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Old 03-07-2014, 07:36 AM   #151
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In other AI news, Adam Lambert is to front Queen for the upcoming tour!
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:49 AM   #152
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And I'm going to three of them!
(so far- these things have a way of escalating )
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:49 AM   #153
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Idol is running true to form. Hot chicks eliminated first.
Although the first thing I thought to myself when I heard she was doing one of J-Lo's songs was really, you are sing J-Lo to show off your voice?
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:15 PM   #154
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Although the first thing I thought to myself when I heard she was doing one of J-Lo's songs was really, you are sing J-Lo to show off your voice?
I know! These people shoot themselves in the foot sometimes. And the funny thing is, she was one of the better singers. That Hollywood Week song she did with her piano is probably the best thing I've heard on Idol this season.
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:06 PM   #155
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I think he's better than a bar band singer. I can see him getting kind of the offers that Daughtry did to front a band and do well.
Maybe. For his sake, I hope so. But my guess is that he won't come close to Daughtry's success. I think Daughtry was on another level.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:20 PM   #156
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What a very odd season.. This is the least attractive and most country-centric group of finalists I've seen ever. There are some decent singers, but I don't think any of them have the "it" factor. It's a lot of either/or. I fear we may be seeing the wind-down of of what was once my favorite show. From what I'm reading, the ratings are the worst in history... That new App that allows people to vote FIFTY TIMES instantly, also reeks of desperation and is just a little bit dishonest if you ask me… I always wondered how long it would last. I predict 3 more seasons at the outside.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:00 PM   #157
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That new App that allows people to vote FIFTY TIMES instantly,
That pretty much sealed the deal for me that I won't even bother to vote at all anymore. I used to vote 10 times by phone about three times each season, but I'm not even wasting time voting now - not that my votes ever mattered before!
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:44 PM   #158
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I don't agree with Randy Jackson often, but I think he was right that the judges, especially Harry who seems to be taking the lead that the others follow, are being *really* hard on the contestants. Not that anything Harry says is incorrect, but if I'm an Idol producer, I'd be concerned that it doesn't make for a good show. The judges constantly trashing the contestants doesn't help the image of the show. I know there's a fine line between Paula/Randy/Ellen/Mariah/Etc going on about how great a mediocre performer is and being Simon/Harry-level honest, but at the same time it's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy if the judges say these people aren't very good and the audience decides to watch something else because the contestants aren't very good. Simon trashed them but at least he was funny and people watched just for him. Harry is just ripping them.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:25 PM   #159
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I've been surprised at how tough Harry has been. He had a much gentler (and funnier)way when he has been a guest in the past. He's really tough… Like you said, almost nobody gets a pass. Half the time the other two don't back him up (or they soften it considerably) so it also kind of makes it look like the judges don't have much of a united front. Makes you wonder who knows what. I definitely think Harry could maybe back off just a tiny bit. Still be honest, but maybe a little kinder about it. He almost seems like he's upset at the contestants for not being good enough. I'm sure the bad ratings aren't helping anyone's feelings about being a judge this season.
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Old 03-10-2014, 10:15 PM   #160
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Funny- I agree with Harry Connick about 95% of the time. I don't think he's being overly hard on anyone. He is simply being honest with them. He says the things I've been saying for the last several years- of course I was just saying them to the TV so none of the contestants ever heard my feedback.
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If these folks think they're going to make a living in the music business, they're going to run into a lot worse than Harry and should probably heed what he has to say. It may be hard, but it is also, I would guess, quite helpful, too.
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That new App that allows people to vote FIFTY TIMES instantly, also reeks of desperation and is just a little bit dishonest if you ask me… I always wondered how long it would last. I predict 3 more seasons at the outside.
But voting is limited to 50 votes per method this year for the very first time ever- no more sitting with five phones and everyone in your household enlisted. No more mass text votes that allow savvy voters to vote in the tens of thousands times.
It really will make the results more fair, not less.

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If these folks think they're going to make a living in the music business, they're going to run into a lot worse than Harry and should probably heed what he has to say. It may be hard, but it is also, I would guess, quite helpful, too.
Yes, this is one the most competitive jobs in the world- this and acting.
But the question is does it make good TV.

I like Harry and usually always agree with him.
But I am almost beginning to think he takes this more seriously than the showrunners- it is, at the end of the day, just a TV show.
I don't think he got that memo.

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Old 03-11-2014, 12:55 PM   #163
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I've been surprised at how tough Harry has been. He had a much gentler (and funnier)way when he has been a guest in the past. He's really tough… Like you said, almost nobody gets a pass. Half the time the other two don't back him up (or they soften it considerably) so it also kind of makes it look like the judges don't have much of a united front. Makes you wonder who knows what. I definitely think Harry could maybe back off just a tiny bit. Still be honest, but maybe a little kinder about it. He almost seems like he's upset at the contestants for not being good enough. I'm sure the bad ratings aren't helping anyone's feelings about being a judge this season.
I love this year's judges--the contestants not so much, although they are all talented. I wonder if the theater they are in is giving them trouble with hearing themselves and the band. Is it the same as last year?

Harry made the comment that when he had the job Randy has now, he was very nice and supportive, but now his job is to be critical. I assume that's what he was told when he was hired. You really don't need to hear 3 different people try to find a different way to say how great everyone is. I don't see any reason to have so many judges if that's what they're going to do.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:30 PM   #164
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I love this year's judges--the contestants not so much, although they are all talented. I wonder if the theater they are in is giving them trouble with hearing themselves and the band. Is it the same as last year?

Harry made the comment that when he had the job Randy has now, he was very nice and supportive, but now his job is to be critical. I assume that's what he was told when he was hired. You really don't need to hear 3 different people try to find a different way to say how great everyone is. I don't see any reason to have so many judges if that's what they're going to do.
Harry said the "in-ear" monitors may be causing them problems and not to use them. Followed by Randy saying they are the industry standard and they should use them.
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Harry said the "in-ear" monitors may be causing them problems and not to use them. Followed by Randy saying they are the industry standard and they should use them.
People always have difficulty learning to use in ear monitors.
There must be a fairly steep learning curve, plus they are prone to all sort of malfunction, especially if the wearer hasn't a clear idea of what they need to ask for.

If the sound guy isn't stellar and the kids don't know what they are doing, then that's a recipe for disaster. Add tossing them straight from the farm into a big venue and the pressure of live TV- it's no wonder they are tanking.

It's a trial by fire in a lot of respects.
Maybe they do need a bit more building up.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:02 AM   #166
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If everyone uses the 50 votes isn't it's technically the same as only voting once for each contestant ?
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:14 AM   #167
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If everyone uses the 50 votes isn't it's technically the same as only voting once for each contestant ?
But then they can't say at the end,
"Over 100 Million Votes were cast! See, we're still popular!"
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Yeah. It's just a ploy to bump up the number of votes so people won't notice how much the numbers have declined.
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Yeah. It's just a ploy to bump up the number of votes so people won't notice how much the numbers have declined.
You do realize that using the old method power texters could vote 10K times per hour?
That is no longer the case.

IMO this is a far more balanced and fair way to manage voting.
They may end up with more votes, they may end up with less.
But the power texters will no longer control the outcome.
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The judges are right to be critical. These kids kind of suck.

On the other hand, the judges picked them.
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:58 AM   #171
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Yeah, another meh episode last night - a yawnfest!

The only shining light (for me), was Caleb. All the others can go home now - especially Pinky, with absolutely zero personality when she sings! She always looks like she's phoning it in!
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:06 AM   #172
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Caleb and Jena were the highlights last night for me.

I gotta say that I never, ever thought i would see an episode of Idol where both a Marshall Tucker and Lynyrd Skynyrd song were sung.
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I still like CJ.
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I thought he did a great job with his song choice.
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:59 AM   #175
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I thought CJ did great last night.

I also thought that Majesty butchered Adele Dazeem's "Let it Go". But the judges weren't harsh on her at all.
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I thought most of them did better last night. Maybe because a lot of the songs were familiar to me.
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I really thought Malaya (sorry if I butchered that!) did far better last night than she has up to now - I hope it keeps her out of the bottom three tonight.
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Is it just me or is the new set messing up the sound and the lighting on the stage? They can't keep the vol level constant when the judges and Ryan are talking and the lights that are mounted in the upper seating area are causing a glare when the camera is pointing to the judges in a wide angle,
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You do realize that using the old method power texters could vote 10K times per hour?
That is no longer the case.

IMO this is a far more balanced and fair way to manage voting.
They may end up with more votes, they may end up with less.
But the power texters will no longer control the outcome.
Why not allow each person to cast ONE vote per contestant? Anything else just seems like they are trying to pump up the volume.
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...because that's exactly what they're doing!

Remember, the totals are not just for the viewers, but more importantly, for the advertisers!
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