American Idol Recap: Boy George, I Think (Some of 'Em) Have Got It!

Picture it: Germany, 1989. (Yes, the first four words of this American Idol recap are inspired by The Golden Girls‘ incomparable Sophia Petrillo.)

Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff is performing a partial striptease in the one country that’s embraced his pop-star aspirations as warmly as they’ve accepted sauerkraut and spätzle on their dinner tables. He’s shaking what his mama gave him and belting some of the decade’s biggest hits: “Walking on Sunshine.” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” “Let’s Dance.”

Except, hold up, it’s actually 2015 and we’re on a Los Angeles soundstage for Idol‘s Top 11 (Redux) Performance Night. Here, apparently, the show’s producers have decided to administer a stern test of the Idoloonie Nation’s loyalty: Will they endure a full 15 minutes of being force-fed off-brand, processed cheese — did I mention a turgid group performance of “Karma Chameleon” by the Top 11 follows the gasping medley by The Hoff? — or finally give up and say “Y’know what? I’m gonna Netflix some Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt right about now.”

MB2_9124_hires1That’s a damn shame, actually, seeing how there are at least a half-dozen kids with major hit-making potential left in the Season 14 race (even if, alas, not all of ’em definitively proved it this week). I mean, doesn’t executive producer Per Blankens realize that the only reason viewers still flock to this show is to catch a glimpse of a star being born? An extra 10 minutes of contestant performances — or even footage of rehearsal sessions with very astute mentor Boy George — would’ve been far more entertaining.

Would How to Get Away With Murder deprive us of Viola Davis for a full quarter of an episode? (No!) Would The Big Bang Theory skimp on the Sheldon? (Hell, no!) Would Empire let Boo-Boo Kitty kill off Cookie Lyon? (Just let Fake-Ass Lena Horne try it!)

OK, OK… I might be on a tangent. But before I jump into a discussion of this week’s performances, let’s cut to the double elimination based on last week’s votes (and revealed at the end of the episode):

BOTTOM THREE
Rayvon Owen
Maddie Walker
Adanna Duru

ELIMINATED
Maddie Walker
Adanna Duru

Oh, Maddie, how I wish you’d waited three more years to audition! And oh, Adanna, how I wish you hadn’t got stuck with the kicking-off-the-episode death slot last week: Despite your untimely exit, you earn the Haley Reinhart Plucky Underdog Trophy of Season 14. May you place it on your mantle with pride.

And now, as you process the fact that more people wanted to hear Daniel Seavey grab the mic than Adanna Duru (who was supposed to cover “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” dammit!), let me get on with my letter grades and reviews for this week’s performances:

MB2_9263_hires1Daniel Seavey – “You Make My Dreams” — Grade: D+ | It’s hard not to be a little angry about Daniel outlasting vastly superior vocalists like Sarina-Joi, Adanna and Savion, but let’s be honest: We really can’t direct our bad vibes at a 15-year-old high-school talent show entrant who, unfortunately, has wandered onto a stage in front of 12 million viewers, right? In the tiny auditorium of a public high school, we’d easily forgive his ever-present “whoa! I’m here!” grin, his disappearing upper register, his hinky choreography (what was that legs akimbo move?) and even his forgotten lyrics heading into the second verse (that went totally unnoticed by the judges). So today, I’ll direct my rage at Keith’s “I’m glad you’re still here” commentary, at J.Lo’s “You did really, really well,” and Harry’s “the vocal was pretty good.” To quote Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Coven, “LIIIIIIIIIIIES!”

Quentin Alexander – “In the Air Tonight” — Grade: A- | Harry had a point when he told Quentin that an Idol contestant cannot survive on moody, down-tempo jams alone. Nevertheless, I love that Quentin seems to completely sink into whatever lyric he’s delivering — both vocally and from a staging standpoint (the dramatic blue lighting and “seated on a stump” was a little Adam Lambert/”Mad World,” no?). There’s menace and mourning in Phil Collins’ enigmatic lyric, and Quentin brought all those emotions to the surface, especially with the eerie tweaks he made to the melody. OK, maybe two or three of the “tweaks” were just missed notes — it’s hard to tell sometimes! But then I got hypnotized by the fuzzy grey collar of Quentin’s jacket — which contained more fabric than J.Lo’s last three live-show outfits combined! — and I was like, “No, actually, this vocal is totally working for me!”

MB2_9397_hires1Joey Cook – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” — Grade: C | Oh dear. Melinda Doolittle and I ended last week’s installment of Reality Check (embedded below) fretting that our saying out loud how Joey had never had a bad song choice would somehow doom her to doing exactly that. And while J.Lo was right that Cyndi Lauper’s breakout hit didn’t really suit Joey’s vocal tone, that was just one of a multitude of problems for the unlikely front-runner. Joey’s intermittent side-to-side jumping — which, I suppose, might fall under the most liberal definition of “dancing” — seemed to throw off her usually solid sense of pitch, and her self-described “Madonna in space” outfit was far too costume-party literal (and a huge step back from last week’s quirky-chic ensemble). Is it worth mentioning the unpleasantly frenetic pace of the arrangement? Or the way Joey seemed to accidentally come in with “they just wanna, they just wanna” in the middle of the “that’s all they really waaa-aaant” refrain? (Yes, it is, mainly because the judges didn’t bother.) I’m just hoping that Joey’s prior performances have given her a big enough fan base to survive a single bad week… because honestly, if she winds up at No. 9, I might be dialing 9-1-1 and reporting a felony robbery.

MB2_9506_hires1Tyanna Jones – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” — Grade: B- | Scott Borchetta’s brief mentoring sessions have definitely been more insightful than Randy Jackson’s blah-blah-blahing in Season 13. But why didn’t he try to sway Tyanna away from the night’s least inspired song choice — a jam that’s simply too anchored in time to sound fresh, even with a weird EDM beat thrown underneath it? The opening verse came in a little too low for Tyanna’s range, too — resulting in some unfortunate flat notes — and there were pitch issues when she ad-libbed on the bridge, too. Lucky for Tyanna, though, she landed the vote-activating holleration of the final chorus. So while this probably didn’t add any newcomers to her bandwagon, it ought to be more than enough to keep her out of hot water next week, too.

MB2_9613_hires1Jax – “You Give Love a Bad Name” — Grade: B+ | Whether you loved or loathed Jax’s reworking of Bon Jovi’s hair-rock anthem, you’ve got to give her an “A” for the audacity of her arrangement, which was almost as weird and wonderful as Blake Lewis’ utterly epic Season 6 reimagining. OK, perhaps the vocal got a weeeee bit garbled toward the end of the dramatic “no one can save me!” breakdown, but for the most part, I thought her lilting instrument was completely in tune, and able to explore new and haunting little crevices of a threadbare melody. And the piano-bench kickdown and one-handed piano-playing that closed the number placed this one firmly near the top of the pack for this week. If she keeps this up, I’m gonna be painting a tiny sparkly X on my right temple by mid-April!

Nick Fradiani – “Man in the Mirror” — Grade: B+ | I could go on a rant about how contestants reeeeealllly need to study their reality singing competition history — and try to avoid jams like “Man in the Mirror” that have been covered umpteen times on Idol and The Voice (and especially in excellent fashion by winners like Kris Allen and Javier Colon). But because I don’t want to be the literal embodiment of the definition of insanity, I’ll critique Nick’s performance on its own merits: Sure, the opening verse started a little tentatively, but once dude got off his stool and physically committed to the music, Nick proved he can crescendo with the best of ’em. Indeed, the raggedy, rapid-fire wordplay of “You gotta get it right, while you got the time/ You can’t close your, your mind!” was the most emotional (and genuinely exciting) that Nick’s been all season. Keep it up, man — the more contenders the better!

MB2_9925_hires1Clark Beckham – “Every Breath You Take” — Grade: A- | Like Alex Preston’s Season 13 low-point, Clark’s “Every Breath You Take” cover didn’t embody the stalker-y spirit of the lyrics or give me nightmares about that creepy-ass CBS procedural I continue to DVR for no good reason. But unlike Alex, Clark found an approach to the ballad that felt deeply and beautifully realized — his sparse, piano-driven arrangement exposing the heart of a dude in a state of utter heartbreak. The way Clark clipped the ends of certain phrases, the little breaths he took in his phrasing, the strain at the top of his register on “baby, baby, baby pleeease” — they were perfect imperfections that helped him tell a real story. I’d still like Clark to give a little more emotion in his face — sometimes he goes so inward that I find myself focusing on questions like “should he have had his barber trim the back of his neck this morning?” — but he still gets my nod as the performance of the night.

Qaasim Middleton – “Addicted to Love” — Grade: C | If Qaasim’s stated goal this week was to dial back on the crazy showmanship and prove his gifts as a vocalist, then why why why why whyyyyyy choose the not-terribly-range-y “Addicted to Love” — and then deliver it with not a stitch of uniqueness or personal flair? Oh, OK, I guess some of the hiccup-y sounds and attempted falsetto weren’t in Robert Palmer’s original, but on the flip side, one should not take liberties with a jam that one is incapable of executing! By the final third of the song, it sounded like last week’s recipient of the Judges’ Save was operating without any kind of road map — and the unpleasant sounds spilling forth from his mouth made me wonder if this was a matter of being under-rehearsed or a fundamental miscalculation of his capability-to-ambition ratio.

MB2_0168_hires1Rayvon Owen – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” — Grade: B- | First, the bad news: Rayvon’s rehearsal package — in which he was made to look not entirely enthused with Boy George’s mentoring — is not the kind of edit you want to get when you’re part of the season’s first official Bottom 3. And, somewhat surprisingly, the final third of his performance — as he dug deep in a clear attempt to give himself an Idol Moment (TM) and restore his competitive fortunes — found him veering off pitch. The good news, however, is that the opening two-thirds of this cover not only sounded lovely, but found the handsome, hat-wearing fella delivering a lyric like it actually meant something to him (a nice change of pace off the one-two punch of “Burn” and “Stayin’ Alive”). The guy’s tone remains as rich and decadent as hotel room-service, but vulnerability and authenticity are a big part of the game, too. I’d have loved to hear the opening verse done completely a cappella — or with some sort of risky twist that reminded the audience that at his best, there aren’t many Season 14 hopefuls left who can match his actual vocal skill. But without that kind of game-changer, Rayvon’s game is likely to be over in the next two or three weeks.

Should Be Bottom 3: Daniel, Qaasim, Rayvon (Daniel going home)
Will Be Bottom 3: Daniel, Joey, Rayvon (Daniel going home)

On that note, I turn it over to you! What did you think of Top 9 performance night? Who were your faves? Who’s at risk? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments!


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471 Comments
  1. Daniel just keeps getting through and far superior people just keep going home. I fear this is gonna keep going and going. We only have 3 women left, luckily they represent the stronger half of the 9 people left, but it’s worrisome that he is still here. I think Quentin, Jax and Clark were the best of the night, but Tyanna rebounded from last week. Nick, Rayvon and Qaasim better figure things out soon because they each have had a lot of uneven performances at this point. It stinks Joey was off tonight, but she is still a top contender on the show.

    • Ethan says:

      Yeah if you liked Clark tonight, I seriously recommend checking out his EP on iTunes, he’s insanely talented.

      • Abe says:

        I agree. I bought both of his EP’s on iTunes. And they are really good. My two favorite songs off of them are Stay and Love’s Not Fair.

      • Tyler says:

        As someone said a few weeks ago, Clark is in a league of his own. I’m not sure what more the poor guy has to do to get an A from Slezak.

        • James T1SK says:

          I understand why he’s not getting an A (last week was close, maybe even should of been an A) but Sleazak gives A’s to those Idol Moments like Daughtry’s “Hemmorhage” or Adam’s “Mad World” or everyone on season 11 at once except Heejun, Shannon, and Holly. Most Idol moments don’t happen til later in so maybe something is just over the rainbow for one of our contestants

          • Carrie says:

            I would consider his performance last night “a moment” and definitely in a different league to everyone else – Quentin is a close second and he has more of a mesmerizing performance style – but last night Clark was so genuine and delivered that song from his soul. I don’t think he has a super expressive face – its all in his vocal chords. And I don’t mind that at all. Only one I had to rewind and watch. Solid A leaning towards an A+

            And: Can we please get Tyanna back on track? So much raw potential – I wonder if the Idol Machine is messing with her head too much.
            If Qaasim wanted to show his vocals he should have picked a mid tempo or ballad and really sing it. That made no sense to me.

            And now let’s leave it for the tweens to decide cause Sanja-Seevey does not appear to be going anywhere.

          • Luiz says:

            That’s right. Even though Clark was the best of the night in my opinion, that performance didn’t come even close to an Idol Moment. Last week’s felt more like it, but Idol Moments rarely appear before the Top 9 (mostly because you have to get to know the contestants before they can actually surprise you).

          • My last comment disappeared. I saw the article and they are adding the last minute “Twitter save” to the show next week? Like the voice has? West Coast cant even be a part of it because of the time difference. I dont like the twitter save and didnt like it when the voice added it!Are they doing it to keep Daniel in? Him and Jax have the most twitter followers?

          • Can someone tell me how to go about trying to be involved in the twitter save if you are west coast? There has to be a way! So when it airs east coast at 8, it is 5 o clock over here right? We dont even know if the twitter save is at the beginning of the show or at the end!What a mess! Its a mess on the voice too! I think Slezak lives on west coast? Maybe he could tell us how we can be involved in the twitter save somehow!

          • MAB says:

            Slezak lives in New Jersey. I think Jersey City.

          • Oh I always thought he was in California, I dont know why LOL MAB are you west coast? What do we do?

          • MAB says:

            LOL, no I live in New Jersey also but if I lived on the west coast I would be furious with this. I think it is a ploy to try and get people to watch live at least on the east coast which is more densely populated.

          • I remember Christy Grimmy kept getting through because of twitter save because she had tone of twitter followers and some better singers had to go home!

          • MAB says:

            Most of the time with the Twitter save they usually went home the next week. I think the only ones that lasted longer was Christine Grimmie and Chris last season. All it does is save someone who may have had the lowest vote get an extra week.

          • By the way saw the twitter save info on MJS BIB BLOG in case someone wants to check it out!

          • Just saw on Daniel Seaveys facebook that Carrie Underwood sent him a Special Gift and Card. He is so happy about that! I find it really heartwarming

        • Mary says:

          Clark is a really good singer, but that is about it. I get no emotion when he sings. How to say this, it is like paint by numbers. Yes he stays within the lines but you really get nothing out of it except a pretty picture. I am waiting for a wow moment from him. I guess for his singing it should maybe a A.

          • Tyler says:

            I dunno. I got a “wow” moment from Clark after he sang Man’s World.

          • joe privatez says:

            Also, I disagree with Harry; ‘Every Breath You Take” IS a ‘stalker’ song. Really disliked the arrangement. As much as I think Qaasim can’t sing I would go to his concert before Clark’s.

    • pl says:

      Idol should have another judge’s game changing feature like the save. But instead it should be a feature ,in which if all the judges agree that a contestant is not proving idol ready ( even if they’re getting viewer voted through somehow ), the judges could eliminate them.
      Qaasim and Daniel should have left tonight.
      Although, really none of the contestants gave great performances. IMO

      • pl says:

        But I did think Clark Beckham was the best tonight.

      • downtown says:

        Great idea. Along with the save the have a judges veto. One week, they say “You got it wrong, America”, and send someone else packing.

        • Brenda says:

          I agree! Judge’s veto — an idea whose time has come!

          • James T1SK says:

            I would agree but if we are trying to minimize the cruelty we already have with the “you made it now go sing” format, maybe this isn’t the answer

      • TD says:

        “Quaasim and Daniel should have left tonight.” Remember that those leaving are based on the PREVIOUS week’s performance, not the current night’s. Regardless of the judge’s save, Qaasim’s performance last week was worthy of being voted to perform this week. His performance this week was worthy of his being voted OFF next week. Daniel never gives a performance worthy of being voted to stay in the competition. He is this year’s Sanjaya/Lazaro.

      • shellybot says:

        The producers should do something similar to what is done on Top Chef, “Last Chance Kitchen”. The chefs voted off have another opportunity to rejoin the competition by beating out the voted off chefs in head to head battles. This could work for Idol and make the show a little less boring.

      • ROFL – that’s great. Yeah, the entire issue with the format is that it’s now a popularity contest. Yes, vocal talent gives poppularity, but it’s only one factor. Daniel will be a great singer in a few years. Right now, he’s a very talented karaoke singer.

    • OMG! Daniel made it through. Yay. He is totes adorbs and all my friends and peeps are power voting for him. He is sooo kewt!

    • romancy says:

      I agree with your comment but it seems as if we don’t agree with some and who they are voting for it then turn into an arguement. I love Daniel and my 13 years old daughter loves him to, but I don’t think he is a great singer to compete with the singers that are there. I wanted to see him in the top 24 but now that it is getting real serious I think it’s time he should go. This is American Idols and not a teenage talent show. I believe in being fair and real. My opinion is Daniel or Quaasim should go home next week.

      • Holly says:

        If this show was “fair and real” Daniel never would have been placed in the top 24! Many vastly superior male vocalists who are mature enough to compete at this level were turned away so Daniel could have a spot. What a shame.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          ^This. However, it seems to happen every year. I know the judges make mistakes but it should have been obvious Daniel wasn’t ready. I suspect the producers had something to do with Daniel getting through. It reminds me a lot of the year Lauren Alaina was pimped relentlessly and seemed to be on a fast track to the confetti shower (except Scotty McCreery won).
          While they aren’t visibly pimping Daniel the judges aren’t being honest about his performances, either.

    • Ginger Snap says:

      I’m ready to join the crowd. Vote for Daniel, your next American Idol!

      • James T1SK says:

        Hold your tongue

      • Mary says:

        Sadly it might just be that. Maybe then the producers will learn but I doubt it because they want good TV, unfortunately they are really pushing the patients of the die hard fans. They might lose even more of them.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I don’t expect Daniel to win, but ending up in fifth place wouldn’t surprise me.

        • Smokey says:

          I noticed last night that Two of Daniel’s songs have over 100,000 plays on YouTube..

          • Yikes. Though it doesn’t mean people watched because they LIKED it. They might have had morbid curiosity…like staring at a wreck.

            OK, I’ll be nice. He really does have talent, but not nearly enough years to be taken seriously. Give him 2 more years of work and he’ll be pretty solid. Buuuutt….tweenage girls have cell phones and find him cute. Sigh. It’s the problem with the show’s format.

      • Yaaaay Ginger Snap! The Daniel Kool-Aid is sweet and delicious.

    • Ok I just looked up the article and its true. We are going to have that damn twitter save to save contestants like on the voice! It starts next week and that means the ones with the most twitter followers will always be saved! Guess who has some of the most twitter followers? To be exact Jax and DANIEL! I didnt like the twitter save when they added it to the voice. If America already voted the night before why change it with a last minute twitter save? Why vote at all then? Ughh! Also once again west coast cant be involved because of the time difference, in that twitter save!

      • With the twitter save starting next week, I found an article on the amount of twitter followers for each contestant!
        Jax-33.5
        Daniel 31.5
        Clark 20.7
        Nick 16.8
        Rayvon 12.
        Joey 11.9
        Qaasim 9,473
        Quentin 7.451
        That is the order from top to bottom of twitter followers, so When they use the save starting next week Im very worried cause Quentin is my favorite! Jax and Daniel have the most followers!

        • Here is my thought! Not fair, so all we are voting for, the night before, is to get it to a bottom 3 AND THEN, only people with twitter accounts can decide further results and decide who goes home. It hits the younger demographic and kind of shuts out the older voters who dont mess with twitter. THIS CHANGES THE WHOLE GAME! And anyway, even if you have twitter and live on west coast,you cant participate,UNLESS they do it like they did on Rising Star! They let west coast vote to see if it would change east coast results!

        • Woops forgot Tyanna above on the amount of twitter followers. She is between Qaasim and Quentin with 8,055 followers!

      • Jill Moy says:

        BECCA,

        I left you comments on The Voice and A I on the last Voice blog! THANKS!

    • Jill Moy says:

      I think the show should cut to the chase and have a DANNY BOY VS. THE HOFF final!

  2. Michael, I’m the most optimistic but Daniel ain’t goin’ nowhere. We need to start preparing for this kid in the top 5.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      Sadly I think you are right and even more worrisome is because of that, someone like Joey on an off night might get sent home, I sure hope her fan base is strong enough to stop that from happening. On another note, the first 20 minutes of the show tonight, culminating with Daniel being saved and his “rubbernecking at the scene of an accident” performance was possibly the worse 20 minutes in the history of reality singing shows. David Hasselhoff ??? are you kidding me, who was the genius in production who thought that qualified as entertainment. Then on to the cheesy group number and then Daniel. I turned just in time to slap the razor blade away from my wife’s wrist before she starting slicing. It almost seems like they are purposely driving the show into an iceberg. WTF

      • MAB says:

        I’m worried too. I think Daniel is going a lot farther then we expect. I know Joey had an off night but she has started to build a pretty good fan base so I think she will be safe. I think Rayvon may be the next. On all the polls he is very low. I think he gets by by the skin of his teeth.

        • Awwww. Daniel said that he just wants make people happy. He is soooo kewt and totes adorbs. All my friends are power voting for Daniel. I think that old guy, Nick, needs to go next. If I wanted to watch boring old singers I would watch The Voice. Vote for Daniel everyone!

        • MAB Hi there! Did you hear at the very end of the show, while the credits were rolling that Ryan said they will have a new “TWITTER TWIST” next week? Im scared! Is that going to be like the twitter save on the voice? If so Daniel will be around forever because he has mega twitter followers! I dont find it fair on The Voice either because America already voted the night before and that twitter save at the last minute can change original results by America!

      • Mytake says:

        Haha perfectly stated!

      • janie gray says:

        im worried for joey talented girl but she was off tonight

      • Maryann says:

        I agree. The new producer is driving this show into the ground!!! I was always a fan and now I woud rather watch The Voice where incredible talent abounds and when you watch Idol u get Daniel who sounds like he could only win a high school talent show.If this keeps up , I am done. Even ryan Seacrest appears strained this season. I am sure he is thinking that he is hosting a sinking ship.

        • MC says:

          I sometimes wonder what Ryan is thinking during some of these episodes from this season. It’s especially troubling when some of their best singers from seasons 13 and 14 have departed much too soon. I’m very much convinced (at this point) that Sarina was the best pure vocalist of anyone in this group. My guess is that Clark will win because Tyanna has lost her mojo and the other performers are just too inconsistent. Clark has some impressive all-around skills and I think he would represent the show well.

          • karenb says:

            I wonder why Ryan was rocking the mustache last night. #notgood

          • jen mac says:

            I agree she had the vocal ability she should have been saved but i think the producers already know who they want to win. She was a threat so she had to go

        • T.B.Hammer says:

          A sinking ship?? How much does a pirate pay for earrings? A buck-an -ear ..

      • Kim says:

        LOL, great comments

      • T.B.Hammer says:

        It just shows how badly dated this show is getting.

        I have enjoyed Idol more than the Voice in the past, but times are changing and Idol is stuck.

        The Voice is now a better, more interesting, more progressive singing talent competition/Reality Show. Compare the guest mentors on The Voice with what has been seen on Idol so far.

        I know many people who used to love Idol, that have given up the past couple years – I still enjoy watching but it does seem like they make some very dumb choices in putting their top 24 together , then wild card choices and saves do nothing to create a high level talent pool.

        They get 2 to 4 good talents, the rest are just there for fodder . yet America has no choice but to attach themselves to some of these. It is a cold but true fact that some of these top 12, now 9, are not marketable talent and wont be heard of hardly at all after the season. Record producers will never sign them, they can only self-fund a record and hope to sell.

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          well said TB ,I am a lifelong Idol fan but after last nights debacle it is becoming increasingly hard to hang in there. Between the judges ridiculous comments after a performance as bad as Daniels, to shoving David effing Hasselhoff down our throats for 15 minutes, like I said in an earlier post it’s almost like the producers are purposely sabotaging the show. JMO but for me Joey seems marketable despite her off night last night, as long as she stays on the show I can remain interested.

        • DAG says:

          Why have guest mentors on Idol if we see so little of what they advise? Who cares about the Hoff an Salt-n-Pepa? I want to see our Idol contestants working with our Idol mentor and guest mentors. And, I want to see Idol Alumni performing. Not, washed up 80s Trivial Pursuit answers! I know we have pimp our Judges’ latest projects – isn’t that enough?

        • Wen says:

          You are right TB – how can Michael say that there are at least 6 of these contestants with
          major star potential?! I’m wondering if there is ONE!

          • James T1SK says:

            JAX, Clark, Joey, Tyanna, and Nick

          • James T1SK says:

            And Quentin

          • MC says:

            Agreed. I think two of the three best vocalists (Sarina and Adanna) have already gone home and Tyanna is really struggling right now. Clark is a fine musician and a decent vocalist. Nick did very well, but voter fatigue with that song really hurts him.

      • marie says:

        bobsaccamanna, you’ve saved me a lot of typing. I don’t like it, but I’m prepared to see Daniel sticking around for quite some time. And for heaven’s sake, WHY did I have to suffer through David Hasselhof? What WAS that? That COULDN’T have been serious! That WAS intended as some kind of ill-conceived parody that fell flat, right? Ugh!

      • James T1SK says:

        Maybe that huge 20 minute trainwreck is just what Idol needed to finally get rid of Daniel.. Ójala

      • Mary says:

        Maybe they wanted to contestants to look good because next to him, wow. I can say I got a good laugh out of it. What irks me the most is, and I know it is all new behind the scenes, but how many idols have gone through there and heaven forbid they have maybe a few of them come back and sing songs from the themes for the week or maybe if they have a record sing one of their songs even if it wasn’t a chart hit. Support your own.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        bobsaccamanna, you said a mouthful. Or wrote a mouthful as it is. What in the world were they thinking making us endure David Hasselhoff? I guess the Germans liked him because his name is German. I have NO idea. He sounded dreadful.
        And why was the group number so tepid? There was no life whatsoever in Karma Chameleon. And you know who sounded the best to me on that song? Qassim! Or Qaasim! or however you spell his name.
        By and large i think the judging has been decent this year but why are they giving Daniel a pass? It’s frustrating!

        • Mary says:

          They are given him a pass because if they are mean people will just vote harder. How can they critique a 15 year old without coming off harsh. The producers put him in so unfortunately they have to deal with the fallout. We have to hope that his home state that is behind him have a power failure and can’t vote. Maybe given the death spot last night might help, we can only prayer.

          • Mary says:

            ^pray^

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I recall the judges being at least tough on Alison Iraheta when it was necessary and even when it wasn’t! They at least need to give constructive criticism.

          • Mary says:

            I agree but different era and different judges. Allison was more mature than Daniel is and lets face it no matter what they say to him he won’t be able to improve so they figure why waste their breath.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Good point.

          • James T1SK says:

            I agree. This year the young ones are Tyanna and Daniel. Tyanna has the abolity to improve upon critiques so they give them to her. Daniel isn’t going to improve so they don’t waste their breath. Simon back in Allison’s season was mean to almost everyone so it wouldn’t be shocking if he was harsh (plus his harshness did garner sympathy votes for ppl too) but really this year there is just Harry, and The producers are trying to paint him a comedic when he is actually serious so what can you do(get rid of Keith Urban… who said that)

          • MAB says:

            I agree with everything you said and was going to say the same thing.

        • McFudge says:

          They needn’t come off sounding nasty to wee Daniel. “Daniel, unfortunately, you have had consistent pitch problems and you will need to work on that with your coaches in rehearsal.” Daniel, you need to work on your breathing so you stay on pitch and don’t lose your high notes.””Daniel, your facial expressions don’t always match the lyrics.” “Daniel, you looked uncomfortable moving around the stage tonight.” “Daniel, I don’t feel you really communicated your interpretation of the lyrics to this song. We’ve said it to other contestants and I’ll say it to you: dig deeper.” “Daniel, that was a good recovery after you forgot the lyrics.”

          What to leave out: “Daniel, that was a really good vocal for you.” Daniel, I’m glad you’re still here.” “Daniel, you’re so cute I could just squeeze you.”

      • Alan Dvorkis says:

        I try not to think that Riley could have come into his own. He showed more ability than 80% of all that try. I am not a country fan, but the kid had something special. His voice was from a different place than all others. I understand Daniel getting votes. I even smiled when he took the stage with a very cool outfit. The smile turned to a frown when he opened his mouth. The problem with Daniel is that we do not get Riley.I know people say they are trying the patience of long time idol regulars, however they forget that they keep those that vote weekly for Daniel. If those extra viewers allow the show to continue, then keep smiling Daniel. He does have an infectious energy, even though he cant sing a note.

      • Jennie Doll says:

        Daniel should stick to finger painting.

    • Christine says:

      I’m afraid, very afraid, that you’re right.

    • Craig says:

      I think Daniel and Clark are the only two Idols charting on the iTunes Top 1000 right now!

      • lorie says:

        Do they sell their songs on iTunes?

      • Yay for Daniel! He is soooo kewt, I will buy every song of his on ITunes,

        • Scott says:

          Lol, Daniel is Bae, you are funny!

        • marie says:

          Daniel Is Bae, you’re considerably more entertaining than the young man himself, and much more the breath of fresh air as well. Keep posting!

        • Yes a breathe of fresh air! Yer cute!

          • HEY! Did anyone else hear, at the very end of the show, that Ryan said that next week they have a” twitter twist”? Holy Cra**. Does that mean that they are going to do that last minute twitter save like the voice does? Now Ryan said this as the credits were rolling so some of you may not have heard it and Slezak didnt mention it, so maybe he missed that comment Ryan made also! I really hope they dont do that. I find the twitter save unfair on the voice! If you taped it on DVR, rewind and listen while the credits are rolling. Im positive that is what he said and Daniel will benefit from the “twitter twist” every time.

          • MAB says:

            Yep, Becca, I heard it and I think it maybe what they do on The Voice which I don’t like either. It is not fair to the West Coast and if you don’t have a Twitter account you are out of luck. You are right too about Daniel, most kids have Twitter accounts. The last thing Ryan said is the power is put in our hands. We will probably chose between the bottom two.

        • Jill Moy says:

          He’s SO KEWT???? It’s people like you that are keeping this untalented kid in this! Grow up! The kid has no voice and never will! I would prefer to listen to Kitts owner than this kid ANYTIME! Compared to DANNY BOY, LAZ AND SANJ WERE BRILLIANT!

    • Ginger Snap says:

      Cy, I was thinking the same thing. Daniel will make the top 5.

  3. S. says:

    I don’t think anybody deserves an A- or higher tonight. The whole night was B and below for me. Clark was so vanilla and he could really take it if he just had more personality. As for Joey, I’m hearing the thing Harry wasn’t mentioning was that Joey was in her head apparently because she just had a friend die in a plane crash. The friend’s mom was on the flight too. I hope that’s not what sends her home. I think it more than explains how off she was and the mentoring felt strange for that song. How you’re supposed keep it uptempo and have quieter moments at the same time I dunno. Either she needed to sing the ballad version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” or she needed to do “True Colors” or “Time After Time.”

    • Runner says:

      Agree. Most of the grades were at least a letter grade too high.

      • Gerraa says:

        You are just way too cynical.

          • Tyler says:

            No. No. No to True Colors and Time After Time. The 80s had arguably the most creative and diverse music in the last 60 years, and most of the songs tonight were poor representations of that decade. I mean, You Make My Dreams, I Just Wanna Dance With Somebody, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Man In The Mirror, Addicted To Love?! I’m surprised no one did Borderline, Walk Like An Egyptian or Dancing Queen. I was hoping Clark would’ve done Wishing Well. Quentin would’ve done anything from Joshua Tree. Somebody doing an REM, The Cure, New Order song. I’m surprised no one did a Prince song. Or something from the Eurythmics.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Dancing Queen is from the 70s. :-)

          • MC says:

            I’m in the minority on this one, but I had no problem with the songs chosen for Wednesday. The great (yes, I said great) thing about all those songs is they were written to showcase a singer’s voice. I don’t mean for just one verse. I mean the entire song is dependent on the vocalist making it work. You can’t hide behind techno beats or hip hop beats; your voice is front and center for the entire song. Are these songs overly familiar? Yes, but songwriting in the seventies and eighties was all about showcasing the vocals of the singers. These songs may not be flashy, but they really work for a singing/talent show because you always have to bring your “A” game.

        • Wen says:

          No – not too cynical. The show is so much worse than it used to be. Last week’s group number was just as lifeless as this one.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      I thought exactly the same thing, the other two Cyndi Lauper songs were much better suited for Joey. And you may be right about the plane crash, the two US victims were from Virginia and so is Joey, and I think one of the two was a musician.

    • Gerraa says:

      You are just too negative. You probably think The Voice is amazing.

      • Kaba says:

        In comparison to this tonight? The Voice was amazing this week.

        • Gerraa says:

          It wasn’t bad at all. ALL of them have to give A+ perfect performances for you to be satisfied. You really think Hannah, Blaze, or Deanna were good?

          • Kaba says:

            Now you’re just putting words into my mouth.
            Good performances that were better than all of tonight:
            Koryn
            Kimberly
            Mia Z
            Sawyer
            Sonic
            Nathan
            CKW
            Deanna
            Ashley.
            Hell, even Hannah was better than nearly 70% of tonight.

          • Kaba says:

            *and Meghan Linsey

          • Gerraa says:

            @Kaba LOL no they weren’t. Now you look like a biased Voice fan. You think they were better just because they were on The Voice. Deanna sucked, CKW wasn’t as good as Clark, Ashley wasn’t as good as Quentin, Nathan wasn’t as good as Nick or Jax. You are just being a jerk now.

          • Kaba says:

            Can’t the same argument be made you’re just more biased to this show? Especially since it’s not like you’ve got some rally of people agreeing with you?
            But whatever, I’m not really here to argue with someone who won’t accept facts.

          • Gerraa says:

            Lol it’s only the knock outs of the Voice anyway. Maybe you should wait to compare once they get to the live rounds(where it usually starts to go downhill). The House of Blues would be a better comparison. And that was way better than The Voice.

          • Kaba says:

            *thumbs up*

          • Gerraa says:

            And Kaba, I don’t see a rally of people agreeing with you either. Just one or two voice fans/idol haters.

          • Kaba says:

            That’s 2 more than your none.
            Does it even matter? It’s only a matter of time until you accuse them of all being me under different names.

          • Temperance says:

            Kaba – no way. Mia fuddled her beginning, but was otherwise an A. Sonic was an A-. Sawyer was awesome, but too untrained to be in the A category. The rest of the Voice crew were B’s (or less).

          • Gerraa says:

            Oh look Kaba, you said nobody agreed with me.

          • Scott says:

            Sorry, I know this is an Idol board, but why do you think Michelle sucked? Im just curious, I loved Michelle. She was original and showcased alot of versatility.

          • Wen says:

            You’re calling someone a “jerk” because they like The Voice more than Idol. Think about how ridiculous that is. Your opinion doesn’t hold more weight than another person! And, by the way, I also think any of those Voice contestants sing rings around any of the Idol kids. Now, go ahead and call me a jerk because that is expected….

        • Gerraa says:

          The Voice feels like a cheap version of idol. Nobody is that great this year or better than Clark.

          • Kaba says:

            Nobody is great this year or better than Clark?
            I don’t need to take you seriously anymore. Good night lol.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            seek help Gerraa

          • Gerraa says:

            Maybe you should stop being a biased fan of The Voice. Name one from this season who is better.

          • Chris C says:

            “Cheap version of idol.” That’s why Idol has more ratings? LOL. “Nobody is that great this year.” Koryn, Kimberely, Mia Z, Sawyer, Sonic, Nathan, Caitlin, Deanna(WHO I LOVED SO Don’t see what you don’t like about her), Meghan, Sarah, and even Nathan Was better than the majority of tonights show. And we haven’t even seen Lowell, Treeva, India, Tonya or Brooke yet this round. This season of The Voice is Fantastic. So whatever you say. “Nobody is better than Clark.” India, Kimberely, Mia, Sawyer, Meghan, DEANNA, etc. I completely agree with Kaba. The Voice was WAAAAAAY BETTER.

          • Kaba says:

            Chris, no need to argue. This isn’t a fight where a fan of the Voice can win.
            I like both shows, but right now the Voice is showing much more promise.
            The show rarely tanks during the live rounds so I’m not concerned with what comes during the live weeks in comparison. overall the Voice performances have had more of my attention, to each their own. Don’t bother arguing. This week of AI, though, was not the strongest.

          • Chris C says:

            Kaba I completely agree with you and I am done auguring. I guess some people can see that facts and some can’t.

          • Gerraa says:

            Lol Chris C, come back to me when The Voice gets number 1 with 20-30 million viewers. And the ratings last night dipped into the 2s! LOL. Treeva is terrible, I can’t believe you like her. And none of those people are as good as say Sarina, Clark, Jax, Quentin, Tyanna, Joey, etc. if all of those contestants were on The Voice(aka the flop) you would think they were amazing. Kimberly is no better than how Sarina was until her last performance. Joey has had way better performances than Deanna, Sawyer, Corey, Sonic, etc. Koryn isn’t as good as Clark.

          • Gerraa says:

            Oh come on Chris, facts? Those are more like opinioms. And Kaba, the Voice contestants always tank in the lives. Remember Bria? Almost all of Season 7?

          • Kaba says:

            Yes, I remember Bria.
            I also remember Josh, Grimmie, Kat Perkins, Kristen M, SISAUNDRA, and some others.
            Not arguing on 7, was bad until close to the finale. Other seasons? Totally fine.

          • Gerraa says:

            Kaba- seasons 2 and 4 they all tanked also. Jermaine was the worst winner, Raelyn was terrible, etc. In 4 they were all country along with the overrated Michelle. Season 6 wasn’t good either. The Voice has created zero stars.

          • Kaba says:

            ‘Overrated Michelle’
            I said I wouldn’t respond…but Lord how blasphemous.
            I’ve got to say, you’ve just proven you’re not just incorrect. You’re actually just an absolute incomprehensible idiot.
            How does it feel to be able to count your brain cells on your one hand?
            Like…you’re a special, special breed of stupid.
            All you’ve said up to now has just been rendered useless because you’ve proven you’re just a moron.
            Don’t respond, I know it hurts to think.

          • Gerraa says:

            Yes Kaba, Michelle sucked. Hate my opinion? Then suck it.

          • Viajero says:

            Gerrea: You must be joking. Clark would only have a chance of making it past the playoffs on this season of The Voice if he were on Adam’s Team.

          • Tyler says:

            @Viajero: I’m not taking sides, but c’mon. Get real. Clark not making it past the playoffs?! Listen, if Nathan could make it to the lives–then I’m pretty sure Clark would’ve done it too. Let’s not get carried away. As far as I’m concerned, I think Clark is even better than Sawyer. And thus far–I think he has a wider range than Kimberly.

        • I watch both Idol and the Voice and I will say one thing. D. Seavy would have never gotten a chair to turn. With so many good songs in the 80′ only few sang worthy ones

          • Jill Moy says:

            Daniel wouldn’t get a chair turn if there were a Grammar School Voice and DANNY BOY competed with 8 year olds! He is 10 times worse than Sanj. and Laz.!

          • Jill, that was a good one. “Danny boy” Now that is a hard song to sing!

          • Heres what I think! Idol has been around longer, but i think its a young version of raw talent, but good! The singers are kids that have never performed before and sing in their bedroom or basement, some have never sang in front of people. And then the voice is, I think, the talent show where they actually hunt for people that have already had failed record deals, or more experienced at performing! But wait! Not all, because Daniel Bradbury had never performed and Sawyer performed only at small farm fairs. His airplane flight was his first ever! I love both shows and I am so glad they are different from each other!

          • I also love both shows and they both have pros and cons. Sawyer is a gem and so is Mia Z. and Koryn The Voice has no age limit yet they find experienced and raw talent just like Idol.where there is an age limit yet Idol finds teen talent as well like Tyanna and Jax. Glad too there are both shows Aloha

          • Yes I am glad both shows are on, and im glad they have different ways of doing things. The only thing I really hate is the twitter save which is now on both shows!

          • Oh thanks I forgot about that. Hate the twitter save as well

        • chris says:

          I would like to make a polite plea that The Voice watchers reserve their comments about that show for the Comments section about that show. I’d like to read your opinions about AI performances here.

          • Puchinsmom says:

            I second that. Thanks.

          • MAB says:

            Thank you. I am so sick of Posters bringing up The Voice being better on an Idol blog. It’s like a bunch of kids saying I’m better than you, na, na, na. The two show are like apples and oranges and both have their good and bad points. The only thing they have in common is they are both singing competitions. One has mentors and the other has judges. There are problems with the format of both shows. Enough already.

          • I am fans of both shows and of the TVline site. I think I am allowed to comment on both shows just as MS does. Sometimes I am more into Idol and sometimes the Voice. It depends on the talent. I used to be a fan of the Xfactor which produced stars though I didn’t like the format. Can’t we all be friends lol

      • Chris C says:

        If you didn’t think The Voice was amazing this week compared to tonight then somethings wrong. Tonight was Awful. This Week of The Voice was amazing.

        • Gerraa says:

          Oh look, another biased Voice fan. How was tonight awful when we had Jax, Quentin, Clark, etc?

          • Chris C says:

            “Biased Voice Fan.” I think that’s very hypocritical because you are obviously a biased Idol fan. Lol I think it’s a waste of time arguing with you. Kaba is completely right. Idol has disappointed me to many times this season where as The Voice hasn’t. And I Loved Jax Clark and Quentin a lot but there are contestants way better than them on this season of The Voice. I Love both shows but I just feel this season The Voice is better.

          • Gerraa says:

            The Voice can easily tank in the lives(and the talent is already nothing special). You probably think Season 7 was great. It’s better to wait until the top 10 of the voice to compare the two, don’t you think? Look how great house of Blues and Hollywood was. THAT should be the equivalent. Why do you hate idol?

          • Owen says:

            The talent on The Voice always seems, in theory, stronger than Idol. But because of the nature of the show, The Voice seems to lack Idol’s heart. You may scoff that isn’t important, but I truly, truly believe it is. I’m guessing that’s why the Voice’s talent tends to not make much noise after their particular season is finished. Not that an Idol has charted in awhile, but I have a feeling we may see numerous stars explode after this year.

          • Gerraa says:

            Owen, on The Voice they may seem stronger at first since most have a lot of experience. With idol it’s taking more raw talent and developing them. There’s more of a growth arc which is cool. Maybe that’s why the lives on the voice are so short because the contestants either stay the same or get worse(with some exceptions of course). The Voice has never had a Haley Reinhart who makes tremendous growth.

          • Jill Moy says:

            JAX STINKS! The Voice has superior talent, Caitlin, India, Sawyer, etc.!

        • Gerraa says:

          And it’s not even the live rounds of the voice. Hollywood week and house of blues would be more comparable to the Voice at this point. Back then? No contest. Idol won.

          • Scott says:

            Fan of both here. Tonight was not terrible, there were some very good performances tonight, also some bad ones. I will say, I think if you take the top 24 from Idol this year and put them next to who we have so far on the voice, the voice has a few more standouts and stronger singers. Just in general.

          • Gerraa says:

            It probably just seems like it Scott. Remember how strong some singers on idol seem before the lives begin? The same thing happens on The Voice. Everything went downhill last season on TV once the lives started. Yet the Voice fans would never admit last season being weak even if it started strong.

          • Scott says:

            oh I hated last season of The Voice! So many strong contenders booted way to early. But yeah, it’s hard to compare since Idol is further in than The Voice. I guess right now on The Voice, there are more people I am excited about. But, Idol doesn’t have as many to choose from anymore. Either way, both shows have great contestants! Yay for good singers getting exposure!

          • Kim Moores says:

            Last season of the Voice was weak until we got into the top 5, but the performances of the top 5 were absolutely sooo much better than most of this season so far.
            The two seasons of the Voice as a whole were much better than AI season 13.
            Season 6 of the Voice was good and the lives were strong.
            Season 5 was pretty much perfect
            Season 4 was good as well.
            I love Idol, but I haven’t fully enjoyed a contestant since season 11, and even now this season my favorites aren’t killing it to full effect.
            Right now the Voice is superior.

          • Gerraa says:

            Kimmy, I hate that argument the voice fans use “but the top 5 of season 7 was amazing!!” The top 5 in idol season 12 was great also, yet people still knock on that season. You could argue the top 5 of season 12 was better than any Voice season.

          • Scott says:

            I loved Season 12’s top 5!

          • Kim Moores says:

            Man you’re just an idol d- rider.
            How’s it taste in your mouth sucking AI’s teat so much?
            You hate me because I think the voice has good seasons? Good.

          • Gerraa says:

            Kim, I could say the same about you. And you always complain on MJs about the voice, yet here you suck it’s titties. I never said I hated you, but it’s obvious how far up the Voice’s a$$ you are. You probably think the best season of the voice is better than idols best season. This season is already better than 7 at this point( I don’t care how the top 4 or whatever did in the end). Again, what about those who still trash season 12, even tho their top 5 was great? Same thing.

          • Kim Moores says:

            ‘Always complain on MJ’s about The Voice’
            Well you must have been very, uhm, not present this week in MJ’s cause I bloody loved it this week.
            Pardon me while I set the record straight.
            I love both shows. Otherwise I wouldn’t watch both shows. I will most certainly call out when a season sucks.
            Season 7, like season 12 sucked until the final 5 people and you know what happened after that? It got REALLY good to the point where it redeemed the whole season.
            If you have some problem with The Voice, that’s your damned problem, not mine.
            Don’t turn into a whiny lil B when I say a season of The Voice is better.
            Idol has had some great seasons along with great contestants. The Voice has had great seasons as well, whether you like them or whether I like them is all, luckily, subjective.
            Unfortunately, you’re here trying to make people feel like they’re foolish and deluded for liking the Voice at any point whatsoever.
            Like I said, if you don’t like the show you don’t have to watch it. You also don’t have to acknowledge it exists. You can cry and whine and claim we’re wrong, but nobody’s minds have been changed because you disagree. So scurry back to the troll hole you came from and accept that not everyone still worships the ground AI doesn’t stand on anymore.
            And please spare us the ‘the voice produces no star’s’ crap. Sorry, nobody here genuinely watches these shows to find a superstar, we watch because we enjoy hearing great live vocal performances and we enjoy the competitive element of these shows, point blank. If a super star is born from them? Awesome stuff, otherwise idrgaf and wish these people best of luck in their career.
            We done, hon?

          • Scott says:

            Nicely said Kimmy! I seem to always agree with you

          • Gerraa says:

            Are you going to also say Season 12 redeemed itself once it got to the final 5? You didn’t answer my question. And The Voice’s show Tuesday wasn’t great. Hannah and Blaze were almost unlistenable. Yet you still call it better than Idol? Yeah Daniel is still there which sucks. But one bad dud left isn’t so bad. If there was one bad contestant left on the voice top 10 everybody would be calling it amazing. All of the remaining contestants besides Daniel have given at least one standout performance. Why are you rude?

          • Chris C says:

            Kim you perfectly said everything! Thank You so much!

          • Kim Moores says:

            ‘Season 7, like season 12 sucked until the final 5 people and you know what happened after that? It got REALLY good to the point where it redeemed the whole season.’
            You’re not reading. Shame.
            I maintain my previous statement.

          • Gerraa says:

            And Kim, being a star DOES matter, people have knocked Caleb and Candice so hard and say idol is “done” because it hasn’t had a star in two seasons. Yet with the Voice, it’s okay that they haven’t found any stars.

            And why don’t you make a long post sticking up for idol? It’s not like the voice needs to be stood up for since the fans of that show love to trash idol.

          • Kim Moores says:

            Being a star doesn’t matter. Caleb sucked. Candice is awesome.
            Why would I compile a long list of support for AI when my defense is in the favor of The Voice? This is dragging out Gerraa so I’ll just end this all with your own words:
            ‘Hate my opinion? Then suck it.’
            And ‘suck it’ you shall.

        • Gerraa says:

          You really think Hannah or
          Blaze were amazing? Or Deanna? LOL.

        • Temperance says:

          Hardly. Mia was great, but botched the beginning. Sawyer is raw talent, amazing, but too raw for an A. Sonic did a great job at a boring, played genre. The rest? So-so.

        • Lana says:

          I have always been an Idol fan and have only watched the voice at the very beginning and the very end a couple of times, but this year I liked the talent I saw at the very beginning and was impressed enough to watch the battle rounds and knock out. Wasn’t happy with some of the judges choices but the talent was awesome. This year on Idol was the first year that I realized I was probably getting too old for it because I was not understanding the talent that keeps getting voted on. I love Quentin(my favorite) and Clark, Tyanna and I started to really enjoy Joey too, but Daniel is not good. Jax is too fake to me, though I did enjoy her vocal tonight I felt her performance is too fake but again that could be an age thing. I’m sad that AI has become too juvinile for me.

          • jen mac says:

            It’s defiantly not an age thing. I’m a younger female and I do not like Jax’s singing voice. She is way to affected You don’t have to be a young teenager to appreciate a good singing voice!!!

      • The Voice is filled with too many boring old contestants, although Meighan Trainor and Joe Jonas were advisors this season. Way better than old boy George. Joe Jonas is soooo kewt,

    • Marcia says:

      True colors would have been great.

    • MAB says:

      OMG, that is awful. That would definitely explain her performance fail tonight. I haven’t heard anything like that. Where did you hear that? I will make sure to vote for her.

      • Kaba says:

        Saw some folk on MJ’s mention it. I’m not sure how true it is, but others here are saying so as well so it must have some truth. That really sucks though. She has my votes.

        • Angela says:

          Yeah, if that story’s true, then dang. I’m so sorry for her. And, obviously, for everyone who lost loved ones on that flight.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        It is true, she has posted about it on Facebook.

        • MAB says:

          So sad. She is a trouper. I don’t know how she was able to perform at all with that kind of news. Shows a sign of professionalism. I have a new respect for her.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            And when Harry commented that she seemed distracted, he gave her an opening to use it as an excuse for what she had to know was not a good performance, but she didn’t go there so good for her.

    • Temperance says:

      Clark and Quentin certainly deserved the A-. No question.

    • Hayder B. Hayden says:

      This was another disappointing show. To start off, the song choices were uninspired. The 80s was a decade that produced a deep and rich roster of great songs, yet these contestants chose (or were saddled with) choices we have heard on this and other shows a million or more times. I’m blaming the producers for that. I have to give Clark the win for the night, even though I don’t like what he did with the song. I disagree with his interpretation, but I have to admit, it sounded damn good. If he’s the leading vote getter, I understand why. Jax demonstrated a little more range than she’s shown in the past, but I wasn’t blown away by her performance. Quentin made a bad choice. That song needs a long build-up, and the 90 second format doesn’t allow it. His vocal was alright and it was in his wheelhouse, but it was just too rushed. It needed Mike Tyson. Joey didn’t have a great performance, either, but it wasn’t terrible. The song choice was too predictable–I think she could have done much better re-imagining something into her own style. Tyanna bounced back nicely, but her performance was entirely forgettable. I had to go back and see what she sang because it slipped entirely from my memory. Nick and Rayvon are both wasting their superior voices with uninspired song choices and safe vocal arrangements. Either sings well enough to win, but neither makes me want to go out and buy their music or hear anything they have sang a second time. Qaasim proved once again that he doesn;t belong in a singing competition. I can’t sing, but after a few drinks I’ll get up on stage and belt out Addicted To Love at the local karaoke bar. It’s an easy song–doesn’t take much talent to perform it. Qaasim’s version was no better than mine. I’m not going to comment on Daniel. There are laws against child abuse, and the producers should review them with their attorneys before next weeks show.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        Hayder..you wouldn’t be TVAddict in disguise would you?
        lol

        • Hayder B. Hayden says:

          LOL No Bob, I’m not him. Just a guy old enough to remember the 80s vividly. I’ve been to more live shows than I can count, going back to 1975. I still buy CDs because I don’t fully trust digital storage.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            LOL well I’m with you on all those live shows, been there too although sadly, my live shows date back to the 60’s, and I still buy CD’s as well. Anyhow enjoy your posts. Keep them coming.

      • Jill Moy says:

        NEEDED MIKE TYSON? Mike Tyson lost to anyone who could really fight! He was a brawler, a street fighter who possessed no real skills! He turned out to be A BIG BUM! He needed Lennox Lewis or Joe Lewis!

        • Jill Moy says:

          MIKE TYSON COMMENT FOR HAYDER!

        • Hayder B. Hayden says:

          And I guess you never saw Tyson KO Zach Galifianakis. Google it before you display any more of your intellectual prowess.

          • Jill Moy says:

            HAYDER,

            GIVE ME A BREAK. Tyson lost to all fighters wo could fight! Most were scared of him and beat from the start! How about the 2 bums that clobbered the bum in his last 2 fights! Tyson was a 12-1 favorite in the last beating! I’m one female who knows boxing! Even in his prime he knocked out an assortment of tomato cans and has beens! I’ll be at ringside for Floyd-Pac fight and Floyd will win….no doubt about it! Think what you want but Mike was overrated, in my opinion! He certainly doesn’t rank near the top heavyweights of all time! I loved Lennox Lewis battering that big mouth who bit Lewis at the press conference and made obscene gestures to his mother and said he’ll eat his children, when Lewis had no children!

  4. Gailer says:

    My top 3 are the top 3 here:
    Clark, Quentin and Jax, but all had issues

  5. Carola says:

    Quentin FTW! Love him! That kid is special. He is such a great artist with so much potential. Plus he has star quality. IMO he has more appeal that Clark. It´s not just about the best technical singing ability. Go Quentin!

    BTW will Daniel ever leave this show? Stop voting for him people!

  6. Runner says:

    The best performance tonight was the collar on Quentin’s coat. Everything else? Meh. I can’t convince myself to vote for anyone.

  7. Karen says:

    I wanted Daryl and John to show up and slap Daniel. But he won’t go until someone takes away the tweens phones. He’s becoming the Sanjaya of Season 14.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      Daniel and John Oates would be a fair fight they are about the same height.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      Daniel and John Oates would be a fair fight, they are both the same height.

    • MC says:

      This is/was actually a very good Hall and Oates track, but the cover was atrocious. I really thought this was Daniel’s worst effort, but he’s getting a pass (in part) because many young fans aren’t familiar with this particular track. The thinking is this is an old 80’s song that sucks so Daniel must have done an okay job with it. However, this is/was actually a very good track from Hall and Oates and this cover was very much lacking in quality.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Daniel wasn’t capable of delivering Daryl Hall’s hard-hitting staccato vocals on “You Make My Dreams Come True”. Without that driving beat it’s an ordinary song.

        • MC says:

          There are many occasions where the original artists really nailed a song and it isn’t easily replicated, but this was way beyond Daniel’s current skill set as a vocalist. I was really surprised at the choice because only an accomplished vocalist could really do justice to this track.

    • Slap Daniel? I understand not liking him, but dont agree with physical abuse comments. Also, I have watched Darryl Hall show on VH1 and he IS the nicest guy and helps other musicians on the show and jams with them. I am just sticking up for a child, I dont vote for Daniel, I vote for Quentin. Still that was a comment that takes it too far!

  8. Ben says:

    Kris Allen’s Man in the Mirror was better.

  9. Dylan Gold says:

    Clark was, frankly, amazing tonight. You have developed a blind spot where he’s concerned. If that doesn’t get a straight out A (or really an A+) what on earth does he have to do?

    • S. says:

      A blind spot? He loves Clark. If anything, Clark’s overrated. His performance quality is just not there because he’s got zero personality right now. His eyes are giving me nothing.

    • Angela says:

      He sounded good-certainly one of the stronger performers of the night, I’ll say that. But for me, it’s just super hard to hear any take on that song that tries to turn it into something sensitive and mournful instead of the creepy, dark tale it’s intended to be. I fully support reimaginings of songs and reinterpretations of them and all that, but that song…I think it takes a particular sort of artist to interpret the lyrics in any different manner and make it work.

  10. kevstar says:

    That was what I was worried about. Hearing the same old tired songs again and again. You had Boy George on there. You couldn’t even sing one of his songs like Time, Victims, Crying Game? Or, how about Everyday I Write the Book by Elvis( Costello, that is). Sick of the same dam songs!

  11. I’m so happy and relieved that not only did Tyanna survive this week, she SANG her heart out tonight!!! Her, JAX, and Nick were my top 3 of the night!!! I was however debased about Adannas early ouster. Please go follow her on twitter, Instagram, Facebook and buy her future music. #DuranationForever. :)

  12. Tommyo2000 says:

    Why the “f” didn’t the judges comment on a brilliant re-do of a rather simplistic Bon Jovi song by Jax. I mean that is a rather bland song and she added so much interest to it. I think she does try to do too many things with a song, but I have to wonder if that is a function of having only 90 seconds. Maybe a 3-4 minute version would better support all the changes she puts into songs.

    BTW – Daniel just doesn’t belong on stage with that group of singers

    • Craig says:

      The whole middle portion of Jax’s performance was absolutely terrible. I think that’s why. The arrangement, while ballsy, was a complete and utter mess and didn’t work.

      • Temperance says:

        Yeah, it was the chop to 90 seconds that did it. They have to record the full version for iTunes, and then practice a 90 second cut for the show, and that really hurts the contestants some weeks because the song and/or arrangement doesn’t work well when cropped.

      • Tommyo2000 says:

        the middle part was a bit week, but she kind of took control of it again towards the end. I have to give her tons of credit, that is a very simple and simplistic song. It is sort of an anthem for arena/hair rock, which is a low point in rock history because the music was so vapid and predictable. That is why grunge exploded. Tangent aside, she made it far more complex. She did too much for 90 seconds, which seems to be an issue for her. I guess she is trying to jam everything she might so to a song into those productions, and it comes off a bit schizo. But her rearranging of songs in just a few days is pretty impressive

      • jen mac says:

        I have to agree with you the arrangement was a mess. Jax sings all of her songs with affectations on every word, a lot of artists throw it in when it adds to the song but not every word. She is very limited, she has mastered this “fake voice” ie when she sang” let it be”. When she tries to sing without it she cant seem to pull it off. Her cover of Taylor Swift proves the point she was out of key and flat throughout the song. I do like the quirky thing she does but it has become overrated and very boring. I Also didn’t like the whole kicking the piano stool grabbing at the mic, way to much theatrics. Her like Daniel have a huge fan base she will be around for a while.

    • chris says:

      I didn’t like Jax at all tonight. She should have done a slower, quieter, more heartfelt version where we heard her pain. What she did made me want to put Bon Jovi on.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      It was awful. The middle section was a mess. The only part I liked was when she rocked out and kicked the stool over.

  13. Michael H. says:

    You just had to jinx Joey -_-

    • S. says:

      He even heard himself do it. All your fault, Michael. ;) No seriously, she’s going through something because of losing her friend. Poor Joey. I hope people listen to her iTunes. I assume it’s a lot better.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        Joey is my favorite at this point S but I downloaded her ITunes version and it wasn’t much better, it just wasn’t the right song for her. I think you were right on the money about True Colors or Time After Time being a much better choice for her.

        • Angela says:

          Aw, yeah, I could definitely hear her puling off “True Colors” or “Time After Time”.

          • Woodmeister says:

            I would have preferred Joey had stayed away from Cindy Lauper altogether. It was too obvious for Joey to do Cindy……quirky emulating quirky. Having said that, while it wasn’t her best, I don’t think Joey was horrible last night.

    • Charles says:

      I second that motion!

  14. tara says:

    Rayvon (and the producers) didn’t do himself any favors with that mentoring session footage. He typically comes off as a pretty likable guy, but he just looked like he had an inflated ego and George didn’t seem thrilled. I’m thinking that this, combined with a sub par performance and a spot in the bottom 3 will lead to his elimination this week.

    • Shannon says:

      They want him eliminated (which is why they normally make him perform towards the beginning of the show).

    • I sensed the same thing during his mentoring session.

    • Temperance says:

      Rayvon’s cover was *terrible*. I’m pretty shocked: he’s usually gorgeously boring, not bad.

    • Angela says:

      Yeeeeeeeeah, that performance was just NOT good. At all. I completely disagree with the judges’ comments on him sounding strong, or interpreting the lyrics well-I didn’t get that at all.
      And I really like that song, too, so that just made hearing this version all the more…blech.

    • Mytake says:

      Yah, no idea what Michael heard through his TV but to my ears Rayvon was terrible tonight sadly. His pitch was all over the map and it was painful to listen to him. I’d have given him a D which is unfortunate because he is one of my favorites.

    • T.B.Hammer says:

      Don’t they usually eliminate all but maybe 1 female before they do any of the males??

    • Tommyo2000 says:

      Also, he didnt do anything to make his look 80″s. it was the exact same, boring, look he has week in and week out. That is my opinion of this guy at this point. Nice singer, very pretty tone, boring and stiff …

  15. Tay says:

    It amuses me that Michael brings up Haley here because this season is following Season 10 to a tee at the moment. Minority female singer booted in twelfth (that season there were thirteen, and both #13 and #12 were minority women). Seemingly quirky, somewhat promising but somewhat off-putting male vocalist booted in eleventh only to be saved, SHOCKINGLY early. The following week, a double elimination sees two women go home: an intriguing African-American singer and a young girl who shows far more potential than demonstrated talent. If next week sees the too-soon, horribly upsetting elimination of Joey Cook, especially if she’s in a bottom two with obvious last of the pack Daniel Seavey, the trend will continue (Pia + Stefano). Not to mention that the season has a preordained white male frontrunner (Clark/Scotty) and a strongly-encouraged-by-the-producers female second place who will never quite manage to slip ahead of that frontrunner guy who is just doing more or less the same thing week after week (Jax/Lauren). DEJA VU ALL THE TIME, GUYS.

    • MC says:

      This sounds more like a road map rather than a series of coincidences, but it’s eerie either way.

    • Simon says:

      Wow, this is a pretty great observation, but it probably won’t apply for much longer. To me, this season is starting to look a lot like season 8. One 16 year old powerhouse girl with charisma beyond her years, one screamy male with vocals way ahead of everyone else in the competition, one very polarizing quirky blonde girl, one master song-rearranging dark horse that seemed to out of nowhere, one “what if” girl who got out way too early and was robbed of the save (and one guy who ended up getting it but not really deserving it), and one male who is vocally competent but totally cheesy and fake and needs to go home (Danny/Rayvon, but that’s just my opinion). Also, am I the only one who thought Adanna looked a lot like fellow double-eliminee and Miss Mississippi 2014 Jasmine Murray? Most importantly, though, there was a guy in season 8 who was blind, and a guy now who is tone-deaf. #themoreyouknow

  16. Beachy says:

    If it wasn’t for Clark, I would almost bet Boy Daniel will take the title. It is going to be interesting watching the other contestants being eliminated one by one as Daniel continues to sit on his green throne. They will not be so “Happy” to have him around. What a waste of talent. I feel for those who have been sent home, and will be going home.

    • Smokey says:

      With Maddie and Adanna on the bus home now, and Daniel singing first tonight —– and Rayvon in the “prime” or last performance spot. —– I believe Daniel is possibly out soon. — if not , I still don’t see him making top 5. ……… neither Maddie’s or Adanna’s former voters will likely be moving in big numbers toward Daniel —- it’s more likely they will be moving more toward some others,,, if they keep voting.

      The only caveat to this reasoning is that girls get bounced-out in serial fashion, pyow, pyow by America’s vote. (first 3 out, all girls) So another girl could get bounced, unfortunately, before a guy does.

    • Owen says:

      As someone stated, Daniel will make it to around Top 5. Right now the voting blocks are diverse, a huge one being the tween vote which is keeping him in. However, as more and more talented Idols are voted off, real music lovers, those not disillusioned enough to stop voting, will eventually coalesce around the stronger singers left, outvoting the Seavey block. This is what happened to Sam Woolf last season (and Daniel Seavey makes Sam Woolf look like Paul McCartney).

      • Smokey says:

        Just heard about the twitter save may be coming, so maybe no one ever gets eliminated anymore. Will enjoy watching Kelly Clarkson work with the cast of singers though.

    • T.B.Hammer says:

      Maybe a Daniel vs. Qaasim finale, ??

  17. Margarethe says:

    Daniel NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GO AWAYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  18. waterbug says:

    Can’t figure out why Jax is so popular? i guess it’s her style, because her voice is average.

    • I don’t get her either. I actually think her tone of voice is annoying.

      • Smokey says:

        IMO I think Jax has the “Style” of an entertainer, She is a passable, stylized singer..

        I have helped with some local music events and Jax would be just what we would want – someone who is more than a plain singer in jeans or a dress their Mom picked-out, —- that can put-on a show, play and sing or contrive a skit for the production. She “stands-out” from the crowd, has ambition and isn’t terrified to perform in a different way than the norm. …………………………she also is leading the charge against the Zombie invasion and continues to mobilize fan base among peers in her age group.

      • Jill Moy says:

        I think Jax is below average….not very good at all….WEAK! The real crime was Adanna leaving. She had showmanship, singing ability and looks, a combination none of the others possess! It seems one bad performance and goodbye, as in Sarina and Maddie! Adanna never really had a bad performance! Daniel is terrible and Rayvon sounded like he was dying out there! His terrible high notes are just that….TERRIBLE! At least Adanna had some appeal; there is nothing appealing about Rayvon whatsoever. And we have Q, who was saved last week; his singing is so weak! Truth of it all Adanna was more talented when you consider the whole package, then anyone! America would rather keep a guy who is a weak singer, a singer who has nothing, a girl with a fake voice, a girl who pronounces her words like she’s from Mars and a little boy who can’t sing period! It is a shame! USA, WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO??????

        • Jill Moy says:

          Well, like Maddie, Joey sings one of those stupid songs! All we need now is someone to sing “MICKEY” and we’ll have a round robin!

          Was Joey’s performance tonight for comic relief….HORRIBE! WHAT A CLOWN! It was hilarious!

        • T.B.Hammer says:

          Wasn’t Adanna on “The Voice” a while back, and could not make it to the top there either??

        • MC says:

          I was expecting Adanna to go home soon because it was pre-ordained by the producers. Seriously, Adanna gave three well above average performances in the past few weeks, but she received only faint praise on every occasion. Adanna had to be wondering, “What do I have to do to impress these judges?” I’m relieved that Adanna is off the show because imo she was not getting a fair shake from TPTB.

          • C says:

            I think the problem for Adanna is that she was splitting voters with Tyanna. Their voices and song styles are similar.

    • Temperance says:

      Because she’s great. Pretty simple. She must not be to your personal taste. I have a bread taste in music, but there are plenty of pros that make lots of money that I’d rather shove my hand into a wood chipper than listen to.

  19. AnneTM says:

    Is this the first week you can buy any of the songs on i tunes or am I doing something wrong? Right now the top seller on i tunes is Daniel

  20. Craig says:

    One of the worst shows EVER! A horrific night all around, with the only redeeming qualities being Quentin and Clark (and, to a lesser extent, Tyanna). Joey and Jax were both hugely disappointing and almost unwatchable. Rayvon was AWFUL. He keeps getting worse! Nick was a snooze yet again and “just OK” as he has been coasting all season long. Qaasim was slightly better vocally than before but that’s hardly good enough. I am over his “stank face” with giraffe mouth every single performance. And does anything really need to be said about Daniel that hasn’t already been said? He sucks!

    • Gerraa says:

      Worst shows ever? That’s a big hyperbole. If somebody has one bad performance, you probably would say it was the worst ever. But if one person has a bad performance on The Voice, you would think the episode was amazing.

    • Rip Tide says:

      I didn’t think this show could get any worse than it got last season. I was wrong.

      • Gerraa says:

        Oh please you are being over dramatic and using a big time hyperbole. How was it the worst with Clark’s performance? Or Quentin? It sure was better than The Voice’s show on Tuesday.

        Are you guys leftover members from VFTW?

        • Chris C says:

          Just Stop Gerraa. Nobody mentioned The Voice in that post except you. You are the one who brings it up. No I am not leftover from VFTW. Just because there where two-three great performances doesn’t mean it wasn’t the worst. You keep calling people Voice Biased and Idol Haters when We Love Both Shows! Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Get Over It. So you think Idol Is better. Some people don’t so just please stop being hypocritical and bringing up the Voice on comments that aren’t mentioning them. Idol has definitely had better contestants than the voice(Melinda Doolittle, Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood to name so right off the back of my head)! That will always be the same. It’s just that some people like The Voice Season 8 better than Idol Season 14. Please understand that and stop bringing the Voice up on every comment that says the didn’t like tonight. Thank you.

          • Gerraa says:

            There have been many other nights when there were no great performances. 5 great performances don’t make it the “worst night ever” like some idiots say. What not to sing for one gave this episode higher ratings than last week(and MANY other weeks on idol). The stupid hyperbole “worst night/season ever!” Is getting old.

          • Gerraa says:

            Are you guitarman from IDF btw? If so, that would explain a lot.

    • Owen says:

      I LOVE his “stank face” with giraffe mouth!!

  21. ck says:

    Clark really nailed it this week. I’ve admired his voice but his performances have not been particularly interesting to me. Until now. Love what he did with “Every Breath You Take”. Outstanding.

  22. DarkDefender says:

    Vote for the worst may be gone, but people voting for the worst, to mess with the show, are alive and well.
    .
    Add in Tweens who vote for cuteness over vocals and Daniel will be around Sanjaya style.
    .
    Joey needed a down week.. But like other greats before her who got one pass week, this was hers. Which is funny because 80’s week should have been in her quirky little wheelhouse.
    .
    And Michael, you should know by now.. No one puts Cookie in a corner! Especially not Boo Boo Kitty.

  23. Kaba says:

    Jax was hardcore poser-rock to me.
    Quentin was fine…nothing amazing but definitely one of the best of the night.
    Clark…he’s got no soul you guys.
    Joey…I heard that a friend of hers was one of the victims of that deadly plane crash. Maybe that’s why she was so in her head..

    • Temperance says:

      Hardly poser… she made plenty of money in a punk bad prior to Idol.

      • Kaba says:

        But I’m talking about the performance we saw tonight, that was good ole poser rock. Maybe she meshes better with her punk rock band (that I knew of), but this was not a believable performance to me. At all.
        It’s a step down from last week.

  24. No Michael. No. Adanna Duru is not and will never be on a level of H. Reinhart!

    • Kaba says:

      Well she arguably could have been.
      Haley didn’t fly into anyone’s radar until the top 11 redux.
      This was the top 11 redux and Adanna get the boot…maybe she was gonna do some Haley goodness? Who knows?

      • Tahoe Mike says:

        I dissagree. I was a Haley fan from day one, though it was lonely at first. I just never took to Adanna at all.

  25. jane says:

    Tyanna, Clark, and Jax have the most potential for successful post idol careers. I like Quetin but he needs some work on his vocals. Those would be my ideal top 4. I think Joey has more quirk than talent and her affected singing is starting to grate on my nerves. The rest are terrible at best. How did Nick and Daniel manage to make it to the top 12? I hope one of them goes home next week.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      you didn’t really just put Nick and Daniel in the same category did you? Are you watching the same show as everyone else?

      • Scott says:

        Didn’t read that part until your comment. Nick is very talented, should never be spoken in the same category as Daniel.

    • Scott says:

      I actually think Joey should be ranked in with those 3 for potential for successful careers. The next big pop star? No. But her style is a style that is very popular right now. Maybe not mainstream success, but success nonetheless.

    • Ian says:

      Nick is fine. Daniel should go but never will….

  26. Chris C says:

    You jinxed Joey on Reality Check :'(. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t affect the results that should happen. On The Voice we have 15 year old Mia Z and Sawyer (and Koryn is not that much older) who are AMAZING. On Idol we HAVE THAT PATHETIC LITTLE KID. As soon as he was called safe I posted this on my social media: “Really…. Good Job Idol Voters now two people who actually deserve to move on instead of #1 are leaving. Ugh I am so glad The Voice has good 15 year old singers because Idol does NOT” ‪#‎HaventCriedWatchingTheVoiceYet‬ ‪#‎IdolIsADifferentStory‬” and yes Idol has made me cry ALOT THIS SEASON. Why Is Hunter Larsen not here? Why is Savion out instead of he who WILL NOT be named? How on Earth Did Sarina Joi-Crowe get eliminated FIRST and that little boy is still here? And I don’t care what anyone says Maddie should NOT have been eliminated before him, so don’t even get me started on Adanna eliminated in favor of him. And Really tween/teen voters, STOP VOTING FOR HIM. I just hope enough people my age(I am in that young voting demographic except I strongly dislike he who will not be named) tuned out after the first 15 minutes that they missed his performance. However I guess we need to brace ourselves for him making at least the top 6. *sigh*

    • Nathalie Van Egten says:

      Pathetic little kid? Your the the pathetic little kid go pick on somebody your own size
      (P.s not a daniel fan just not into bullying 15 year olds)

      • Chris C says:

        I definitely should have worded that better but I just can’t handle his voice anymore. It just doesn’t compare to other singers on the show who went home before him and that’s what I meant by pathetic not him as a person. I don’t condone bullying at all I just was not thinking while typing that and now that I see that I feel bad. But I still don’t like his voice yet, he needed to wait longer.

      • NATHELLE VAN EGTEN Thank you, Im sick of seeing the bullying! Someone else said they would like to see Daniel “SLAPPED”. Im not a voter for Daniel either,but cant stand the bullying. I thought everyone was grown ups here and has kids of their own. Maybe not.

    • Gerraa says:

      Stop comparing the 15 year olds. Jessica Sanchez was 15 and she blows all of them away. And she came from idol, not the voice. HAHA!

      • Chris C says:

        You’ve proven you are a hypocrite. You are clearly biased towards Idol and I don’t see how liking ONE SEASON OF ONE SHOW OVER ANOTHER SEASON OF ANOTHER SHOW is biased towards it. Whatever. I don’t have time to reply to you that’s why I don’t ever post in these comment sections unless I am really emotional about it like tonight. Thank you for ruining it for me. Go be a hypocrite else where. I am done commenting on here.

        • Kaba says:

          Don’t let one person ruin the conversations you wish to seek with others.
          Fortunately, they’re usually only one or two people and you don’t have to acknowledge they exist! Don’t leave for such reasons ^_^

        • Mytake says:

          Do like most of the rest of us, when you see a Gerraa post just scroll right past it. Time is too short to waste it reading nonsense posts by trolls.

  27. Lemon says:

    Well I’m happy for my favorites, Quentin and Clark. But…. I was neutral on Maddie and Adanna, but they both earned, and were voted onto the the Top Ten/Tour, if there is one, and they should both be on it.

    • MAB says:

      I kind of think there is no tour this year. They haven’t said a word about it anywhere and normally it is the top 10 who goes on the tour but there isn’t any top 10 this year. Yet they haven’t said anything about whether there will be 11 on the tour or 9. I am even starting to wonder if there will be any homecoming for the top 3. They cut cost down tremendously and it shows except for what they pay the judges or at least JLo. LOL

      • Karen says:

        No tour would explain how they went from 11 to 9 without a peep. Given how they had to switch to smaller venues and still could not sell them out, letting that go quietly would probably make the accountants happy. Of course, I would no go across the street to see this particular top 9/10/11.

      • marie says:

        I was thinking the same. Seems very likely there will be no tour this year.

        • MAB says:

          Unless they are waiting for fan feedback on the contestants before making a decision. I was listening to the After Buzz show this morning and they said Quaasim was probably saved because he would be entertaining on tour. So there has been no official word either way. I think the last couple of tours have been a complete bust as well as their album sales. It is amazing how downhill the Idol brand has gone in the last couple of years..it was only a couple of years ago when Phillips first single sold over 5 million copies. The last two seasons I don’t think they sold anything near 50 thousand. They are not going to shell out money for a tour when there is no interest.

      • T.B. Hammer says:

        The thing hidden here, in the rushed shows, budget cuts, etc. – is the declining ratings from the glory days of Idol. And that’s to be expected for almost any type of show that runs for 14 seasons.

        Yet the Judges, especially J. Lo., have a huge financial stake and interconnected ties with the show producers, record producers and E-19 productions. That is why they, along with TPTB behind the scenes, can all milk the cash cow of the show with big contract salaries, while the show format and casting nuances (contestants selected) seem very questionable at times — they are not usually putting any of their own money into these people after the show. They could finish 3rd, be called the greatest singer ever on Idol by one of the Judges, and that Judge probably wouldn’t put-up a dime for their attempts to make and sell albums after the show is done,

        The show itself will offer a deal to the winner, and usually the runner-up will get an offer of some type. And the show does offer a great platform for an aspiring artist to get some degree of national recognition, so what they can do from there is up to them,

        • MAB says:

          Totally agree with you. Look at Joshua Ledet. Standing ovations almost every week, everyone praising him. Where is he? Why didn’t he get a record deal?
          The last runner up to get a record deal was Jessica Sanchez in season 11. Kree did not get one and neither did Jena Irene. Even the winner doesn’t get what they did in past. They are giving more to the judges and less to the contestants and the production. They are giving so much to the judges that they had to cut corners all over the place. I really think that is why the show is going downhill.

  28. tiki64 says:

    I agree with your grades for the most part with the exception of the B- for Rayvon. I would have scored him a C- or even a D. It just was not good.
    And does anyone else think it’s a shame that the eliminated contestants are pretty much just booted off of the stage? I get that they are running on a tight schedule, but they can at least cut enough filler to give them enough time to take a bow!
    I also think it’s pretty sad that Idol cannot find the time to honor the 2 former Idol contestants who sadly passed away in between seasons, the late Michael Johns and Joanne Borgella. This show seems to have lost any little bit of heart that it ever had.

    • Craig says:

      You’re right. Rayvon was absolutely awful tonight.

    • Smokey says:

      Yes, they used to at least show their journey and give them a better send-off at elimination. IMO they let the Judges babble and ramble way too much, yet just rush the elim’s off-stage as if their journey wasn’t worthy of mention.

      • Karen says:

        Well, last week they were still introducing the judges as the stars of the show. So we know what TPTB thinks people tune in to see.

    • Mytake says:

      I agree with the D. Usually I agree pretty close with Michaels grades and comments but tonight’s grade for Rayvon was WAY off. It’s like we were listening to two different people. I also madly disagreed (as did almost every single person on this board) with Michael and Melinda’s comments on Reality Check that they agreed with and were glad Quassim got the save last week. Then tonight Michael is questioning Quassims song choice when he’d said in the pre-package that he wanted to just showcase his vocal ability. Here’s a hint Michael, that everyone but you and Melinda figured out weeks ago…. Quassim DOES NOT HAVE any vocal ability and him “showcasing his ability” is exactly what he did tonight.

    • Tommyo2000 says:

      Kind of sucks. They should all have an encore prepared, after they are eliminated they get to sing us out …

    • Alan Dvorkis says:

      Agree with everything said. For his ego maniacal attitude and awful performance, I would give Rayvon and F. At least have some humility before you go on stage and sing the same as previous weeks,except you have now made it worse by ignoring those who know more than you and by singing much of the song out of tune. He needs to go. At least Daniel listens and he does have an infectious energy, even if he can not sing a note. Would prefer the positive that Daniel’s aura conveys than the “I know more than everyone and I refuse to change” attitude that Rayvon exudes.

  29. Andres says:

    I am really sad that Adanna was not able to have a moment in this competition. I felt that she was some improvement as each week passed. She could have had a epic performance if given a few more weeks.
    As for Daniel, he has yet to be in the bottom 3 which I don’t get cause people on YouTube do not like his performances. He needed to wait until his voice was more matured cause right now I am getting a Kids Bop vibe from him.
    I really dug Nick tonight I would place him as my favorite. I am a little worried for Joey.(Which BTW Michael and Melinda jinxed it by saying she has yet to stumble on idol.)

    • MAB says:

      Tonight was the first official bottom 3. They call the contestants up in no particular order. Except for tonight we have no idea who is bottom 3 each week.

  30. Geo says:

    Say what you may about The Hoff, but wow…does he ever look great…and he’s 62!!!

  31. Betsy says:

    Rayvon was horribly out of tune. For real. Maddie shoukdve been given his chance.

  32. Angela says:

    Adanna left over Daniel? Seriously? Ooooooookay…
    Also, “Idol”? Let’s never do that whole Hasselhoff thing again, mmkay? Who in the hell’s bright idea was that bizarre setup?

  33. Anthony says:

    Slezak, you can’t compare Adanna to Haley. Just no.

  34. Davey says:

    I didn’t like Quentin at all tonight, And Jax was so affected.. I voted for Nick, Clark and for pity votes, Joey.

  35. Jane Messingschlager says:

    I miss when the last spot was the pimp spot and meant something.

  36. OhMy says:

    Well, the 80s are over. Thankfully.

  37. Rip Tide says:

    Daniel wins the show….Fox cancels Idol out of pure embarrassment.

  38. Jaymdr says:

    Oh Michael, you kinda cursed Joey this week!

  39. Kim Moores says:

    How do I feel about tonight?
    Very bored :/
    Clark only moves me when he’s growling and howling the notes, otherwise I don’t feel anything. He’s got great vocals though.
    Quentin had a baaaaad song. Good vocals as well.
    Jax…that girl had no business singing that song. She doesn’t have the vocal to pull it off, too cutesy
    Joey…no :(
    Rayvon? Boring as all hell
    Daniel…didn’t see him, god bless.
    Nick was nice, better than all his previous weeks, but not moving or impressive imo
    Tyanna is more timid, me no like
    Qaasim…they’ve scared the boy into being some timid performer as well.
    Meh night.

  40. PatD says:

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  41. Yadon says:

    Daniel keeps being safe because of the raging hormones of preteen girls.

  42. Timmah says:

    I don’t know what to say about tonight other than, I sure am glad we have The Voice.

    • Tori says:

      After this week of The Voice?
      Gotta agree on that.
      Not a pretty night for Idol :(

    • Temperance says:

      If you said the Voice UK, then maybe (seriously, the average contestant in the UK blows the Americans away). The Voice US is rarely better than American Idol most weeks, and certainly not this week.

      • Tori says:

        Really? I find The Voice UK to be legitimately awful this go.
        Like…God bless Karis, Sheena, Sasha, and Steve…but that’s it for the lives.
        Knockouts weren’t that good either, season 3 was much better.

      • MC says:

        The Voice US, in contrast to the most recent airings of AI, has had two performance nights per week. I thought the Monday edition of The Voice US was excellent, but the Tuesday edition was average at best. I think that some people only watched the Tuesday episode when they confidently opine that The Voice was mediocre this week.

      • Timmah says:

        It’s no contest. The Voice is turning away singers who could have easily won this season of Idol.

      • Alan Dvorkis says:

        I felt the Voice Uk was a bit weak this year. Also, you do not get to know the contestants as they eliminate them so quickly. I want to enjoy The Voice Uk as I think 3/4 judges have something to say (Will I am is even more annoying than Adam Levine and that is saying something). Now X Factor New Zealand with cruel judges

  43. Kate says:

    “Picture Germany 1989”- right there I was picturing my birth ;-).
    Okay…Rayvon was actually good…but they CLEARLY want him gone…the way they edited that mentoring session and J.Los critique after the performance. He is doing some weird things though vocally…if he would use more technical “twang” (not the country thing) he’d have way more control in his lower register.
    Qaasim sang as good as a cover band leading man would- so completely fine but very uninspired. He has almost no control over his technique though. His larynx frequently dropping too low…that’s why it’s hard for him to produce a quality, powerful tone for a long period. It was very apparent in the group performance. I know what I’m talking about cause as a classically trained singer I used to have that problem for a long time…still have it now and then when being nervous and so on.
    Quentin picked one of my favourite songs ever…it is clear that technically (vocally) he doesn’t really know what he is doing…it’s just all very raw. To me it never feels like a singer-performance more like an art-project, which doesn’t mean it’s bad- I actually really like him….I just don’t think he’s a singer.
    Joey clearly had problems with the arrangement. I’m very sorry that she lost a friend this week in the plane crash. I’m living near the place where the 16 pupils and the two teachers that also died in the same crash, came from. A lot of my friends and fellow students were friends with some of them and their families…so I feel her.
    Nick chose the wrong song….he couldn’t show of anything with that- his vocal was way to frantic so he had a few unwanted breaks and overall he tends to get a little to breathy for my taste because he drops his larynx all the time (not good for pop, rock….) but I’m still rooting for him. He just has to do something a little more special to set himself apart from every other rock/pop singer that does those songs.
    Clarke was great. It sounded great! Very musical, inspired…he has one problem though and that is that he is just NOT charismatic. The performance aspect is lacking hugely. That’s going to be his downfall (just to clearify I DON’T want that to happen…I think it is going to happen though).
    Tyanna has problems closing her vocal folds…he is trying to compensate for that faulty technique by using air pressure…so everything louder and higher is less of a problem for her….but that is not healthy over a longer period. also she had serious problems with intonation. She was under the entire time…with a year of good vocal training that should be fixed though and she’s still SO young.
    Daniel is clearly still going through his voice break…I’m not gonna say more because by now I feel seriously sorry for him…(and everyone else :D).
    Jax is way too affected for my taste and it doesn’t feel authentic to me…it feels like a selling point (“I’ve seen Gaga, Kesha…and so on…this works”). Vocally she’s very limited but what she does she does rather well.

    • MC says:

      The one thing that bothers me about AI is they push for the exit of certain singers at certain times. This week the company memo was “Find a way to trash/get rid of Rayvon.” I would be really surprised if he survives this week’s vote, although his actual vocal was fairly decent. Am I supposed to believe that he’s more of a villain than other singers on the show and that he deserves his fate? I guess so……….I agree with you about Quentin. All of his vocals have a tentative quality and there’s a reason why every arrangement that he chooses has a very slow tempo.

      • MC says:

        A quick follow-up…..go back to season five and Daughtry refused to take advice or alter his strategy. You can actually spin that into a very positive quality, or you can spin it the other way if it’s convenient for the show to do so.

    • jen mac says:

      Kate, I completely agree with you on every point. saved me from writing it all!!! LOL

  44. BobL says:

    Nobody impressed me much tonight. Clark was very good, but after him there really wasn’t much. Maybe it was the mostly awful 80s music, I don’t know. This season, for me, lost all credibility anyway when the judges–or more likely the producers–saved Qaasim. Using the one save on the worst singer still boggles my mind.

  45. critter42 says:

    While I did love his performance of the song, am I the only one who thought that they pulled Quentin’s performance straight out of the Adam Lambert closet? I mean, him seated, the light blue lighting, this was almost a carbon copy of “Mad World”, choreography-wise

  46. Kim Moores says:

    I’d like to also add that Adanna was robbed.
    Rayvon is no longer in my good graces.
    And Quentin’s outfit was 1-800-SLAY. Add Adanna’s outfit too! ^_^

  47. Tammie Manning says:

    I think this week was terrible! They’re all so young this should b American Idol Jr. They had no idea about what they were singing. Joey was just terrible & Daniel has only made it this far cause he’s so little people are feeling sorry for him.

    • Angela says:

      They had no idea about what they were singing.
      This is why I think it’d be better to do a lot more modern themes for these contestants. Obviously there’s plenty of young people out there who do love music from before their time-there’s lots of songs from my parents’ (and even my grandparents’) generation that I love. Nothing wrong with that, and I get that the show wants to bridge as many generations and demographics as possible-it’s a show the family watches together and all that sort of thing. And we have had examples of people doing an amazing job on songs that they were either too young to remember or which were popular well before their time. I don’t want to ever completely get rid of that aspect of it all.
      But if they’re going to have such young people in this competition, they do need to work more at modernizing the song choices. Some of these contestants are not always going to get or fully understand the context/time period in which some of the older songs they’re singing were made, and some of them just don’t have the chops to pull off such legendary musicians’ styles or songs, either. So maybe the show could do more with current genres and artists that are really big. These contestants would have a better time figuring out where they fit in as a result (or be able to show they could hop genres, too, if that’s the case), and they’d be singing songs that were more relevant to their era/lives/etc.
      The show also needs to work more on having these people pick songs that are more than just “their favorites”. Yeah, you might enjoy singing along with your favorite song when you’re in your car, but that doesn’t automatically mean it’s a good choice for you when you’re on a show like “Idol”.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I’m going to disagree, and disagree strongly. Alison Iraheta was 16 years old when she was on Idol. Did you catch her singing Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby” when she was voted off the show? It was one of the best Idol performances ever. She and Adam Lambert rocked Foghat’s “Slow Ride”. Nearly every one of Alison’s performances was excellent. I will admit Alison was much better than most 16 year olds but if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
        .
        Part of the challenge of this program is the ability to sell whatever you’re singing.
        Oh, and the classic example – Kelly Clarkson singing “Stuff Like That There” during Big Band week. That’s what separates the karaoke singers from the real talent – the ability to sell a song that’s 60 years old.

    • Smokey says:

      Joey didn’t build much in new fan base tonight, and the the race for top 5 is on and heating-up. – 2 more girls are quickly gone, with hardly a word of any recognition, ………

      Can Joey come back and win hearts next week, avoiding the jolt of the red shocker chair? Only the shadow knows. ………….

      The mentoring on this show has been terrible so far. Hopefully Kelly Clarkson can help especially the girls with some good advise.

  48. JoAnn says:

    Boy George was such an awesome and welcoming surprise! Thank you for having him on board!! I really enjoyed the show!!!

  49. I actually thought EVERYONE had a strong night with the exception, once again, of Daniel. “He needs to go” is the understatement of the century.

  50. Ann says:

    Even putting Daniel in the first-up ‘death slot’ won’t get him voted off. No, he’s around for the long haul and it’s a damn shame. But that’s on the judges or producers. Apparently, teeny bop bait had to make the final cut. Just wrong on so many levels.
    Quentin is so awesome, and is No. 1 reason I am watching. Certainly seems a guy’s year. Again.
    Would swap out Daniel and Qassiem (sp) for Sarina Joi and Adanna. Miss those big voices. Jax & Joey too much alike. Pick one.
    Hope Tyanna gets her A game back.