American Idol Top 9 Results Recap: The Night Goes By So Very Slow

american-idol-season-12-top-9-resultsIf Jimmy Iovine ruled the world, American Idol would run like Game of Thrones.

Botch your lyrics: Get presented with a deadly crown of liquified gold. Screw up your glory note: Be forced to eat a raw stallion’s heart (right down to the last morsel). Get voted out by America (or screw up his sound-booth engineering): Find your head on a spike outside the gates of the city.

Like it or not, though, Jimmy’s approach would never work in real life: I mean, for starters, if Jessica Sanchez hadn’t survived the Season 11 finale, we wouldn’t have had the pleasure of hearing her perform her dancey-dancey debut single “Tonight” (alongside Ne-Yo) in the midst of the Top 9 results telecast. Last year’s runner-up worked the stage like a boss, and proved that not every Billboard-bound diva needs an injection of Auto-Tune to deliver note perfection with a side of sass.

And while Jimmy began the episode boasting of how he’d fired 110 assistants back in the day — “put that on your f****** show!” he giggled — his Mentor Feedback Moment (aka “A Recap of Idol Recap Comments Sections That Also Falls in Line With Uncle Nigel’s Pre-Determined Story Arc”) was fairly spot-on. Kree and Candice and Amber were amahhhzzz. Janelle has dark-horse potential. Amber Angie has potential but can’t be so high-school theater geek. Lazaro was the “bottom of the pile.” Oh, and also Jimmy said Lazaro was lying about having only one day to learn his song: ESCANDALO!

That last named contestant and his lustrous locks weren’t going anywhere, of course. I mean, his tears from Wednesday’s performance show — along with a season’s worth of good will — had to be enough for a Top 8 placing. We all knew it, even if it made us feel dismayed. And then when Ryan introduced the episode by declaring “we could be in store for a surprise,” it was clear one of Lazaro’s compadres would be catching a grenade for him (yeah, yeah, yeah).

Okay, okay let’s cut to the critical shenanigans.

SENT TO SAFETY (in no particular order)
Lazaro Arbos
Kree Harrison
Candice Glover
Angie Miller
Janelle Arthur
Burnell Taylor

BOTTOM 3
Paul Jolley (as expected)
Devin Velez
Amber Holcomb (ILLEGAL! but, yeah, I called it last night despite her being in my Top 3)

THE REMAINING CONTESTANT RANKINGS
Fooled ya! They didn’t reveal ‘em this week!

SINGING FOR HIS LIFE
Paul Jolley: “Alone” | Sorry, clear-voiced but passionless country dude, this rendition was as rocky as your Top 20 Results Night victory anthem. And a crumbling final note sealed the deal: No Judges’ Save for Jolley.

Good news: Ryan played a funny highlight reel from Amber’s dress rehearsal where she struggled to come down a set of stairs despite an insane amount of dry ice engulfing her tiny frame. Funny stuff, and a much needed dose of relatable screen time to make viewers fall in love with her.

Oh, and before I turn things over to you, a few more points of discussion:

* The Top 4 guys sang “Got to Get You Into My Life.” That’s all I’m gonna say about that.

* The Top 5 ladies sang “Here, There and Everywhere,” and if several (or all 5) didn’t have such promising solo careers in front of ‘em, I’d suggest the ladies of X Factor‘s Fifth Harmony get to work on the necessary voodoo dolls.

* Jessica Sanchez & Neo’s “Tonight” sounds like a hit to me — even though there’s no Ke$ha gargling bile in the background or anything.

* Casey Abrams sang “I Saw Her Standing There” complete with jazzy inflections, his upright bass, some scatting and a really manky beard. It was just ai’ight for me.

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 12 Top 9 results night? Did the right person go home? How’d Lazaro survive? And did you dig Jessica Sanchez and Casey Abrams? 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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  1. I think the most “shocking” part of the night was Amber being Bottom 3, not Paul going home and Amber’s entry into the Bottom 3 wasn’t so shocking if you go back and listen to her performance again. There was no way they were saving Paul with people like Candice, Kree, and Angie left. The question would have been if Amber was sent home would the judges have saved her? It’s possible. Devin has some issues, this is the second week in a row he has been Bottom 3 or 2, so he has some work to do.

    • Linda says:

      they would have saved her I think..she needs to get modern I think-play on her youth and give America a reason to vote for her- the song she did last night (while fairly well done), was obscure. Shr nrrds an upbeat funky tune to get back in the game.

    • jonibug says:

      I enjoyed Casey and watched basketball during Jessica’s “hit” performance!

      • Cheryl says:

        I also preferred Casey’s much more seasoned performance. Jessica has a fine “instrument” but I thought she looked awkward on stage…just my opinion.

        • Jessica says:

          I agree with the both of you

          • Drew Melbourne says:

            I really enjoyed Casey’s performance, so I went on to Amazon and picked up his album from last year. Like most of his work, I’m still not 100% sure if it’s genius or terrible…

        • Alienate says:

          I agree. Casey was more fun. And I hope for Jessica’s sake, she has better stuff on her album than that totally forgettable fluff she did last nite.

          • Karen says:

            Jessica has turned into a mini Jennifer Lopez, right down to her pouty posing, outfits and backup dancers. She sings better but it’s hard to tell on songs like that.

        • Cara says:

          Casey was great! I thought the contrast between him and most of this season’s contestants was stark. He’s a fantastic musician who does his own weird thing, and that’s who he was on the show, too. Some folks don’t like it, of course! But then, I never liked listening to Mariah Carey — it doesn’t mean she isn’t a star.

      • akdar says:

        Casey’s performance was the best part of the night. He showed them how its done. That’s how you cover Beatles! Only Candice came close the night before. This season of AI is pretty boring because there’s no one as original as Casey. Or Adam Lambert, David Cook, Bo Bice, Philip Philips, Elise Testone, Crystal Bowersocks, and others before. Candice is the best of the pack this year and she is a great singer, but I don’t feel she’s original enough to keep the season exciting. No wonder the AI ratings are going down the drain. It has turned into a looong sequence of oversang sappy ballads with little to no originality. Boring.

        • Lola says:

          …boring without Phillip Phillips? really? I had to set alarms for two minutes into his performances to make sure I woke up for the next contestant!

          • Lola says:

            And … Candice and Amber and Kree make this one of the more exciting seasons I’ve seen. That said, I also loved the Casey/James Durbin/Scotty season … but these woman have amazing voices. There IS still a place in entertainment for vocal talent.

        • MB says:

          I am listening to the studio versions of last week and this week and compared to last years group season 12 is subpar. Nobody, not even Candice is outstanding. Haley’s version of I who have nothing was just so much more powerful. I am not saying that none of them are good but they just don’t light any fires. Honestly I will not purchase any one of their CD’s. I bought everything Haley and Phillip has done and it was the studios that sold me on them. Listening without the visuals gives a more honest experience without influence of appearance.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            There are some pretty good ones this year but yeah so far none have pulled me in the crazy way some of the others have recently.

          • Name That Tune says:

            I’ve listened to the studio versions too. There is not a big difference between the top 3 girls and Amber. However, the live shows tell us who lights up to an audience. That is Candice. That’s why Jimmy said she is a natural.

          • Benny says:

            If they put in Jett Hermano or Cristabel Clack into the top 20 instead of Zoanette/Adriana/Janelle, I would have someone I really want to pull for.

        • Mary says:

          Casey was terrific! It seems clear that he loves music, studies, practices, invents, enjoys. He has grown and developed since he was on Idol as a contestant. No way would someone like him have been so ignorant of the Beatles’ tunes. That’s the part of the show that is so aggravating — all these supposed musicians who evidently never listen to music. They don’t study their craft or consider the development of musical taste or think about things. Not all of them are like that, true. I think they should have a rule — if they can’t identify a famous well-known song and never heard of the Beatles or Michael Jackson or others of their ilk, they should have to sit in seats of shame with little dunce caps on their heads. Or something.

          • mamamitzvah says:

            bs’d
            You nailed it, Mary. Casey knows his craft. Imagine a American Artist where someone comes out & says “Who is Michelangelo?” Or American Comedian not knowing the Marx Brothers or Richard Pryor!!! I fell in love with Danny Gokey early on but he cemented his place in my heart by doing Come Rain or Come Shine, A Frank Sinatra song. I love contestants who know their craft and history. I think Candice may have an edge there.

      • seattlejohn449 says:

        after Slezak going on in earlier posts about unadventurous, bland Beatles covers I wouldv’e thought he would appreciate Casey not playing it safe and clearly enjoying himself…and while Jessica might have a commercial hit with Tonight it was poorly written and generic and didn’t make very good use of her range (though it did show her doing something other than her trademark ballads)

      • Choosyguy says:

        Casey’s performance: OVERDONE! Like he wo’nt sing anymore after that. Did’nt like it.

      • ejones says:

        Jessica’s producers have been watching Cher Lloyd and did a copy cat job.

    • karen says:

      The reason she was in the bottom 3 is because she hasn’t yet built up a fan base. Her twitter following is way below the other girls. That’s why the show has been pimping her so much, to try to help her gain some momentum.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      What is wrong with Devin? He needs to sing spanish – like pronto. That is when he shows the most connection. So milk it already.

      • Sally says:

        I disagree about Devin singing in spanish — EVERY FRIGGIN WEEK! He needs to pick up the tempo. He’s sounding like Perry Como.

        • rio says:

          Hasn’t it been some time since he sang in Spanish? I know I’ve been missing it. He hasn’t deserved his low ranking, imo.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Sally, Perry Como is a great reference. I mean spot on. That does give his persona some perspective … :) I’m just talking about capitalizing on one his target audiences – just to make it through another week. He is in some clear danger.

          • marie says:

            Well, yeah; after all, he DID sing a Perry Como song one week! (That’s yet another reason why I like reading this column: other people here actually know who Perry Como was, so I don’t have to feel old all alone!)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Yes, sadly there are some of us old enough to know who Perry Como is. But we still love Idol!

        • Yo says:

          I agree. For some reason Spanish makes the songs he sings better. But he may have a problem with Motown week.

      • Mary says:

        He is dull on stage. Good voice but no personality. Sorry, he is not marketable.

        • CAS says:

          When you buy a CD or hear a song on the radio, you know nothing about the singer’s personality or lack thereof. You just like the voice.

          • Jessica says:

            Voice and personality are a no go for me-unless I like spanish music.

          • Elizabeth says:

            I agree CAS, but unfortunately for Devin, American Idol is all about stage presence and how the contestants infuse their personality into their music. That’s why Amber landed in the bottom 3 and Lazaro didn’t–he oozes personality when he sings, in his interview clips, etc. Amber shows more spark than Devin, but she still hasn’t really connected.

            I can imagine listening to Devin’s music in a ski lodge while sipping a cup of hot chocolate. His music would make a great accompaniment to a good book and a warm fire, but is not (for me for you) going to make me get up out of that chair and boogy!

          • Mary says:

            I guess that is true but I like to fully support someone and that means going to see them in concert. Plus he has shown versatility and I personally wouldn’t buy a CD full of slow songs.

    • Wendy says:

      You suggest listening to Amber’s song again – that it’s not so shocking. You then don’t say what you think is wrong – She missed one word near the start – that is all I find wrong. The rest of it was one of the best of the night – as the pro J Iovine stated. Ambers tone and musicality is amazing – Her solo line in the girl group number showed it again. I remember someone who was in the bottom in the early weeks of a season not long ago – Haley.

      • Tom22 says:

        I’m with you Wendy. It was about the best performance in my boat too (sort of a tie with a couple) in terms of connection and vocals. I didn’t like the arrangement at all though..I know the Beatles used strings but the harmonies of the group themselves(different from a backup singer in that they come in with a bit more ego) helped keep it rolling.. it is a slow song too.. even though it fit Really, that song would work better as a duet too.,, What would i have tried with an arrangment ? I’d have an arrangment almost exactly like A day in the life on the same album.(guitar, no cellos etc) I’d have the castanets rattling quicker like an underlying snare cadence and sing the song at the pace of A day in the life. It would really feel like it was moving lyrically .. given the words per bar it would feel faster than a day in the life with the same tempo. …. Well thats my shot .

        It would still sound beatles like mixing the elements of the two songs.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Oh, I think the cello is really important to the instrumental on that song. JMO.

        • WendyL says:

          There was a problem with the backup singer not being well-heard which threw the song arrangement off a little – you know when She sang “She.e.e.e…..Is Le..e.aving…” – I could hardly hear what is supposed to be the parents speaking – “We gave her most of our lives….Sacrificed most of our lives….” Otherwise I really liked what Amber was doing with it.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Yes, I agree with that. I wasn’t sure if it was intentional or unintentional.

    • Name That Tune says:

      The bottom 3 was not a surprise. Before last night’s show, the bottom 3 on Twitter were Amber, Paul, & Devin. After last night’ s show, that didn’t change. Amber is a promising young talent, but she’s been unable to generate any buzz.
      Meanwhile Lazoaro continues ti gain followers &Angie, Kree & Candice are the most popular singers. If this were the top 4 week, we would be watching those 3 girls and Lazaro. Go figure.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • marie says:

          LOL, DET, I truly feel your pain: why, you’re screaming all over these comments, poor thing! Unfortunately, I think Name That Tune’s projection for top 4 is not all that unlikely; elsewhere, I speculated that Lazaro, for a number of reasons having nothing much to do with vocal prowess, could well be the last man standing in this competition.

          Try to relax and calm down; it’s only a TV show…!

          • Name That Tune says:

            Marie I’m hoping that is not the top 4. But at this stage I think we know who the top 6 are – Angie, Candice Kree, Burrell, Janell, & Lazaro. I suspect the judges will use their save on Amber. When we get to the point where one of the top 3 girls are in danger that is when we will see Lazaro leave. So the most likely bottom 3 next week is Amber, Devin, & Janell with Devin leaving.

      • holbee@aol.com says:

        Amber is in the Bottom 3 because before the LV we HAD NEVER SEEN HER BEFORE. They pimped Candice and Kree and eventually Angie and then when this amazing girl showed up, her amazingness was somewhat lost on those who had already decided who the Top 3 tirls were (I see it still on these boards). I would say, hell, who cares if she’s voted off. She’ll have a stellar career anyway. But knowing that NO ONE HAS YET SIGNED SEASON 11’S SKYLAR LAINE makes me sorta fearful…

        • Lola says:

          Sorry to hear about Skylar, but you can’t compare her to Amber, IMO. Amber has Broadway potential if the record career does not take off.

        • Luke says:

          Amber won’t be in the bottom 3 next week. There will be a surge for her from this scare – plus she will likely be her consistently strong self – doing Motown. Devin is in trouble.

    • John Tillman says:

      Everyone shocked by amber being in the bottom 3 needs to vote and vote and vote more for her please!!!!! And try to get her more followers!! If you don’t vote, she’s already behind on fan base, she’ll be in the bottom! And that’s obviously absurd!

      • Mary says:

        I am not shocked she was in the bottom three due to the competition; However I see so much potential in her I want her to be the top three. Unfortunately at this stage many are splitting votes and I think the majority are going to the top three girls last week. I actually think she is more marketable than say Candice and Angie. My top two are Kree and Amber.

    • John Tillman says:

      Everyone shocked by amber being in the bottom 3 needs to ore and vote an vote more for her please!!! If you don’t, she already has a smaller fan base, than shell be in the bottom, and that’s obviously absurd!!

    • Gonki says:

      I knew Lazo was lying which also hints that he might be lying about his speech problem, yeah I said it. But the more they attack him even tho this was with the truth the more people will feel sorry for Lazo and pity him more and give him more votes. Lazo is staying for a long time so be prepared to see good singers go bye bye in Lazo’s warpath of sympathetic destruction.

      • Diana S says:

        I’ve wondered about the stuttering, too. I’m not saying he’s faking but maybe exaggerating for the sympathy it gets. Sometimes he speaks without a problem if it’s a short sentence. Also, he doesn’t have the facial contortions while speaking that are typical of stuttering. Just saying.

        • Alex says:

          People who stutter don’t always have problems with the same words or sentences from one time to the next. It’s very possible for Lazaro to have no trouble with a long sentence and then struggle with a single word, or for the opposite situation to occur the next time he speaks. Unless you’re a medical expert or actual proof comes out that he’s lying/exaggerating, it seems very unfair of you to make these comments about him.

    • Sally says:

      I dunno….these contestants, save for about 2 or 3 don’t act like they WANT TO WIN. They’re kind of lazy with their singing, “safe”, and not choosing songs wisely. Kind of a dull group actually.

      • seattlejohn449 says:

        maybe they are still getting used to singing in front of audiences on tv while acclimating to the whole fast-paced blur of learning new songs and singing with a live band and getting all kinds of feedback on clothes and songs and doing interviews..how many people this week didn’t even know the songs they ended up learning on short notice…I suspect they will all start picking up the pace as they learn and grow…it’s not like The Voice with people being back-up singers for Adele etc…non-ballady theme nights could help draw them out of their shells

    • Vice says:

      It’s not shocking at all if you have a brain in your head. She’s clearly the weakest girl left in the competition and it showed tonight. Expect her to be gone in a week or two.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        It may not be shocking if you have a brain in your head but it is shocking if you have ears on your head too!

      • Luke says:

        If you are talking about Amber – Wrong! I love the way you are So much smarter than Jimmy Iovine, who sees Amber in his Top 3. You must have a nice position in the recording industry.

    • white lancer says:

      Yeah, this obsession over Amber is a little weird tbh. Everyone remembers that her covers so far have all been almost note-for-note copies of the originals, right? She can sing for sure and in no way belonged in the bottom 3, but (unlike the other four girls) she’s never demonstrated her own singing identity on this show. This most recent performance was her most ‘creative’ outing, but I thought her phrasing was really weird and at some parts it just didn’t sound natural. I had her 6th on the night (behind the other four girls and Burnell).

      • WendyL says:

        That’s funny. Amber’s phrasing is her strong suit – along with her singular tone. That’s baloney that she hasn’t had great moments – She and Candice had Las Vegas week(s) all sown up – both of them were far superior to the rest. To me she seems a little more timid now but that is prob due to lack of experience.

    • Choosyguy says:

      Top 3 was not mentioned last night. For sure, the top 3 might damage the one Nigel is cooking to win.

  2. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    Hmmm….. Amber in bottom three. Sooooooo wrong! Even more could said be about her placement, but I won’t.
    .
    Maybe didn’t help how super blase the judges were about her.

    • Ed says:

      What got me last night is how the judges critiqued Lazaro. After his meltdown, they came back and tried to smooth it over; they should have just let well enough alone. Too many gullible people felt sorry for him; he couldn’t even get hired on a cruise ship, he is that bad!

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        ok, you said it

      • Linda says:

        that’s my point- he will be crushed whenever it happens and there shouldn’t be anymore contestants that take the fall for him. Paul would have gone soon but he should not have gone before Lazarus imo

        • There is no one left in this competition that should go before Lazaro now. Curtis and Paul going before him is one thing, if Devin goes it wouldn’t be a shocker, but if anyone else goes before Lazaro it will be very wrong. He is a nice kid, and we all give him credit, but he has had more subpar weeks than good weeks at this point.

          • John Tillman says:

            Thank you!!! I mean I’m sorry he’s a nice guy but his performances are never as good as the rest! It’s not fair to others who have to go off pure talent! If amber had some heart wrenching story she would be winning the whole thing right now! That shouldn’t be a disadvantage though because it is a singing competition!

          • marie says:

            Agree, except that I think Devin is the better singer and should last longer than Lazaro.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Yes, Lazaro could get hired on a cruise ship. A Spanish-speaking cruise ship.

      • LOLOL says:

        He can get hired in gay porn. He looks like a gay porn star. Seriously. He’s hot.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Yuck. Yes, he’s way cute, but we all know he would never agree to that, gay or straight. And it would have to be silent porn, or he’d have to play a mute, because the stutter is so not sexy. And I say this as someone who doesn’t mind him (please don’t stone me!)

          • Gonki says:

            lol as if you would watch the porn to see Lazo’s acting scene hehe, hey hey he hey ba ba ba baby le le la la le let let’s ge ge gehh get it o o onnn.

          • darcy the slutty twin says:

            OMG!!!! I am so scandalized!!!

          • Aaron says:

            This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a VERY long time! I sometimes wonder if his stutter is exagerated too, but I think he’ll get the sympathy vote for a few more weeks.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Yup, and Jimmy threw him under the bus today big time, saying he had same amount of time as everyone so stop whining. It is getting old. I would find it easier to root for him if he was showing any sign of improvement. Like anything!

      • Noah Coleman says:

        They’re trying to hype him up so people will vote for him. Lazaro should’ve gone home instead of Paul. Paul is not as good as the others, but he is definitely better than Lazaro. America needs to stop pulling the symphathy card for Lazaro and vote for someone actually worth voting for like Candice, Amber, Angie, or Kree. I understand the backstory and all that, but I can’t help but wonder that if he didn’t stutter, Lazaro wouldn’t even make it to the top 10, as it should’ve been! Looks like Devin’s last week if this mess keeps up.

    • ejones says:

      Amber wasn’t helped by some crazy Judge remarks. ‘Unsure at the start’ from Randy, what nonsense, if anyone of the girls was unsure at the start it was Kree. Meanwhile Angie is getting all that praise, Yesterday lost its body because she was singing it in high Soprano, she’s not a straight pop singer she’s a classic pop singer.

  3. Patty Willa says:

    Didn’t care for Casey….the rest pretty much played out the way I thought it would. Amber still my favorite but Janelle is a close 2nd!

  4. Jacob P. says:

    Not upset about Paul leaving, but I am upset about Lazaro avoiding the bottom 3. Next week he could come out and burp into the microphone and he would get 4th place in votes!

  5. Ed says:

    I am pissed that Lazaro is still there; this is a BAD joke. Is the public so stupid and gullible to somehow think this is a “feel good” show instead of a singing competition??

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Hmmm…is that a rhetorical question?

    • Josh says:

      The problem is the judges support it with “You are so brave!” “You got up there and sang. You were horrible but still, great job! Want a cookie?”

      • Mary says:

        I don’t think the judges were that bad on Wednesday night no more than if it was one of the other contestants. I understand your point but if they had said you’re terrible just think how many votes he would of gotten, probably would win. The truth is at this stage he has limitations and America is feeling sorry for him. They are hurting him instead of helping. The kindest thing to do is let him leave next week, because the reality is he will never make it in the music world.
        I blame the producers, Nigel, for even putting him in the top 20.

    • Aria says:

      Well, Taylor Hicks won…

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Taylor was pretty solid though. He could sing and perform very well. Although Katherine did have a helluva voice though….

      • jack says:

        Taylor is, and was recognized for, his great singing and performing on the show. That’s why he won. One of the great voices ever on the show – blues, r&b, etc….

        • JoMarch says:

          I’m, sorry; Taylor who? Give me a break; he was like under 30 and looked 40, he sang boring, and his lack of talent has been proven by his lack of success after AI. But thanks for weighing in, Mrs. Hicks.

          • jack says:

            Uh no…. The guy is quite good looking – on the cover of People Magazine – hottest bachelor of ’06. He’s currently headliner a year long residency at Paris Las Vegas now and doing fantastic there. The guy made it whether he was your cup of tea or not. You can’t deny talent and the guy had it in spades when it came to singing and performing. There’s no one better.

          • Cambia565 says:

            Man, you are totally off base when it comes to Taylor Hicks. He is fantastic! Just saw him in Vegas and he blew the roof off of the place. Packed house and his picture is all over the city, all over the hotel. The nicest of people too – came out after the show and signed his merchandise for everyone. He’s making a ton of money and doing great! Good for him. He was also the headliner of the Broadway show – Grease – a few years ago and owns his own restaurant in Birmingham.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Why does everyone like to pick on Taylor Hicks? His debut album did go platinum (I have it; it’s a nice listen) and he won for a reason. Talent. Just because he isn’t mainstream doesn’t mean he’s a failure. I personally don’t see any winner as a failure, not even Lee DeWyze, whose debut album I also enjoy. I will defend him, Taylor, and any Idol finalist ever (except Corey Clark because he is a lawsuit-addicted ass-hat.)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            And….HE WON!
            Did anyone mention Taylor Hicks won?

          • alexa says:

            Cambia – Exactly! You saw him in Vegas. Because he wasn’t successful enough as a recording artist to maintain a record deal and sell his own music.

          • Dahlenk says:

            Hellooo:

            Some of the biggest talent have performed in Vegas…Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Celine Dion, Elton John
            Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Taylor Hicks!
            So you have to be really talented to get in Vegas gig! Just because it’s not you taste in music it doesn’t mean the person isn’t talented and successful.

          • just saying says:

            Yes. But you don’t go to Vegas at the BEGINNING of your career. It’s kind of where musicians go to retire. An easy gig, good money, and the hotels treat you like a king. His career was old before he even got started. And THAT’S what people are commenting on. Because they usually think of Idol being more of a young pop competition as opposed to auditioning for a lounge act at the Copa.

        • Gina says:

          No way was Taylor Hicks a better singer than Elliott Yamin, Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, or even Paris Bennett. He won because he had premature grey hair and was likeable.

        • COA says:

          @alexa Are you kidding? Performers don’t get gigs in Vegas unless they can pull in a lot of people and sell a lot of tickets. Taylor Hicks puts on a great live show–he’s energetic, entertaining, and a really good singer. And, like someone else said, a really nice guy happy to talk with fans after the show. Some artists are better in performance, some are better recorded.

          • Cambia565 says:

            I can guarantee you Taylor Hicks pulling in a multiple seven figure salary headlining in Vegas at the exclusive Paris Hotel and Casino. He’s show was extended through 2013. He’s making more money than 99% of people who have run through Idol.

            You call that anything OTHER than a major success you need to pull your head out of your ass and stop lieing to yourself, honey. Jealousy is ugly.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Yes. He is an empathic character. The story narrative is just too strong. Layer in the tropes of the underdog and America will stick with him

    • ben says:

      Are you so stupid and gullible as to think it’s a singing competition when it’s really a feel good competition and always has been?

    • Sally says:

      Lazaro is helped not only by his sympathy ploy, but by all the Cubans in Florida voting.

  6. marie says:

    Never underestimate the power of the pity vote! That’s how Lazaro survived. But I’m just fine with the end result tonight.

    • Anna says:

      Pity vote? No. Cute boy vote? Yes.

      • marie says:

        Perhaps some of both.

      • Keith says:

        No it was a pity vote

        • islandgirl says:

          Lazaro is getting much of his vote from the “vote for the worst” website which is some deranged group with too much time on their hands whose main purpose is to mess up the Idol vote process. Fortunately, they are taking their ridiculous web site down this year after the finals show.

      • Andrea says:

        Paul Jolley is also a “cute boy”, and he just went home, so it’s definitely a majority pity vote…

        • Paulll says:

          Yeah, Paul is much better looking than Lazaro, LMAO

        • jane says:

          Yes, but even my 7 year old niece could probably tell he’s not into girls! I was upset that the judges kept telling Paul he should sing dance music instead of country or his voice sounded too theatrical. Not every gay guy has to sing dance music or just sing on Broadway. If Paul wants to be a country star he should go for it, but I don’t feel bad for him for loosing out to Lazaro. He was fodder anyway. It’s a girls year. They are making sure of that.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            If he’s gay it will be tough for him to make it in country music. Now, if he’s a drunk or has been in prison for beating someone up, that’s okay.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            I don’t like the thought of it, but part of me thinks Paul may have been so fixated on himself as a country artist in an attempt to “straighten himself out.” He doesn’t like the idea of him being gay and is trying to fix himself by singing a “tough guy’s” genre (beer, guns, trucks, pretty girls, etc.). Why he would label himself the male Taylor Swift in that case is beyond me, but maybe someone back home gave him a hard time and insists that he “man up.”

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Taylor Swift’s music isn’t country, either. It’s pop.
            Do gay people really try to change themselves these days? That seems weird to me. I have always known gay people and they seem pretty comfortable with who they are.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            @DET What part of the country do you live in? I’m in New England and I’ve never known a gay person who tried to straighten himself/herself out. But Paul is from a small town in Tennesee, where perhaps they are not as tolerant of that. Maybe he was bullied, or pressured by authorities to “fix” himself. All I know is, it still happens, and sometimes in the most horrific ways. I worry about people who try to change their orientation instead of accepting themselves for who they are. I hope that’s not the case with Paul.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I live right in the middle of the country. David Cook country! He’s our claim to fame (and now Tate Stevens from X-Factor).
            .
            Well, okay then. I thought everyone loved gay people these days. In fact there are days I almost feel left out of everything because I am straight, white woman (okay, that is saracsm, folks). I run with a very conservative crowd but we have gay friends and we’re all good with it – Jesus told us to love everyone. I went to high school in the 70s and there were several gay students. The drama teacher was gay. We accepted them for what they were.

          • marie says:

            @ LeahKittyS, yes, sadly, there still are SOME gay people who, with a variety of motivations, do try to “straighten themselves out,” and accordingly there are some unscrupulous organizations which are all too happy to take their money to try to “help” them do so (Google the topic if you’re interested). And while some “graduates” of these programs may choose to forego living a gay lifestyle – may even adopt the appearance of a straight lifestyle, date and/or marry opposite-sex partners, etc. – it never, ever works on a gut level; a person can no more willfully change his or her sexual orientation than his or her eye color or race (I don’t say “skin color,” which I’d have preferred, because there are treatments these days that do just that, as probably we all know), or grow a third arm.
            But, happily, from what I see and what I read, there are far fewer gay people trying to “change” like that today than there were a number of years ago.
            As for Paul: as a bisexual (although monogamous) woman married to the most wonderful woman in the world, I have learned to never, ever assume you are accurately perceiving a person’s sexual orientation without their divulging it to you. Never. I know, I know, there’s supposed to be something called “gaydar,” but it’s far from infallible; I, for one, once had a very “effeminate” male friend (I hate the word, but can’t think of a better one) who was really, truly straight, for just one example. In fact, I’d go so far as to say MOST lesbian/gay/bisexual folks are pretty much undistunguishable from anyone else; I think the belief in the “gaydar” thing derives from the fact that the MOST “out”-appearing and -acting gay folks ARE the most VISIBLE gay folks, and so, the idea has come to be accepted that they are representative of virtually ALL gay people – and that’s just not true.
            But I’m happy in knowing that, at least as far as I can see, younger people are learning this, and are showing more tolerance and acceptance in general, than my generation did.
            Wow, that was pretty far afield; soapbox is going back in the closet now (sorry, couldn’t resist), but this is something I’m pretty passionate about.

          • marie says:

            @ DET: Isn’t it a strange country we live in, where you can be gay and elected to public office, but not expect to have a successful career in country music!

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Well, yes. I suppose it is indeed odd. But you can be a drunk or go to prison for beating someone up – and you can be a country singer OR a politician – or both, LOL.
            .
            I can only think of one openly gay country singer and that’s Cheley Wright. She was really big about 15-20 years ago. Her biggest hit was “Single White Female” and she’s from this area – born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Wellsville, Kansas. At one time she dated Brad Paisley and then all of a sudden you heard nothing about them and just assumed they broke up. He eventually married Kimberly Williams (who was in the “Father of the Bride” movies). Kimberly Williams favored Cheley Wright quite a bit (at least at that time – they were similar petite brunettes). Later Cheley Wright came out and she is now married to a woman. Some of her fans are upset with her but I always liked her music and I’d buy her CDs any day.

  7. Deb says:

    Think you meant Angie/Angela the second time you wrote Amber. Give poor Amber a break.

  8. Zach says:

    CANDICE. FREAKING. GLOVER.

  9. Halien says:

    Love Casey, always have. Jessica is boringggg. I’ll take Haley over that mess any day. BTW it was Angie not Amber that “has potential but can’t be so high-school theater geek.” Amber did not deserve to be in the bottom 3.

    • Linda says:

      I feel the same- I wish Casey had been a little bit crazier actually but Sanchez was off pitch which has to be hard since she probably had to lip sync. I hope they have Crystal Bowersox and Haley R back

      • RodMod says:

        “Sanchez was off pitch which has to be hard since she probably had to lip sync.”

        Slap yourself. Just because it was a Dance Pop track and included choreography does not in any way means it was a lip-synch.

        I feel as though that is what you are implying.

        • Lue says:

          Agreed! Didn’t feel like she was lip-syncing at all. In fact, I enjoyed the different side to her and thought she has gained major charisma. I also want to say that I am a proud Halien. You can like Haley and Jessica at the same time! Although Haley was my first love and is still my wife, Jessica is awesome. But it’s pointless to compare apples to oranges.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Casey killed it. This season needs some of his rebellious vibe in it. I just want someone to really shake it up. Heck, I would settle for one less ballad… Anything

      • Ed says:

        Most Americans don’t have the sophisticated taste in music that it takes to appreciate Casey…

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Sigh. I know you’re right. I never realized how much they brought to the show until this season.. Allison. Haley. Doughtry. Adam. Elise and so on. I know they never win but… they were exciting. And the knew music, I mean really knew music – so the song choices were so interesting. Sigh. I just got a little nostalgic…

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            +1

          • teatime says:

            And Cook. He was able to do well in so many different genres because of his strong musical background and appreciation for different genres. For the past couple of years, the judges have started to push contestants into a lane early on, and complain early on that they are confused about what type of album the contestant would put out. It is a very unfortunate change. I think Randy always did this, but when it was him, Simon, and Paula he was the only one doing it.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            Oh, David Cook! Excellent example. He was sooooooo talented.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          uh, so which country is it that’s so sophisticated they appreciate Casey? Jazz is an art form that originated in America.

        • Noah Coleman says:

          Amen.

      • mamamitzvah says:

        bs’d
        My two favourite non-winning contestants are Danny Goeke and Casey. I loved, loved, loved him so much I bought the CD from iTunes.
        I cannot imagine anything but a flawed voting system keeping Candice out of the top 3,

  10. forwarddad says:

    If the judges continue to critique Lazaro like they did last night our Cuban Cutie will be showered with confetti in May at the whatever they are calling the Kodak Theater now. Judges and more likely King Nigel created their own Lazaro mess.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      My hubby calls this, “Stepped in s**t and still smelling it”.

      • Lana says:

        Oh good I can reply to this. DET loved your country comment but it didn’t have a reply to post. Definately can’t be gay, but you can be a drunk and in jail that made me laugh, love you humor and now your husbands. Keep on typing!! Was not happy about Amber and when Lazero made the comment about picking song the night before I thought that was bs cause Ryan said at the start of Wed. show that they were with Jimmy on Saturday. I’m glad Jimmy called him on it!! I no longer think he is such a sweet boy, I;m not crazy about liars.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Glad someone appreciates our humor! To be fair Amber actually said she’d learned the words two days ago, I think. She could have chosen the song several days prior but finally felt comfortable with the lyrics a couple of days ago. She’d not heard the song so she also had to get comfortable with the melody as well, and it’s not a particularly easy melody (like, for example, “Chapel of Love”. I have NO idea why that song keeps circulating in my head).

          • marie says:

            Freakin’ “Chapel of Love.” Now the doggone thing is circulating endlessly in MY head too. Thanks a lot!

            (Oh for heaven’s sake, DET, don’t tell me you don’t know how MANY people here appreciate your humor – I certainly do, for one!)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            thanks, And now I’m thinking I’d like to hear Bob Dylan sings Chapel of Love. Just because.
            :-)

    • Joe says:

      At this point, the only way to get rid of Lazaro is to give mild praise and no criticism. Kind of like what Devin and Paul gets. Enough with his “courage”. If they don’t tone that down, the booger eating morons who eat up the sympathy pablum and vote their hearts out will push him into the finale. They kind of have to golf clap for him the rest of the way and the pity vote will stop. But I don’t think Nigel wants it to stop. I think he wants the outrage of the stutterer who can’t sing getting deep into this competition knocking out truly talented vocalists. That outrage could bring more ratings than competent singing. I really do feel for Lazaro because he’s caught in the middle of a machine right now. He’s not ready for this.

      • Douglas says:

        Lazaro has a beautiful voice – and his iTunes recordings are great. Because of all the things he has been thru from his stutter, I think he is a bit overwhelmed….but I can’t believe that he would just lie to get sympathy, something is up

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Thank you, Douglas. We needed that. I also think his recordings are nice and don’t believe for a second he would lie for votes.

        • Joe says:

          Douglas – I don’t think for a moment Lazaro is lying. The guy is clearly overwhelmed. That being said, being overwhelmed and people at home feeling sorry for you shouldn’t win you a recording contract.

    • Ed says:

      Same way that Simon Cowell created a Melanie Amaro mess in season 1 of X-Factor. Granted, she is better than Lazaro, but she is still no star, never will be.

    • Mary says:

      The truth? I guess they should be like last year and praise the awful singing. Grant you I don’t always agree with the judges, but come on – if people vote for him (which I agree they feel sorry for him) then they are just as bad as the judges. The judges were not even that cruel. Could you imagine if that was Simon.

  11. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    I think Jessica is gonna prove to be popular.

    • marie says:

      Yeah. Definitely not my cup of coffee,though.
      I didn’t know Casey has an album out! Will definitely check it out. Maybe he’ll surprise me with a good one, as did Philip from last season.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I’ve heard one single from Casey’s CD on satellite radio and it’s okay – it sounds like a lot of the contemporary pop stuff on the radio. It’s not bad, just not what I prefer. I’m not sure what the rest of the CD sounds like – I’d like to hear him sing some songs that have a touch of jazz.

        • Beth says:

          The single is the required “poppy song” on the album. (If u hear him do it live with a band — it’s so much better. He kind of jazz/rocks it out) Rest of his cd is really good! I love it and listen to it a lot. He even has the great Jamie Cullum sitting in on piano on a track.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Marie, I hope you’ll enjoy Casey’s album — I certainly do!

        • marie says:

          Going to download it as soon as I get home tonight (along with Candice and Amber’s studio recordings this week)!

          Thanks everyone for the tip!

          JAMIEEEEEE ON PIIIIIAAANOOOOOO!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

          • LLA says:

            I was gonna tell u which song it is on the cd–but I’ll let u find out. It is towards the end and one of my faves on it. Would make a great video too. Jamie C amazing as always–really swinging jazzy song. In fact there is video on youtube of them all in the studio in London recording it

          • marie says:

            Somme hours later: I’ve downloaded Casey’s album; played all the samples before buying and am listening now. What a terrific album! The guy’s sheer musicality shines through. So far I love it! Thanks again to everyone for the steer!

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        The CD that’s really good is Casey James’. They play him on the alt country stations.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        I really like his song “Get Out,” and he duets with Haley Reinhart on “Hit the Road, Jack” (though that might have been on her album.) So he’s doing some nice stuff.

      • twinsgrandma says:

        Love the Casey CD, everything on it.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Sounds like I need to listen to the ENTIRE Casey Abrams CD!

      • Laura says:

        I’ve seen Casey live several times and he is always amazing. His CD is really, really good too. It is a little poppy for him — I expected it to be more jazzy — but I love it.

    • Timmah says:

      I think she’ll be one of the few that makes the successful transition from Idol to current pop music.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        She looks to be the first in ages. First since Jordin. Only Jordin and Clarkson really managed that. Jessica looks primed to potentially make it big in mainstream modern pop though which would be a refreshing change. She really stood out tonight from just about the winners of all these shows recently in looking like she was straight off a mainstream top 40 stage there. (also for those saying he look and style were totally remade, I got the impression that she was always more naturally this than what they had her on Idol last season, from what she’d say from time to time on the show last season)
        .
        Haley might be able to in a more Adele/Winehouse or maybe bit of rock-sort of way since that alt style is also managing to make top 40 pop these days, but not without more luck and a big push and it doesn’t seem like she’s getting enough of either.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          I really like Jessica. She can sing better than most. And she is a young kid having fun. I like it. Good for her!

        • Sally says:

          I agree about Haley….she has star power. Great personality. And she should get over to England and start recording with Winehouse’s producers.

          • whosays says:

            I love your suggestion, Sally! I also think America will never “get” Haley, but if she has a hit album in UK, she might gain traction here that way.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            I don’t think Free was necessarily the right choice to use as her lead single either. (But they probably got extra $ from that one since that was the only one she didn’t write and I think one of their in house guys wrote it or something. It was a good song though don’t get me wrong but it somehow felt a bit blander than many of the others. They probably felt it was ‘safer’ but I’m not sure that a song that is not quite here nor not quite there is really safe in the end. It was a touch less retro pop but it wasn’t really modern youth pop either so it didn’t quite hit the Adele/Winehouse or the typical current youth pop.)

        • marie says:

          HTGR, I can absolutely see where you’re coming from re Haley fitting more in an Adele / Amy Winehouse groove: that is def where she belongs!!!
          In fact, as I said in the comments to another article, the material on her debut album (which I know you like; this is not a personal slight towards you) disappointed me so much that I just can’t listen to it; I always have to take it off and play Amy’s “Frank” album instead.
          Haley is a divine singer, more than capable of GOOD pop, jazz, standards, just about anything, I think; I WANT to her to release a whole slew of albums of better material!

    • whosays says:

      I hate to point out the obvious, but America’s never had a mainstream pop star who wasn’t either white or black, with the occasional Latina (JLo) thrown in there. Lead singer of a band, or part of a girl/boy group – sure there have been several. But solo singer? Jessica’s half Latina but I think America looks at her and sees an Asian. Even when there have been the occasional 1-hit or 2-hit wonders, they have been men. Michelle Branch is the only female I can remember, and she’s only 1/4 Asian. Some have had indie success but nothing explosive.

      America’s white men might have a hard-on for Asian women, but they aren’t buying their records for whatever reason.

      • MB says:

        I listened to Jessica’s song again on YouTube and I really decided I hate it. she is a young girl and I also hate the way she is so made up and made to look sexy. To me the whole thing is way over the top. For sure she may be a hit in the Phillipines but I am not too sure about the USA. Being on Glee may help her sell records though. So who knows I do wish her luck but I will never buy any of her music but what do I know I am just an old fart.

        • marie says:

          I don’t know about the ethnic analysis, but I was really turned off by her too-mature style, and that song is a real piece of nothing. There is a market for all that, though, can’t deny that, and most young starlets have adopted that trashy look nowadays, so I don’t at all begrudge her whatever success comes her way.
          Don’t feel bad; this old fart won’t be buying her stuff, either.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          And I won’t be buying it either but I wish her all the success in the world. She’s still more talented than Rhianna.

    • Dahlenk says:

      Nope, except in Malaysia…

  12. Linda says:

    Paul would have gone sometime but Lazarus should have gone since he will go sooner than later anyhow. Other than that I am OK with the results. It will hurt Lazarus whenever it happens and keeping him is kinda sad.

  13. tara d says:

    lazaro not at least in the bottom three is really infuriating. i wish america would stop throwing him pity votes, because it does nobody any good. especially me. i cant bear to listen to him sweat through another bland off key performance. and amber in the bottom was blasphemy.

  14. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    They need to bring Haley on.

  15. MB says:

    I knew it would be Pul even though it should have been Lazaro.
    Not sure how I feel about Jessica’s single. I know for sure I won’t buy it. dance pop is one of my least favorite genre.

    • Mary says:

      I am not into dance pop, but I thought she did really well last night. The song was catchy. Probably won’t purchase but would not turn off on radio. I will listen to whole album before I decide if I buy.

  16. what is Lazaro still doing there? he is terrible. just because he has a sad story…

  17. Vetle says:

    Result shows needs more Haley Reinhart.

  18. Anna says:

    Just realized- the American Idol will not be a white guy for the first time in…how many seasons?

    • dani n. says:

      Of course not. WHY do you think they stacked the deck thus way? Because for some reason after season 6 only white guys with guitars could win
      It’s sad that girls, women and men of color haven’t won in forever.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Yes. Seven men won, but only one is not white. And it was the last female winner, six years ago, that first kickstarted my obsession with this show. I was 13 in middle school, and seeing an average high school girl become a pop star out of nowhere made me so happy. Now I’m old enough to audition and I don’t even know if I want to. How much more time does this show have? It would be best for me to finish college first, but will it still be around by the time I’m done? Going for The Voice would make me feel like somewhat of a traitor, and The X Factor will certainly be gone by then.

        • My Alter Ego says:

          Best wishes to you, whatever you decide.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          You’ve watched all three programs! You should know which one is best suited for your style. Good luck whatever you decide.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Actually, I’ve never watched The Voice; I only know about the process because a friend of mine auditioned and got cut early. But thank you.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I think “Idol” is geared more toward younger contestants but that’s just my opinion.

        • whosays says:

          I love how AI spins and sells its stories. Jordin was never your “average” high school student. As the beautiful, charismatic, and talented daughter of a former NFL player, she probably had the direct connections to make it on her own without AI.

          OTOH kids like Scotty, Lauren, Holly, and Jessica are probably closer in truth to that aspirational story you admired.

        • marie says:

          Best of luck to you, LeahKittyS. Do you by chance have anything up on YouTube?

      • rio says:

        Has a gay singer ever won?

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Nope. The two who came closest were Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert. The only other gay finalists at all (before this season) were Jim Verraros and RJ Helton, both from Season 1.

      • Mary says:

        The way America is voting for Laranzo, don’t be surprise if we still end up with male winner. Maybe not with a guitar but male.

      • Noah Coleman says:

        It’s true. Kris Allen shouldn’t have won in Season 8, Joshua Ledet or Jessica should’ve been at the finale last year instead of Phillip Phillips, and Season 9….. Let’s just forget about Season 9 if it’s okay with you. LOL

        • MB says:

          Are you kidding me. Phillip runs circles around Jessica with the fluff she is putting out who can only appeal to the dance circuit. At least Phillip appeals to all ages. I am 65 and my grandson who is 4 loves him. Maybe he is not your cup of tea but he was by far the right winner. Joshua hasn’t even been picked up by a record company yet because his music does not sell records which was proven with the Idol Highlight recordings. Phillip’s was the only one that sold anything worth talking about. He is doing amazing.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Philips has some catchy tunes and he’s alright but he certainly doesn’t have the vocal abilities of Jessica or Joshua, he strains like mad to even hit the notes in his own songs very often. Elise the was the real champ of last season anyway, she had the chops, could tackle all sorts of things, had the musical knowledge, etc. I’d have the top three we had plus her as the top four with Elise at the top and then Jessica in second and Joshua in third and P2 in fourth. Of course it’s hard to rank singers and give out grades. It’s probably better to just say things about them then try to rank.

          • MB says:

            It isn’t just about vocal abilities. It is about creativity. Lots of people have great vocals. People in my church choir have terrific vocals but there is a it factor that not everyone has that makes them a star and Philip has it. Phillip is the first yo say he wasn’t the best singer though I love his voice but it s the whole package.
            That said I believe Jessica will do well even though I hate what she did last night. She is young has has an incredible voice and with the right people behind her she will succeed in the pop world. If Nicki can do it so can she.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            I’d probably listen to P2 before Joshua though.

          • MB says:

            Forgot to say Melanie Amaro has an incredible powerful voice and she disappeared. Her dance pop singles flopped. It’s a shame because she does have talent but does not have the star quality it takes. Hopefully Jessica does better and becomes a success she has worked all her life for.

        • W says:

          I bought both of Kris Allen’s albums and go to his concerts – I don’t see Jessica having the monster hit that Phil had – That was a hit due to his writing more than his singing – but I thought she was not great last night – It was awkward with Neo far outshining her.

          • MB says:

            @PhilaticPhamily: Congrats @Phillips, you officially have the best selling song from any alum in American Idol history with sales of over 4,200,000 for “Home
            .

            This was just announced. He beat out Kelly Clarkson’s song. I know part of the success is that it is a great song but Phillip’s voice is perfect for it and if he sang bad it would not have gone this far. His song Gone Gone Gone is moving up the charts. He just came off a tour with Match Box 20 and did a tour in Europe. He is on a college tour now and will be going on tour with John Mayer this summer. He is selling out arenas. I remember when people on this board laughed that he would be horrible doing concerts because he is a coffee shop singer.
            .
            His album is doing great and has already sold almost 800,00 copies. He did that album in 3 weeks. Yes. Phillips was the right winner for season 11. We can only hope who ever wins season 12 does half as well.

  19. sl33py says:

    I knew it Lazaro isn’t going anywhere. Might be because of sympathy votes or because Uncle Nigel wants some more drama

    • teatime says:

      They need to have him perform first or second or even third. Then they need to give him a luke warm response. We know how this works. They should too. They went way over the top last night with the reactions to him when he was already getting a sympathy vote and a likeable contestant vote.

  20. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    And since it bears repeating hah. BOO! All you boring 80s hating haters made them kill her 80s hair by way of flat iron. RIP Angie’s real hair. Hope everyone is happy. You’ve now committed hairicide, every last one of you.

  21. marie says:

    Oh yeah, almost forgot: Randy protesting Amber’s being in the Bottom 3 really annoyed me: I actually muttered at my screen, Well, YOU helped put her there, you (censored)!
    Can’t have it both ways, Jackson.
    Michael has already mentioned how Jimmy was pretty much spot-on in his critiques of last night’s performances; he won fist pumps from me for putting Amber in the top 3, for calling out Angie for being overly dramatic, and for correctly identifying the weakest performance of the night.
    I have to admit, sometimes he does know what he’s talking about.

    • Timmah says:

      So true. They can’t both manipulate the hell out of this show like they do and then complain when the sheep get suckered in by it.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Jimmy nailed it. It’s the first time he sounded like the industry insider that he is to me. I am dead on…

    • deedee says:

      Jimmy usually knows what he’s talking about, and he’s not afraid to be the bad guy, thank goodness. I don’t get his thing with Janelle (his dark horse), but am so glad he’s on Amber’s side. She needs the support.
      .
      I can never tell from Slezak;s writing if he hates Jimmy, or appreciates his perspective (grudgingly?). LOL, for some reason Slezak confuses me on the subject of Mr. Iovine.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        deedee, perhaps, it’s because Jimmy isn’t as consistent as we’d like to think he is. But, I agree with you, he usually knows what he’s talking about.

        I, too, am glad – no, make that thrilled, that Jimmy recognizes Amber talent! A Candice/Kree/Amber final 3 would be divine. (Yes, I know the likelihood of it happening, but it really should!)

        • Mary says:

          It is easy to critique when you know the outcome. I truly believe he knows the results and actually reads some of the blogs. A lot of his responses is just what we have stated here.

          • deedee says:

            I’m sure he knows the results and has his finger on the pulse of the fans. But I still appreciate his comments because he looks at these kids from an industry perspective, and knows what he’s looking for in an artist. That’s why he can stick by Amber, putting her in his top 3, while she was actually in the voters’ bottom 3.

          • marie says:

            Nah, just means WE know what we’re talking about just as much as he does!

    • asniech says:

      I agree with most of what Jimmy said, except the part about Kree, where he again said that she tends to over-sing. When has she ever over sang a song? I don’t get it. Maybe she does in their studio sessions or something, because I’ve never heard it when she’s been on the show.

  22. LLA says:

    Casey was the best thing of the night Michael. U have never liked him though.So talented and entertaining. And he def made the song his onw Loved every single second. Ray Chew did, Urban did and so did the contestants.

    Wasn’t surprised at the outcome. Why does Iovine insist Kree over-sings WTF?

    • dani n. says:

      I wondered about that too. She does always ho for that glory note.Other than that Jimmy could stand to be more precise and stretch his musical vocabularly.

    • deedee says:

      Yeah! Forgot to say in my last post: what in the world is Jimmy talking about? This is the second time he’s insisted that Kree over-sings. *baffled*

    • Tusk says:

      Don’t forget, they never did find that long lost ‘Casey Post Elimination’ Interview that ‘somehow’ got damaged ;)
      J/K…. I don’t think Michael “Never liked” Casey, just that he didn’t care for when Casey went into the gutteral more aggressive singing style.

      It didn’t help that Casey got the save instead of Pia, Michael’s favorite before he warmed up to Haley :D

      • LLA says:

        BWAHA! I remember that now–Michael said the post interview got corrupted. Likely story- lol. But, MS def had it in for Casey all season. He would praise Paul McDonald who did the same lousy thing every wk and then pile it on Casey. Once he defended Paul for a bad outing cause he had a little cold–meanwhile Casey had been hospitalized a for a good bit of the first three wksmof of live shows, no sympathy. I really like Michael–but never got the Casey dislike.

        Anyway, Casey brains energy, enthusiasm, fun and a bundle of talent to all his performances. And idol needs some of that this season for sure

        • Tusk says:

          That was the interview where Casey talked about knowing/playing “Moanin'” on the Melodica without knowing that it had words until Haley clued him in ;)….and of course the rest is solid gold Idol history <3
          (As relayed by Haley to Slezak in her epic HaleyLoonies interview. TM ) :D

          Unfortunately, that's the only tidbit we will ever know about the Casey inteview that wasn't ;)

      • LLA says:

        I meant brings energy etc Damn auto correct ha! PS just saw that Casey’s album went to #14 on iTunes That’s cool!

  23. Elena says:

    First off, just let me say, Slezak, I never get tired of your Game of Thrones references. That show is the bomb and if I had my way, everything in the universe would be compared to GOT:)

    Anyway, I was not surprised at all with the results tonight, though I feel that it was unfair (very unfair) for Paul to get the boot before Lazaro. I mean, I sympathize with Lazaro, but he deserves to be treated like everyone else despite his handicap. If that is the case, based on his vocals he should be gone, not sticking around because people admire his circumstances/background etc. Hopefully next week the results will be more of an accurate reflection of the contestants performances.

  24. darcy's evil twin says:

    Well, as I type Blaine’s character is singing “Against All Odds” on “Glee” and I’ll be darned, it doesn’t sound particularly good with him singing it either, LOL. I’m convinced the only person that can sing Phil Collins songs is Phil Collins. I’d never realized how awkward the melody is on that song.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      I don’t know, I liked when Phillip Phillips did “That’s All” last year for 80s week. But maybe it’s just because I really like that song.

    • marie says:

      There is a long-standing tradition of murdering that song, going back to an Oscars show in the 1980s when it was up for best song and Ann Reinking did some unspeakable things to it. Ugh. Poor Against All Odds hasn’t been the same since.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        OMG, I had forgotten about Ann Reinking! Holy cow, and she can SING. Honestly, it never dawned on me until tonight but I think it’s the awkward melody of “Against All Odds” that makes it so awful for other singers. I think Phil Collins wrote that song and laughed out loud to himself – “This is a beautiful song, but everyone else will s**k when they sing it!”
        ..
        The same goes for “The Climb”. Hollie Cavanaugh (from last season) has been one of the few singers to do justice to that song. My husband was watching “X Factor” because Tate Stevens is a local guy and hubby loves country. When Tate sang that song with another contestant my husband, who had never heard the song before, said, “Wow, that melody is awkward!”. Yea, he’s right. The chorus isn’t bad but the verses are somewhat awkward.

  25. dani n. says:

    So predictable. Us Idol junkies know the program. PRretty much can articulate each contestants role on this show& the way it’s gonna pan out. I loathe Idol’s lies.Like saying Jenelle is a dark horse just because one of their pimped ones isn’t doing as well.So they give her this false arc to Garner more votes.Man, I’d love to see how much energy & rehearsal time they give each of the contestants.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I wonder why they didn’t do the contestant ranking this week? Hm…interesting.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Pehaps, because people didn’t like it? Nah, that doesn’t sound like “Unkie Nigel,” does it. Perhaps, it’s just more manipulation — one week, they “seem” to reveal contestant ratings, another they don’t. Try to maintain viewer ratings through various versions of “suspense?” I don’t know what it might, although it definitely feels like just another variation of manipulation.

      • deedee says:

        If their interns really are reading the comments on Idol blogs (and .. of course they are), then they know we didn’t like Idol copying the XFactor’s weaker features. Or maybe they’re just mixing it up to keep us guessing. Or maybe they didn’t want us to know that Lazaro is ahead of Candice this week.

      • Mary says:

        I think some of the top ones lost vote due to everyone thinking they were safe. Producers might of gotten worry and decided it wasn’t the way to go. I personally do not like it , takes away the suspense.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          I agree. Pick a side. Either do it or don’t. I found it kind of interesting. It would even more exciting if the favorites were struggling to maintain their lead.

  26. LeahKittyS says:

    Things I loved
    – Michael’s Bruno Mars reference. One of my very favorite contemporary pop artists (good songwriter and doesn’t need Auto-tune).
    – Jessica’s new song. I really, really hope this is a hit for her. I want that on the radio. Like, now.
    – The love between these contestants. Did you see the way everyone stared in shock when Devin was announced to be in the Bottom 3? And the way they all hugged each other as they went to safety. So much lovable “aww” win.

    Things I didn’t love
    – Casey’s new haircut. The beard is just too weird. And I like jazz, but his song was a little too shout for my taste.
    – These pre-recorded group numbers! It doesn’t sound right. If you’re going to make us sit through these, at least let the kids sing live.
    – Where the heck are the Ford music videos? I actually like those!

    I wasn’t expecting Paul to go just yet, but I’m not shocked. The real surprise is that we definitely will not have a white man win this year. It will be either a black man, a Hispanic man, or a woman. (I know, that’s not supposed to matter. It’s just an observation.)

    • Kristi says:

      I totally forgot about the Ford music videos until you mentioned them just now! I honestly can’t say that I miss them.

      • Laura says:

        You like the ford music videos? Seriously?

        • LeahKittyS says:

          They’re more enjoyable than the on-stage group numbers, if only because the finalists do more than dance around. What can I say, it’s just a classic part of the Idol cheese-fest that’s missing.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            And, by virtue of the above remark, LKS, you seem to enjoy the complete “cheese fest” enchilada. Well, such honesty is refreshing.

          • deedee says:

            Hey, I’m into the cheese myself. RIP, Ford ads. Well, at least Ryan finally brought back the results show cruel streak this week. I’ve missed it.

      • Sally says:

        The missing Ford videos are a question mark….but I think there’s a lot of pull-back by the sponsors this year. Think I read somewhere that AI cut jobs before this season because of low ratings.

    • Amy says:

      I like the Ford videos too. I thought of them top 10 week…then I thought…maybe they only started doing those when they were down to top 5. Think about it…do you ever recall a video where all 10 or 8 of the Idols were in it? I don’t. If they are going to do them again, I don’t think they come until we’re down a few more Idols.

      • MB says:

        I’m pretty sure they started top 10. Remember Phillips was in them and then he got sick and wasn’t in them anymore.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        No, they have done those every week from Top 12/13 (depending on the season) onward. I remember ones from certain seasons because I liked the songs they used. They start as soon as the finals start.

  27. dj says:

    Paul was the second worst. If Lazaro was going to stay, Paul was the logical one to go, but it pisses me off that Lazaro lied and cried to stay. Even in the face of Jimmy calling him out on it, he still continued the manipulation. I hope some of the voters woke up and smelled.the coffee so he will go home next week, because everybody left besides Lazaro has talent.

  28. darcy's evil twin says:

    Has Jimmy Iovine been reading these message boards? :-)
    .
    I enjoyed Casey. He hasn’t changed a bit.
    .
    Jessica’s performance with Ne-Yo was very good. I detest that dance music crap but she definitely demonstrated she deserved to finish in the Top 2 last season. They kind of did a Nicole Scherzinger makeover on her. It was fun to see her dancing. She was never my favorite contestant but I am thrilled for her and her success.
    .
    The ladies performing “Here, There, and Everywhere” was a little Lennon-Sistery but still very good with lovely harmonies. And I didn’t think the guys were half bad!
    .
    Paul, Devin, and WHAT IN THE NAME OF H-E-DOUBLETOOTHPICKS ARE YOU THINKING, AMERICA, FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS, Amber did NOT deserve to be in the bottom three ahead of Lazaro. Okay, having another sip of wine and calming down now…

    • marie says:

      “Dance music crap” – exactly. That’s today’s bubblegum. Ycch. I don’t begrudge Jessica her success, but I will never willingly listen to that irritating fluff, let alone buy it.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Hey, that’s an insult to good bubblegum, Sugar, Sugar – Honey, Honey. :-)

        I can’t stand the dance music, marie – but Jessica looked so happy and I’m happy for her. Clearly there are plenty of folks willing to buy that stuff. I just hope she also records a few good songs!

      • Ed says:

        I HATE that so-called “dance music” with the roller rink organ and all that…. crap was around back in the 80s then mercifully disappeared. Can’t believe it’s back. Who dances to it, anyway???

    • My Alter Ego says:

      Casey hasn’t changed a bit — except the hair/beard on steroids effect, yup, you’re right. On second thought, it was the AI production team that kept “encouraging” (yeh — that’s what it was ;- ) to keep his hair and beard trimmed while he was on the show, wasn’t it. So, I guess you’re right — and, well, you just can’t keep mad talent like his contained.

      But, DET, in regards to Lazaro, we need you to maintain your righteous indignation — so, so more sips of wine for you! (LOL).

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I will do my best! I am glad my husband is gone tonight because he would have, once again, asked me why I watch this program if it upsets me so much.
        Of course he watched the very first “Survivor” and every week when I came home from class he was in a HORRIBLE mood. When I asked him what was wrong he would finally confess that one particular contestant didn’t get kicked off the island. Boy was I glad when that guy finally got kicked off the island!

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Oops — perhaps, I’ve had too many sips of wine. I meant “no” more sips of wine for you, DET.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I thought the same thing. Jimmy is reading the message boards. LOL. At least he sounded smart this time around. Yay Jimmy!

    • deedee says:

      The words “Lennon-Sistery” just sent me into fits of laughter and I don’t really know why. I’m still rofl-ing as I type. Can you explain this?

      • John says:

        The Lennon Sisters was a singing group of four women (all biological sisters) that were famous in the late 50s and throughout the 60s. I think they were “discovered” by Lawrence Welk. Besides his show, they made the rounds of the variety shows back then. I remember seeing them on TV all through my childhood (so you all know how old I am now.)

        • marie says:

          My Grandma LOVED the Lennon Sisters. Heck, when I was little, I wanted to BE Janet Lennon (if I’m not mistaken, she was the youngest, thus closest to my age at the time).

        • deedee says:

          Thanks, John. I’ve heard of the Lennon Sisters, and know that they were a family act much like, I suppose, the Andrews Sisters. But the term “Lennon-Sistery” still makes me chuckle irrationally. :-D

  29. waterbug says:

    If Lazaro wins that would be the funniest thing ever!

  30. willgold22 says:

    I wanted to put Jimmy’s head on a spike for ONCE AGAIN accusing Kree of “oversinging.” That’s the most inaccurate, boneheaded criticism anyone could ever level at her, by far one of the most understated, subtle vocalists to ever appear on the show. On the other hand I did enjoy his accurate trash-talking about the judges.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I don’t understand the oversinging comment about Kree, either.

      • marie says:

        Thanks for reminding me; I agree he is dead wrong on that (although as I said elsewhere a fair number of his comments tonight were right on the money).

    • karen says:

      I couldn’t agree more. What is his problem? I just hate seeing him try to reign Kree in when she has such a natural instinct and gift. Her delivery is perfect every time, and her phrasing is amazing. Jimmy needs to loosen that baseball cap because it’s affecting the circulation in his brain. Not to mention, HE was the one who overproduced Kree with too much gospel choir.

  31. Jake says:

    Amber is the best singer in there, up there with Candice. Why are people not voting for her. Also all you voters, do u find yourself voting less or the same?

    • LeahKittyS says:

      I’m voting the same as usual, lots and lots of texts for the people I like. This year, I’m power-voting for all the women and none of the men. That’s just who I like this time around. The girls give me such good vibes every time they sing, and they have yet to disappoint me (I’m easier to please than a lot of other readers here, from what I can tell).

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      I will confess I haven’t voted at all this season. But I’m not that level of crazy about anyone this season to try to vote like 100 or 200 or even 2000 times. Maybe if they go to The Voice type voting I’ll bother again. Maybe near the finale if something egregious might be about to occur I’d vote anyway.

    • Wendy says:

      I’m sending all my votes to Amber – those of you who don’t want her to go should at least do the 50 vote thing online because it is easy to do. Notice that they didn’t show us who came in second to last. I bet Devin was the next in line to go – they want voters to get behind Amber so they didn’t indicate who was most in danger. I think Amber will get a surge of votes next week.

    • teatime says:

      I am voting less than usual. I am not even struggling trying to determine if I should be splitting votes and if so by what percent. Usually during the early voting weeks I struggle with trying to support several contestants all at the same time, knowing more than one of my favorites might be in jeopardy.

    • W says:

      I gave Amber all of my 50 online votes this week – It looks like I’ll have to add the phone next week – That girl is not hitting those stools-of-doom if i can help it!

  32. waterbug says:

    Lazaro is “un mentiroso.” I wonder will that dampen his pity/cute boy voting streak?

    • Christy says:

      They’ve already started chipping away at it, starting with Jimmy calling him out for lying.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Yeah I saw that. Lazaro stuck with it tonight though. Maybe they are both right/wrong? Maybe he had more than two days to learn it but maybe they forced it on him earlier on? Or maybe they were like but try to focus on this one and you can go back and then two days before they said no way are you going back?????

        • dj says:

          They cannot both be right. Lazaro cried and said he had to learn the song the night before because his song was changed, and Jimmy said Lazaro chose the song five days before and they showed video of him working with Jimmy on it.

  33. Wendy says:

    There is no suspense at all about the Top 3 this year & that is why the ratings are down. Angie, Kree & Candice but Janelle could sneak in there. Definitely an all female final four and probably an all female top five – – they are all superior to the guys.

  34. Waxaroo says:

    First of all, that was one of the worst IDOL DOES THE BEATLES shows ever. Those kids are not getting enough direction. how else would people be getting he wrong key? I vote for Lazaro just to spit Jimmy. poor song choices. Just a bad night.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I agree. And Mariah could really make a huge difference, by just critiquing specifics of the music or notes or anything music-related. Who would know more about singing those stupid ballads than her? She is totally wasted here. I wish would stick to critiquing *any* kind of musical content – instead people’s personalities.

    • Dan says:

      Worse than Eight Days A Week?

    • W says:

      So you vote out of — it’s spite, by the way, not spit. You vote for Lazaro. Do you really want to see him stay in over a better singer?! And Jimmy had a LOT of smart, educated opinions this week.

  35. navin says:

    Casey = Self Indulgent. No connection to the lyrics at all. Just noise. I am a musician and have been the most requested jazz drummer in the area I live in and that is just plain bad.
    Paul was not the worst but was never going to win. But Laz has to go home before any of the girls.

    • Queen Pat says:

      You are so right

    • LeahKittyS says:

      TAKE BACK WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT CASEY RIGHT NOW. No, this was not him at his best, but the guy has talent. I know; I’ve seen him live. Just because it’s not your cup of tea doesn’t mean it’s bad. I play guitar and am very popular at the campus coffeehouse, but that doesn’t give me the right to diss the musicians on this show.

    • Scott says:

      But how many jazz drummers really live in north-central Montana?

      • navin says:

        Both of us had a meeting and decided Casey was terrible!!!

        • navin says:

          In fact, The entire Butte, Montana chapter of the Jazz Preservation Society deems Casey unfit to back-up LeahKittyS at the campus coffee house!

          • rebecca says:

            wrong! casey is a pure musician…from his cool vibe playin’ to his raw, raspy, bluesy voice…not to mention charm and personality. so not cool for a “supposed” musician to try to destroy another. how ’bout you get on a world stage and let him judge you. he’d probably say you were good whether he thought so or not…he gives off that kinda vibe…NICE.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            That’s a shame. I could use a good bassist. Which Casey is. And we could do cool duets, though my voice isn’t as growly as Haley’s.

        • Scott says:

          (laugh) When I saw Casey was performing tonight, I was picturing Casey James, not Casey Abrams. Those mutton chop things he was wearing? No. Just no.

    • Choosyguy says:

      I totally agree. Casey was so overly self indulgent.

  36. Kevin Clark says:

    I like Lazaro. I think he has a nice voice. American Idol winning voice? No. He was horrible last night. There are three reasons why he continues to get votes. 1) The website Vote for the Worst has Lazaro as their worst and tell it’s readers to continue to vote for him. 2) His back story and 3) He’s the cutest guy there and girls and guys so inclined vote for him. I’ll continue to vote for him as long as he’s there. I like the guy and his voice…most of the time.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      Thank you for being positive! It’s a relief. Yeah, he’s the weakest singer in the bunch and Paul did a better job by far this week, but I hate seeing people pick on him because the other contestants love him so much. Come on, people, Vote For The Worst contestants never win! If any girl gets knocked out before him (it would most likely be Amber, which would stink but “Que sera” as our dearest Haley would say), she’ll be fine because all the girls this year are amazing. We haven’t had a Sanjaya-level clunker for a few seasons, we’re due. Just let it be, as Burnell reminded us last night.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        You hit the nail right on the head. All of the girls are going to be fine, regardless of when they are eliminated. Lazaro is the only drama left at this point. I love Sanjaya-level clunker. LOL. I don’t mind the kid. Really. And Paul is no great loss.

      • seattlejohn449 says:

        Jacob Lusk filled the Sanjaya quotient just a couple years ago…we aren’t overdue until 2015

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Jacob Lusk had a decent performance with “You’re All I Need To Get By.” Sanjaya didn’t have one good performance from Top 12 onward.

    • W says:

      Why would you continue to vote for Lazaro if you feel he doesn’t have an “American Idol winning voice” – your words!? There are much better singers who might get eliminated due to voters like you who vote because someone seems nice.

  37. sdexta says:

    I knew Paul would be going home and that Lazaro probably wouldn’t even be in the bottom 3, but it still makes me mad. He’s clearly not cut out for this stage of the competition and if people keep giving him sympathy votes, really talented singers (like Amber) will be voted off before him.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      The thing about Lazaro is that he is shrinking before our eyes. Every week he get’s worse. How is that even possible?

      • Tahoe Mike says:

        Is there such a thing as a musical Doppler Effect?

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          OMG. the comments tonight are hilarious.

        • Tusk says:

          :D Nice pull

          I was “Kree for Me”, but haven’t connected to her the way I want.
          I’m starting to lean Amber’s way. The only way I can accept Lazaro outlasting Amber (Horrors!!), is that Amber is on long enough to showcase that she deserves a post Idol career in music .

          I think Jimmy sees the potential in Amber, so that’s a good sign :D

  38. Ron says:

    Damn it Idol…bring back Haley Reinhart. She’s the only shining star Idol has had in years.
    Lazaro should be gone. Blame the judges for not eliminating him before the audience vote took over. Now he’s getting through by pity and pretty boy looks.

    • My Alter Ego says:

      If it’s “good looks” that keeps Lazaro in, Paul, also a good looking dude and one who actually can sing, would still be there. At this point, Lazaro’s still there because of those who will cast endless votes because “someone,” be it Jimmy or the judges, says something negative about him. Of course, the same individuals would probably cast the same endless votes when Jimmy and/or the judges cast praise.

      **
      Once the judges put him into live rounds for, perhaps, either admirable or legitimate reasons (or both), there would be a group who would back him, despite the obvious signals the rest of us recognize.

  39. Christy says:

    Unlike most of the others here, I am perfectly fine with Paul going home. He bores me to tears, is far too theatrical and affected, his falsetto was *ghastly* last night and his defense of his performance sounded catty and quite pretentious! He also seems to suffer from an identity disorder. A male Taylor Swift? REALLY? He doesn’t sound country at all nor does he have the sound that’s going to appeal to a country audience. He was utterly hopeless, sorry! Yes, Lazaro sounded worse, but we all knew that when he shed those tears he wasn’t going anywhere. That cry baby routine is only going to last so long when people tire of seeing an adult man behaving just like a toddler. However, I find him more entertaining than Paul so I didn’t care. Poor Amber, though! That was actually my favorite performance of the entire night so I wasn’t happy to see her near the bottom.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Agreed. See ya, Paul. I don’t care. He was awful. That is why Nigel made sure he was picked. A male Taylor Swift. Why didn’t he feel stupid saying that? He has talent, but he needs A LOT of work.

  40. debba says:

    so Laz lives to sing another week- I feel bad he’s having a rough time, but HE IS NOT READY for this. Cree or Candice deserve to win, others are nice enough, but just okay… or just too green to win.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I agree. Too green, too everything. I just wish he would give one great performance. Heck, I’d settle for mediocre at this point. He just looks so defeated when he should be the happiest dude on the planet. I mean people love him on a singing show that he clearly isn’t ready to sing well on.

  41. bbl says:

    Jessica!!! Totally fan-girling right now but I don’t care, that was a whole lotta awesome.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      This. If that song doesn’t nice and pretty on the Billboard chart then our music system is even more broken than I fear.

  42. mnsnowdance says:

    Casey’s performance was excellent – but I must admit with his beard his look reminds me of the cowardly Lion on the Wizard of Oz. But who cares what you look like when you can sing, scat and play bass like that. He looked very comfortable in his own skin – and he is talented beyond words (a musician’s musician for sure!).
    Jessica sounded very good – and yes, I do think she may have a hit on her hands with Tonight. Oh, and as long as were talking previous Idol contestants, sure hope they have Hailey Reinhart on a results show soon. She is still one of my favorite non-winners.
    Relieved to see Paul go home…think that was the right choice tonight America and judges. Not sure I could have sat through another Paul Jolley performance. Amber being in the bottom 3 is just WRONG. Probably due to wrong song choice (a difficult one to sing for sure). I liked it, but it was not memorable enough for the young crowd, and that is not a very well known Beatle’s tune. I do find it difficult to believe that there are (young) people that are striving singers that don’t know the classic Beatles tunes – really? – how can that be?

    • willgold22 says:

      Yeah between whatever was growing on his face and his weird facial contortions he was unpleasant to watch, so I stopped looking at the screen and was surprised that I then actually enjoyed his performance somewhat, although in general jazz (if that’s what it is) doesn’t really appeal to me. He definitely should be heard and not seen.

      • willgold22 says:

        Sorry I should have clarified that I was talking about Casey in my reply, though I guess it’s kind of obvious.

  43. Teeny Bikini says:

    It’s crazy not to know “Let It Be.” That song is everywhere. I lost a little respect for Burnell, even though I love his tone. Knowing your craft also means studying it.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I’m a bit surprised Burnell never sang it in church. A lot of Christians sing “Let it Be” and change the lyric “Mother Mary comes to me” to “Blessed Jesus comes to me”, even though I think Paul was writing/singing about his mother, not the Virgin Mary.

  44. LeahKittyS says:

    Hey, guys, who wants to play “Conspiracy Theories” with me?

    1. Jimmy is accusing Kree of over-singing so the audience will come to her defense and vote hard for her. Her fans, and us nuts who post on blogs like this, know the truth.

    2. A possible explanation as to why Paul went tonight and not Lazaro: yes, the pity vote was a major factor. But it could also be “the gay factor.” Paul has been seen in pictures online with a cutie who is believed to be his boyfriend back home. And since Paul doesn’t have the vocal prowess of Clay Aiken or Adam Lambert, his cuteness wasn’t enough to save him from judgmental voters. Granted, Lazaro combines Blaine Anderson’s fashion with Kurt Hummel’s hairstyle every week, but he’s never been shown in a picture looking affectionate with another man back home.

    Thoughts, anyone? Am I being ridiculous?

    • Joe says:

      Leah-I agree with your Conspiracy Theory re: Kree. I don’t know if it’s exactly for the reasons you’re saying though. They honestly could prefer Janelle over her and are trying to find ways to criticize Kree and bring her down. I’m not sure they need to mobilize the vote for her with shenanigans. As for Paul, I think they cast him intentionally because he had Idol looks but clearly played for the other team. They don’t want a male winner and I think the conspiracy I have had re: him & frankly Devin is they cast men who women clearly weren’t going to get hot and steamy over so a guy would not win. Paul looked like he came from the Idol factory only when you open the package, no pun intended, there’s a note that says “oh, by the way he probably likes boys”. This is why I prefer The Voice to Idol. If a contestant is gay on The Voice it’s not a big deal and doesn’t seem to hinder them like it does on Idol which just feels very parochial at the end of the day.

    • seattlejohn449 says:

      as a gay guy I don’t think contestants giving off gay vibes is a vote-killer…my pet theory is the tweens are attracted to that because it is sexually neutral and therefore safe…IMO Lazaro and Devin set off my gaydar as much as Paul and while they are all sorta technically cute I don’t find any of them sexually attractive…Burnell has a lot more sex appeal than all three of them combined and he seems totally oblivious to trying to project any kind of sexy vibe

  45. Guitar Blue says:

    Lazaro’s supporters doubled their voting efforts last night, due to the Judges bashing. ……

    Devin’s rooster-comb hairstyle isn’t impressing the over-35 voters, even though he is a fairly good singer. ……

    Amber still seems a little novice compared to the other girls, although she has some potential down the road perhaps — she is now in competition with Burnell and Devin to avoid the bottom three. I picked paul for elimination in our pool this week, so far, so good……………………………………

    Lazaro is the wild card for top 5 or immediate elimination next week — if the Judges bash him again, it could easily backfire. It’s more about popularity at this point, than singing skills.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Devin looks like Pee-Wee Herman with blond hair.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Blond? Devin looks like a redhead to me. But maybe that’s just because he reminds me of Tintin.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Kind of a strawberry blond.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            It’s funny; I have the same situation with my boyfriend. I think he’s blond, but my parents insist he’s a redhead. I settle for strawberry blond.

          • John says:

            Everyone else in his family had dark hair in their video. My gut tells me he’s bleached it.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            So he wouldn’t look like Pee-Wee Herman!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            @ John Not necessarily. Those siblings may have been the stepfather’s kids. Devin never knew his real father; perhaps he was light haired. In that case, his mother would be carrying a blond or red gene.

  46. teatime says:

    Good questions. Here’s my 2 cents:
    1. You’re all not going to like this, but the comments about Kree seem to be aimed at limiting her appeal. He is critiquing her as ‘over singing’ when 3 of the other 4 girls ‘over sing’ more than she does. It sounds like he is trying to dampen the enthusiasm for her and give the audience a negative to label her with. OR they want to give her a story arc of ‘improving’ over the season and some week they will praise her for perfecting her technique.
    2. I think Paul went home because they gave him another luke-warm review this week without going OTT rude to him. Meanwhile they put Devin second to the last this week and said some nice things about him. Paul was third from the bottom last week so they really just needed for Devin to get more votes relative to him this week.

    • willgold22 says:

      If Jimmy wants to give the audience “a negative to label her with,” why not give her one that makes sense? Like saying she’s dull, or lacks charisma, or her style is “sleepy,” none of which I agree with but could at least be debated, while this “oversinging” nonsense is just the opposite of what she actually does. And I would like to think any sentient viewer realizes that.

    • Guitar Blue says:

      Behind Iovine’s comments and “mentoring” advise — there’s an eye on who Interscope Records, and their associated labels – wants to invest the winners contract in. ————————-

      He’s not always right, as the list of signed-released-bombed artists shows — but he’s a mega multi-million net worth exec — that promotes em while they’re hot from the exposure of the show, then cut’s em at the first sign of slow-down.

  47. Var says:

    I have the perfect song for Burnell: “Too late to turn back now” by The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose. Check it out on YouTube.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      An oldie but goodie from the 70s.

      • Amy says:

        …but then I’m envisioning one of those frustrating “talk out both sides your mouth” critiques for Burnell, (like several for Joshua Ledet last season), where they’ve given them and old fashioned theme, then they tell him, “it was good but a little too old fashioned for you.”
        Btw…I’m loving me some Burnell right about now. I liked him before, and agreed with all the talk about his distinct, and “honey” tone…but with “Let It Be” (one of MY favorite, (Keith!), Beatle songs)…I fell in love with listening to him. He did it exactly right…just enough restraint, personalization but without straying too far from the core integrity of the song. I liked it more as I rewound, and it stayed in my head for a while after. I will purchase that.

        • Amy says:

          and btw, on that note of “personalizing but not straying to far from the core integrity of the song”…that is where I feel both Angie and Devon went way wrong for me last night and fell flat. And Angie’s interpretation had the added turn-off of being way too theatrical. Like putting a spoiler on an Mercedes SL500…”Yesterday” is made less, not more, with gaudy embellishment.

          • John says:

            I’ve said it before …. “Angie’s practicing in front of a mirror way too much.” Every glance, every head movement, every hand gesture … totally staged.

    • marie says:

      That would be delicious!

  48. Guitar Blue says:

    Also, if anyone wondered how Jessica scored a spot on the show with Jimmy’s friend Ne-yo — she is also signed with Interscope Records. Casey is with Concord Records, but some type of reciprocal arrangements are common.

  49. Douglas says:

    Who cares what jimmy thinks?

    Clearly no one

    He gets the same number of votes as I do…

  50. Tahoe Mike says:

    Jimmy Iovine is my hero tonight!!
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    Jessica Sanchez still sucks and still can’t pick a song.
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    Amber should never have been in the bottom half.
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    Hey Hey, Yo Yo, LAZARO HAS GOT TO GO!