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16 March 2010 @ 10:03 pm
American Idol, Top 12  
I really, really have issues with their supposed theme weeks lately because they are not theme weeks. They are one group/artist and that is simply NOT fair to all contestants because people sing differently. I don't care how big their catalogue is, it's still the same person singing/group performing. Go back to motown, broadway, country, etc. Those are themes and allow all different types of singers the availability to sing songs that can suit *their* voices and styles.

Michael Lynche - Blah, blah, he did good, I guess, but he does nothing for me.

Didi Benami - You know what? Despite the lyrics loss there, I honestly think this girl may be the dark horse. I LOVED her performance last week and I thought overall she did really great tonight. Go Didi!

Casey James - I like him, he doesn't have the greatest voice, he won't win, but I just like him.

Lacey Brown - I can't help it, I like her, she's grown on me, buuuuut, she needs to learn a lot more control. I find that I like her tone (and I think she may sound really, really pretty recorded), still, there were definitely bum notes and, again, she needs to work on that control.

Andrew Garcia - The recorded version might make it work, but this just didn't fly, even with the big notes. I'm sorry, I want to love him again, but it isn't happening as of yet.

Katie Stevens - Eh, I don't like her voice. It sounds too, I dunno, heavy? Regardless, I don't care, she's here and Lily Scott isn't. That works for me. For this week.

TIM URBAN!!! - I'll lay it out, I only know a few Rolling Stones' songs, so I didn't know this one from Adam. It was Tim, he looked pretty, he sounded good, I love him. End of story. I am all about my bias with him, I admit it freely. *And* I love what he said to Ryan, he could never have sold a Rolling Stones song like Mick Jagger; he just isn't capable of it, so he was true to himself and what could possibly work best for him. So there.

Siobhan Magnus - Seriously? Because she can scream a big note in the middle of a plodding, badly performed song, she's brilliant and standout? I so do not think so. Other than the final note, I thought this was an awful wreck. I'm back to how I felt after "Wicked Game" week one of the semi-finals. Whatever judges.

Lee Dewyze - True story. About 20 seconds in I decided to type in "bored now" only, but realized that wasn't fair and so genuinely listened and then without even realizing it my thoughts drifted to the semi-finals round this season, last season, and then how it sucked that season one had so little performances because of the different format, and then I was like 'oh crap!' I completely blanked his performance out, so, long entry made short: Bored now.

WHEEE!! Dianna Agron's in the house! LOVE HER!

Paige Myles - *sigh* I miss Katelyn. Impressive with the laryngitis. I will give her that, but, bored still.

Oh my gosh! Only two singers left? Wow, Crystal might get the pimp spot?

Aaron Kel-- screeeeeeech! Hold that thought, first with this breaking news: Crystal Bowersox does indeed get the pimp spot. Also? The Pope is Catholic. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Aaron Kelly - I actually think he did a pretty good job. Good for you, Aaron. I think that was one of the best of the night. Yeah, I said it.

CRYSTAL BOWERSOX!!! - I LOVE CRYSTAL!!!! And what I was thinking after she finished is how people keep comparing her to Melinda Doolittle in terms of the talent and comfort on stage as proof that she won't win, but I think there's a key difference. Crystal's exciting when she performs, the stage comes alive, she's dynamic. Melinda wasn't. Personally, I thought this was the best of the night, and in no universe did Siobhan outsing her (at all!), but I love how Crystal without thought complimented Siobhan (which I do think she meant), because I don't want people to think that *she* thinks she's got it in the bag. And I don't want people to get complacent or to turn against her because she's the front-runner. She is awesome and deserves to win. I think she handled Simon's comments perfectly, with the Siobhan compliment, and not just saying that she's never thought she had in the bag, but making it real by adding that cheeky grin, "but thank you for saying so." She's adorable, and I love her. And, you know, maybe Simon is saying stuff like this to make sure she doesn't get the full backlash. :shrugs:

One more thing, re: Crystal. The main reason I was bummed about this being Rolling Stones week is because I knew there would be plenty of songs by them in her wheelhouse, and I want to see her bring her style to a different type of song. I think it will be AWESOME!

Top three for me:

Aaron (I know!!)

Who will be bottom three:


I know that's four, but I can't decide among them. Going home? Probably Katie or Lacey, the former I'd prefer, the latter will make me sniff with disappointment. But really, end of the night, it's all about Crystal!
sorrynosorryno on March 17th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
I do not think I have heard a single Rolling Stones song in my life.

I mean, I probably have, but I can't think of any.
Arabian: Crystal Bowersox01arabian on March 17th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
You've probably heard "I Can't Get No Satisfaction." It's been used in commercials, movies, tv shows, etc. everywhere forever. It's probably one of the most famous rock songs of all time.

Overall, I'm not a Stones fans, though.
sorrynosorryno on March 17th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Ahhh, you're right. Heard that one.
sorryno: looking up - illyriasorryno on March 17th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
OH wait, I heard Crystal's song... in GLEE. Hahaha. I watched maybe half the performances... I only liked hers.

Also? I thought Siobhan was weird, not good. I was very surprised when they compared her to Adam Lambert.
Arabian: Kelly_Stararabian on March 17th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
Yup, that song was sung on Glee, it was better by Crystal because (a) she's Crystal and (b) Cory Monteith sang it on Glee (with others) which equals automatic fail.
sorryno: puck rachel hugsorryno on March 17th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Hahaha, yeah... Corey's not the best singer of the bunch :) I have to say I like Glee's version better... it's just so shiny and happy!

Crystal is my fave so far, though.
Arabian: Carla_ Reality TV Lovearabian on March 17th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Ah, but it's not really supposed to be a happy, shiny song and Crystal, well, her voice just blows me away.
Cynical Bitchunicorn23 on March 17th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
Aaaah, Didi has won you over?! I knew it was just a matter of time. :D Haven't seen the show yet (I'm out of the country atm) but I'll be watching it in a few hours and I cannot wait to see her performance!

I was a Crystal fan during the first week of semis but I've slowly gotten off her train because the constant pimping and hype is really turning me off. That's not her fault - I completely blame the judges and the media for that. Not that the praise & hype aren't warranted, they totally are. I think she's a brilliant musician and true artist and wouldn't mind it if she won this season but I wouldn't be jumping up and down for joy. Maybe she'll make me change her mind. I know she'll be on the show for several more weeks to come.
Arabian: Crystal Bowersox01arabian on March 17th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I've always liked Didi, she was just never my favorite.

As for Crystal, I don't get where the supposed constant pimping comes from. Except for the 2nd week in semi-finals, Simon has said he's disappointed in her, and she's not that special. He pulls the same stuff this week.
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Arabianarabian on March 17th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, good for you.
ThroughAnAmberFocus: BW Rose with Color Scarfamberfocus on March 17th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
I actually really liked what Tim did to that song, the whole reggae beat thing. It was like taking a minute long tropical vacation on my sofa. I'm not a particular fan of the Stones, though. Never have been.

I was very impressed with Aaron tonight and of course my daughter had to vote for him because he's "cute." *shakes head*

I actually quite like Lee, but in that "I want him to be singing in the backroom of a tavern with attatched restaurant while I'm eating my dinner," sort of way and not in an on the radio sort of way.

Didi remains my favorite, though I think Crystal is going to win, is more marketable because she knows who she is and what type of singer she is, and has the better voice.
Arabian: Rose_smilearabian on March 17th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
I love Tim, nuff said. :)

I can easily take Aaron over teenybopper cute male Archie a few seasons ago. Aaron can actually sing without sounding like he's going to cough up phlegm or smile a fake saccharine smile during every song.

I think as long as they don't push Crystal too hard (ala over-pimpage), and she really kicks it out of her wheelhouse on those weeks, Crystal will make it. Didi is my dark horse girl, though. And my second favorite with (sniff, sniff) Katelyn gone.
eolivet on March 17th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I really liked Siobhan tonight...she's been slowly growing on me -- probably because she's a local kid. She's a drama kid who likes to sing, and it totally shows. I knew a couple Siobhans in high school (what is it with Fox recreating my high school performing arts years -- first "Glee," now Idol!)

Crystal is still wonderful, and Didi has been getting better and better (loved both of them tonight!), but I'd be happy if any of these ladies won. (As long as it's not Katie effin' Stevens...GRRRR!!! :p )

Poor Tim...and I so loved "Hallelujah" last week. :(
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on March 17th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
I like Siobhan, but most of that singing was a hot mess. She's the polarizing one this season, most either love her performances or hate them. I go by week to week with what she delivers, and for me, there's just no consistency.

Don't worry, Katie will not win. She may stick around a few more weeks, but she should be gone soon enough.

Tim could do amazing and they still think the worst of him. They want him gone, and it pisses me off, because he *can* sing and he's improving in leaps and bounds up there. Stupid judges. At least Kara gave him credit for trying to do what he could with a singer that he could never emulate. (I HATE having supposed "theme" weeks that are just one singer. NOT COOL!)
Beck: AI - Kris Allenbeck_liz on March 18th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
I just finished watching last night's episode, and I ... mostly wasn't paying attention. Until the end, and Crystal. The thing with Crystal is that she demands attention with her performances, not unlike Adam or Kris last year. None of the others seem to have that.
Arabian: Kris Allen_01arabian on March 18th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Crystal is awesome. And next week the theme is "teen idols" (so yay! an actual theme); I'm really, really curious to see who she does with that.

*is excited*