'American Idol': Where the Girls Are

Wednesday evening is all about girl power, "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest says. The 12 girls quickly divide into two camps: the good performers and the non-good performers, who, it seems, are victims of mean old nerves and mean old colds, possibly the worst flu in the history of the country. Really, it's tragic.

Like Kristy Lee Cook, who's getting her just deserts for having hocked "my really good barrel horse" to raise money for her audition trip to Philly -- because apparently she blew through all the money she got for that recording contract she once had.


Kristy Lee Cook (Frank Micelotta - Fox)

"Hopefully, if I win this thing and get enough money I really want go buy my horse back," she says, smiling her bright, bright smile and tossing her blonde, blonde hair. ". . . One of the number one things I'm gonna do, is buy him back."

Excuse me? ONE of the No. 1 things she's gonna do? Dead to us.

For the record, the Horse Pawner robotically slogs through "Rescue Me" while doing the Carrie Underwood American Idol Squat, crinkling her pretty little nose, and opening her pretty eyes very big. Judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul rush in with their bag of excuses:

Randy: "Dude, I know the pressure's crazy -- Season 7, first one out in Girls Night."

Paula: "That's okay because being sick and being the first one -- that's a double whammy . . . don't ever let that get in the way of your shine."

Simon Cowell is unimpressed, calling Kristy's performance robotic.

Joanne Borgella's lecture on how hard it is for plus-size women to have thin little voices is followed by a perfectly off-key performance of "Say a Little Prayer." Randy retrieves the Excuse Bag and pulls out: "Maybe it's just the nerves, you know what I'm saying?"

Paula, meanwhile, has discovered: "It's very nerve-racking doing what you're doing now."

Simon continues to be a nerve skeptic: "I don't accept this thing about nerves at all at this point," he says. "Every one of you has got a head start to become a star through this show; if you don't grab hold of it now, you don't deserve to win."

"Well, it's 33-some-odd million watching," Joanne tells Ryan, in re nerves.

Alaina Whitaker's 17th birthday is the next day so she hopes viewers will vote for her while her family can get her "some great shoes." Me? -- I'd have asked for a top with two sleeves. On the bright side, her "More Today Than Yesterday" is far superior to Chikezie Eze's of the previous night.

"Hahaha -- you know why I'm laughing?" Randy asks rhetorically.

(No, Randy, tell us why.)

"This is funny, Season 7 is turning out to be the year of the young ones, man," he says.

Paula says Alaina nailed it.

Simon calls her "very good" and is pleased that for the first time this evening, there'd been no talk of "nerves."
On the other hand, he hated the song and had never heard of it.

"I didn't know it either," Alaina says.

Simon's also never heard of "Baby Please Don't Go," as sung by Amanda Overmyer, who, more than ever, resembles a biker-rocker-nurse as interpreted by Roseanne Barr Arnold Whatever. Amanda shouts, growls and screams her way through the song in a fight to the death with the band for volume supremacy.


Amanda Overmyer (Frank Micelotta - Fox)

Randy says her pants are fly -- only he calls them "trousers." Paula says that no matter what anyone says, she's not a one-trick pony, which we think is another way of saying "you're a one-trick pony." Simon thinks Amanda forgot the words halfway through the performance. Paula and Randy explain to him what "scatting" is.

Seacrest, always one to look on the bright side of things, wonders if the semi-truck driver who totaled Amanda's car before Hollywood week is watching and feeling a perfect fool for nearly killing a maybe American Idol.

"Yeah -- sorry for pulling out in front of you, dude," Amanda says.

Amy Davis slaughters "Where the Boys Are," which, it could be argued, is a mercy killing.

Randy explains to her the song requires scooping up to the notes but when you scoop to a note "you've got to hit it dead on," which she did not. Paula dives into Excuse Bag and retrieves: "I feel your nerves got a little bit to you."

Simon says it seemed to drone on for 10 minutes.

Nanny Brooke White can't stop talking about how good she is and how Simon wants to bring her over to the dark side, which she says "is just not gonna happen." More's the pity.

She turns "Happy Together" into treacle, while clutching her head often.

Randy says in the back bits of the tune she "started getting her slay on." Paula reminds Brooke she "has her own thing." Simon says her performance reminded him of one of those terminally upbeat ads for dishwashing liquid in which the pretty blonde prattles on ecstatically about her new dishwashing liquid that has made it the best of all possible worlds. We've all seen those ads. Only, being a Brit, he calls it "washing-up liquid" so the other judges and Seacrest do this, "Can you believe the crazy foreigner -- we have no idea what he's saying!" number on him. Brooke lets it be known she's going to be nice throughout the competition no matter what.

Alexandrea Lushington sings "Spinning Wheel" in a clown outfit, which Paula thinks is dope. But the performance is good anyway. Randy announces she "blew the doors off that." Paula proclaims it "relevant," but Simon says it reminded him of one of "those horrible little shows you see where people do some . . . terrible '60s musical."

Simon and Seacrest get into an argument in re whether it's Simon's fault that he picked competitors whose performances fail to impress Simon. Alexandrea nicks Ryan for pronouncing her first name "Alex-and-rea."

Fox follows with an antidepressant ad.

Dear Fox: We do not want to see ads for antidepressants on "American Idol." "American Idol" is supposed to be fun.
Just ask Randy, and Paula and Simon.

Ads for Old Navy -- you betcha.

Target ads -- hot.

Ads for your ridiculous new drama series about a Dutch soldier from the 1600s who can't die and is now a cop in Manhattan -- whatevs.

But no downer antidepressant ads.

On the other hand, maybe Fox was setting up the next couple of performances.

Kady Malloy, for instance, gives a dirge interpretation of "A Groovy Kind of Love."

"It was like 'Night of the Living Dead,' " Simon says. All three judges agree she's more interesting when she's pretending to be Britney Spears than when she's pretending to be herself. "When you do Britney, you're brilliant, and when you do you, the lights go off," Simon says.

And Asia'H Epperson mentions -- again -- that her dad died just before she auditioned for "Idol" and that she almost started crying during her audition but she didn't, and when she takes the stage tonight, "my dad is going to be here with me."

Speaking of sad deaths, how about that Janis Joplin, whose "Piece of My Heart" Asia'H chooses to sing? Randaula loves it. Simon says it was his favorite of the night because she had fun. "It's what it's all about -- fun," Simon says.

Ryan, who did not get that memo, immediately tells Asia'H while wearing his sad face: "You have been through so much personally," and wonders where her upbeat nature comes from.

"It's just me," she explains.

Ramiele Malubay is maybe the evening's biggest surprise, unless you count how shockingly bad the Horse Pawner was. Ramiele's "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" goes over well and Simon even feels compelled to tell her he did not like her at first, but tonight she's "outsung every single person."

"What's been the best part" about being in "Idol"? Seacrest gushes in her direction.

"Hair and makeup," Ramiele says. "And, these shoes are awesome!"

She had my vote at "hair and makeup."

Syesha Mercado picks "Tobacco Road" and though she wildly misses a few notes, at least she does not overdo the big notes like she's prone to do; overall it sounds very good. Randaula loves it; Simon says it wasn't her best performance but it doesn't matter because she's one of the most talented chicks in the running.

And finally -- saving the most controversial for last -- Carly Smithson, the Idolette whose name has been bandied about the blather-o-sphere for days now, in re the recording contract she once had, the alleged couple million the record label spent on her, the paltry number of albums she sold, blah, blah, blah.

Though numerous other Idolettes also had recording contracts in their pasts -- some, like Robbie Carrico have even had genuine careers touring with Britney, the blather-o-spherers have homed in on Carly for their wrath.

The show's producers wisely have her talk about her recording contract in her taped walkup bit. She explains she was signed by a record label when she was 15, only the record company imploded and she was left with nothing. Appearing on "Idol" "is like a second chance for me."

Then, she sings the lovely "The Shadow of Your Smile," and her performance is in a different league from any of this year's other Idolettes.

Randaula raves:

"Man, that's what the show is all about! . . . That was hot hot blazin' hot!"

Simon, on the other hand, doesn't get it: "There was so much hype about you and so much expectation."


By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 21, 2008; 7:25 AM ET "American Idol"
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Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2008 8:41 AM

3 nice comments and 9 negatives....Wow...somebody took her happy pills!!

Posted by: idolonfox | February 21, 2008 8:54 AM

When did Idol get away from being an "amateur" competition? It seems to me that in years past, Idol had more contestants withe "rougher" edges. Now it seems everyone is on the verge of stardom, or at least is looking for a second chance at a record contract.

Posted by: Willis | February 21, 2008 8:56 AM

My pick for the top 6 girls: Carly, Ramiele, Alexandrea, Asia'h, Syesha, Alaina. Brooke might have a shot if she picks a really good song and/or one of the others self destructs. I really hope Amanda doesn't make it--like Lisa said she growls and screams. I don't think I've ever heard her actually sing. I worry that she'll make it through just because she's different, so she'll attract a certain group of voters. We'll see...

Posted by: Amanda | February 21, 2008 9:30 AM

I wouldn't vote for Joanne Borgella because she is always talking about her weight, and how she could get a contract because of it. Enough already, we heard this for the last few seasons with plus size contestants. Simon should tell them either lose the weight or go audition for the "Biggest Loser".

Posted by: USC1 | February 21, 2008 9:45 AM

Simon last night at a minimum assured Ramiele superstardom in the Philippines. It looks like she'll be in the final 12 and probably top 6. I grew up in the Philippines and a Filipina making it big in America is as good as gold over there.

Posted by: LisaFan666 | February 21, 2008 9:58 AM

And THESE are the BEST TOP SINGERS in America????? A.I. is really a sit-com...that's it.

Posted by: ??? | February 21, 2008 10:20 AM

I'm surprised you didn't mention anything about Kady's "Gaze of Fury" stare whenever anyone said anything remotely critical. She was giving everyone the evil eye, and she was pouting like crazy at the end when she was standing next to Ryan.

Oh, and does the horse pawner remind anyone else of Marcia Brady?

Posted by: Ike | February 21, 2008 10:27 AM

Randaula! Love it. Sounds like the title of a monster movie from the '50s.

Re: Rock n Roll Nurse -- I hope she stays around for a while. All those perky, blonde, homecoming-queen type girls start to bland -- um blend -- together.

Posted by: owingsmills | February 21, 2008 10:32 AM

Lisa has got the perfect view of the entire A.I. mystique..there isn't one! Randy has become a parody of himself, Paula, God bless her cannot put five words together to make a coherent sentence and seems to be thinking in slow motion. Simon is his usual self, and while I cringe at the shots he takes, his view is generally pretty good. And this years contestants? Puleeze! There are maybe 4 who have a shot at the music business, some of whom already did and flunked the test. The rest should go to Disney World and work the shows. This has got a long way to go, but the best thing is, Lisa will have fodder all the way to May, and that's worth the price of admission.

Posted by: Alan | February 21, 2008 10:41 AM

Boring, boring episode - the whole show was a death march to me. I kept hoping someone would sing something iteresting or upbeat. And even when some of them tried, it was lackluster.

While no one made me jump up and down, I thought Alaina, Ramiele, Asia'h and Syesha were the top performances of the night.

I didn't think Kristy Lee Cook was nearly as bad as they made her out to be (especially when they played everyone back at the end - I realized she was one of the better perforamnces of the night). Same for Alexandrea (not my musical taste, but I thought she did a nice job). Kady Malloy could also be good down the stretch if she shows she has a fun personality.

I'm SOOOO not getting the Carly thing. Is it just me?

Posted by: Office World | February 21, 2008 10:49 AM

"American Idol" is relevent for a performer who has the guts to sing and dance in front of millions. The show does represent a chance for exposing talent, but what is talent? A true, talented performer would be using their own material and not copping out on another's work.

Posted by: Maxey | February 21, 2008 10:55 AM

The Filipino girl, Malubay is her last name, she is very talented and cute. Has great potential. Lushington will be around awhile too.

This Carly thing, I don't get it either. Average at best.

Posted by: Jim Bevers | February 21, 2008 11:19 AM

Asia'h(uh?) IS the advertisement for antidpressants - continually upbeat in the face of bereavement.

Carly's "The Shadow of your Smile" was beautiful. It's a classic song - and classics are timeless - and thus ALWAYS relevant. Who cares if she ever already had a recording contract? Her accent sounded as if it might slightly be Irish - but since I never watch the audition "previews" I've no idea if her possible import status has already been discussed.

Posted by: Jean | February 21, 2008 12:23 PM

I cringe when it is time for Paula to make her comments...why can't she get her thoughts and words together??? It is sooooo irritating. I know Simon hates to have to wait for her to finish before he can speak...and that's about ten minutes after she begins!

Posted by: Linda | February 21, 2008 12:36 PM

Amanda was horrible. She was drowned out by the band. She's a one trick pony and won't last. Wait till "big band week" comes up...haha

Amy Davis - not even close to finding the right key

Kristy Lee Cook can ride my pony anyday.

Carly - is a plant and the last time she attempted to create a record...her label lost 3 million bucks and sold 300 records....hahaha The label did NOT blow up like she said....she lied - she just sucked.

Top Two Girls?

Filipino Girl?
Syesha whatever her name is?

just goes to show you the boys are better this season.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2008 12:39 PM

Yeah, but Amy Davis is hott!

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Posted by: tila beau | February 21, 2008 12:43 PM

I think the guys have a slight edge over the girls this year - we'll see. The producers could get rid of "60's night" far as I'm concerned. What a bunch of crummy songs they had to choose from.

Posted by: WI | February 21, 2008 12:46 PM

Willis--this hasn't been exclusively a purely amateur competition for a while. Several people in previous years have been performing in professional bands or singing professionally in the past. Although none have been noted to have had recording contracts before, there have been several professional singers in the competition before including Haley Scarnato (still a great expletive!), Chris Daughtry, and a few others.

And for what it's worth, I do not understand the hype on tattoo girl. She has a nice voice, but a very boring voice and style. It feels very cookie cutter to me and I can understand why her album went nowhere. Great voice, very uninteresting style and personality. Although I agree that here vocals were good, I thought her song choice was weak and although she has a good reason of having the flu, I did not think her performance was anything special. Definitely think that Asia'h and Ramielle both were significantly better and she was in the second tier of performances with the 16-year old blond early in the show and Alexandrea.

I also don't understand why they always talk about the rockers as being new and different. Hello...rockers have been around for 60 some years. Those who excel at loud and grating don't ever get out of the niche market. Those who sing well and are more than one trick pony's (like Daughtry) are popular. Unless rocker nurse can branch out beyond the heavy metal screaming act, she will only last about 4-5 weeks before as Simon put it in Hollywood week "everything sounds the same". She won't make it to the top-10 if she can't get beyond the niche voters.

Posted by: Dadwannabe | February 21, 2008 12:58 PM

I've never seen Simon look so. . . so. . . incompetent. He says he didn't know some songs that really should be second-nature to someone his age, and his criticism of Carly -- just set aside the contract business for a moment -- was way off track. She looked better than most pros to me. And what's his problem with cabaret? Has he never seen a pro in action at a cabaret? Why is it by definition a slur from him?

Posted by: JD | February 21, 2008 1:00 PM

alaina and ramiele were the best

Posted by: job | February 21, 2008 1:07 PM

"Those who sing well and are more than one trick pony's (like Daughtry) are popular."

You think that Daughtry is more than a one-trick pony?

Perhaps you're seeing something I'm not, but I think that he's most certainly a one-trick pony, all of his songs sound exactly the same.

He's popular because he fits a formula: Inoffensive Adult Wuss-Rock. See: Nickelback, Creed, 3 Doors Down, etc...

Posted by: Duffman | February 21, 2008 1:12 PM

The boys are better this year. However, I was blown away with the performances of Ramiele and Syesha. Kady is smokin' hot.

Posted by: Ely | February 21, 2008 1:19 PM

I think the show has run it's course. They have overcompensated with their quest for great talent that it appears rigged. There was nothing wrong with the talent from last year, at least they seemed sincere and showed their flaws. I think America is tired of Randy's outdated metaphors, Paula's disassociated rambling and Simon's ego-maniacal rants. Cancel it and put reruns of 24 in it's place.

Posted by: olderand wiser | February 21, 2008 1:30 PM

Alaina, Ramiele and David should be Final Three

Posted by: Mary Rose | February 21, 2008 1:31 PM

You think that Daughtry is more than a one-trick pony?

Perhaps you're seeing something I'm not, but I think that he's most certainly a one-trick pony, all of his songs sound exactly the same.

He's popular because he fits a formula: Inoffensive Adult Wuss-Rock. See: Nickelback, Creed, 3 Doors Down, etc...

Posted by: Duffman | February 21, 2008 01:12 PM

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I think that he certainly showed significantly more versatility than just about any other rocker during the season that he was on AI. Although his post-AI publicity machine has featured that song that you talk about, I think he can be more than a one-trick pony.

Posted by: Dadwannabe | February 21, 2008 1:40 PM

The worst talent ever assembled. It seems beyond belief that they could have auditioned that many people and not have come up with any real talent.

Better talent at any Karaoke bar on a Tuesday night. The big three ranaulamon are beyond help. Nothing is worse than being so ignorant that you can,t tell. They are the true talent disaster.

The last singer :shadow of your smile is the only real singer in the group men or women and Mon didn't get it?!

Truly pathetic

Posted by: Lynn Smith | February 21, 2008 2:11 PM

The more I think about it, Kady looked like an angry Jenna Bush last night...She's gotta go.

Posted by: Ike | February 21, 2008 2:12 PM

I like the filipina girl...she is hot!!

Posted by: namputchaka | February 21, 2008 2:25 PM

The fat black chicks gotta go. Just because somebody took a picture of her fat ass doesn't make her a model.

Posted by: MarkD | February 21, 2008 2:28 PM

Last night was just so very, very boring. Anyone remember Fantasia? Now I know it was a while ago, but remember when she came out and every single song she did she just sounded like a star? So where was that last night with the girls, or with any of the guys for that matter?

But hey - this is not a singing contest, this is a TV show designed to pull in viewers - and just like the Superbowl, it does a great job of it - I mean after all, aren't we all on here having our 2 cents worth? So in that sense the show was good, but God save us from any more boring and dull performances - please!

P.S. Lisa - you so funny ;-)

Posted by: Shawn | February 21, 2008 2:43 PM

If Idol is supposed to produce today's pop stars, then what is the show doing making the contestants sing tunes from the 60s?

The first nights for both guys and gals were total bores!

Posted by: J.P. | February 21, 2008 2:49 PM

I guess it all really starts in grade school, where children are taught they can be anything they want to be. So many of them decide to be singers...without a lick of talent to their name. And since their Mammas always told them they sounded great...even or especially when they didn't...their Mamas can't be the ones to break the news.

Let's face it: there are many singers out there now who thing they can sing but still can't...and it is exquisite torture to be caught in a store or elevator where their music is being played. Ugh!

Posted by: Joe K | February 21, 2008 3:01 PM

Total semi disinterested neophyte question - do they only have a limited selection of songs to sing from?

Why "Happy Together" twice? Reminds me of the days at the Edgewater Inn and "We are not groupies, we only like musicians for friends" and "With a Bullet".

Posted by: kdttttt | February 21, 2008 3:02 PM

First of all I think that Chris Daughtry is amazing!!
Second of all I think that there is absolutely no reason to have the contestant sing songs from the 60's. I mean with so much great music out there.... But I think that a guy is going to win it this year.
Third, ya'll know that the only reason most of us watch the show is to watch Paula try and make a coherent sentence. Because we know that the week we miss an episode, it is the night she is going to fall out of her chair, give Simon a black eye, or something else equally entertaining.
Personally I haven't watched either the guys or girls this week (plan on it, have them recorded) But just reading about the performances makes me wonder "Where has all the talent gone." I agree that toooo many of them were told they could sing by some well meaning person who didn't want to bruise their self confidence. The world needs a few more Simons to set the record straight!

Posted by: sarahs | February 21, 2008 3:38 PM

Yes, the contestants have a list of about 50 songs that they have to choose from for each night. AI has to get licensing from the major houses (ASCAP, BMI, etc) for songs to be aired on television for profit. This is actually why some of the semifinalists were not featured before this week. In one case, three singers sang the same song and the license holder refused to give them a waiver for the song (they pay the licensing fees for SF and on, but try to get waivers for the auditions and Hollywood week rounds since they often only do smaller clips and partial covers).

And it's not about the money for the licensing, it's about the gruesome paperwork for licensing this stuff. They try to have licensing in place early on. It is very hard to try to get this done in 5 business days, so they try to have the list of potential songs cleared before the season starts so that they don't have this problem later. Imagine being a finalist and picking a song and finding out the day before your recording that they can't get the licensing in time and you'll have to pick another song.

Posted by: Dadwannabe | February 21, 2008 3:56 PM

It is the duality of AI that makes it interesting. On one hand, it illustrates exactly why the 'music industry' is failing, in that it produces too many mediocre singers, who couldn't write a song to save their lives. On the other hand, Americans love a good reach-for-your-dreams story, even when - as noted earlier - too many of these folks have wrongly been encouraged to think they are uniquely talented. So, its almost schadenfreude watching these folks chase a dream while being eviscerated week after week. It is not the talent show, but the conflict that we so love.

That said, I never like to pick a fave until they've demonstrated some consistency in good performance over a few weeks. And, let's be honest: horse pawner didn't make it this far, but will go on a little further, not because she can sing but because she is smokin' hot - and rides horses. You do the math...

Posted by: BHDad | February 21, 2008 4:44 PM

You know, some of you people are disgusting. The way you talk about the female contestants as though they exist solely as potential fodder for your sexual fantasies, and reject them as practically unworthy as human beings if they don't fit the bill for your particular brand of fap-a-thon, makes me want to retch. Men who act that way are invariably those hideous morons who think that every woman wants them. Well, guess what, dude? I guarantee you that Kristi Lee Cook is not riding her horse and thinking of YOU!

Posted by: Kari | February 21, 2008 5:06 PM

To the commenter up-thread who said "I've never seen Simon look so. . . so. . . incompetent. He says he didn't know some songs that really should be second-nature to someone his age"

I think Simon's problem was that he was being subtle, and what he was trying to convey is not that he'd never heard the songs before, but that the butchering of them by the contestants made them unrecognizable to him. Just a thought.

Posted by: NotSoFast | February 21, 2008 5:22 PM

Having missed that last two seasons I was excited about seeing AI again. Well, two hours of my life, I'll never get back. EVER. Why do they make these kids sing these God awful songs that they will never ever have to sing again in life. Because they should be "well rounded"? Please. When is the last time you heard Kelly Clarkson sing an "oldie" from the 60's or Ruben Studdard belt out a country song. They never will, so what's the point?

Posted by: Psychoboy | February 21, 2008 5:27 PM

Kari - I mean no offense and please allow me to explain my point. I have nothing personal against Ms. Cook. And I do not think that AI should be a competition based on physical attractiveness, or fantasy appeal. My point is: that is what a show like AI is, and the music industry has largely become. And that is exactly why the industry is flailing.
That is, they package sex appeal to sell records, rather than really looking for and producing quality music that folks will pay to support. Ms. Cook turns in, at best, a lackluster performance. But she fits the industry model of a packageable commodity, rather than a high quality artist. She isn't bad - she just isn't great, in a nation of 300 million people, some of whom are out there writing and playing great music, but who are never heard of because they are not so marketable. So, really, I meant to deride the valuation of pubescent fantasy potential over quality artistry, not express my own fantasies or posit that such should be criteria for success on AI or as an artist, generally.

Posted by: BHDad | February 21, 2008 5:29 PM

Kari:
"You know, some of you people are disgusting. The way you talk about the female contestants as though they exist solely as potential fodder for your sexual fantasies, and reject them as practically unworthy as human beings if they don't fit the bill for your particular brand of fap-a-thon, makes me want to retch. Men who act that way are invariably those hideous morons who think that every woman wants them. Well, guess what, dude? I guarantee you that Kristi Lee Cook is not riding her horse and thinking of YOU!"

Hey Kari, lighten up...you sound really hot by the way, you free next week? If not, I'm sure Amy Davis will be available after that dreck performance....nice pics!!

Posted by: Biff | February 21, 2008 5:35 PM


Having missed that last two seasons I was excited about seeing AI again. Well, two hours of my life, I'll never get back. EVER. Why do they make these kids sing these God awful songs that they will never ever have to sing again in life. Because they should be "well rounded"? Please. When is the last time you heard Kelly Clarkson sing an "oldie" from the 60's or Ruben Studdard belt out a country song. They never will, so what's the point?

Posted by: Psychoboy | February 21, 2008 05:27 PM

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They have the "themes" because otherwise the majority of the performers would sing niche music and only that and 1. it would get boring and 2. it would be harder to see the relative strengths of the performers. If Daughtry only sang rock or Josh Gracin only sang country or Blake Lewis only beatbox or sang technomusic, you wouldn't get quite the crossover interest in the show and it would be harder to compare. They aren't going to sing these things ever, but making performers step out of their shell gives one more way to compare them. As it is you still get many who say that so-and-so sounds the same every week and they're boring. Imagine if you let them sing their genre of music every week, how would you really compare them?

Last, check out my post earlier about the licensing. By having themes, they can preselect the 50 or so songs that are available to the singers and get the licensing paperwork done earlier and have less of a scramble for royalties.

Posted by: Dadwannabe | February 21, 2008 5:46 PM

i'm voting for michael johns and ramielle. this girl is so sweet, very talented yet very humble. she's very cute and telegenic, too.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 21, 2008 9:29 PM

With a show as boring as that one was, maybe we should take the suggestion and take the antidepressant. That might make it fun again...

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Posted by: Robo | February 22, 2008 12:49 PM

I found Alexandrea Lushington to be a pleasant surprise....she seemed so natural and comfortable on the stage...I liked her style a lot....quite entertaining and as far as I'm concerned, at this point in time at least, the one to beat...Asia'h was also quite good and fun to watch, i.e., very likeable....Syesha toned her loud big voice down a bit, which was a plus, both for her and for the viewers but I hated her song selection...come on Syesha, Tobacco Road? All in all I thought the girls once again were better than the guys on the whole

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