American Idol Recap: It's the Finals, Idol Fans!!

Will this be Year Five in a row with a sensitive white guy winner? Yeah, I said it. Season 11 has been strong, but without someone who made me go "wow!" As we're down to the finals, I wonder who I might have preferred to see there, and other than thinking that Elise is way more intriguing and interesting than we ever really got to see, I can't come up with better. Not from the finalists we ended up with anyway. How about you? Any discarded favorites along the way?There were three rounds on this quick one-hour episode....more
@Neilochka Oh, yeah. And The Economist, too,... because I'm totally highbrow. ;)more

American Idol Recap: The Top Three Sing Three

And mostly live in the past...Last night was the penultimate performance show for American Idol season 11, and I will say what I've been saying most of the season: These contestants are really quite talented, but I don't really have a favorite. How can that be? Last night's show was a good example why. Each Idol has something I really like, and something that leaves me cold. And the song choices…all season long, and last night in particular…have been really old school and played out. I mean, that's nothing new for Idol, but it has seemed more boring to me this year....more
I was surprised until I remembered my own wisdom from a couple of years ago. You have to think ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 4 Serenade California

And not one Katy Perry song among them! The premise last night was that each Idol would sing one song in tribute to California (if there was a reason for this tribute I missed it) and one song that they wished they had written. I like that approach because theoretically it's about craft and talent, as opposed to pure treacly "inspiration". I'm not sure it really worked out that way, but I could see the possibilities....more
 @Nordette Adams LOL, it was pretty dire.more

American Idol Recap: The Top 5 Are Down to the Wire

And it's a nice crop of talented youngsters.This week Jimmy Iovine brought Little Steven as a mentor, so most of their mentoring seemed to consist of them ribbing each other and ignoring the Idols. Not sure how helpful that was....more
@ElisaC I agree, Phillip was off pitch in #2 and can't stand those shoes on the girls!!!! they ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top Six Sing Twice, Succeed Once

 At least, that's my take on how they all did.This week, after Colton's "shocking" elimination, the remaining 6 Idols were tasked with singing one round of Queen, one round of whatever they chose. Each idol had one great performance, and one not-so-great.And there were lots and lots of extremely high-heeled shoes. Seriously it really bothers me…the female contestants seem hobbled…in the Misery sense....more

American Idol Recap: The Top Seven, All Over Again

After the "Dramatic" Save of Jessica Sanchez, the Top Seven Try Again with a "Now and Then" ThemeLots of folks were surprised by last week's bottom 3…well maybe not the Elise part of it, but the Jessica and Joshua part. I wasn't that surprised, because as I said in last week's recap: America hates being told who we're supposed to love. Joshua and Jessica have great vocal chops, but they don't actually have a ton of originality or authentic vulnerability. That's my explanation....more
FINALLY!  Someone else who recognizes the DMB vibe in Phillip Phillips.  I keep wondering why ...more

American Idol Recap: The Top 7 Tackle Today's Music

It's a strong group remaining, no doubt about it.Last night the Idols were set to sing songs released from 2010 until today. Any song. Any genre. Jimmy Iovine brings Akon to co-mentor this week, and that didn't do a whole lot for me, to be honest. There were also more duets, only since the group wasn't divisible by two, there were two duets and one trio, which kinda sucked for the trio…less air time, yo!Let's dig in:1. Skylar sang Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You by Kellie Pickler...more
Elisa where is your post. Couldn't wait to see what you had to say. Are you posting before ...more

'American Idol': The Top 8 Take On the 80s

Not ONE New Wave or Alternative song. What the WHAT? Sigh. It's like *my* 1980s didn't even exist with this crowd.Jimmy Iovine brought Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal to co-mentor, and while I was going to protest that they weren't actually in the music scene in the 80s, I liked them, so I'm going to shut up about it now.Last week they did trios, because 9 is divisible by 3. This week they're doing duets. Because 8…isn't.So, let's dig in....more
@ElisaC I'm watching it now on the dvr!more

American Idol Recap: The Top 9 Sing Their Idols

And I have to say: Inspiration makes for good performances (and, maybe, so does a Stevie Nicks spell or two).This is the week that the Idols were supposed to sing their idols. Jimmy brought Stevie Nicks to mentor, and I just kinda love everything she does, so I was happy. And I was happy with the performances too, actually. It was much much tougher to call the bottom three this week (vs. last week, when I batted 1.000)...more
 @DebbieB Elise was definitely awesome. I don't think Deandre will last too much longer, but I ...more