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Miley Cyrus gives back on 'American Idol'

It's Billboard No. 1's night on "American Idol" and Miley Cyrus mentor night too! Let's see how many times Miley can make it all about her!

'Idol' contestant Paige Miles performs. Will she be the one to get voted off? (Ray Mickshaw -- Fox) Click on image to see photo gallery of performance highlights.

Show host Ryan Seacrest asks judge Randy Jackson to explain the mysteries of 'Idol' arithmetic to him; it goes like this. There are 11 Idolettes. The top 10 get to go on tour, the one who gets the hook this week does not get to go on tour because 11 is one more than 10. The 1 Idolette will lose out in the Giant Opportunity. Judge Ellen The Generous talks about the importance of something called "voting" because it's votes from viewers that determine which of the Idolettes has the fewest "votes" and that person will be the one who is not part of the 10. Judge Simon Cowell, however, says it's like if you were an Idolette who had six numbers on a lottery ticket and only get five, because then you don't get to go on tour, you lose a lot of money and it's damaging to your career. "That's why I love this night". Cowell adds.

Hey, judges, let's make a deal. You stop talking down to us and we'll accept Miley Cyrus as a "mentor."

Now comes the part of the show when Seabiscuit eggs the judges on to pick over old bones from the previous week. This week, Kara maintains that a singer has to understand the lyrics of the song he or she is singing. Simon agrees that every song has a journey, a peak, a valley, a lake. Oh boy, is he bored.

After Seabiscuit and Simon play another round of Don't Enter My Space, Seabiscuit leans in and kisses Ellen The Generous. Are the "Idol" producers teasing a new story line here? Wow, there are more clues in tonight's show than a "Lost" episode.

No time to think. Someone from Billboard magazine is explaining that the Billboard Hot 100 is really, really old. Like August of 1958 old. Could they have found anyone less hip looking to be the face of Billboard?

Cut to Idolettes who don't know who is going to be this week's mentor. "It could be anyone," observes MENSA boy Casey James.

It's Miley Cyrus -- the "pop princess" who is only 17, but has "a lifetime of experience" Seabiscuit explains. And the voice of an old lady who has been a pack-a-day smoker for years.

'Idol' producers, who must be the only people in the music business who are amazed at the idea of teenagers being successful in the music industry, pile it on with a video in which Miley explains The Meaning of Miley:

"I'm the youngest of everything, all the time" she says. "It's not about age -- that's not what it's all about. I'm like trapped -- I'm 17 but I have these ideas. People don't take me serious, but they take me serious, because I take myself serious. I know what I think is how my heart feels and that's the way it's going to be."

Phew! That Miley is a fast talker! No wonder she has to use so many words.

Miley says she loves being a mentor on "American Idol" because "it made me look at myself . . . see how Miley's pitchy!" Miley Cyrus: Already All About Her.

Lee Dewyze gets the first personal training session with the high-volume pop princess. She thinks his voice is "amazing" but lacks stage presence and advises him to put in some notes people don't expect, when he sings "The Letter." Have you noticed how when Miley talks, sometimes her mouth is the only thing moving on her face -- like a character in one of those low-budget cartoons? Lee's performance continues to lack stage presence, but the judges are going to love that he moved around the stage more. Randy says he knocked it out of the box. Ellen The Generous likens him to a pen you love because it writes perfectly but then it starts running out of ink and you light a match under it and lick it. The American Idol Decency Police roll out the water cannon. Kara says he's never sounded better, which is setting the bar very low. Simon calls it corny.

As if Paige Miles isn't nervous enough hearing about all the millions of dollars she's going to lose out on if she doesn't' make the cut this week, they've put her in eight inch heels she's terrified she'll fall out of. She's picked the tune "Against All Odds" -- you can tell it's a terrible song choice when she's rehearsing with Miley. But Miley the Mentor's time is valuable, so she predicts Paige will "do amazing on the show as long as she watches her pitch." Which is another way of saying "This is going to be bad." It is. Randy calls it "honestly terrible." Ellen The Generous congratulates her on not falling out of her shoes, notes Paige's hair and outfit look great and refuses to discuss the performance. .Kara thinks it's the worst vocal of the season. Simon thinks she's toast.

Miley thinks Tim Urban "rocks" -- his pecs and abs have been all over the Internet for days and his hair has been trimmed to make him look more like Joe Jonas. She announces she is going to give him a big hug, like it's a moment he'll cherish forever. Tim assures the camera his is "going to be a good performance." He sings "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." If you listen closely, it's in there somewhere, between the grabbing of tweener girls' hands and the sliding across the stage in the general direction of Randy. Randy explains patiently to Tim that this is a singing competition. Ellen The Generous likens it to an audition for "High School Musical 6" -- or even "7." Kara says it's like Zac Efron and "Hairspray" all rolled into one -- and not in a good way. Simon compliments him on the heinie-slide, saying it distracted us from his singing.

Little Aaron Kelly just hit puberty; he calls it tonsilitis-cum-laryngitis. He recalls singing Miley Cyrus tune "The Climb" during his first "Idol" audition and wonders if she saw it and what she thought of it:

"Whassup," Miley says when she meets Aaron.
"I watched you sing 'The Climb and it was really great," she says.
"Thank you," he says.
"No problem," she responds.
"To hear that from somebody you're a fan of -- it just makes your day," Aaron tells the camera.

Aaron gives the exact same performance he always gives, only worse. Randy notes he's just hit puberty, only Randy calls it "a little under the weather." Ellen The Generous says he's always been pitch-perfect only now he's hit puberty; she calls it being "in third grade or something." Kara says she's not going to beat him up because he just hit puberty. Simon calls him brave to hit puberty in front of about 20 million people on "American Idol" and suggests he give Miley a call. Miley, seated in the audience, flashes a toothy, gum-smacking grin.

Crystal Bowersox picks this week to give viewers and judges what they've been waiting for from her all season -- a Janis Joplin tune. She picks "Me and Bobby McGee." Miley advises Crystal her to sing more high notes. Then, shockingly, the hype-immune, non-"Idol" watching Crystal goes all tweener school girl who has just met Miley Cyrus, and simpers "I don't know if I can do it!" While we try to recover from the shock, Crystal says to Miley: "I have powerful, beautiful women sign my guitar," and asks Miley to sign it too. "One more notch" Crystal says happily. We fling ourselves on the sofa and begin to gnaw at the cushions in a frenzy of disillusionment.

Spurred on by Miley's advice, Crystal give her first by-the-numbers performance of the competition, singing note-for-note, the Joplin version of the tune. And, sure enough, she doesn't quite hit all the high notes. Randy says she "slayed it." Ellen The Generous advises her to let her personality show more when she's imitating Janis Joplin. Kara wants her to get rid of the guitar. But Simon gushes that he wouldn't change a thing in Crystal's exact note-for-note imitation of Joplin -- which is good, because there won't be another version forthcoming from Joplin for Crystal to change it to.

Miley tells Michael Lynche he's already her favorite Idolette because he gave her a big hug when they met, while "everyone else is scared to touch me." Miley Cyrus: Still Finding New Ways to Make it All About Her.

"I'm falling in love with you" she tells Michael as he sings "When a Man Loves a Woman" while staring at her. "She has kind eyes," Michael says. Love is in the air. The camera cuts to Seabiscuit who is standing behind Ellen The Generous with his arms around her neck. She kisses his hand then rubs her cheek on the hand. We will never know the toll that gesture took on her. The American Idol Decency Police plug in their Pixilator.

Performing this time for the judges, Michael opts not to add calisthenics this week. Randy commends him for picking an R&B tune. "This woman loves this man!" says Ellen The Generous. Still, Kara thinks it had too many riffs and Simon likened it to wanting one scoop of ice cream and getting eleven.

Andrew Garcia gets so flustered meeting Miley he forgets the lyrics to "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Miley suggests he get rid of his guitar, which she says blocks him and makes him really stiff. He tosses the guitar and instead stomps around stage and points at his ear when he sings the words "I heard it through the grapevine." It's hard to turn "I Heard It Though the Grapevine" into a nursery rhyme, but Andrew succeeds. Miley is seen in the audience, nervously chomping on her gum. Randy says it was all wrong; Ellen The Generous calls it "not good." "You've' got to do that moment where you did 'Straight Up'," Kara says, hearkening back to Hollywood Week. "You've had enough time to sort this out," Simon snaps, in regards to Hollywood Week having been a long, long time ago -- and the last time the judges liked one of Andrew's performances. He tells Seabiscuit his plan was "to just have fun, man!"

Katie Stevens notes she and Miley are the same age. She asks Miley "How do you deal with people who are negative?" which we assume means Simon. Miley plays the Remember Who You Are as a Musician card. This bucks up Katie as she sings "Big Girls Don't Cry." Not in the right key, mind you, but with gumption. Randy notes it was "sharp all over the place." Ellen The Generous calls it Katie's best performance ever. Kara says she still has "mad pitch issues." Simon commends her for losing her "pageant horror outfits."

Casey James introduces himself to Miley by saying he is a big fan - of her dad. "Oh great, not me but my DAD?!" Miley complains. Miley Cyrus: No End to the Ways She Can Make it About Her. She advises him, when singing "Power of Love," to make eye contact with the first three people in the front row. "It's funny she brought that up because this week I was really going to focus on that," Casey marvels. Then he doesn't. Randy's love is lukewarm, but Ellen The Generous calls it the best vocal of the night. "You're ready to make an album . . . you're in a zone now -- stay in it!" gushes Kara, who's on again-off again lust for Casey is apparently on again. Simon, however, calls it identical to the Huey Lewis version of the 80's. Funny him not telling Crystal her number was identical to the Janis Joplin version of the '70s.

Didi Benami asks Miley if she ever gets nervous before going on stage. Miley says yes, you have to be because it's what drives you. Does anybody buy that hooey? Yes, Didi does! Didi reports feeling a lot better, knowing Miley gets nervous before performances too. Didi then proceeds to vamp and growl her way through "You're No Good" trying out various keys along the way. Randy and Ellen react with caution. Kara says she was playing a character. Simon finds irony in her screeching "You're no good" over and over again.

Miley thinks Siobhan Magnus's voice is wicked cool and likes that she's so different. "I've been different my whole life," Siobhan says. Her hair in a fauxhawk, Siobhan sings "Superstition" and goes for a huge note toward the end, which the judges have said they have come to expect from her.. So, naturally, Simon nicks her for it -- but he's never liked Siobhan, though she's this season's most accomplished performer. But, in the audience, Miley has given Siobhan a thumbs-up. And Randy thinks she's "fearless," "great," and an inspiration for the other Idolettes. Kara loves it too. And, in honor of Siobhan's brilliant performance, Ellen pulls out the imitation of the Charles Dickens character, Oliver Twist, that she's been saving for just this moment: "More, please!"

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Say what you will about Cyrus, but I saw a non-Brittney.
A sharp, likable young gal who gave some good advice and showed why she has gotten such a huge fan base from the natural easily relatable chemistry she has with people.
Miley on AI was good for Miley who is now going to be an adult entertainer hoping for a wider base - and from yesterday and now today when she performs in front of 170 million people world-wide. She may get a big boost herself.
But the contestants that really benefited from Miley bringing a gargantuan wheelbarrow full of Fans who Will likely in large Part Stick and Vote??

1. Without a doubt, young Katie Stevens is the biggest winner of any new fans of Cyrus sticking around. She seemed to get a huge buck-up in confidence from Miley and is now a lock for Top 10.
2. Crystal did well. She was respectful and warm with Miley, though you knew she wouldn't listen to anything Miley said and change her 10-year schtick off that. "Sign my guitar Miley, other powerful women have" (faint nausea).
3. Next to Katie, Aaron ought to kiss Miley's feet for the big boost he got, and the legions of text voting Squeeee Gurls handed to him.
4. Mike Mike has got his "big, non-threatening cuddle bear black man" routine down. Sang his whole song to Miley instead of sourpuss wife in the audience. BUt he will get new votes.
5. Remember that "Hanna Montana" for those who don't know - is a character premised on a non-mainstream gurl that is a sweet, somewhat awkward shy person - who is also a "secret rock star" that comes alive on stage.
Siobhan loosely approximates that with her real life.
This was no deliberate setup, because Cowell definitely doesn't favor Siobhan over "my preferential Winner Crystal" - but Hanna Montana fans just saw the core of their character manifested in a real girl. The sweet mousey big glasses Siobhan with Miley then the mowhawked power rocker she transformed into.
It could be that Siobhan just got almost as many new votes as Katie did - especially since "Bad Simon" was MEAN to her. (correctly mean IMO - as the biggest favor the producers could do for Siobhan is say this isn't like a bar band going from town to town and hooting and filling the tip jar after the Glory note scream. It's the same people and a scream now and then is OK, but not EVERYTIME you perform!! It gets tedious and wipes out memory of some good stuff before IT.)

6. I'll add a 6th, and I hate to say it - but the Abysmal Tim Urban probably cynically went for younger Cyrus fans in his stomach-turning pander-fest and likely got enough of them along with his own Squeeee Gurl stable that he is safe and we have to listen to him another 2-3 weeks.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | March 24, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Have to say your spot on with those comments Chris. I think Paige is going home. I like Crystal alot last night, Siobhan is my favorite but that will change if she insists on screaching a big note into each song. I am also sick of the judges bashing Andrew, they are the ones that keep bringing up his Holloywood weeek performance enough about it already. Does anyone else wonder about Randy's hearing? I don't understand everyone always being pitchey.

Posted by: sivwiz | March 24, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Paige is indeed toast.

Posted by: layla2 | March 24, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Forgot to agree that Miley was alot better mentor than I was expecting.

Posted by: sivwiz | March 24, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Oh my. First of all, Lisa, your column rocks. I was laughing outloud. At work. Second, bad song choices abounded last night, I maybe liked two songs. I still like Aaron and Siobhan. Paige should be toast tonight, she hasn't sounded good in weeks. Neither has Tim but I'm sure the children voted for him.

Posted by: MrsKirby | March 24, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The song choices were boring.

Posted by: molsonmich | March 24, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I don't know if you penned the term, Squeeee Gurls, but hilarious...thanks for the laugh.

Last night, I realized how mediocre this year's group is. There are a few good voices. But, seriously, best in the country? And of all the wonderful songs to choose from (basically EVERYTHING except Baroque!) their picks were a real snoozefest. Actually, a couple might have benefited from doing some Vivaldi.

My opinion is the judges' criticism/advice has been so perplexingly contradictory this season that they are all deer in headlights.

Although I must remember that Carrie Underwood was also lifeless and wooden onstage during her season. And look where she is now! But that girl can sang.

I'm rooting for these kids to get it together soon.

Posted by: ILoveToSinga | March 24, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

This was THE most boring AI yet, and that's saying ALOT. These people are NOT getting any better. Even my favorites, Crystal, Mike, and Casey, and just sleepwalking through their performances. Siobhan is great, yes, but I'm bored with her already. I don't get why everyone's in love with her -- she's just okay in my book. Certainly better than most everyone else,now that Lily is gone, but this year's talent pool is weak.

Lisa, I can't believe you didn't mention the abysmal song choices. Who is guiding these kids to choose their music??? Power of Love? You're No Good?? Heard it thru the Grapevine? Crazy Little Thing? I could go on and on. Honestly, there was not one good song choice except Katie, irony of ironies. What about Prince? Sarah McLachlan? George Michael? Diana Ross? C'mon people. Even the Doobie Bros. would have been a welcome relief.

God, I really miss Lily, Todrick, and mullet-boy. They would have picked some interesting tunes, I'm sure.
Can't we get them back??? Puh-leeze? Can we start the X-factor NOW? More importantly, WHY am I still watching? (This is what my husband wails every Tues. night as he stomps out of the room)


Posted by: tmeintermedia | March 24, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

no mention of Ryan calling Aaron Kelly David Archuleta? haha

Posted by: adbspam | March 24, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I thought that was pretty rude, adbspam. Aaron actually has one of the better voices. What was the point of that? Sometimes, Ryan and Simon try too hard to be cute at the expense of the contestants. I don't think Ryan will try that with Big Mike.

Posted by: ILoveToSinga | March 24, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Siobhan is turning into Madam Lambert.
Stop screaming every song!

Posted by: wmsiii | March 24, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree with most. Yesterday day was a bad night in what is turning out to be a bad season.

At the beginning of the season, I thought Paige, Katie, and Andrew had a lot of potential. I was clearly wrong. Paige, in particular, has completely forgotten how to sing. She is not the first contestant that has regressed. Every season, one or two people regress. Something may be wrong with the behind the scenes singing instruction.

Is there anybody other than Crystal, Siobhan, or Michael, that has a chance to win this season?

Aaron gets this weeks David Archuleta/ Danny Gokey award for undeserving praise over a mediocre performance. When the song first started, I thought it had potential. But Aaron did nothing with it. That song was too big for him. All he demonstrated is that he pales in comparison to Steven Tyler. And again, I ask, what is he doing with his eyebrows? He is clearly "manscaping" them and they look really unnatural.

Ellen the Generous is far better than Paula as the feel good judge. This change has been positive. Ellen is funnier, more articulate, and doesn't hog the microphone.

Kara Dioguardi on the other hand.. Ugh! Her flirting with Simon is out of control. What must her husband be thinking?

Posted by: niceshoes1 | March 24, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Given that Kris Allen won last year, I'd give Casey James a chance of pulling off the upset this year.

Posted by: SheldonAlexandria | March 24, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Madam Lambert!! I love that, wmsiii!

Man, that whole show was not good. As far as mentors go, I don't usually pay that much attention. Frankly, I'm waiting for someone to match Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber the best Idol mentor EVER. All I'll say is I'd never heard Miley Cyrus speak - that was a bizarre voice to come out of a 17 year old girl.

I totally agree that the song choices were terrible. I am tempted to go look at the Billboard charts for the last 60 years to make alterna-picks for everybody. "Heard it Through the Grapevine"?? Yeah, heard it 600,000 times just since The Big Chill soundtrack was released.

I also agree that the judges have been giving the worst feedback ever this season. How is Andrew supposed to get over his "Straight Up" MOMENT when Kara brings it up every single time he opens his mouth. In fact, if I never hear the word "MOMENT" again it will be too soon.

I did feel bad for Paige. I'm not a fan of hers, but I sing a little and I know that was not her voice. With laryngitis you can be unable to speak but still sing, as she did before, and then be able to speak but not have your singing voice be fully available to you. I turned around and listened with my back to the TV and I could tell she was still sick. Kara must have heard it too, but she slammed Paige for pitch problems that were vocal health issues, not technique issues. Then they totally gave what's his name the little guy a pass on the same thing. Uncool.

I also felt bad for Didi - what about Seabiscuit mangling her name right before she has so sing?? My daughter said "She looks really angry - why is she so angry?" (I was still turned around). Well, probably because they just loved how "dark" she got on Rolling Stones night. She was trying to recapture that moment (AUGH) while at the same time begging not be pigeonholed. I also gave myself a golf clap for pointing out to the room that it is always a mistake to pick a song with a title that can be so easily turned against you, before Simon made his "ironic" comment. Didi Bedini you brought that one on yourself.

Don't these people ever WATCH this show?

Posted by: buffybot | March 24, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, another snark-filled column! What will Lisa think of next! I can't wait to see what she writes next week about AI. Don't tell me? More snark?

Posted by: declaire | March 24, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Andrew should have done a Carlos Santana song, with guitar of course. He missed his opportunity.

Paige has been such a huge disappointment, and she has a fairly decent voice. She just hasn't figured out what to do with it yet.

Lee reminded me of Taylor Hicks, which is not a compliment.

And Ryan, yes Aaron does remind us of David Archuletta, but that wasn't necessary for goodness sake.

Tim, no comment. Just go away.

Posted by: kdinsd | March 24, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Nothing from this show really stuck to the tape, other than the nagging realization that Andrew Garcia is really starting to resemble the Kim Jong Il character from "Team America: World Police."

Posted by: Regis09 | March 24, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Crystal Bowersox is to me the best Idol contestant I've ever seen. Just pure, raw, effortless talent. She's going places. The others are not even in her league.

Posted by: skins82 | March 24, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Last night I missed Lilly, Todrick and Alex of the Mullet, too. My husband thinks if Lilly and Alex had been more conventionally cute they'd still be there, a shame. Instead we got mostly performances that fell into one of two categories. You had your cover-band type performances that duplicated originals note for note (Simon was right! Crystal, Lee, Michael, Didi, Tim, Andrew et al. WERE all corny and old-fashioned. And I'm old enough to remember when those songs first came out.) Then you had had the off-key ones. Randy was totally correct about the pitch problems every time he pointed them out. Katie and Paige escaped the copycat curse but the pitch problems were cringe-inducing.

I actually thought Didi was going to pull off something different and kind of cool at first, when she came out and it was just her, the bassist and the guitarist. And Andrew, c'mon, why aren't you picking songs that fit your style??? Why not John Mayer, Dave Matthews or Neyo?

I don't remember anything about Casey last night except that it looked like he had more gel in his hair than usual. That must say something.

As for Miley, I noticed the startlingly old smoker voice, too. Also was unnerved by the amount of makeup she had on for such a young girl, including false eyelashes. Then there was the blonde woman sitting with her in the audience whom I assume was her mom, whose face had an eerie over-corrected smoothness, like a computer-animated person.

I'm beginning to think I like the idea of this show more than I actually am enjoying the show this year. I sure do hope some of these people start to improve.

Posted by: owingsmills | March 24, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Simon seems to be totally bored. He just wants Crystal to win and have it over with. He picks on Siobhan because she is a threat to Crystal. They are both good, so why not let the voters decide, Simon?

Posted by: nthwoods | March 24, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

My Lord. To quote one of my college professors, last night's program was replete with stinkiosity.

Since when is hitting maybe 80% of the notes a passing grade?

I come from the world of dance. That's like saying s/he's a pretty good dancer because s/he only fell down 20 times.

What if a concert pianist hit 20% bad notes. Would an audience actually buy a ticket? Would they keep sitting there?

It all reminded me of the summer my younger cousin (then a college student) lived with me and tried to teach herself how to play the saxophone. She sang in a band - and was quite good - but the saxophone was another story.

All summer long - "Twinkle, twinkle, little star" except it came out sounding like "Twinkle twinkAAAKUUKAAALLL" - what a bum note. She never got it right and in the end I wanted to throw her AND the saxohone out the window.

As for Siobhan - her scream is for me the madeleine for that saxophone. I'm delighted she enjoys screaming, but I think perhaps her time would be better spent in Primal Scream Therapy. I know mine would.

Posted by: jqw3827 | March 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Lisa de Moraes: What is the best (only) reason to watch AI each season.

Posted by: CentreOfNowhere1 | March 24, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Tim Urban in the top 10? Ugh. I really feel bad for Paige, she showed a lot of promise earlier, but just completely fell flat on her face. Targon was great as usual, but I wonder what she has planned for next week? Hmmm, so secretive! Aww, poor baby elmo redux got a widdle cold, maybe later in his dressing room, Simon will go massage some vicks vaporub on his chest in a totally appropriate way while they watch some old gladiator movies together. I thought Lee did well and I liked Casey's performance. This week Andrew must have gotten in trouble with the ASPCA for beating that same dead horse, so he picked a non female vocalist pop song, but still sang it in the same lackluster way. I wonder if the judges will break out the save this early? But then, is Paige even worth saving?

Posted by: ozpunk | March 24, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Worst Idol show ever from a performance standpoint. They made Miley look talented.

Posted by: DemoDevil | March 24, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible to proofread your blog before posting it? Things like: "Miley advises Crystal her to sing more high notes" (pick one - is it Crystal or is it
her?) and "who's on again-off again lust for Casey" (it's whose, not the contraction for who is) distract from the enjoyment of your views.

Posted by: rcamicandi | March 25, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Most of these contestants stink and I can't wait until they're gone. Almost none of them are real performers, save for one. (Although I wouldn't mind if Tim Urban got some modeling work out of this:) I rather like Lee Dewyze for some reason, who resembles a musician and singer I used to work with a few years ago in San Diego. Maybe it's just because I think he's kinda hot.

As for this little kernel-

"... Crystal give her first by-the-numbers performance of the competition, singing note-for-note, the Joplin version of the tune."

Hmm, while I would have said that of her Rolling Stones performance, I'm not sure what show you were watching this week. Crystal's performance was quite far from a copycat of Joplin, as it had several meaningful derivations from the original. (Listen to them comparatively if you don't believe me.) Foremost among them, a note-for-note approach would have been in a lower key, with less vocal emphasis on the bridge and coda. In fact Joplin's voice gets quieter and less frenetic on her recording at the moments when Crystal really dug into the song. Actually it was Pink's arrangement she used, not Joplin's. Of course if you had actually listened to (or heard?) Joplin's version, and Pink's, before making this comment, you'd know that it wasn't the Joplin arrangement without Simon telling the audience it was Pink's, as he did during the broadcast. Good to see you're paying such close attention in your cushy post as a "journalist" covering the show!

And Siobhan is this season's "most seasoned performer"? Despite the fact that she relies on a single gimmick, admittedly doesn't yet know what she wants to do musically, does not tour, and has not, before now, performed with any regularity for the public at large? That's an interesting, (read: incompetent), point of view. Her "scream" notes are not terribly accomplished- they break and crack all the way through, with no trace of the polished, truly seasoned notes Adam Lambert hit last season, both interpretively and technically, which is why Simon has already lost interest in her. She is far from brilliant, and quite literally one-note. Until she can sing without relying on that lethargic rhythm she seems to need to hit any note, she might become interesting. But she is definitely not the best one on this show.

Posted by: samiracle | March 28, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"Simon was right! Crystal, Lee, Michael, Didi, Tim, Andrew et al. WERE all corny and old-fashioned. "

Actually Simon praised Crystal, comparing her to a current, very successful recording artist. I think she was the only one who got good feedback from him. Also, I sensed less negativity from him with his comments to Lee, as if the producers want to leave some room for him towards the end. Unless he tanks beforehand, I think he may make it further than anticipated.

Posted by: samiracle | March 28, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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