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The online premiere of STUCK IN IDOL: THE VIDEO PODCAST!

Watch for this fast paced, 10 minute weekly look at the Idol franchise in this country and abroad to appear on your screens in the VERY near future – and isn’t it about time?  Fasten your seat belts…it’s gonna be a bumpy yet enjoyable ride!

See you seeing me soon!   J

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Here’s a look at France’s Idol show, Nouvelle Star

Wow, and I thought Sanjaya was as unusual as they get…

It’s going to be a looooooooong 7 months.

Carry on!


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…because I can’t seem to keep my eyes open to finish my post. I guess my body is reacting to all the stress I’ve been under for the past 9 months and instead of rushing something to put up tonight, I should be able to finish it by mid-afternoon tomorrow. Sorry for keeping you in suspense but I will return before you know it!



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I was on American Idol (feat. Blake Lewis)

OK, this has got to be the pinnacle of Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame — but it’s also DAMN FUNNY! Rock on, Ethan!

And, maybe, I’ll vote for Blake…

Enjoy, folks!

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… to BRANDON ROGERS, our first guy who got “das boot” from the competition.  I can’t believe I finally got one right this season — whoo hoo — and I got 2 out of 3 in the bottom three.  Not bad.  I didn’t understand why Phil was down there but I hope it serves as a wakeup call for him to up his game, if he can.

And did I see some relief in poor Sanjaya’s face when he thought he might have a chance at going home?   I’m really feeling for this kid and I must agree with the venerable MJ over at MJ Big Blog — just have some pity VFTW and let the kid go home!

Speaking of that site, I may not agree with their motives but they posted something that I want to share with all of you.  They may be on to something here:


Okay, enough pleasantries.  I am introducing a new feature to Grading The Idols.  It’s called “The Curve.”  I’m sure all of you are familiar with grading on a curve.  It’s not fair to the Idols to be held up to some ridiculous pedestal each and every night.  These people aren’t Stevie, Whitney or Aretha.  They’re semi professional singers that are forced to learn 2-3 new songs each week.  So I’m ignoring how the Idol sings the song weighed against the original.  I’m more concerned with how well they sang their song when weighed against their competitors.  And if they lived up to their own standards.

Simple, huh?

If the three stooges judges could only think and act the same way we might have had a different group of contestants on stage this season.  I might have said here that I felt this year was as bad as Season 3 — well, I’m beginning to think that this year is WORSE than Season 3.  Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong…maybe…eventually…

Carry on and a Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all you Irish and pseudo-Irish out there!

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At least the gals did NOT disappoint tonight, unlike last night’s narcoleptic nightmare known as the Final 8 guys.  It’s shaping up to be a lopsided Top 12 with guys most likely leaving first, but I’m getting a little ahead of myself.  Let’s see what I saw from my red leather couch on this night of glorious girl singing:


Jordin Sparks / Heartbreaker – Pat Benitar

Give that kid HUGE props!  She can rock on withOUT screaming!  I love it and I love me some Pat Benitar!   She has a power voice yet some great control for one so young. This child is a dark horse and might just make it into the Top 5.  She gets my vote tonight for sure. 

Safe and Top 12 bound!


Sabrina Sloan / Don’t Let Go – En Vogue

Now THAT’S a voice!  It’s a large, controlled instrument that she knows how to use but I will agree that she seems to be holding back a little in the performing department.  Something tells me I should vote for everyone EXCEPT the ones I think should go home tonight.

She should be safe but she may not have as big a following as some others.


Antonella Barba / Put Your Records On – Corrine Bailey Rae

Yes, let’s put those records on to drown her vocals out!  She is clearly out of her league vocally but Simon is right, she has gone as far as she can go in this competition and it would clearly be a shame if she makes it to the Top 12 and a more deserving singer gets “das boot.”

Can we be done with her now?  Send her back to Jersey, please!


Haley Scarnato / If My Heart Had Wings – Faith Hill

A safe, popish song that was most likely intended to show that she sings well but there was no WOW to it.  I didn’t like the song choice either and I usually like Faith Hill.  I haven’t been able to warm up to her style

On the bubble BIG TIME and should go home, IMHO.


Stephanie Edwards /Sweet Thing – Chaka Khan

I saw her nervousness for the first time tonight and that made for a shaky performance.  She’s been solid the last two weeks and this was not the time to make mistakes but she is only 19.  I like her and I hope she has enough support to make it to the Top 12 because she deserves it, unlike some others.

She’s could be on the bubble but I hope not.


Lakisha Jones / I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston

What can I say?  She held her own on that BIG signature number and sang it very well without over emoting like some do.  She’s been a lock for the Top 12 since day one so why would she NOT make it?  See you next week, honey!

If she’s not safe, no one is.


Gina Glocksen / Call Me When Your Sober – Evanescence

That WAS edgy but it WAS pitchy in many spots.  Screamers are not my favorites in the competition but she is fun and comfortable in her own skin – an asset for sure.  I’m still not totally sold on her but she is Top 12 worthy.  BTW, I’ve never heard that song before and may not want to again.

Should be safe unless the “VFTW factor” kicks in.


Melinda Doolittle / I’m A Woman – Maria Muldar

She looked and, more importantly, SOUNDED like a winner tonight!  We might just have our Season 6 Idol right here because she IS the complete package and a genuinely nice gal to boot.  Simon is so sold on her and Lakisha it isn’t funny. 

One word: SAFE!


I’ve got to admit that the gals have it all over the guys so the next level of the competition should be very interesting, to say the least.  The cast offs from this week will tell us just what kind of influence VFTW has over this show and if the rest of America can’t compensate for the power voting, then the show and it’s format are in jeopardy.  I’d hate to see that but, perhaps, the producers have brought this on themselves.  More on that later.


So what are my choices for the ever precarious “das boot – ladies’ style?”  Gotta be Antonella and Haley, based solely on vocals and performance.  Anyone else would be a travesty – but then again, that would be in typical and frustrating AI style. 


I can’t wait to see the outcome of this!  Carry on!

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Ok, now that we’ve had some excitement on the blog this week, we probably should get back to the task at hand — finding this season’s AMERICAN IDOL! That goal seems to get lost among all the photos and fights and conjecture that surrounds this show but the producers seem to love all the attention, positive and especially negative. I don’t know about you but I wish this show would return to its roots and just allow good TV to happen — not force it by manipulation of any kind.


Tonight is special for me because my cable company FINALLY got FOXHD so now I can watch and hear AI in a whole new way. It’s the little things in life that make me smile… 😉


Anyway, let’s get to my view from my red leather couch for tonight, even though it’s nothing to write home about:



Blake Lewis /All Re-mixed Up – 311

Ok, so not even the judges knew this song or the group — I don’t feel so badly! That being said, I totally agree with our musical “Trinity”  that this cat is in a category all by himself and doesn’t make apologies for it. He knows himself as an artist and he is very confident on stage. Doesn’t hurt that he has a good voice, too. I’m starting to like him a lot…

A shoe-in for the Top 12 and will last quite awhile.


Sanjaya Malakar /Waiting on the World to Change – John Mayer

Vocally the kid did fine (MUCH better than last week for sure) but he is a BORING performer and totally out of his league with this group of guys. I hate to see VFTW using this young man for its own sick game. Hopefully America can put him out of his misery and send him home this week before he takes the place of a better performer.

Should go home but who knows…


Sundance Head / Jeremy – Pearl Jam

Was that first half of the song even ON pitch? Since I’m not a Pearl Jam fan I really couldn’t tell but the musician in me was grimacing until he got to the chorus and then I could find the melody and pitch in that song. Having said that, he did a decent rocker job, complete with mic stand dancing, so with any luck VFTW will back him instead of Sanjaya this week.

Might be safe but I wouldn’t vote for him.


Chris Richardson / Tonight I Want to Cry – Keith Urban

First ballad of the night (and in the sitting position to boot) and if I can be completely honest, I wasn’t as impressed as the judges were. I agree with Simon’s remark about his nasal tone but he’s been that way since the first time I heard him. I thought it was a safe song so he’s got a decent shot at making the Top 12 by not rocking the musical boat .

Probably safe but might be one of the first of the 12 to go home.


Jared Cotter / If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder

The boy should be on Broadway with all the faces he makes while he sings and I agree with the shouting comment. To borrow some words from Shania: “that don’t impress me much” and he didn’t do a thing for me. I haven’t warmed up to this kid and he’s not giving me a real reason to but he is cute and all the young girls will be voting their fingers off for him.

Safe but better take the judges’ advice and step up his game if he wants to go far in the Top 12.


Brandon Rogers / I Just Want to Celebrate – Rare Earth

The kid’s a classical pianist! Go figure! Now, let’s get to the singing – I thought it was pitchy and it proved to me that this boy is better as a backup singer than as a front man. I didn’t care for the song choice either.



Phil Stacey / I Need You – LeeAnn Rimes

I’m confused about this boy’s voice and performing style, besides the fact that it was a bad song choice and his vocals were weak. If the judges didn’t get it, I wonder if America well. He may have felt good about it but that might have been his swan song.

On the BIG bubble and may not pull it out to sing another day.


Chris Sligh /Wanna Be Loved – D.c Talk

Finally! Someone who knows how to sing and sell a song! Ok, so it wasn’t his best and the song was just “aiiight” but I was entertained at the end of a boring night of singing. He has personality, intelligence and a wicked sense of humor, as well as a good singing voice. He’ll make the Top 12 and I predict he will even make the Top 3. Of all the guys I’d put my money on him.

I’d say he’s safe and I look forward to more from him in this competition.



I wish I could say it was a night of great music but while it wasn’t an ear-bleeder, I had to try and keep from switching channels because I wasn’t entertained for the most part. The gals are definitely more talented than the guys this season and I too agree that only 4 of these boys are good enough for the Top 12.


So who should get tonight’s “das boot?”


My choices are Sanjaya and Phil however if Chris R or Brandon left I wouldn’t cry. I’m only 1 for 8 so far so I need to play catch up.


See ya tomorrow night!


Carry on!


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…all comments will now be moderated. Sure, we have free speech in the country but I own this little corner of cyberspace and I want to maintain some semblance of order.
This blog is an all-IDOL hangout so there may be younger folk among us who I would like to look out after (I used to teach high school). 

BTW, I take GREAT offense when posters think they know me and my motives when they obviously DON’T. On the issue of Clay’s orientation, I go by what little he has SAID, that’s all. I will not give my opinion on the subject and on this blog I would like others to have the respect to do the same.

Carry on!

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Feeling MUCH better today, thanks, and I’m ready for some IDOL!  Since I was out tonight supporting my local theatre, I watched this show in fast forward — the ONLY way to avoid those pesky commercials. 


Anywho, here’s tonight’s view from my red leather couch thanks to my DVR that just loves to fast forward through the endless commercials:


Gina Glocksen / Alone – Heart

Way to rock out — and in a snappy dress to boot!!  Great song choice, just a tad pitchy but not dreadful, and a solid delivery that she took and made her own in spots.  I’m not buying the “I don’t know who you are” crap from Simon – he’s just trying to confuse the masses again.  Should be safe but being first is sometimes a curse.


Alaina Alexander / I’m Not Ready to Make Nice – Dixie Chicks

Stop looking down her dress, Ryan!  How obvious!  Anyway, I’m not ready to say that was good singing ’cause it wasn’t.  Sorry.  She just doesn’t have a pleasing tone quality and she a bit too gawky as a performer.  Nice eye candy but not easy on the ears.  On the bubble BIG TIME so I’d send her home — PLEASE?


Lakisha Jones / Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips

It’s hard to try and not sound like another karaoke version of this song but I found it a bit boring at first.  Then she kicked something in and as Randy would say “worked it out” by the end.  Don’t get me wrong – voice and delivery were great but I think the show should just retire this song.   She’s safe no matter what.  


Melinda Doolittle / My Funny Valentine – Rodgers and Hart, composers

She started out a bit tenuous but then worked the jazz vibe in and KICK SOME SERIOUS BUTT!!!  I loved it – better than Constantine in Season 4!  She is a smart, savvy and sincere performer and I hope America can appreciate it.  She it quickly becoming my pick for this year – and Simon liked her, too!  Better be safe or I’ll scream!


Antonella Barba / Because You Love Me – Celine Dion

Perhaps her brother should have entered this competition instead of her.  Let’s get serious here – this child’s voice is so thin it always sounds like it ready to give out at any moment.  Besides being, yet again, another bad song choice, her delivery is so fake I’m not even sure she could be sincerity if she wanted to.  America, PLEASE ignore Vote for the Worst and do what needs to be done here.   Send this child HOME before she does any more damage – like taking a more deserving gal’s place in the Top 12!


Jordin Sparks / Reflection – Christina Aquilera

I’m not sure this was the right song for her because I heard her struggling through about 3/4 of the piece.  Maybe she was too emotional over the dedication package — who knows?  At 17, she is an amazing talent and quite the little cut-up (I loved how she was trying to be shorter than Ryan at the end).  She needs to stick around to help “keep things real” in this competition. She’s got to have enough fans to keep her safe even if she wasn’t as good as last week ‘cuz she was head and shoulders better than the “A” twins.


Stephanie Edwards /Dangerously in Love 2 – Beyonce

She needed more air to spin that money note because she does have it but I just feel the song was too big for her.  Randy was right – the performance was “Beyonce Lite” and I’m not sure she would want to be pigeon holed into a category at this point.  Since the other two liked it, I’m sure others will agree.  Should live to sing another day.


Leslie Hunt / Feeling Good – Nina Simone (forgot her last night) & Michael Buble

We have our first repeat song of the season and I enjoyed her version UNTIL we got to the lousy scat singing at the end. I happen to love her smoky alto tone and she seems to know her strengths but Simon is right – she’s being overshadowed by more powerful voices so that she subtlety may not  On the bubble but I wished she wasn’t.


Haley Scarnato / The Queen of the Night – Whitney Houston

Is she serious?  Boy, did that smack of “Carnival Cruise singer” to me!  I’ve never been a fan of the song and even though she looked as if she was having a good time, I wasn’t having to listen to it.  Haven’t liked this chick since Day 1 and I know she is trying her best but if you’re going to make it in the biz, you need to LISTEN to the criticism and try to improve.  On bubble but might just eek out one more week.


Sabrina Sloan / All the Man That I Need – Whitney Houston

Surprise to hear some pitchy spots and, even worse, some shouting.  Why do they DO that?  I agree with the Brit – wrong song choice but she’s got pipes.  Personally, I think she got cold hanging around waiting to sing last.  That’ll do it some days.   She’s safe regardless – at least Simon and I hope so.


In closing, at least I’m starting to see the beginnings of a real competition for the Top 12 spots but America (and that VFTW site) can be fickle and cruel, sending folks home who shouldn’t go and leaving others to continue to make us real musicians crazy.  Again this is a SINGING COMPETITON that can be good TV on its own without the constant manipulation from many different fronts. 


The choices for my infamous “das boot – ladies’ style” are the same as last week:  Alaina and Antonella — PLEASE?????  Anyone else might be a crime.


I’ll try and get in a Results Show blog tomorrow night.  Wish me luck on my first day back to work!


Carry on!

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Check out this guy, dudes and dudettes! I’ll tell y’all what I think later.


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