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16 January 2007 @ 10:09 pm
American Idol, Night 1  
This is the first year I've watched while being into lj, so I'm gonna put my thoughts here and see what still stands on the finale. The first three years my fave came in 2nd (in my defense, I didn't know what an arrogant, piece of shit asshole Clay Aiken was during the show's run), but the last two years my fave has left earlier in the competition. (I still adore Justin Guarini, but I love Kelly equally now, thus she gets the icon to start out with). Anyhoo, I'll see how I do this year. My thoughts on those who've made it through that I like ...

In order:

  • Denise Jackson -- the "crack baby." I liked her personality. She has a good voice, very powerful. She shouted a bit too much of the song, but hopefully that's something that (Debra) Bird, AI's vocal coach -- if she's still with them -- can help her work on. And she's young, only 16.

  • Perla Meneses -- the Spanish survivor. I LOVED her personality and her hair (and no, I'm not just saying that because change the hair color and cut a tad and my hair is like that). I was disappointed when I heard her sing "Call Me" because she sounded kinda nasally and well, I had hoped she would be better. And then she did a fabulous "Hips Don't Lie." I don't think it was the accent, like Simon said, I think it was the song choice. Shakira (whom I adore) has a deep voice, Blondie has a higher range and Perla sounded much better in the lower range style of Shakira. Her whole "do you want an autorgraph?" thing outside could have been annoying -- and she might cross over into that later -- but I thought it and she was cute. She's my early fave.

  • Michelle Steingas -- She sang the Deanna Carter song ("If This is Love, I'm in It). I like her voice; she seems sweet, but I'd like to hear her do more than country. She's a we'll see for me.

  • Rachel Jenkens -- The Army Reservist/car mechanic. I liked her voice, liked her attitude.

  • Sarah Krueger -- The long curly hair "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" girl. Loved her voice. When she went into the higher note towards the end, I was impressed as that's where most who start out well crack. Very rich, very little vibrato ... I really liked her voice. She was my favorite voice.

    The only guy who made any lasting impression was Jerrod (I think), the winner of Reagan Idol -- the military guy. We'll see.

    Anyhoo, those are my early thoughts. I'll keep an update and see if my opinion changes throughout the run. It generally doesn't. The only performer that really grew on me was Diana DeGarmo from the 3rd season. The others I pretty much liked from the early audition.

    The one thing I've complained about from day one will likely continue though, I wish that they would spotlight ALL of the singers who make it through to the top 32. Maybe they did this time, but I highly doubt it. Maybe they will though, it will be nice. It's just such an unfair advantage to those performers who got airtime from the get-go.
    sourisvhosourisvho on January 17th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
    I only watched the second hour, and that not closely. I really dislike the audition rounds because the bad ones are sooooo bad, and some of the people are just so pathetic that it's uncomfortable to watch. I did like the "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" girl, though.
    Arabian: Fine Ass!arabian on January 17th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
    I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate the bad auditions. But a lot of America (sigh) loves them. I'm just watching now because I didn't watch the early stuff in the last two seasons and missed early stuff on contestants who later became big faves.
    beatlegirl59 on January 17th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
    My favorite has never won either...I was sooo obsessed with Clay in second season, it was sad. I still love him though. Why do you think he's an ass? Don't listen to Kelly Ripa. She's crazy.
    Arabian: Don't LIke Youarabian on January 17th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
    Oh, no. I know people who personally know him. I know of crap he's pulled left and right, people, fans, students, everyone he's treated like crap. He is an arrogant, conceited, selfish, cruel, pathetic, backstabbing, diva-ish, bitchy scumbag. Seriously. I have so many ins in the AI community because of my OBSESSION with Justin and Kelly. I loved him so much until I found out what an ASS he is.

    One quick thing, I have a friend who worked a charity concert with him and she didn't really believe everything I had told her until she met him, and OH MY GOD! She called me afterwards telling me that she positively hated him. He treated her and everyone else working there like crap. He is a thoroughly despicable person. It's sad because he put on SUCH a good show in season two, but it was all an act. Very sad, but oh well. I mean I was a HUGE fan -- a very big Clay board (That's The Clay) I actually set up and then walked away from as more and more of who he actually was came to the fore.

    He is an ass.
    eolivet on January 17th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)

    I was a huge Clay fan back in S2, went to a few concerts, bought his album and his Christmas album (though not his most recent, because...eh). I admit I still have a soft spot for him.

    This makes me sad, but I'm glad I read it. I do still like his voice, but I'm glad I have no delusions about what kind of person he is. Heh, so he's kind of like Kristen Bell that way. ;p

    So...thank you, I guess. :)
    Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on January 18th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
    Yup, he's an asswipe. Fortunately, I found out about his icky, icky ways beforeI spent a dime on him. (The money spent on the Independent tour was ALL FOR KELLY!)
    Jennifer Juniper: colbert shoulder shrugjules_411 on January 17th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
    There weren't any tonight that absolutely blew me away, but there were a few pretty good ones. I also like Michelle and Denise. Tomorrow should be interesting to watch.
    Arabian: Colbertarabian on January 17th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
    Honestly, I'm not expecting to really get into until the top 32. It will be better in Hollywood, where it's mostly people who can sing, but the next few weeks are just these horrid early auditions which mostly feature the bad ones. Sigh.

    Yeah, no one really blew me away. We've got a few more of these to go through though.
    Jennifer Juniper: WC- Bing Crosby 'sisters'jules_411 on January 17th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
    This part is more painful to watch than anything. I just want to know what their family members tell them. It's one thing to tell them they've got a great voice when they're at home, but to actually let them audition for the show? My favorite is after a horrid audition, and the person is told they will not be going on, then the mother gets all upset yelling at the camera and saying how Simon doesn't know anything. Because it's alway's Simon's fault.
    Arabian: Idinaarabian on January 17th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
    Right, it's ALL Simon's fault. And he's actually been much better the last few seasons. (I did think Randy stepped over the line tonight a few times. He's such an ass.)

    I'm just one of those who doesn't enjoy these rounds. I do wonder though ... last season (I think) they showed a guy in the bathroom practicing and he sounded GOOD! and then when he went to audition for them, he was dreadful. Had I not heard the bathroom bit (which they obviously didn't) I would have put him in the 'what is he thinking?!" category. So I do think some of them CAN genuinely sing, they just aren't able to overcome their nerves (and like Jewel said) pull it together for the audition. Then of course, there are those who genuinely do suck.
    sowell: Ryan's hellsowell on January 17th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
    I think I liked the crack baby the best. She definitely needs to get a little more control over her voice, but I was really impressed at how soulful and mature her voice sounded at 16!

    I like the Army Reservist/car mechanic, too, but I think she had some pitch problems. Pretty quality to her voice, but she needs more ear training. Maybe the vocal coach can help her out with that?

    And I almost cried at that first audition - the one who said Jewel was her idol, and then didn't make it? As much as I love the bad auditions (I know it's awful, but I can't help it. Some of them have me in hysterics!), I get really tense and upset when people cry like that.
    Arabian: CheerLoganarabian on January 18th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
    Crack baby was my 2nd fave personality, 2nd fave voice. I agree about the pitch problems of Rachel Jenkins, I hope Bird can help her out.

    Oh God, the one with Jewel's biggest fan was just painful. It's just, ohhh, poor thing.
    Cynical Bitch: beckiunicorn23 on January 17th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
    I like Sarah, Perla, and Rachel (in that order). None of the guys really impressed me.

    Jewel as a guest judge was kinda pointless (and I'm a big Jewel fan) because she merely echoed what the other judges said. She looked really good though. I was cringing when that girl butchered You Were Meant For Me. I think Jewel was too, haha.

    Tonight should be interesting. Judging from the previews, Seattle has a lot of oddball personalities.
    Arabian: Betty & Danielarabian on January 18th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
    The guys really were not impressive, I agree completely. Maybe we might get some decent ones tonight.

    I'm meh on Jewel most of the time, so this was no different, LOL!

    Hee! Icon love!!!
    Cynical Bitchunicorn23 on January 18th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
    Ha, likewise! How awesome was Becki on last week's episode playing the Ugly Betty version on MYW? What a riot. I'm so glad Sofia's gone.
    Arabian: Betty & Danielarabian on January 18th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
    I didn't realize it was her!!! I was going to go back and watch it, but decided I'm waiting for the DVD and I'm gonna watch 'em again and just savor every moment. So much love for this show!!!!!!!!!

    I'm glad Sofia's gone too and I love Salma Hayek!