I usually love these first couple of weeks of A.I. just can't beat those dang auditions lol ....this year not so much ^_^ It still has some juice left tho it seems like they're putting plants out there, these people can't be serious.....at least I hope not. But alas there's still a chance for this season, they have saved the best for last: San Antonio I think it's tonight or tommorow, finallyyy getting to the good stuff hahaa!
'American Idol 6' wraps audition rounds, reveals Top 24 semifinalists
By Steve Rogers, 02/15/2007
After four weeks of open audition broadcasts and two more episodes that gave viewers a look at the competition's Hollywood round, last night's American Idol 6 broadcast ended with the mega-hit Fox reality show finally revealing the identities of this season's Top 24 semifinalists.
Although the South has traditionally been a hot bed of American Idol talent -- Ruben Studdard, Bo Bice, and Taylor Hicks all came from Alabama and Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, and Bucky Covington are all from North Carolina -- only a handful of Idol's sixth season semifinalists are from the southern part of the United States and neither Alabama or North Carolina are represented in this year's semifinals.
Instead, Idol 6's Top 24 group has a distinct West Coast feel, with nine of the semifinalists calling either California or Washington state home. Washington's strong representation (three of the semifinalists call it home) seems particularly ironic given the state also played host to Idol 6's Seattle open auditions -- an audition stop that Idol's judges and producers repeatedly claimed to have brought out the show's worst talent ever.
Idol's sixth season Top 24 group is also older than previous seasons. Only three of this season's group are teenagers, and half of the 24 semifinalists are 25 or older. Two semifinalists have already turned 29 since last summer's auditions which required contestants to be between the ages of 16 and 28, and four more are currently 28. Unlike last season, there are no 16-year-old semifinalists.
With the selection broadcasts now finally over, American Idol 6's weekly performance shows will now begin the three-week process in which home viewers will determine the identities of the show's Top 12 finalists.
Using the same Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday broadcast schedule that last season's American Idol 5 utilized, American Idol 6's twelve male semifinalists will perform in a special two-hour broadcast on Tuesday, February 20, after which the show's viewers will finally receive their own chance to cast votes for their sixth season favorites.
Idol 6's twelve female semifinalists will follow with another two-hour performance show on Wednesday night, after which Fox will air a special Thursday 8-9PM ET/PT live results show -- a move that will pit the broadcast against CBS' Survivor: Fiji -- that will eliminate two men and two women from the competition.
The following two weeks will continue the same thrice-weekly format (with the performance shows shrinking to 90-minutes and then 60-minutes as additional semifinalists are cut), and end with a live one-hour results show broadcast on Thursday, March 8 at 8PM ET/PT that will reveal American Idol 6's Top 12 finalists.
Once the finals begin, American Idol will settle back into its usual broadcast schedule, with the show's performance shows airing Tuesdays at 8PM ET/PT and its half-hour results shows airing Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT.
American Idol 6's 24 semifinalists are:
- Alaina Alexander, a 24-year-old from West Hollywood, CA
- Amy Krebs, a 22-year-old from Federal Way, WA
- AJ Tabaldo, a 22-year-old from Santa Maria, CA
- Blake Lewis, a 25-year-old from Bothell, WA
- Antonella Barba, a 20-year-old from Point Pleasant, NJ
- Gina Glocksen, a 22-year-old from Naperville, IL
- Brandon Rogers, a 28-year-old from North Hollywood, CA
- Chris Richardson, a 22-year-old from Chesapeake, VA
- Haley Scarnato, a 24-year-old from San Antonio, TX
- Jordin Sparks, a 17-year-old from Glendale, AZ
- Chris Sligh, a 28-year-old from Greenville, SC
- Jared Cotter, a 25-year-old from Kew Gardens, NY
- Lakisha Jones, a 27-year-old from Fort Meade, MD
- Leslie Hunt, a 24-year-old from Chicago, IL
- Nicholas Pedro, a 25-year-old from Taunton, MA
- Paul Kim, a 25-year-old from Saratoga, CA
- Melinda Doolittle, a 29-year-old from Brentwood, TN
- Nicole Tranquillo, a 20-year-old from Philadelphia, PA
- Phil Stacey, a 29-year-old from Jacksonville, FL
- Rudy Cardenas, a 28-year-old from North Hollywood, CA
- Sabrina Sloan, a 27-year-old from Studio City, CA
- Stephanie Edwards, a 19-year-old from Savannah, GA
- Sanjaya Malakar, a 17-year-old from Federal Way, WA
- Sundance Head, a 28-year-old from Porter, TX
alright, normally I don't watch American Idol...but there just isn't much else on TV right now so I started watching. My favorite girl already got booted she was so cute!! Bailey!!!!!! But she forgot the words when she sang with her group...dangit!!!! So anywho..I watched last night but got bored with it half way through so I don't really have a favorite anymore, I'll have to make sure to watch tonight.
Lakisha Jones: 'American Idol'?
Let's just give her the title now … any objections?
Overall, I thought less than half of the female contestants were much better than their male competitors from Tuesday night, but Lakisha Jones, as Simon pointed out, was in a whole different league last night with her performance of "And I'm Telling You." Ryan noted that it's the song that earned former "Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson an Oscar, but, truly, Lakisha out-Jennifer Hudsoned Jennifer Hudson last night.
And how cool that she also seems like such a humble, down-to-earth person, too? How can you not want her to win this whole thing?
Two thumbs up also to Melinda Doolittle, the shy former background singer who's finally get her shot in the spotlight. She also has an amazing voice, and seems as equally humble and dedicated as Lakisha, which is particularly refreshing since, as Simon also pointed out, a lot of this year's contestants are taking the stage with a lot more cockiness than talent.
Not so with Lakisha or Melinda. The only problem now: I think we're going to have to sit through weeks of mediocre, at best, performances from the other contestants 'til we get to the finals. And if both Lakisha and Melinda aren't there in the end, something will have gone very wrong with this season, doncha think?
Not the best quality video, but here's a refresher on Lakisha's showstopper last night:
In other "American Idol" news:
- Jennifer Lopez, who'll be promoting her new Spanish-language album, is rumored to be performing on the April 11 episode, while Gwen Stefani is rumored for March 28.
- And, if DialIdol predictions ring true again this season, the first four contestants who'll get the boot, in tonight's first results show (8 p.m. ET) are Alaina Alexander and Amy Krebs for the females, and Paul Kim and Nicholas Pedro for the guys. Sounds about right, no?
- posted by Kim
(Warning: Don't want to know who was eliminated on the Feb. 22 "American Idol" episode? Then stop reading now.)
There’s no doubt that the first week of semifinal shows is the dullest stretch of the “American Idol” season. Thirty-six minutes of vocals are spread over two nights and four hours, which is enough to make even the most devoted “Idol” fan zone out. If it wasn’t for the pretend fights between Simon and Ryan, there would be little reason to watch at all.
The structure makes it incumbent on the semifinalists to stand out from the pack. And it’s just that much worse if the show’s producers have stacked the odds against them by making them afterthoughts in the audition rounds.
That was the story behind the four singers eliminated on Thursday, particularly the two men. Amy Krebs and Nicole Tranquillo simply had the bad luck of being boring on a night where a lot of the other women sang well. But Paul Kim and Rudy Cardenas were just two of the many men who didn’t sing up to their potential.
Cardenas led off the semifinals by singing first Tuesday night while Kim sang fourth, and an early performance time is never an advantage. All else being equal, neither did well enough that they have much cause to complain about the results of the voting. But neither was among the worst two singers of the night either.
The problem for both Kim and Cardenas was that their competitors in the race for the bottom were given ample time to build a bit of a fanbase. At this stage that’s often enough to grant hopefuls a second chance even after struggling on opening night.
Ryan Seacrest opened the evening by saying that nearly 32 million people voted in this opening round. That sounds like a lot, but divided among 24 contestants it means that smaller voting blocs can carry bigger weight than they do later in the season.
Kim, the first semifinalist eliminated, was placed on stage in the same group as Sundance Head. Even on a night where blandness reigned, Head stood out on Tuesday as the worst of the bunch. He’s putting himself under so much pressure to do well that he’s gone from refreshing bluesy singer to mediocre balladeer.
In fact, after Head's performance of their hit “Nights in White Satin,” the Moody Blues might be tempted to take out a restraining order to keep Head from covering “Tuesday Afternoon” or “The Voice” next week.
But Head had a small advantage; he was featured not only in his original audition, but also several times in Hollywood and on the selection show as well.
Sure, he was struggling most of the time, but he also made it apparent that he didn’t know what he would do with himself if he got voted off. The pity vote apparently outweighed the anti-shoe vote, and the barefoot and despondent Kim was sent home instead.
Cardenas’ elimination was even more glaring. He was paired onstage with Sanjaya Malakar, and Ryan announced that one was going home, but the other had finished in the top four among the men.
Neither sang great on Tuesday, but Malakar not only got the sympathetic portrayal in earlier episodes, the odds were further stacked in his favor when he was chosen as the lone teenager among the 12 men. It’s tough to see a scenario where he makes it through March. But then again, teenage Kevin Covais made the final 12 last season, and Malakar may well get equally as far this year.
while the men’s eliminations were pretty straightforward, Ryan and the gang played a few more tricks with the women. That nearly proved disastrous, as a couple looked like they were fighting the urge not to be sick onstage.
For the first round, Ryan called the back row of six women up onstage. Jordin Sparks, Stephanie Edwards, and Sabrina Sloan were all strong on Wednesday, and all were safe. Leslie Hunt was next, and though she was a little blander than the others, she made it through as well. When a visibly nervous Melinda Doolittle was sent to safety next, that left Antonella Barba alone onstage, looking like she was desperately trying to keep from hyperventilating.
Barba was arguably the worst of the women on Wednesday, but apart from Gina Glocksen nobody has gotten more face time that Barba, and she was deemed safe as well. That was predictable. If she only got the voters from New Jersey, and the teenage boys impressed by her risqué photos making the rounds on the Internet, that would have been enough.
Instead, a shocked Amy Krebs was called from the front row and given her walking papers. Simon said on Wednesday that she had the “personality of a candle. There’s nothing to remember.” Turned out that he was right on the money, and her candle flamed out quickly.
When the final five women were called onstage, the stress of the moment left Gina Glocksen in tears and LaKisha Jones looking like she might pass out. But both early stars were safe, and the choice for the second elimination came down to Alaina Alexander and Nicole Tranquillo.
Tranquillo was the unlucky loser, which was kind of a shame because she showed a little personality onstage, making “get on with it already” hand gestures as Ryan was recalling what the judges said about her.
The four were sent off in a final clips montage set not to the traditional “Bad Day,” but to Daughtry’s “Home.” Kim, Cardenas, Krebs and Tranquillo are the first sent back home, to the place the voters feel they belong.
J.Lo and Bon Jovi to Appear on 'Idol'
Feb 24, 1:37 AM EST
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and Bon Jovi are among nine musical stars who are set to appear on "American Idol" this season.
Others to appear as celebrity coaches or guests of the hit show will include former Bee Gee Barry Gibb, country singer Martina McBride, Scottish singer Lulu and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, host Ryan Seacrest announced on the show Thursday.
Former "Idol" winner Carrie Underwood and former finalist Kellie Pickler also will perform on the show.
Watched some tonight...since Gilmore was a rerun...again *sigh*
60's music... everyone was quite good. Lulu and Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) were the guests helping the wanna be's.
Melinda was outstanding! Goosebumps even.
Simon and Paula continued their disrespect for each other
Simon continued his disrespect for almost everyone
Randy said 'it didn't do it for me dude' only once... if at all but used 'pitchy' a bit (and I could hear it so I guess it was LOL)
Paula danced to quite a few of the songs... seemed she was hoping for a mosh pit or a pipe
Girls are better than the guys overall
Phil is good.
Love Gina, too. Rocker chick with a great voice in ballads... amazing.. no Ryan Starr (looks, couldn't sing IMO)
Since I don't really watch, I don't know all the names, especially the guys. I think there are two Chris... and the guy who does the mouth scat (that's what I call it LOL) was really good, too.
Oh and Sanjaya is a cute kid, was good tonight, but overall it's looks over talent... for sure.
The star of the night was a young girl in the audience, Jessica (?) who cried when she saw Sanj perform ... holy star struck... it was so cute LOL She even got a hug from him after his number and she was brought up on stage at the end of the show to meet and hug all the contestants. Nice touch
"And Then There Were Ten," Ryan screams to start the show. As if we didn't know, THIS, is American Idol.
This week, the contestants were coached by Gwen Stefani and selected songs by No Doubt, or by artists that inspired Gwen, such as The Police, Donna Summer, and The Cure.
We're given Gwen's list of accomplishments: singer, songwriter, fashion icon, actress, and performer. Gwen tells us that she's excited for the contestants, and she feels very invested in the competition now.
There's only an hour and seven minutes tonight, so we get right to the performances. First up, LaKisha.
1) LaKISHA-- Gwen calls LaKisha amazing and says she should be asking her for advice. LaKisha sings Donna Summer's "Last Dance." Again, I keep expecting LaKisha to do more, but that's only because she set the bar so high. She gives a solid performance. Randy likes that she picked an "uptempo joint", and he loves the boots. He calls it "hot." Paula says Kiki did an "excellent job." Simon loves the boots too, and says she's 30 years younger this week. He gushes that this is the "Lakisha he loves," making a mark on the competition, with a great vocal.
2) CHRIS SLIGH-- Gwen thinks Chris should work on the tempo and concentrate on the beat. He sings "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police. The echo effect they have on his voice is really distracting, I think. He sounds like he's singing in the Grand Canyon. Randy says it's a good song choice, but that he didn't listen to Gwen, and rushed ahead of the band. Paula says his problem is "staying in the pocket" because the audience wants to groove with him and can't. Simon thought it was "a mess," all over the place, and the song didn't suit Chris. The Idol music cuts off Simon, who snaps, "I haven't finished yet . . . rude . . . it's not the Oscars." I think Chris may be in trouble after this performance.
3) GINA -- Gwen thinks Gina does a good job keeping her voice in control, and being emotional. Gina sings "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders, which is one of my favorites. She's dressed in fishnet stockings and mini-skirt, and knee-high boots. The crowd goes crazy after "The Glock" sings. Randy loves her boots too, and calls it one of her best performances ever. Paula says Gina looks fantastic, and thinks the song allowed Gina's voice to soar. Simon says it wasn't ONE of her best, "IT WAS HER BEST" performance. He also declares it "the best performance tonight." Calm down, Simon, it's early. And we haven't even heard Sanjaya sing yet!
4) SANJAYA -- Gwen feels for Sanjaya, because he picked a hard song to sing ("No Doubt" she's really afraid he's going to murder her tune). He sings No Doubt's "Bathwater" and he comes out with the Sanjaya-Rooster-Hair. What the heck? Is this kid asking for us to trash him all over the internet? Hold on, he also forgets the words at one point, but nobody calls him on it. Randy finds the hairdo "definitely interesting." Randy says Sanj can sing, but he's got to "put it out there, Dude." Paula agrees that Sanjy needs to go for it, to go with "the wackiness" of the faux-hawk. Simon presumes there was no mirror in Sanjayjay's dressing room tonight. Simon also says what most of us are thinking -- it doesn't matter what the judges say, Sanj is in his own universe, and people like him (Fanjayas and VFTW are going to vote for him no matter what). Looks like Sanj (and his hair) will be sticking around.
5) HALEY -- Gwen encourages her to tone down the song, and keep it simple. Haley sings Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." It's actually not that bad, just not as sexy as last week's performance, even with the little Mariah Carey ending. Randy says it started rough, and was awwright, but didn't really grab him. Paula babbles something about being more contemporary, then calls her a "pretty girl." Simon calls it "sweet, but forgettable." He says "there was nothing to remember really." Obviously, "Sexy Haley" is more memorable for Simon. As long as voters remember last week's Haley, she'll be safe.
6) PHIL -- Gwen was "pleasantly surprised" by Phil, and she encourages him to stick to the melody. Phil sings "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. Again, the echo effect is working double-time, and is really distracting. Then the sound drops out, comes back, and my picture freezes, but I can still hear Phil singing. Is it my service or the satellite feed? It finally unfreezes at the end. I honestly don't care for Phil, but I think this is the best he's sounded. Randy calls it a really solid performance, and "kinda liked it." Paula calls it a good choice, and says "his magic" is in the chorus, but he plays it safe in the verses. She calls it a "real good performance." Simon actually agrees that it "was very good." He calls it a great choice of song, and believes this is the first time Phil is taking this competition seriously. I do think that Phil is going to be safe with this performance.
7) MELINDA -- Gwen is blown away by Melinda, and calls her voice "crazy." Melinda sings Donna Summer's "Heaven Knows." She sounds great, of course, but there's something awkward about the hair and dress, as if she's trying to look younger, but it doesn't work. Randy calls her "a pro" because she sings with feeling, and is "living the words." He calls it "da bomb." Paula says that Mindy Doo tells a story, and she's "fun, and joyful." Simon doesn't think it was her best performance, but thought it was "vocally outstanding." However, he hates the outfit.
8) BLAKE -- Gwen thinks he has to be careful when he does the beatboxing, because it could distract from the melody. He sings The Cure's "Love Song." Again, I like Blake, but when he's not dancing or beatboxing, it tends to get a bit boring. Randy didn't love the song choice, but likes the "tender thing" Blake did. Paula lurves Blake forever. She thinks he is taking risks, being original, and making the competition "hip, cool, and contemporary." Wow, okay, did she just wake up out of her stupor and make sense? She calls Blake the "dark horse" she'd like to see in the finale. Simon calls him "definitely the strongest guy in the competition." However, Simon warns Blake not to become too self-indulgent, or boring.
9) JORDIN -- Gwen tells her to "get the booty going." She finds Jordin cute, and refreshing. Jordin sings No Doubt's "Hey Baby." I like that Jordin is keeping it young, but don't care for the red-checkered tablecloth she is wearing as a shirt. Randy calls it a "very risky thing to do," but thinks she could "literally sing anything." He says she'll make a "great recording artist." Paula calls Jordin "adorable, hip, and young." Paula likes seeing Jordin "in this kind of mode." Simon thinks Jordin is the most-improved contestant, and is showing a younger, more confident side. However, Simon thinks the song was somewhat "copy-cattish." I don't think it was her best performance, but unlike LaKisha and Melinda she takes more risks, and is showing us versatility. That and her youth-appeal definitely put her at the top of the pack.
10) CHRIS R -- Gwen suggests Chris stick to the melody (she gives this advice a lot), focus on the emotion, and avoid the "vocal Olympics" he usually does. He sings No Doubt's "Don't Speak." Randy likes the R&B flavor, and calls it "good." Paula says, "You're good, Chris, you're good." Simon likes the song choice and arrangement, but wasn't crazy about the vocals. He thinks Chris struggled in the middle. I'm not a fan at all, and saving Chris for last only convinces me that I wouldn't miss him if he went home already. I'm tired of the cheesy boy band whining and wailing.
Based on tonight's performances, I'd put Chris S, Sanjaya, and Chris R in the bottom three. Since Sanjaya has a cult following, he probably won't be where he belongs, meaning Haley will most likely join the boys at the bottom.
Who will go home? I say Chris R. What do you think?
Tomorrow: Live Results Show #6, and Gwen and Akon perform.
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