid-song.

"We know who we you are, we don't need to see you sing any more," Randy Jackson interrupted. Casey looked like the one in need of medical attention after that, as his face went as white as Paul McDonald's teeth. But then Steven Tyler said: "This is crazy wrong! We've made a decision to keep you on!"

Upon hearing that the one Judges' Save of the season would indeed be used on him, a totally stunned Casey felt to his knees, shook like one of Scotty McCreery's awkward microphone-holding hands, looked like he was about to hurl, then let out a torrent of five-second-delayed curse words. (Where was Steven's little censor-paddle when Casey needed it?) "That scared the stuff out of me!" Casey exclaimed. "I can tell what the 'stuff' is, I know," snarked Ryan.

Casey was probably freaking out too much to even truly listen to Jennifer Lopez's sage advice--in fact, at one point he almost seemed to be talking the judges out of saving him, shrieking, "Why would you do that?"--but I hope he records this episode and plays it back later, because she had a valid point. "We want you to get back to being the musician that you are, no more antics," she said. "Let people feel your soul!" Added Randy: "You don't need to growl anymore."

I know only a couple weeks ago I wrote a whole rant on how the Judges' Save is a lame gimmick to create TV drama rather than help contestants, but I'll make an exception in this case. Casey is exactly the kind of contestant who deserves another shot, because an Idols Live Tour without his "antics" would be no fun at all. (FYI, it's now going to be a tour with all 11 contestants, so we'll still have to sit through Haley's set, or else use her onstage time as an excuse to hit the beer and merch lines.) I just hope that Casey--and my other favorites--step it up in the weeks to come, because now that the one Judges' Save is gone, AND there's a double elimination next week, there will be no more second chances.

And my heart can't take another night like this. Parker out.
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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:03 pm

Boy these contestants this year are phenomenal!! Everyone is outstanding!
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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby John Q Public » Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:52 am

I totally agree HM. This year its anybody's game.
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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:06 pm

OMG, Pia was just voted off!!! She was just outstanding!!! :cry: :scared-yipes:
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Re: American Idol 2011

Postby Happy Mom » Wed May 25, 2011 6:02 pm

American Idol finale: Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery
Tonight on FOX...I love both of them and they are young, wholesome and I hope they stay that way!!!
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