Congratulations Scotty McCreery – Our New American Idol

Congratulations and best wishes to Season 10 American Idol Scotty McCreery and to runner-up Lauren Alaina.  What a year!

I thought the finale was the best in a while with many big stars and great numbers:  Judas Priest, Mark Anthony, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Gladys Knight, Bono and The Edge and more!  I really enjoyed Scotty’s duet with Tim McGraw along with all the other performances.  It was good to see the top 13 again.

Again, congratulations to Scotty – a county superstar in the making!

American Idol Final Two: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina

We said goodbye to Haley tonight.  Next Tuesday, Lauren and Scotty go head to head to be the American Idol winner of Season 10.

The two-hour season finale will be on Wednesday night!  Look for big surprises and performances!

Congrats to Haley Reinhart for a great run!

American Idol Top Three Contestants Shine!

Tonight we were treated to some exceptional performances by the remaining three American Idol contestants.  Each contestant sang three songs.  One song was the contestant’s choice, one was Jimmy Iovine’s choice and one was the judge’s choice.  Tonight’s guest mentor was Beyonce who worked with the contestants on their song choice.

Scotty started the ball rolling with Lone Star’s “Amazed” which he totally nailed.  It amazes me how young these people are and the amount of poise and self-confidence they have.

Lauren sang “Wild One” by Faith Hill and did a great job!

Haley sang “What Is And What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin and her father played guitar on the number.  Again, another awesome performance and Led Zeppelin songs are not easy!  Haley fell during her performance got right up and kept on going like nothing happened.  The mark of a true pro.

The judges gave the first round unanimously to Haley.

Jimmy Iovene picked “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” by Thompson Square for Scotty.  This proved to be a perfect song choice and an excellent performance.  Scotty was most definitely in his element.

Jimmy picked “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry for Lauren.  Another great performance by Lauren.  Lauren missed a modulation, but she immediately self-corrected and went on to a strong finish.

Jimmy picked the iconic Fleetwood Mac anthem “Rhiannon” with lead vocals by Stevie Nicks for Haley.  Definitely not an easy song but Haley rose to the occasion.

The judges were split on who won this round.  I believe Steven voted for Lauren and Randy and Jennifer said Scotty was the man on round two.

Before the last round of songs, American Idol World Premiered Beyonce’s new single “Run The World (Girls)”.  Another Beyonce “anthem” that is sure to be a big hit.

The judges chose “She Believes In Me” a Kenny Rogers classic for Scotty.  It was done to showcase Scotty’s higher range and for him to sing a song with a more “pop/county” feel.  Great performance by Scotty.

The judges chose “I Hope You Dance” by LeAnn Rimes.  This song was a huge hit for LeAnn.  Lauren gave Jennifer goose bumps.  I chucked with the name dropping by Randy and Steven.

The judges chose “You Oughta Know”, one of Alanis Morissette’s greatest hits for Haley.  Haley slayed the choruses but she had trouble with the speed and rhythm of the verses.  Not an easy song by any stretch of the imagination.

The judges were again split on who won the round.  Steven voted for Haley and Jennifer and Randy give the win to Lauren for Round 3.

The level of talent this season is amazing.  Watching some of these performances are like watching a concert.

Tune in tomorrow to see who will be in the finale!

Missed my buddy James Durbin tonight and wondered what Jimmy and the judges would have picked for him to sing.  The brief clip they showed of James’ homecoming in Santa Cruz looked awesome!  I saw him holding up WWF belts!

James Durbin Goes Home On American Idol!

Looks like the Daughtry curse claimed James Durbin tonight.  I am shocked.  After delivering too solid performances last night and being a front-runner most of the season I did not expect this.  James said he had a feeling today.  I thought James would win 😦

Scotty, Lauren and Haley will advance toward the finale. 

Performances tonight were a videos by Gaga and Steve Tyler and live performances by Enrique Iglesias and Jordin Sparks.

My only consolation is that James will have the success that Chris Daughtry has had.  I would pay good money to attend a James Durbin concert.

James you are amazing and I know you will do great things.  Rock on!

Jacob Lusk Sent Home On American Idol Results Night

Jacob Lusk was sent home this evening on American Idol after a season-high 60 million votes cast.  Jacob had the weakest performances last night and has struggled with gaining viewer support this season.  Jacob is very talented and will do well.  An emotional Lauren Alaina also found herself in the bottom two this week.

Jennifer Lopez and Pit Bull tore up the stage with a lavish rendition of their new smash single “On The Floor”.  Lady Antebellum also sang their new song “Just A Kiss” and received massive applause and a standing ovation.

We wish Jacob well and hope he continues in the great R&B tradition of singers like Luther Vandross.  You can see Jacob on the Idol tour this summer.

Casey Abrams Sent Packing On American Idol Results Night

I think the eccentricities and the “growling” were a distraction for viewers and failed to bring Casey the support he needed to go further in the competition.  I cannot say I am surprised by this as Casey is not mainstream enough to be the next American Idol.

Song choice is always important.  Casey tended to pick obscure songs that viewers could not relate to.  Of all the material from Carol King week to choose from; case in point.

Farewell Casey.  You are a talented musician and hopefully will find your niche in jazz.

American Idol Top Six Performances

Last night, the top six American Idol hopefuls pulled out all the stops.  While some performances were better than others, all were very good.  I loved the Carol King night theme!

Randy said James was “in it to win it” and went as far as saying he thinks James might be the next American Idol.  James’ performance was excellent as always.  Jennifer praised James for his consistency, week after week.  Consistency is the name of the game.  James also has a great knack for song selection.  He always picks songs that emphasis his considerable talent.  It was the stand out performance of the night.

Sadly, someone will go home this evening.  However, it will not be for lack of effort on anyone’s part.  We congratulate all six contestants for an evening of great performances.

Ciao Stefano…American Idol Results

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52 million Americans voted and Stefano went home tonight, but not without singing his heart out!

I think James Durban will temporarily lose his best friend.  However, Stefano will be on tour this summer and if he plays his cards right could have a music career. 

David Cook and Katy Perry provided musical entertainment tonight.  Katy Perry’s number was a huge production of her new song ET with Kanye West.  David Cook is looking well and sang the first single off his new album.

Next week the top six sing Carol King songs!!!  Can’t wait for that!

Jacob and Haley were also in the bottom three.  I am guessing one of them will go home next week.

Paul McDonald Goes Home On American Idol

Paul McDonald is a nice guy and I do like him, however, I feel the other seven contestants have more potential and it was his time. 

Vote for the Worst has been thwarted in their attempts to influence the voting to eliminate Haley or Lauren.  My faith has been restored after last week’s vote that sent Pia home too early.

America got it right this week. 

We wish Paul well and hope he finds success.

Nice performances by Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna.

American Idol Upset: Pia Toscano Goes Home!!!

In what can only be described as a complete shock, Pia was sent home this evening.  Rounding out the bottom three were Stefano and Jacob.  Jacob was another surprise in the bottom three.  Neither Pia nor Jacob had been in the bottom three before tonight.  The judges were visibly upset.  Randy was shaking his head in disbelief and Jennifer looked like she was on the verge of tears.  All three judges walked up on the stage to comfort Pia, who could be heard sobbing over a microphone as her fellow contestants surrounded her.

Vote for the Worst claims responsibility for sending Pia home and keeping Paul.  The site’s goal is to eliminate Haley and Lauren in the coming weeks and have only the men left in the top six.  They described tonight’s episode as “hilarious” and are proud that they caused the frontrunner to be eliminated.  Personally, this is despicable behavior and American Idol needs to find a legal way to neutralize this website!

BOYCOTT Vote for the Worst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

American Idol Results Night – CRAZY

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What a nutty night full of guest appearances and drama.

R&B legend Stevie Wonder sang “Happy Birthday” to Steven Tyler…how awesome is that!

Hulk Hogan dropped by to tell self-professed “Hulkamaniac” James Durban he was SAFE.  Staying true to form, Hogan ripped off his shirt (Ryan gave it to James).  Then the Hulkster fake punches Ryan Seacrest in the face (LMAO) and sent him flying into the audience. Hysterical!

Special musical guest Sugarland performed their new song “Stuck Like Glue” and a svelte Jennifer Hudson dropped by to launch her new single “Where You At?”

Crazy bottom three this week:

Thia Megia
Stefano Langone
Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams received the lowest number of votes.  Casey started to sing for his life and was stopped by Randy Jackson.  The judges used their save.  Everybody went nuts, including a stunned Casey.  It was insane in the membrane.

Final shocker: Ryan tells us ALL 11 finalists will go on tour, not just the top ten.  BUT…….two people will go home next Thursday night.  People better “bring it”.

Awesome Tuesday Night On American Idol

Last night’s performances indicated the depth of talent on this season of American Idol.  Usually at this point in the competition there are still a few people who really do not deserve to be there.  We all have our favorites and some people are definitely more talented than others; but this is the first year with eleven contestants remaining that I will be sad to see anyone go home.

James Durbin continues to amaze me along with Jacob Lusk and Pia Toscano.  Naima Adedapo was vastly improved this week.  Paul McDonald delivered a solid performance and I was glad to see him break out the guitar.  Scotty was his usual charming self.  So far today, the American Idol “Who was the Best?” poll ranks the contestants in this order:  James Durbin, Scotty McCreary, Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano and Thia Megia in the top five with 22, 936 people voting.  Stefano and Haley have the lowest scores.

Gordon Ramsey was in the audience last night and greatly annoyed me when he turned his nose up at Mrs. Langone’s penne.  What a SNOT!  He wouldn’t even try it.  Not cool Gordon.

If the poll is any indicator of the voting, Stefano and Haley will definitely be in the bottom three with a toss-up between Lauren and Naima.

Karen Rodriguez Goes Home On American Idol

The lovely and talented Karen Rodriguez was sent packing tonight on American Idol.  Karen was in the bottom three again this week.  Unfortunately, even after a great performance of “Hero” by Mariah Carey, she was not saved by the judges.  Randy said it was not a unanimous decision so at least one judge wanted to save her.  All three judges must be in agreement to use their save.

Lee DeWyze, last year’s American Idol winner, performed a song from his new album titled “Beautiful Like You”.  It was a nice song with an alternative feel.  Lee’s presence was a reminder of how much has changed on Idol since he was crowned the winner last season.  Only Randy Jackson remains on the panel of judges.

The Black Eyed Peas performed their new song, which they dedicated to the people of Japan, titled “Just Can’t Get Enough”.  Not sure if it was just me but people did not seem all that thrilled they were making a guest appearance based on reaction from the audience.  However, when they finished singing their new song, the cheering was loud.

Rounding out the bottom three this week were Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo.  Both received some criticism from the judges after Tuesday’s performances.  Haley is not a stranger to the bottom three.

Buena suerte, Karen!

Ashthon Jones Leaves Idol

America voted and Ashthon Jones had the lowest number of votes in the first week of the final 13 competition.   Joining Ashton in the bottom three were Karen Rodriguez and Haley Reinhart.

Adam Lambert performed an acoustic version of his new song “Aftermath”.  A more subdued and wholesome looking Adam Lambert was greeted by shrieks of approval from the audience.  Ditty-Dirty Money & Skylar Grey performed “Coming Home”.

We wish Ashthon Jones much success.  I was very impressed with her exit interview on the Idol website.  Check it out if you have not already done so.

We also send a get well shout out to Casey Abrams!

American Idol: TOP 13 Revealed

What an emotional rollercoaster tonight.  Hard choices were made.

I think this is one of the first years I am pretty okay with how things turned out.

TOP TEN (Voted on by America)

Scotty McCreary

Lauren Alaina

Pia Toscano

Jacob Lusk

Casey Abrams

Thia Megia

Paul McDonald

Haley Reinhart

James Durbin

Karen Rodriguez

WILD CARD (Picked by the Judges)

Ashton Jones

Stefano Langone

Naima Adedapo

Great job to the judges for selected some exception talent this year.  J Lo’s new video was awesome as well!  This is the most excited I have been about an American Idol season in YEARS!

American Idol: Ladies Night

Like last night, the performances improved as the show went on.   The last four women were excellent!

Haley Reinhart sang Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’”.  The audience, Steven and Jennifer loved it.  Randy did not.  I thought it was excellent and she exhibited confidence, was sexy and delivered a solid performance.

Thia Megia sang “On My Own” from Les Miserables to everyone’s delight.  All three judges had high praise for her tonal quality and Randy compared her to Michael Jackson.

Lauren Alaina sang “Turn The Radio On” by Reba McIntyre and oozed with natural talent and showed a great deal of comfort in performing.  She got big applause and great comments from the judges.

Pia Toscano sang “I’ll Stand By You” by the Pretenders and brought the house down as the finale.  Jennifer told her she was a sly one and saved the best for tonight.  I agreed with Randy that she was the winner this evening,

I missed the first three performances but the clips do not always show much…they tend to find the best part of the performance to highlight so unfortunately I can not in all honestly comment.

Julie Zorilla received much applause by the judges were not thrilled.  People should really avoid Kelly Clarkson songs (Breakaway).  It was suggested that she should have moved the key up higher to better showcase her voice.

Ashton Jones did well but Randy thought “Love All Over Me” by Monica was not enough for her.  He suggested something more like Diana Ross.  The audience enjoyed her performance based on the applause.

I liked Karen Rodriguez’s performance of Maria Carey’s “Hero”.  I agreed with the judges on her use of English and Spanish lyrics.  It was a nice touch.  The audience seemed to really like her performance.

American Idol…And Then There Was One

First Simon.  Then Ellen.  Now Kara.  Randy “that was just aight” or “that was pitchy dawg” Jackson is the last man standing on American Idol.  That is definitely a WTF moment if ever I saw one. 

Rumor has it Stephen Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are the front-runners to replace Simon and Ellen.  OMG…can’t we do better???

Unless Simon Fuller pulls a rabbit out of his hat I am so done with AI.