American Idol "Top 11 performance show Elton John Songs" 3/30/2011 *spoilers

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  1. Roadblock

    Roadblock New Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Favorites this week:


    Should go home:

    Although I think Stefano might go instead of Thia. Haley's pretty underrated. She's one of the best vocalists there, just not a great performer.
  2. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    I liked James the best. Not his best singing performance, but I sure was entertained watching and listening to him.

    I thought Pia crossed the border from singing to yelling at way too many points.

    Paul, please leave.

    I disagreed with the critique that Naima shouldn't have tried to do Reggae with that song. I thought what she was trying to do was a great idea for that song. Her execution just sucked.

    I thought Thia did good. I wish she'd have tried something faster again like she did last week.

    I'm really tired of so many of them going with ballads / slow songs.

    JLo looked amazing for a 41 year old woman. Wow.

    Steven's critiques are now worthless. JLo or Randy pass off to him, he then wakes up, tries to say some random thing to get a laugh, then his critique is usually nothing more than referring back to the other judges with a "What she said" type of sentence.
  3. gossamer88

    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx
    I miss Simon...that is all!
  4. ADG

    ADG Allan

    Aug 19, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    I get the love for Paul's smile, but not his voice. Still, he keeps getting votes.

    Naima's gone. If it were up to me Paul would be too, but I'm guessing Thia or Stefano will join her.
  5. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    I agree with you - I think many of them gave the best performances of their AI mainstage run - surprisingly enough including a couple that I usually can't stand (Scottie).

    Haley - seriously? I didn't get it - but I do give that she rocked it on the verse.

    Bottom two - Naima and Magilla Gorilla.
  6. KyleLC

    KyleLC Unregistered User

    Feb 6, 2002
    Sugar Land, TX
    Do you really feel you have to qualify that by saying "for a 41 year old woman?" She looks amazing, period!
  7. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    My back yard
    Pia's been wearing thin for me for a long time. I do not like her BalladBot style and yes, I think she yells in her upper register.

    My abiding memory of Haley was jeepers, that song went on and on and on and needed some pep. You can handle Elton going on and on and on with "Bennie!" because there is something stylistic going on with the musicality- his background music had swagger. Here I heard sleepyville.

    I am oddly disappointed with almost all of them (loved Casey, don't normally like Lauren but think she did very well) and for me, I think the arrangements and the band are 90% of the problem.
    That band lacks zip and the arrangements are often tired. So many times I think that picking up the pace just a little bit would work wonders for some of the arrangements. And there is simply nothing noteworthy about the band- they are bland, their featured guitarists are bland, the rhythms are bland. That Motown bass player last week had amazing basslines, but aside from him I have heard nothing worthy of listening to by this band.
    And in combination with contestants lacking big stage experience and unable to breathe life into a song they mostly bore me.
    I don't know if it is all them or the advice they are being given, but I want a performer to perform. Not be physically hyper or vocally melodramatic, but inhabit a song, give me something. The whole charisma/star power thing is sadly missing from most of these people.

    At this point in the season there is usually someone I like, setting aside last year anyway. So far those at the top of my list this year sit there merely by being tolerably good. Nobody is blowing me away- hardly even a gentle breeze.
    Certainly nothing I would pay to hear or see.
  8. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    This. So VERY much every word of this.

    I go back and watch video of Kelly and Carrie on American Idol, and I'm amazed that this is even the same show.

    Maybe it is time to give AI a break. I guess we'll see after "The Voice" and "X Factor" whether they should just give the whole genre a break.
  9. Jesda


    Feb 12, 2005
    Me too. The judges all agree with each other and say generic things.

    I'm glad Paula is gone.
  10. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
    Me too. These three judges can't for the life of them criticize anyone.
  11. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    I like Naima's arrangement, but her singing was awful.

    I like Paul. Don't know why, but I do.

    James sang the song I thought he should, and he did very well. The piano on fire was awesome. And James was right. He was saying "Pepsi moment" in a bad way, as in setting his hair on fire. Nothing wrong with saying that on a show sponsored by Coke.

    Randy's criticism of Thia for being "safe" made me laugh. Safe? It's Elton John week. How could any of them be anything but safe? You want safe? Scotty picked the song with "country" in the title. I thought it was funny how all of the Megia kids have first names that end in "ia."

    Oh, and after the threads last week, all I heard when Stefano sang was "hold me closer, Tony Danza."
  12. Maui

    Maui Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL
    Well, I am sure they will listen to you and ignore the fact that IDOL placed 1st an 3rd in the broadcast ratings last week. Like it or not, no matter what you think of this seasons contestants, as long as they place that well and continue to sell the songs on iTunes they will not be giving it a break.

    And this statement is brought to you by one who would LOVE to see more scripted TV and fewer reality programs on the air.
  13. Mr. Soze

    Mr. Soze Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2002
    The 75006...
    Sorry, Pia is boring and dime-a-dozen to me.

    No-one killed for me last night, but there were a few performances who made me think of killing myself.
    Naima was as dreadful a performance as I can remember this year, and should (not will) be joined by Thia and Stefano in the Bottom 3.
    Thia may skate and be safe, but the other two gots to go.
  14. gossamer88

    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx
    Thia almost put me to sleep. And Haley best of the night?! These judges are crazy! James is my only favorite but those ears are disturbing.
  15. crazywater

    crazywater USS TiVo NCC-1780

    Mar 7, 2001
    I am simply not feeling the Haley love. I thought her performance was one of the worst. The worst was Naima.

    Best for me was Casey and James.

    Everyone seems to love Pia but for me she is not memorable at all. I can't name another song she did besides last nights.
  16. HomieG

    HomieG Nowhere Man...

    Feb 17, 2003
    Paul and Stefano, pfffttt. That is all.
  17. Johnny Dancing

    Johnny Dancing Closet Rebel

    Sep 3, 2000
    @loadstar I am almost with you, about ready to give up on this show. But it is hard not to watch a train wreck.

    I do like the new judges but miss Simon's tough love.

    Time for my final 2 prediction.

    Lauren - Although never the best of the week, she is very steady and I suspect she will turn it on at the end. Has the crossover big record sale potential that AI has not seen in many years.

    James - He will gain momentum and votes as Paul, Casey, Haley, and Stefano go home. Puts on a good show every time and that will keep him out of the bottom 3 while others go home.

    Wild Card- Pia - If she can stop singing that same song each week and not stand there like she is singing the national anthem at the ball park she may have a shot.

    My Favorites this week:

    Bottom :
  18. brettatk

    brettatk Thread Killer

    Oct 11, 2002
    I have no idea who's going home. There are a slew of contenders that could be in the bottom 3: Naima, Stefano, Thia, Paul, and Haley. If I had to make a guess on who's going home I'd say Naima definitely and then lean towards Stefano. Something about Stefano makes it unbearable for me to watch him sing, maybe he'd be good on radio.
  19. sushikitten

    sushikitten TCF Club

    Jan 27, 2005
    I still love Casey. I've liked Paul but agree he needs to go now. And Naima is past due to leave.
  20. Maui

    Maui Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL
    Interesting and telling that those are the two remaining wildcards who did not get enough votes to originally get them past the top 24.

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