American Idol Recap: Who Run the World? Girls!

candice glover american idol season 12 take that JLoAmerican Idol wants a female winner worse than Simon Cowell wants you to believe in the steroid-induced relevance of The X Factor: USA. It wants a female winner more desperately than Randy Jackson needs to repeat his fifth-grade vocabulary lessons. It wants a Kelly Clarkson-Fantasia Barrino-Carrie Underwood-Jordin Sparks “I Believe This Is My Moment in Heaven” moment with the burning intensity of Jennifer Lopez’s jealousy listening to the dulcet tones of Haley Reinhart. (File that last memory under: #YouAndI #NeverForget.)

Ryan Seacrest wasn’t bashful about pushing this agenda, either. “It’s clear Idol has never seen this much talent from the lay-dees,” he chirped, pronouncing the last word of that sentence like The Bachelor host Chris Harrison watching 25 mildly inebriated chicas exit rows of limousines in the hopes of snagging a marriage proposal from some blandly handsome lugnut.

Except in Idol‘s case, the stakes are so much higher. (Oh come on, let’s not pretend scoring a major-label recording contract and a platform on which to build a life-long career making music doesn’t trump a fake marriage proposal, a very public breakup on the cover of People magazine and a grotesque turn on Bachelor Pad.)

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Idol went so far tonight — during an episode devoted to the women of Season 12 tackling their Hollywood Week a capella solos and group performances — as to give us a couple of women so vocally exciting that they might be able to shrug off the weight of runaway hyperbole and excessive pimping to turn themselves into true fan favorites come the live voting rounds. Yep, I speak of Candice Glover (pictured) and Janelle Arthur, who appear to possess not only lethal instruments with which to cut down the competition, but the kinds of outsized-yet-sweet personas that speed-dialing crazies can get behind.

Candice and Janelle weren’t the only exciting females by any stretch, though, so let’s break this episode all the way down, focusing on the good, the wretched, and the criminally insane. (Caveat: I’m not covering every single contestant shown during the two-hour telecast. There’s only so much one can glean based on a nanosecond or two of singing, ya dig?)

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As always, things kicked off with rows of 10 contestants lining up, then one at a time belting a capella numbers. Randy, eloquent as ever, looked into the camera and yelled “We ready to slice and dice, baby!”

Best in show prize (sorry, Westminster still on the brain) went to Janelle Arthur, whose rendition of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (one of the best songs ever, for me for you) showed tremendous depth and power, and yet also included moments (like the phrase “too blue to cry”) that were so tender you could’ve cut ‘em with a spoon. Uncle Nigel & Co. set up a silly faux rivalry with fellow “country” singer Rachel Hale (who gives off more of a soulful folk vibe, but is from Arkansas, and therefore has only one genre into which the producers can stuff her), but they both advanced in the end. Rachel, who had one of my favorite Season 12 auditions, proved quite solid this time around, but to my ear, she could’ve eased up just a little on Grace Potter’s “Nothing But the Water” — especially that final blast where her voice wound up verging on a squeak.

Other women advancing to the Group Rounds included Angela Miller, who brought passion and intensity to Jessie J’s “Who You Are”; Candice Glover, whose twist on “Impossible” was perhaps even bigger and beltier than Xtina’s original; Victoria Acosta, whose runs went slightly awry on “Killing Me Softly”; The Artist Formerly Known as Christina “Isabelle” (now just Isabelle, sans quotes), whose audition-round “Summertime” was less fussy and more effective than this Hollywood Week cover; Briana “was once on Jerry Springer Oakley; and Kez Ban, despite putting “Knights in White Satin” on the rack and stretching it to uncomfortable places. The wacky “fire dancer,” though, landed a pretty solid zinger before she took the stage, declaring, “If I go home, I still had fun. If I don’t go home, that’s even scarier!” (And no, her cold-induced caterwauling didn’t make me any less obsessed with “Azure Sky.”)

Among the A Capella Round evictees were Mariah “recovering from anorexia” Pulice, who offered a pretty version of “Gravity” that frayed a little in her upper register, as well as Ashley “Blondie” Smith, Sarah “Super Bass” Restuccio and Ann “Surprised on a Football Field by Randy” Difani (none of whom were shown singing). The only cut that irked me a little was Megan “Auditioned on Crutches” Miller, whose infusion of twang on La Roux’s “Bulletproof” was totally in tune and rather intriguing.

After that, producers divvied the 76 surviving ladies into 19 groups, each of which was able to choose from a list of 20 songs and then head off to their respective nooks where they rehearsed, wept, bickered, wrote lyrics on their hands and decided whether or not dinner was a life priority. (Spoiler alert: Dinner is always a life priority.) Before I get to what stood out — good and bad — among the Groups, two observations:

* I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that at least 50 percent of the Group Round decisions by the judges can be summed up by this candid comment from Nicki’s eyeshadow rival Stephanie Schimel: “Why did they let me through? I totally botched that thing!”

* Did anyone notice that just before the elimination of Seretha Guinn, despite giving what was clearly the best vocal of her “American Boy” group, we caught a brief glimpse of Nigel Lythgoe walking away from the judges’ table and back to his throne at Castle Voldemort? Sometimes, when there’s absolutely no logic in the judges’ decision-making process — seriously, Tenna Torres sounded like she was auditioning for the female lead in the next Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel, and got praised out the wazoo by the panel — you need to look for the simplest explanation: And perhaps said explanation has something to do with an experienced television producer making certain he has the right “mix” of contestants/”personalities” around whom he can build a top-rated reality series over the next four months?

Okay…with that conspiracy theory business out of the way, let me cut to the night’s best (not counting Randy missing half the groups due to being “tied up in the studio” — insert your own punch line there) and worst moments:

GOOD STUFF
* Ever since her unjust elimination in Season 11 Vegas Week, I’ve been dying for the Redemption of Candice Glover. But when I realized she and her fellow Swagettes were covering Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” — a fast, furious jam that’s been a musical Bermuda Triangle to many a promising Idol hopeful — I got worried. Turns out I fretted for nothing: Flanked by fellow Idol Hollywood Week vets Denise Jackson and Melinda Ademi, as well as Kamaria Ousley, Candice served world-class VOICE, FACE and ATTITUDE (yes, all caps were necessary there) while getting solos on the classic “Solé and Mia” line and a final raging glory note that had her teammates keeping a distance (lest their vocal cords crawl into their stomachs and dissolve in a bath of gastric acid). The group as a whole was very good; Candice’s contributions, however, were grrrrreat!

* Lost in the drama surrounding Janel Stinney‘s troubling pre- and post-performance meltdowns (and total lyrical strikeout) was Cristabel Clack‘s really special performance and unique sandpapery tone on the Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.” Somehow the judges seemed to cop an attitude that Cristabel hadn’t done much to warrant their praise, while Nicki instead spouted utter rubbish to Janel. “You didn’t sing one word and you kept me engaged because of that!” Oh come on! The only thing Janel is going to keep viewers engaged in is whatever Fox’s network rivals counter-program on Wednesday and Thursday nights through the end of May.

* In a brief snippet of “If I Can’t Have You,” Shubha Vedula hinted she might turn out to be the contestant Christina Aguilera tried to create for three straight seasons of The Voice.

WHACK STUFF
* There were at least a half-dozen incidents tonight where the judges zigged when they should’ve zagged (hello, Daysia Hall!), but perhaps none was more egregious than the ouster of Brandy Neelly. Okay, maybe Brandy was not quite pitch perfection on Dixie Chicks’ “Sin Wagon,” but she delivered a solid B+ that could’ve only been deemed worse than teammate Haley Davis if she’d ended her performance by slaughtering a lamb next to Mariah Carey’s Coke cup. (And even then, at least somebody could’ve turned the carnage into medium-rare chops.) Meanwhile, Haley was one of those gals who scrawled the bulk of her lyrics on her hand, then repeatedly peeked at said appendage in an effort to not careen off the cliff to a Wile E. Coyote-style demise. As Nicki noted, it was a “disrespectful” move, and Haley’s subsequent excuse about going to bed early due to a “stomach bug” didn’t change that. Still, Haley survived to the solo round while Brandy got the boot? It made about as much sense as Randy trying to sound out a word with five or more syllables.

* Similarly, on Four U’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” the aforementioned Stephanie Schimel missed her cue and bungled her lyrics, while Holly Miller disappointed by remembering all her words — and thus subjecting us to her terrible, shouting tone. The only person in the quartet who showcased an appealing instrument and didn’t visibly forget her words was Kalli Therinae, and yet she was dismissed as hastily as Mariah Carey sending a minion to grab some ice for her lukewarm beverage.

* And then we had front-runners Janelle Arthur and Angela Miller (along with Breanna Steer) getting paired up with incessantly “wacky” Kez Ban. I’ll admit, I howled when Kez, noticing the skyrocketing tension during rehearsal, asked her trio of comrades “Do we need a back-massage circle?” But as the Chicago fire performer began making gagging sounds about possibly having to sing “pop” songs and failing to wake up in time to catch a morning rehearsal with her teammates, my patience began to wear thin. I mean, be wacky, be original, be a little spazzy — all things we enjoyed about Kez’s audition. But above all else, you have to be in tune and connected to your lyrics — qualities that escaped Kez in Hollywood. I was put off by her hint of a British accent while singing, and by the fact that her antics took focus off the way Janelle masterfully played with the rhythms of “Be My Baby,” adding just a touch of melancholy to the longing lyrics in the process. Angela, for her part, overbaked the vocal, though she absolutely deserved to move to the Solo Round, but Breanna, to my ears, hit the target on less than a third of her notes. Then again, if the judges had no choice but to advance Kez Ban, then I guess they had to take everyone from her group along with her, eh?

* Finally, let’s talk about Zoanette Johnson. Actually, you know what? Life is short. And I’m not sure there’s any benefit to picking apart a performance of “Knock on Wood” that was so gnarly it might well serve as a jumping off point for Season 3 of American Horror Story. (Did I mention that somehow, though, it was enough to score a pass to the Solo Rounds? Who wants to call time of death on common sense and/or music in general?)

Anyhooo…there were plenty more solid performances and total disasters on Night 3 of Season 12 Hollywood Week, but I’m going to leave it to you to point out anyone else worthwhile I missed. What did you think of the episode? Did you call “foul” at any of the judges’ decisions? And who was your favorite contestant? Sound off in the comments, and for all my Idol-related news, recaps, interviews and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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199 Comments
  1. sg54 says:

    Hey, when you mention Candice and Janelle, you should mention Angela Miller too! Amazing voice, and the promo for tomorrow makes me even more excited for her. I was shocked when Megan Miller and Brandy Neely were eliminated, but i LOVED Brandy’s attitude. She needs to come back! I’m no longer sure whether I love or hate Kez Ban, but I think that last performance made up for the rest of the episode. Go girls!

    • Tom22 says:

      Kez’s singing wasn’t half bad in the group number but some-how i”m doubting she’s going to really be able to pull off top notch full covers with any consistency.

      Still .. as far as entertainment goes…. ! lol I absolutely loved what we saw. That “dancing” (or was it a Scooby-Dooby-Doo “Yikes” thing?) before going on was just “take any load off my shoulders” kind of funny. And, you know, it was one of those things that you’re not really laughing “at” but also “with” a person being happy about the nutcase they now they are.

      The whole show was really upbeat. The managed to show the emotions and crisisi of the performers but infused with humor – as serious treatment of that kind of thing should be left to real world refugee camps and storm shelters etc… I know its very real for the kids but lets give a lighter treatment on the outside like they did tonight for the viewers. Good job Idol.. Great singing, only a few well chosen back story glimpses(there’s room for a few tibit scenes here and there like tonight) and humor between all that great singing.(ideas elsewhere)

    • Mikko Makitalo says:

      These words could be exactly mine. I am worried about the judges’ judgement skills this season: Megan and Brandy sounded really great to me, and I felt Brandy could win the whole thing. And after that, how could she have such sweet attitude, no complaining at all. She is a marvelous person!

      • Joy says:

        As somebody else pointed out below, some of these decisions are clearly about reality show casting rather than quality of performances. And if that’s what the producers want to do, okay, whatever, I get it. The problem I have is when they put together these episodes that TRY to present their casting decisions within the “singing competition” narrative, and so none of it makes any sense — which is just plain poor storytelling. It makes the episodes incredibly frustrating to watch, the judges come across as incompetent, and seeing (apparently) bad decision after bad decision invites skepticism about the quality of the talent pool we’re going to have once live rounds start. If the producers could just figure out how to present their decision-making a little more honestly, they might actually do a better job of bringing us on board with it.

    • IMHO says:

      How about the fact that Kez Ban has an adam’s apple? The scarf slipped – whoops!

  2. -A ton of really strong ladies tonight. Candice Glover, Rachel Hale, Janelle Arthur, Angela Miller and several others impressed me. I love me some Kez Ban but she was pretty difficult to handle tonight. Completely entertaining, but her vocal quality was not at the level I wish it was, especially when you compare it to Janelle and Angela. Overall the ladies far exceeded the men from last week.
    -I’m not sure if I can take Nicki Minaj’s comments about people forgetting their lyrics completely seriously given that last week she helped send through a group of guys that knew zero lyrics and were completely off key, yet she called them her favorites. I love her sentiments about connecting with the audience and judges, and her facial expressions were fantastic, but her comments weren’t consistent. Still I love that she is so out there, Mariah is just a non-entity at this point. Just along for the ride.

    • Owen says:

      Kez Ban is an entirely different singer than Candice or Janelle. All she had to do tonight is prove she can handle a group song and sing on key. If you remember she was magic in her audition when she sang her own song. If she makes it to the Top 12 she will need to make songs “her own” which she might be able to do living with a song awhile, letting her play it herself. And she wasn’t “difficult”. It was difficult for her group members to deal with such an eccentric, but Kez was not “diva” difficult. She was sweet and supportive (and not a morning person). And she loves music. Not just singing. The music is IN that girl. She is really the only thing that’s exciting me now about this season (though Star Spangled Banner woman seems to have a bit of a Fantasia aura to her I’m beginning to enjoy…)

      • Good points. Kez Ban is just in another world, in many ways. She definitely can hold her own. And comparing her to anyone really isn’t fair, and is actually pretty cool. Not being able to compare her to someone either currently on the show or that has been on the show in the past is quite a feat for show that’s been on the air for 12 years. I am rooting for her completely.

        • The Beach says:

          While her singing did not impress me at all tonight (loved her audition) I am intrigued to here more from her. Maybe they could pair her up with that loopy dude from last season that played the drums…good times:)

          • The Beach says:

            Yep, like Star Spangled Banner woman even making out of auditions, much less being put through again tonight when she was terrible again…ridiculous.

          • The Beach says:

            Sorry, the above post got shifted to the wrong spot. It was supposed to be a reply to different post.

  3. Annie says:

    Rachael was good too. I love her personality and voice.

    • Tom22 says:

      I agree… I think she is insanely good but probably most to the point, does what I value most (emotional depth that somehow conjurs up a sweep of truth .. and a real feeling for how the rhythm and harmonies of riffs are their to compliment the overall emotional feeling of a song… and does so within a blues/gospel musical tradition)

  4. Stop this irrational Diva’s obsession. The girls were terrible as the men.

    • teatime says:

      I agree. There were several I enjoyed. Probably half of them will be gone tomorrow. A couple others are good but might run their course for this show after another performance or two. That’s even with where I am with the guys right now.

  5. Laura says:

    Where is the love for Schyler Dixon? They barely showed her tonight! At least give us two seconds of her singing!

  6. Vetle says:

    I. Do. Not. Understand. Why. They. Cut. Brandy Neelly.

    At least she took it well, but she didn’t read the words off her hand. :/

    • And then Keith tells her he loves her voice? I would have loved some explanation, because this elimination made as much sense and Daysia Hall going through and the fact that “Isabelle” only has one name. What is going on?

      • Owen says:

        Yeah, I’m confused too..

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Add me to the list of people confused by the elimination of Brandy Neelly. It makes no sense in my book.

          • Evan says:

            I haven’t watched the episode and am getting caught up on YouTube, but didn’t she forget the words to her song? Like, completely?

          • Tom22 says:

            The key would be not if she forgot her words, but how she reacted . They were far far more forgiving if people who forgot the words tried to stay confident and smiling and “la la la’s” their way through the melody on key.

            Forgetting lines is onething… giving up or being painful to watch floundering isn’t something they can afford to forgive — its meat and potatos show business that anyone thats been in school plays learns “the show must go on!” and “never break character”.

            But,, I have no idea if that was the case. It could be they needed two blonds, two redheads and one girl from boston and the numbers didn’t work for her … there might be another year that she fits the casting puzzle…. and the show is a lot more bearable to watch if you recognize upfront that it is being “cast” just like a soap opera where the singing is only one (but a major one after the casting is done) element.

      • Name That Tune says:

        They “love” a lot of these singers when they are giving them bad news. It’s Management 101. Before you give negative feedback, you say something good about the person. So yes, they love her voice but not enough to send her through. What’s puzzling us how they keep sending Zonette on. She’s the dramaI queen the reality show producers love.

  7. BarbL says:

    I hereby rescind my hopes for Kez as a finalist. I don’t know what the judges heard, but that group (and especially Kez) tanked as far as I’m concerned.
    .
    I ended up disliking her intensely by the end of the night.

    • Owen says:

      Oh look. Let’s kill the person who is different, who marches to her own drummer. Let’s demolish her and make ourselves feel better for being “normal”.

      • Glover4thewin says:

        It’s not because she wasn’t “normal.” That’s the reason we fell in love with her in the first place. It was the fact she left practice to eat, was annoying when picking a song and down right disrespectful to the other girls in her group. I agree. Kez Ban tanked.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          And that was the worst rendition of “Nights in White Satin” I’ve ever heard in my life.

        • Owen says:

          How was she annoying when picking a song? She was adamant. But she was totally respectful. She is probably not plugged in the way a lot of “normal” people are and I’d bet her need for food was so paramount that it didn’t even occur to her it was not in her group’s best interests to keep rehearsing. This amazing woman thought it was okay to snot in a trash can, for god’s sake!!! I’ll buy she didn’t sing the best in either Hollywood round, but you’ve GOT to know by now that people are not judged by these group rounds, this is just reality TV fodder. She was put through because she was awesome at her original audition. And I completely believe you now dislike her because her “otherness” makes you uncomfortable. I have no illusions she’ll make the Top 12 so I’m sure you’ll be happy that the pretty blondes who sing equally pretty and just like everyone else will be chosen.

          • deedee says:

            Owen, with all due respect, KezBan’s “otherness” was on full display during the first round of auditions and that didn’t turn anybody off. In fact, she was at the top of many polls in the early days precisely for her uniqueness and quirky differentness.
            .
            It’s not like tonight everybody suddenly woke up to the fact that KezBan is different, and decided that she must not be tolerated for it! I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me – she simply didn’t live up to her promise tonight, plus she just pushed the OTT behaviour a smidge past annoying.
            .
            I still like her and think she’s very talented – and personally enjoy her kind of singing better than the typical Idol divas. I was hoping she’d make her case so irresistible that Idol would have to put her through to top 10. But I don’t think she did that tonight.

        • Tarc says:

          I’ll just point out that in multiple occasions last night, Kezban was promised various things by production, and she didn’t get them, making her appear more difficult than she was. She was even polite about not getting them, but it looked to me like they were trying to create problems. Certainly, not letting people eat regularly is a problem, and for some people a big one.

      • Trace says:

        Don’t want to kill her. It is a singing competition though and she wasn’t good tonight. It’s not enough to be different. I didn’t understand a lot of the decisions tonight.

      • deedee says:

        Oh, Owen. There’s a line between “different” and obnoxious, and tonight – for some of us – Kez hopped that line. Nobody’s demolishing her for anything.

        • Owen says:

          Deedee, you are lying to me or to yourself. She did nothing “obnoxious” tonight, at least in a mean spirited way that would allow for your hate. She is different and that’s why you dislike her. There have been truly “obnoxious” people on this show that deserve our dislike. This girl is too oddly sweet to.

          • deedee says:

            Owen, nothing bugs me more than when people accuse me of “hate”. I don’t hate anyone. And I never said she was mean spirited, nor did I ever say I disliked her. I found her annoying tonight – not bad, not evil, not mean, just a little OTT for my taste.
            .
            This is what we do here. We comment on contestants and share our feelings about the people we watch on TV. Is KezBan off limits?

          • Chap says:

            Owen, you’ve lost your perspective through latching on to Kez so hard. She crapped a brick on stage when it was her time to actually sing.

            In this competition unique and quirky means nothing if you lack the chops once you leave an incredibly narrow comfort zone.

            She sucked, and you are looking a fool to blindly defend her in the face of a lot of accurate and restrained criticism.

          • Wendy says:

            Owen, you’ve really drunk some koolaid for this girl. She absolutely was obnoxious Hollywood week. How did you not see that she wasn’t there for the rest of the group?- not making the appointed time to meet with your group means you are both inconsiderate and unprofessional – plus she didn’t deliver when it came time to perform. Her quirkiness is not charming – it is getting old and this is the second time we have seen her.

          • Alex says:

            I loved Kez’s audition, but her singing was AWFUL last night. And her attitude was difficult. Very disappointing.

        • Glover4thewin says:

          ^this^

      • BarbL says:

        Oh please, re-read my comment as it bears little resemblance to how you respond.
        .
        I originally liked her audition. I don’t after hearing her sing tonight.
        .
        If you’re going to hate on a comment, at least get it right. You’ve got no idea who I am, and what I consider “normal.” I’m a card carrying member of NCSF.
        .
        You mean to say that because she’s “different” that means one has to accept poor singing and bad attitude?
        .
        Please.

        • Owen says:

          No, I’m pretty sure you hate her cause she’s different. I’ll buy the singing, but there was nothing “bad” about her attitude. And, of course your comment on her non-existent “bad attitude” is what makes me believe you hate cause she’d different.

          • Glover4thewin says:

            Owen. Take a chill pill. Do some jumping jacks. Go snot in a trash can. Get some food. :)

          • BarbL says:

            Oh give it up. I don’t “hate” her at all. I don’t know her. I don’t like her vocals or her attitude. You can play the “hate” card all you want. You’re a troll. I am not going to continue feeding you.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Hey Owen, I don’t like her because she’s different. ;-)
            Oh, and then there’s the fact her singing isn’t pleasant. And her attitude is disagreeable. But other than that…

          • Blinged Up says:

            I get tired very quickly of contestants who take every opportunity possible to tell us that they are way too cool to be on this show. That’s very tiresome. I was a fan, but last night was too, too much. If she snaps out of it and gives a stellar performance tonight, I’ll become a fan again. Otherwise, I’m moving on to other favorites.

      • Leah says:

        That’s not it though. She was an embarrassment to us that march to the beat of our own drummer. She made a spectacle of herself. She lacked the seriousness and professionalism and the RESPECT that a contender should have.

    • Kim R says:

      I have to say that she lost me last night. I love me a quirky individual personality that let’s her freak flag fly but what I do not love is disrespect. Kez lost me last night with her “it’s all about me” attitude. There is no place for that on group night. Loved her in auditions but last night her selfish endulgence could have easily thrown 3 other girls under the bus. Not cool.

  8. Lisa Tolbert says:

    Thank you for telling me what Jennifer ‘s problem was. I never imagined how Haley could inspire that sort of animosity. Every time America did not vote Haley off, J- lo visibly tried not to swallow her tongue…

    • Justin says:

      That’s all in your head, Jennifer didn’t hate her at all.

      • Tommyo2000 says:

        jennifer was notoriously tough on Haley … She was better with Jessica, but still stuck little daggers in her back too like “we’ve seen her do that before” quote on the prayer, etc… never saw her do it with a guys…

  9. J says:

    Rachel, Candice, Janelle, and Shubha. These gals rocked it tonight.

  10. Andrea says:

    Haley Davis, who somehow escaped to the next round after reading the words on her hand/arm, auditioned in AI2, AI3, and AI4. She was in the same Hollywood group as Jasmine?, the blonde midget in AI3, where they all forgot the words and were eliminated. She was also featured singing Celine Dion’s “Power of Love” in the previews leading up to the premiere of AI3, where they never actually featured any of her auditions before this season… Is she going for some sort of Hollywood record??

  11. MB says:

    I call foul. How could they put someone through who did not know any of the lyrics at all. I love Nicki most of the time but sometimes she is just off the wall and has me saying “huh?”
    So far I really like Janelle Arthur and Angela Miller but am looking forward to hearing solos. I am not convinced a girl is going to win this year because there were a couple of standout guys last week also. I think Nick Boddington was amazing and already is cultavating a huge fan base.
    My other question is why nothing on Skylar Dixon. Many were waiting to hear her this year and we got nothing on her. Did I miss something because I don’t remember even seeing her. I know I just sawxa tweat from Colton her beother and he was not happy.

    • Trouty Mouth says:

      Not a fan of either of the Dixon siblings (Colton or Schyler); their voices, their evangelism and Colton’s personality are all incredibly irritating. Angela is great. Love her voice. Was disappointed by Megan the pageant crutches girl not making it through. Candace is still my favourite, but the other ladies in her group were also lovely. I’m bored with Janelle, her voice does nothing for me. Confused about Kez.

      • Edward Earl Bodine says:

        Janelle’s voice does nothing for you! You definately know a dang good voice. I think you need to go back and play with your Mr. Potato head

        • Edward Earl Bodine says:

          Honey u need to study music & voices!!
          You are VERY DENSE!
          Janelle can SING!!!!! She’s the most purest, humble & she doesn’t over do it & her beauty is NATURAL!!!

    • BR-549 says:

      Totally agree with you about the ultimate winner, MB. While there were some really fantastic voices last night I did not feel that the girls lived up to the hype of “the best talent ever on Idol” as Ryan was saying. I’m not at all convinced that those saying a girl will win this year are correct though until some of the decisions last night I fully expected the producers to do everything in their power to push it in that direction. I think that idea is safely dead and burried now though. At this point, I can think of three or four girls who I would be unsurprised to see end up one of the final two but I can also think of four or five guys who would be equally unsuprising and, in my opinion, equally deserving of being there.

  12. Guitar Blue says:

    Notice that some that got sent through, even surprised themselves, did not have break-out skills among their group, and little deliberation was given — those little notes on the Judges desk from the “casting producers” were “helping” the Judges decide.

    They have gotten the entertainment value from Kez, and she’s only good in her own folksy wheelhouse – so she’ll be gone soon. There will be some good female singers moving ahead, and some good ones won’t make the top 20 this year. More girl-power than ever this year.

    • C says:

      Have they gotten the entertainment value out of Zoanette? Surely she’s just being prolonged to garner ratings as the word spreads about how totally hideous she is.

      • Name That Tune says:

        They keep her around fora while. She seems to be VFTW fodder. Can’t see her generating real votes, but she will be talked about.

  13. forwarddad says:

    @Andrea this is season 12. How could anybody try out for S13 or 14?

    Disliked Kez Ban and Joanette tremendously.

  14. deedee says:

    I call foul on a few whacky decisions tonight, but the most egregious was Brandy Neely.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      ^THIS^

    • Brandon says:

      How about the woman who sang the national anthem with the frizzy orange hair? She was atrocious. Or Tina Torres, who Minaj said “was the best in the group.” Are you serious!? Some of these girls that went through were SO TERRIBLE.

      • deedee says:

        I agree. Some of the people they sent home were great, and some they sent through were horrible. The whole episode seemed to be one random decision after another like they were drawing names out of a lotto drum. Just bizarre.
        .
        Then again, they’re “casting” the show, and have no use for 2 blonde country girls, so they chose Janelle over Brandy. You have to be lucky to audition in a year when you fit the profile for one of their ‘characters’ without having too much competition for the spot.

      • Evan says:

        Agreed on Tenna Torres. Tin-eared horror. Though not nearly as bad as Breanna Steer, who also went through. ::Shiver::

      • Ang says:

        Oh my goodness I thought I was the only one wondering how the chick that butchered the National anthem made it through when people who can actually sing were sent home. At one point I was just dumbfounded.

    • darcy the slutty twin says:

      Brandy Neely? Was she the one who looked like Zooey Deschanel in a blonde wig? I would’ve wanted her to stay because she’s pretty and was definitely more deserving than that girl who read the lyrics off her arm.

  15. emma says:

    Johnny Keyser will win, because he’s white and has testicles.

    • Timmah says:

      I think it will be Nick Boddington. For sure no girl is ever going to win again, so tonight was sort of an exercise in futility.

      • Chap says:

        He was my favorite last week but I don’t see Nick going far. His soft voice is sweet as candy, but his forceful notes are too harsh and will grow tiresome after a few weeks despite any technical perfection and arrangement.

        Also, those eyebrows are a terrible idea. He lost the geeky charm and looks like a nightclub promoter.

        He isnt going to take off among any demographic.

        • Timmah says:

          You may be right about Boddington, we’ll have to see. I think Jimmy Smith has a shot too. I don’t think Keyser is likeable enough to win.

          • Joy says:

            Yeah, EVERY male Idol winner has always been able to present that “Aw, shucks, but I’m just a regular guy” demeanor at exactly the right moments, even in those cases where it came mixed with plenty of cockiness at other times. At this point, I can’t imagine Johnny Keyser having the acting chops to make the audience think of him, even fleetingly, as the modest and unassuming type.

          • CAM says:

            Agree about Keyser. And there’s something a little scary about him, very off-putting.

          • Name That Tune says:

            Johnny justabout has to flash those pretty blue eyesI at the teen girls. Throw in a guitar and we’ll be seeing hima in the later I rounds. He’s got a Jason Castro vibe about a him.

  16. Owen says:

    Did anyone get the idea that the girl who sat away from her group, who Nikki loved, who was afraid she didn’t fit in…that there might be something, somewhat…mentally off about her…? Bi-polar maybe.

    • Buffy0531 says:

      I’m with you Owen. I hope her mother takes her to be assessed. It was upsetting to see…she had a disconnected look about her, and her emotions seemed to be careening all over the place. Uncomfortable and sad to watch.

    • The Beach says:

      You mean in addition to not remembering one single word of her lyrics?

  17. Becky says:

    Kez Ban is not talented enough to get by on her oddness. Quirky can be charming, but not coupled with that voice.

    • Chap says:

      Don’t forget her stank behavior and demanding nature. Its one thing to be a special snowflake, its another to demand everyone treat you as such and act to act too cool for school.

  18. darcy's evil twin says:

    Let me be the first to add Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” to Mr. Slezak’s “Do not ever sing this song on American Idol” list. Ever. Ever. Ever. Not even if someone holds your feet to hot coals and promises you eternal life do you sing this song.
    .
    Sweet Baby Jesus, my husband would NOT be quiet and stop talking to me and he knows I love this program. The only time he SHUT UP was when the first group of girls sang, “Praise God and Pass the Ammunition” so I’m going to say they were pretty good. I have no clue who was in that group but I think Brandy Hotard was part of the group.

    I will probably have to go back and watch the program again. But a few thoughts –
    .
    I liked Rachel Hale singing Grace Potter’s “Nothing But the Water” (I THINK that’s what she sang) better than her audition song. It got a little screamy but it was pretty good.
    .
    I loved Janelle Arthur and Candice Glover. Candice’s group that sang “Hit ‘em Up Style” was very good. I think the only time I hear that song is when I watch Idol.
    .
    I didn’t get that entire group that sang “If I Die Young” all being sent through AT ALL. Good grief!
    .
    KenBaz strikes me as a total PITA. Zoanette screamed her way through the group number and I couldn’t understand a word she sang. I’m also upset about Brandy Neelly not being sent through while that group member that went to bed was sent through.

    • Evan says:

      Re: “If I Die Young”:

      I’ve really liked Nicki as a judge, but the way she tends to support these terrible groups is really making me question my appreciation of her thus far.

      • The Beach says:

        Agree…she’s made some really bad/odd/head-scratching choices of “favorites” in Hollywood.SMH

        • Rose says:

          I agree too, Nikki is coming across as very inconsistent to me now, one day she rebukes this and the next day she praises that, I mean “choose a side” … she’s starting to sound scripted and rude instead of “on fire” … I find Keith more credible, (maybe I just prefer the mild sarcasm/intelligent criticism combo he seems to have), but somehow I find he lacks impact still (maybe it’s the editing)

          Also, in Hollywood weeks of past seasons didn’t we hear snippets of judges arguing and discussing — they could have shown those parts too to somehow explain how they came up with their votes — I sure would like to make sense of why so many people are getting through when they shouldn’t — I’m confuse (and disgusted), and honestly it’s staring to turn me off from the show

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      sorry, the name of that Dixie Chicks song is actually “Sin Wagon”, as Mr. Slezak pointed out (not “Praise God and Pass the Ammunition”, which was a musical, I think).
      Nicki has made enough brutally honest comments to make me like her but some of her decisions on these groups leave me scratching my head. I can only assume she’s got enough crazy to get away with putting people through the producers want to see go a little farther for dramatic purposes or whatever. We’ve all seen train wrecks make it entirely too far in past seasons. The one that stands out in my mind immediately is that Haeley chick from a few seasons ago (a very young black girl that played the guitar and massacred “The Climb”, I believe). I’m sure everyone’s all time favorite was that Sanjaya guy.

      • Joy says:

        Ah, Haeley Vaughn…yikes. But to be fair, she had an awful lot of competition for ultimate-train-wreck status in S9, and some of those contenders lasted a lot longer than she did…

    • andy j says:

      What is a PITA? I am assuming KezBan doesn’t strike you as a piece of Arabian bread that you can stuff with many different fillings for a tasty meal.

    • Edward Earl Bodine says:

      Janelke has it going on!

  19. Diane says:

    Seretha was the best in her group. Lauren bettes was the best in her group. Both the only ones cut? What? I was really disappointed with a lot of the decisions. How did Zonette get so far?

    • MB says:

      If Zonette makes it to the top 20 live show I will totally lose faith in the judges. I already am totally confused with some of their wacky decisions. They let some bad singers through and let a few decent singers go. A lot of it made absolutely no sense. I feel as if they are hearing something a lot different then we are at home.

      • Diane says:

        I was watching with my whole family and we were screaming at the TV. It was ridiculous! My conpiracy theory explanation is that Nicki doesn’t want ANY competition in the market and she is cutting the girls who could give her a run for her money! I really wish they would let us in on the deliberation process a little better so we’re not sitting here utterly confused.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Does anyone recall a couple of seasons ago when Lauren Alaina’s group sang “Some Kind of Wonderful” to Steven Tyler? All four girls were very good but there was one tall brunette that was just outstanding. Lauren was the only one sent through. It was confounding. This is nothing new.

          • darcy the slutty twin says:

            Yes, I remember that. I just assumed those girls were “plants,” or cast by the producers to showcase Lauren Alaina in the group rounds. I remember being suspicious about them being too happy about getting booted and all congratulatory on Lauren, who I thought was constantly pandering and seducing Steven Tyler. FIF-UH-TEEN YEARS OLD!!! They wanted Lauren to win that year. She was a Girl AND a Teenager! They had a backup teenager in Thia Megia, and back up “chosen one” in Pia Toscano. Pretty diverse group of girls that year, with sultry Haley Reinhart, bilingual (hahaha!) Karen Rodriguez and sassy Beyonce-lite Ashthon Jones, although for some reason Asthon forgot how to sing on key and in pitch during the voting rounds. She was fantastic on Hollywood Week (“Hit ‘Em Up Style”) and finale (“If I Were a Boy”).

      • PDW says:

        Scotty McCreery was horrible in much of his Hollywood week – yet he always was given the OK-along. It you are atypical and have showed signs before that the producers like, it does not matter what you so much

      • Name That Tune says:

        MB get ready to lose faith.

        • MB says:

          To be honest after last nights fiasco I’ve already lost faith. Nicki showed some promise but she is just too inconsistant to take seriously. Mariah is just there, Keith though I like him is just not strong enough and Randy is Randy.
          I am following Nicki on twitter and she is just so off the wall and most of her post are unreadable. I have no clue what she is talking about. It will be interesting how she shows up in the live shows but to tell you the truth I am not holding my breathe that the judges will prove to be worthy of the hype editing has thrown at us.

  20. teatime says:

    Why would anyone think it is a good idea to write the words on their hand or, even worse, write sentences on their arm? I can see sending someone thru who ad-libs but still keeps with the tune and acts like they are singing the right word. “The show must go on” so that must be what professional performers do if they have to. But looking at your hand while you’re singing? Ridiculous!

  21. Vetle says:

    Oh, and Shuba Vedula was ON FIRE. So darn good.

    And of course Candice Glover. Also very excited for Janelle Arthur and Megan.. Miller, right? And I thought Kez was hilarious. She did own the fact that she tends to say the wrong things, and she at least remembered her words. I can’t wait to see her with the guitar again.

  22. dj says:

    There were a few times tonight when the judges did the opposite of what I was expecting. It was very confusing. It wasn’t a good night for the judges. Kind of like last Wednesday.

    I was disappointed with Kez Ban. I don’t feel like she has lived up to her audition so far. I am calling her she because she was with the ladies, but everyone I know seems to think she is a guy, not that I care one way or the other. I found it interesting that she desperately wanted to sing “California Dreaming,” but yet she didn’t seem to know the melody.

    If I remember right, one of the judges last week (was it Nicki?) said “why didn’t you just write the lyrics on your hand?” to someone after they totally blew their performance. And this week, it seemed like almost everyone thought it was ok to not only write lyrics on their hands, but all the way up their arms, and yet they STILL didn’t get the words right. What the heck?

    There were a few shining moments tonight, but overall, I thought it was kind of a trainwreck.

  23. Guitar Blue says:

    A very accurate comment::”””Then again, they’re “casting” the show, and have no use for 2 blonde country girls, so they chose Janelle over Brandy. You have to be lucky to audition in a year when you fit the profile for one of their ‘characters’ without having too much competition for the spot.
    Comment by deedee – February 13, 2013 08:32 PM PST””””…………………………………………………………………… and they still need a few “controversial characters” for the top 20, so don’t be surprised to see Zoanette and the Turbanator go through.

    • teatime says:

      @Guitar Blue, just for future reference, if you had clicked on “REPLY TO THIS POST” under deedee’s post, your comment would have appeared indented under the post you were responding to. So you would not have had to cite which post you were responding to.

  24. Mauricio says:

    So excited to hear Angela Miller’s solo tomorrow. She was by far the best voice to me, and she’s been consistent since her first audition. I think she could actually take the title this year. A few of the decisions seemed a little whacky to me tonight, but by far the whackiest thing to happen was Nicki telling Randy they couldn’t do the job without him! GAHHH

  25. lianna0048 says:

    I’ve watched every season and this is the worst bunch of singers (girls) EVAH! Yeh Idol is so desperate for a girl singer, they got the 3rd tier in the school choir singing. And I’m sorry, but Nicki cannot judge singers. God, let this be her last season.

  26. Tom22 says:

    I’ve got to repeat what you said M.S. .. I mean I’m not a “new”(like last 30 years of garth onward) fan at all but give me acountry singer singing spirituals ! .. oh there is nothing better… well…. having an crazy great singer who’s got a nice face and sexish legs and … put that with a deep soulful connection to the world and an insane ear for harmonies ? Man I am floored !!!!! floored !

    here’s you:

    Best in show prize (sorry, Westminster still on the brain) went to Janelle Arthur, whose rendition of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (one of the best songs ever, for me for you) showed tremendous depth and power, and yet also included moments (like the phrase “too blue to cry”) that were so tender you could’ve cut ‘em with a spoon. Uncle Nigel & Co. set up a silly faux rivalry with fellow “country” singer Rachel Hale (who gives off more of a soulful folk vibe, but is from Arkansas, and therefore has only one genre into which the producers can stuff her), but they both advanced in the end. Rachel, who had one of my favorite Season 12 auditions, proved quite solid this time around, but to my ear, she could’ve eased up just a little on Grace Potter’s “Nothing But the Water” — especially that final blast where her voice wound up verging on a squeak.

  27. Nicole says:

    Aw, Megan Miller was my favorite. Sniff.

  28. Jake says:

    Cristabel Clack FTW!

    • lydiakj says:

      Came to say the same thing. LOVE HER.

      • Jake says:

        Unfortunately, I don’t think she has a shot. Every winner has had a sugary sweet personality (yes, even Kelly Clarkson – she found her spunk post-victory) and Cristabel’s edgy (and hilarious) personality probably will keep her from the top, even though her voice is awesome.

  29. Tahoe Mike says:

    The group round must die. I hate it every year.
    ~
    Brandy Neely was robbed, I can only hope that she is back next year.
    ~
    I wish that they would put all the unedited performances online. So many people got cut, so fast that there was no way to keep up with who was who.

  30. EVPandHC says:

    Finally, you’re giving credit to Angela Miller. And it’s not La Roux. It’s David Guetta.

  31. EVPandHC says:

    Also, Michael, don’t overpimp Candice. Please. I love her, but you know people don’t like contestants to be shoved down their throats.

  32. duranmom says:

    Kez and Zoanette should have gone home. They were HORRIBLE. And anyone who peeked at their hand, no matter how melodic their voice, should have gotten the axe as well. Sheesh.

  33. forwarddad says:

    Oh boy in the minority here. Not a big fan of Angela. I am not sure why. I feel IMHO that she is a bit affected. Or maybe I feel she is being thrown down our throat, I just don’t know.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I’m none too wild about Angela but it’s early in the game. I didn’t care for Haley Reinhart either and ended up loving her.

    • deedee says:

      Ditto, forwarddad, I’m not a fan either. The annoyance factor is high with that one. She’s a bit of a Stepford contestant – know what I mean?

  34. marie says:

    Candice is a real standout in what so far seems like an excellent group of women. I honestly think she is the best singer among them. There were some head-scratchers, yes, but don’t forget they still had to keep enough contestants to pare down, was it 82? to 20; let’s see who gets cut tonight.

    • deedee says:

      I agree about Candice. She’s such a naturally gifted singer. The fact that they cut her unjustly last year gives her a great leg up this year in terms of pissed-off fan support. Unless someone surprises me unexpectedly (the way Joshua did last year), I’ll be in Candice’s corner for the season.

  35. Don-Paul says:

    excuse me…….where was Jesaiah Baer?
    Did I miss something?

  36. darcy the slutty twin says:

    Daysia Hall WTF?! Why did she go through?! She was the only one who should have been booted!

    I was giggling with Mariah when Nicki was sprouting nonsense about that exhausting drama queen not singing “a single word but were so engaging.” Nicki was kidding, right?!

    Kez Ban. She bugs me.

  37. alev1 says:

    ” In a brief snippet of “If I Can’t Have You,” Shubha Vedula hinted she might turn out to be the contestant Christina Aguilera tried to create for three straight seasons of The Voice.”

    I’m STILL laughing. You hit the nail on the head with that one.

  38. Mary says:

    I personally think it doesn’t work when the Producers form the groups, it takes the excitement out of the group numbers. SORRY, Nobody and I mean Nobody who wrote their lyrics on their hands or arms should of made it through. I know it happens that sometimes you forget but for god sake make them up, it was so unprofessional. I use to enjoy Hollywood week, but this season is just not cutting it. Some of the girls who made it they didn’t even show them singing, I guess they are fodders. I can’t pick a favorite because they all blended in for me. Nigel better watch out they are pushing so hard for a girl win it will backfire and bite him in the butt. Top 20 can’t come fast enough for me.

    • C says:

      I think it’s much better when the producers form the groups. That way it doesn’t become a popularity contest where the pretty/best singers get snatched up right away and there are a couple stragglers wandering around from group to group begging to be let in. That’s completely pitiful. I DO agree, however, that no one who wrote their lyrics on their hands should have gone through; especially when they so blatantly stared at them.

  39. Mik says:

    I guess I’m the only one who thought Stephanie Schimel had a great voice. She forgot the lyrics, but I thought she had a great, beautiful tone and if she could sing something that’s a bit more stripped down, I would love to hear it.

    • deedee says:

      Not the only one. I’m with you on Stephanie (she’s the platinum blonde girl who didn’t understand why they put her through, right?).

  40. GS says:

    I watched a few minutes last night and if the 4 chicks I heard were any indication of the female talent, give it up! They were horrible! Idol will not ever find another Kelly or Carrie b/c reality tv pulls every idiot wanna be out of the woods and the producers are so interested in being “entertaining” that they let real talent get pushed aside. Nikki Minaj may be famous but she is no singer. I heard no feedback from Keith or Mariah either. Glad I stopped investing so much of my time into this show. Until tween/teen girls have their phones surgically removed from their hands, a female will NEVER win again. Cute, semi talented guy will always win over hugely talented female.

  41. ATM says:

    Shouldn’t there be and IDOL rule – if you cannot remeber the lyrics you cannot move on!

    • Leah says:

      I thought that was a rule (at one time), I remember Simon always saying that in the group rounds.

      • C says:

        I remember that, too, Leah. That was always the number one rule, and I think it was a good one. The most important part of any song is the lyrics. Without them, the song is meaningless.

        • Joy says:

          Wow, I don’t agree. I’d much rather see somebody who’s able to sing filler words (“doo da dee da,” whatever) in tune, than hear the right words sung wildly off-key. Obviously it’s a much better performance when they can do both, but when the show is giving them limited time to learn a new song, and recognizing that some performances are going to be less than perfect, I’d much rather the singers be strongly encouraged to make hitting their notes priority #1. There have been brilliant singers who struggle with memorizing lyrics (one of my favorites, Michael Stipe from REM, always uses a music stand on stage because he doesn’t remember the words to songs HE WROTE), but how many people make a name for themselves as great singers when they can’t carry a tune?

    • GS says:

      It’s not an actual rule I don’t think but if Simon Cowell were sitting at the table and you forgot the words, he didn’t blink before he said “Go away.” Once he left, the show jumped the shark and the ratings are FINALLY starting to show it.

  42. JD says:

    Excellent, thorough recap as always (I skip past Seacrest’s VO so I appreciate that you listen to ALL of it).

    Two things: It’s “Nights In White Satin” not “Knights,” and it was David Guetta/Sia’s “Titanium” not La Roux’s “Bulletproof,” though your mix-up gives Elly Jackson more fodder for her gripe against Sia.

  43. Rails says:

    Correction, Sir Slezak. Megan Miller didn’t sing “Bulletproof” but rather “Titanium”. What’s very strange is that when she started singing last night, I thought it was “Bulletproof” also. I can only blame this on the fact that both were covered nicely on The Voice a few months ago.

  44. Tarc says:

    I know it’s because they only showed a few of the better contestants (and a lot of the problems), but really, if the girls they did show are reflective of the group, send Candace through to the Top 10 girls and send the rest home. Ugh.

  45. Josh says:

    Yeah I don’t get why they sent home the mom with the injured boyfriend…she was by far the best in her group…The one to the left was HORRIBLE.

  46. Tommyo2000 says:

    I find Kaz totally annoying and frankly not that good… very quirky, but way to hyper …. get the girl some adderall please … Candice is a great singer, but i am trying to think if she does goes and further than Lakisha Jones did

  47. Tommyo2000 says:

    Also … much less manipulation by the producers please … the first few season of Idol were so good because they were unscripted …

  48. Apey says:

    I’m sure I’ll be slaughtered for this comment, but I’m a little surprised about Slezak’s dislike of Zoanette. She reminds me sooo much of Fantasia, whom Slezak appears to idolize; so much holleration and ridiculata that it makes my ears bleed.

    • deedee says:

      The difference is – love her or hate her – Fantasia can actually sing. Zoanette can’t. She is a Fantasia/Normund Gentle hybrid — minus the vocal ability and self-awareness.

    • Kim R says:

      I thought the exact same thing. It is like a “the cat’s tail got stepped on” type of sound. Both of them do it and it is definitely has an ear bleeding effect. :)

  49. Terry says:

    Nicki Minah tweeted that it’s NOT a singing competition. Thus confirming what we hoped wasn’t true but somehow deep down always knew was true. :(

    • MB says:

      Its true it is not just a singing competition. It is American Idol. It has to be the whole package. You have to be able to win votes with your personality. I am not saying you have to be gorgeous but someone totally unkempt will not win votes. They are looking for a star and a star is more than a good voice. When Nigel was asked if he thought the right person won last season concerning Jessica and Phillip. He said yes because Phillip was able to move the fans and no, not teenage girls because he was cute as I am sure some will respond. He appealed to a wide demographic. Girls, boys, Woman, Men, old and young which is proven by his record sales after the finale. Just teenage girls power voting for you will not sell records. Phillip sold the most of the Idol Highlight records. Not one other contestant even came close to his sales. Not Jessica, not Joshua, not Holly or Skylar. Where were there fans when it counts the most. I really believe that is why other than Jessica who came in 2nd the others did not get record deals with Interscope. They did not prove they can sell records.

      • GS says:

        Didn’t really hurt him that they played his song incessantly during the gymnastics segments of the Summer Olympics either did it? A lot of people who bought that song didn’t know who he was and I’ve yet to hear anything else from him.

        • Joy says:

          The sales numbers MB is citing are from before the Olympics — Phillip was far outselling anyone else when those “Highlights” EPs were released right at the end of the season. There were other artists last season who I personally liked *much* better, but he does seem to have been the one whose work on the show was the most commercially viable. Jessica may be a whole different story once her own album drops — I’m pretty sure even most of her fans felt like we weren’t seeing anything close to her best work on the show, so she’s got a lot of room to build, whereas Phillip pretty much peaked with “Home” — but what we did get to hear from her on the show obviously wasn’t inspiring nearly as many people to open up their wallets. If money talks, then within the context of the show itself, Phillip was the one who got the job done.

          • MB says:

            Unfortunately Jessica is putting out a dance album in May which may or may not sell. I can only think of Melanie Amaro who also has an amazing voice but went no where with her album which was also dance. Jessica is suppose to be guest starring on Glee which may really help her. If all else fails she has an anormous following in the Phillipines which will surely bring her some success. She is doing a valentine day concert there with Colton Dixon now. I really think they waited too long to put out her album. I think that was Haley’s problem also. Except for some really loyal fans people have short memories and they are on to the next thing.

        • MB says:

          His album went gold and his new single Gone Gone Gone was just released to the radio 02/11 and is already in the top 40 of the Hot AC chart. He is touring with MB20 and is also touring the college curcuit and has sold out arenas with terrific reviews. It is true his song was on the Olympics but that was last July and as of today it sold almost 4 million downloads and still selling. Out of all the idols only Kelly Clarkson’s song Stonger has sold more but not by much. Many of his present fans are not even aware he came from Idol which seems to be a stigma in some music circles. I would say Phillip is doing pretty good for himself and the thing that makes him so special is that with all this he has not lost his humble nature. Yes, I am a complete fan of Phillip and it is not only that I enjoy his music I really admire him as a person. He takes nothing for granted and works really hard because he knows the music industry is fickle and it could be all gone tomorrow. He deserves to make it.

      • Name That Tune says:

        It’s always dubious to talk about record sales. I’m a white woman who has no interest in buying a P2 product. He didn’t appeal to me throughout his Idol journey.

        We are 5 years removed from David Cook’s win. The win that started the WGWG trend. He was pretty successful for a year or 2 but where is he now? We know whatI Kelly & Carrie are doing, but is there a broad interest from the music buying crowd in Cook or Alken or DeWyze? What about Daughtry and Bo Bice? Where are they now?If

  50. PC says:

    Micahel,

    Nicki Minaj sounds like Eartha Kitt at times

    (Not sure if this has been mentioned before)

    PC

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