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American Idol – The Remaining Dozen

It’s kind of like the dirty dozen. I did almost call this post “The Mono-filled Dozen” because was it just me or did a lot of tonights crew look mono-ridden? Especially the boys!

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Tonight was really interesting. It’s hard for me to compare it to last week because honestly it’s hard for me to think back to last week. I think I have stomach flu PTSD. But from what I recall there were a handful of good performances, and last night was no different. There were exactly 4 contestants that I really liked, and then one more that I hope still makes it through. I feel pretty good about that because it means that the judges can allow in those 5, and then they can still allow 2 more without me blowing a gasket. It’s a win win for everybody.

So let’s go through the contestants from tonight and I’ll try to do another “say one nice thing/one criticism” for each contestant and we’ll see how it goes.

Shelbie Z – Work Hard, Play Harder

+ I thought she was a great way to start the show because I knew she’d be really energetic and most likely, a solid performance.

– While the performance was solid, it was also somewhat forgettable. To me, it was just like every other performance she’s done to date. I just want to see her maybe connect with a song, do a song with some emotion and not just one with a good glory note at the end.

Manny Torres – Adventures of a Lifetime

+ He was one of my favorite guys going into tonight.

– Well… the minus is with myself I guess. I’ve been poo-pooing so many of the guys this season, and I think the only reason I really liked Manny was his energy and his attitude. Listening to his song tonight (and after hearing the remaining contestants), I thought he was actually one of the worst performances by a guy tonight. These things happen though. I wasn’t that attached at this point so now is probably the time to drop off this bandwagon.

Kory Wheeler – Let it Go 

+ I didn’t have anything against the performance itself.

– And as for the minus… nice-to-meet-you-i-already-forgot-your-name

Amelia Eisenhauser (or is it Eisenhauer? I’ve seen it both ways) – Wake Me Up 

+ I learned to like this song when Majesty Rose sang it last year (two years ago? really? that was two years ago?) and I thought Amelia made it sound even better. She really picked a good time to come out with a great song! And she was one of the very few that picked a great song to sing tonight so I feel like that deserves a little bonus clap!

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– I really don’t have any. I guess my only negative is that I worry that she’s competition for Jeneve, and vice versa. I hope people don’t forget about her because I feel like she’s gaining a good momentum at this point. I hope it continues!

Jenn Blosil – Sorry

+ I really really really wish I had one. And if anyone was wondering about that one person I want to go through even though they didn’t have a good performance, if you didn’t guess Jenn, you don’t know me very well.

– It was just… it was not good. It was so out of tune. Part of me wondered if she had some kind of Adele mic issue going on but I think we all know that wasn’t it.

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CJ Johnson – I’ll Be. 

+ He sang very well.

– That song… oh god that song. Do you know HOW MANY times that song has been performed on idol? If ever there was a time to discuss poor song choice, it was with CJ. Nothing against CJ, but seriously, everything against CJ. Know your idol history, brah. He could’ve done so well with some kind of rock song (even slowed down to an “I’ll Be” pace) but this song was terrible, and he changed nothing about it so to me, it was just a guy who’s pretty good at karaoke singing a song I’ve heard 100 times at karaoke.

Lee Jean – Runaway

+ Good song choice, and Lee is a cute kid.

– Much like Kory Wheeler… I just thought it was forgettable.

Trent Mother Fucking Harmon – What Are You Listening To? 

+ What most surprised me tonight… and I know, this is shameful what with all my resistance to him getting to this point in the competition. I hate myself a little bit for even saying this… but I really liked Trent tonight!

– Just me over here hating myself for liking Trent. Hopefully it goes away. Lord knows his mono hasn’t. More negatives, this was the best performance of the night, if you ask me.

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Tristan McIntosh – Good Girl 

+ When compared to Gianna, who I think is her biggest competition, I thought she was stellar.

– I feel like she was really sharp at points of her performance. She didn’t really have a good amount of stage presence (though I felt I could say that about a lot of people last night) and compared to the rest of the girls in this competition, she just isn’t Top 10 material for me. Maybe in a few more years or something.

Adam Lasher – Black and Gold 

+ Adding to the list of people I thought I was “so over” that I ended up really liking, is Adam. I genuinely enjoyed his performance tonight and for me he was second only to Trent.

– I did agree with Harry’s criticism of his tempo but for me it was negligible. I just hope he keeps singing songs like this (a song I don’t think I’ve ever heard).

Dalton Rapattoni – Rebel Yell 

+ Dalton is one of the very few people this season who really know how to pick a song. He is so creative with his song choices and it’s something I genuinely REALLY like about him. If I had to pick a Top 7 for myself, he’d definitely be in it. And I didn’t have that feeling going into tonight.

– I’m obsessing over whether his eye color is real because the blue eyes throw me off. They don’t look natural to me – but if they are – then maybe he’s just a Cal Ripken/Frank Sinatra/Bradley Cooper type with strikingly blue eyes, yet dark features? I mean it has been known to happen.

Olivia Rox – Confident 

+ I wasn’t familiar with the original song but after listening to it, I think I actually liked Olivia’s version more.

– She really doesn’t have the vocal power that Demi has and it really showed in this performance. I think had I not listened to the original song, I would’ve liked Olivia’s performance a lot more, but I can’t un-listen to it.

So, with that, I think if I had to pick a Top 07 (and boy do I wish I could do something like, I dunno… VOTE!?!?!?!? I would) I would pick:

Olivia, Amelia, Trent, Adam, Jenn (with hopes that tonight was a screw up), and probably Dalton and CJ. So many more guys than I thought I would root for, but it is what it is! Being as they only kept 2 guys last week, it’s probably appropriate that I have 4 guys that I think are worth saving this week.

And for the duets tonight, who do you think will perform with whom? We’ve got David Cook, Chris Daughtry, Constantine Maroulis, Kellie Pickler, Haley Reinhart and Jordin Sparks. That’s a lot of rock and not a lot of rockers tonight. And I pity whoever gets paired with Haley because they’re probably going to sound terrible. Here are some guesses from me, but their just wild guesses. No grounding in actual fact or reasoning…

David Cook – Olivia and Kory
Daughtry – CJ and Dalton
Constantine – Trent and Adam
Kellie – Shelbie and Amelia
Haley – Jenn and Tristan
Jordan – whoever is left? Manny and Lee? Actually that isn’t too bad a pairing.

We’ll see how many I get right but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the answer is zero.

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American Idol – Home of the HCJ!

So Harry wanted his hometown to showoff! I mean to be perfectly honest, I wanted that too. Who doesn’t want a night of stellar contestants? Especially after last nights debacle in Minneapolis! Harry clearly cares SO much for his city. And I feel like he has so much more passion for his city than Keith and Jennifer do. In fact, I feel like anyone who’s lived in New Orleans has a distinct love for it unlike any other place people are from. I loved seeing him visit the kids at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. There’s a passion for local artists and I genuinely appreciate that passion. Kids need to experience the arts! The thing is though, while I know they’re a musical town, I don’t associate them with singers, just musicians (and famous actors). They can play the instruments all day… vocally, maybe not so much. And starting off the episode with all the horribles was making me fear this would be Minneapolis all over again. Are all the good singers already in big cities? I mean, no city has been as good as NYC this season. I feel like usually that’s not the case… but it’s definitely shaping up to be that way this season. I mean, it’s just a higher concentration of people trying to make it there.

That said, I think there were definitely one or two that I could see in the Top 24 so that was refreshing. I would say there 4 of the 13 we saw get tickets, that at least have a chance at the live shows! This was also the first time this season I really thought they’d give someone a ticket, that they overlooked (don’t worry, I’ll talk about it)

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ok so anyway, lets talk about the faves!

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Angelica “Jelly”  Joseph – Almost Had it All

Did Harry call her Jelly? Did she tell people she goes by Jelly? Is that a good nickname for Angelica? I can’t decide. I guess if you can pull it off? Ok either way, this was a great performance. Different enough from Adele to be really good and not need to compare the two. I feel like she gave me hints of Fantasia Barrino’s audition/performances (which is most definitely a compliment, and I’m glad she doesn’t have the same speaking voice).

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When JLo says you look “Half tribal/Half pilgrim” and your response is “YOU GOT IT!” well, it confuses me a little. But I appreciate the look. I was just #metrostalking a girl the other day and I thought her look was like, pilgrim meets Annie Hall. I loved it! But anyway… let me get back to Quentin  The thing I always feel guilty about, is that I hate Lorde so much (for an inexplicable reason, too. I genuinely do not know why I don’t like her). I always like her songs, I just don’t like her singing them. I think the only reason they critiqued him as much as they did, was because they want this kid to succeed. He wasn’t bad, I mean clearly I thought he was one of the best of the night being in my Top 4 and all, but I think their critiques were there for a reason, so that he will do better when he gets to Hollywood. I mean, to me as long as he doesn’t do worse, he’s in for me.

Audition6 - MikeyDuranMikey Duran – My Demise

This was one of my favorite original songs (Hollywood’s is still my favorite, and honestly I had a different favorite at the end of the night). I did think he had a weirdly nasaly voice (and I wasn’t alone), but not like a girls nasal. Sorry ladies but I feel like you’re more inclined to be nasaly than guys are. This was a way more unique voice than others I’ve heard. I like him! Hopefully we’ll see him one more time at least 🙂

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Adam “Jimmy Fallon” Lasher – These Shoes

I heard a relative of Santana would be on the show at some point so I guess this is the kid. And honestly, if you’re related to Santana well, that’s a good start, right off the bat! I mean, how bad can you be if you’re playing on stage with Santana? Really. And speaking of how Mikey didn’t have my favorite original song by the end of the night… maybe this was just a night of good original songs because I really liked this one too, lets call these two a tie as far as songwriting is concerned. I don’t really think one is better than the other though. I think they’re both great. And THANK YOU JLo for calling out the Jimmy Fallon similarities. I was thinking exactly the same thing! I even think there are 2 particular Jimmy Fallons that combined, are the perfect Adam Lasher comparison. That would be “Gibb Brother Fallon” and “Springsteen Fallon”

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 And realistically, if you’re “kind of silly like Jimmy Fallon” like you allege, then I hope you’re around for a good long while! Or at least on Jimmy Fallons show at some point!

Now, as for the rest of the folks (and I’m actually going to talk about 2 people who didn’t make it in, as well, because well, I wanna talk about them dammit)!

First of all, the weird guy who desecrated P.Y.T. – I don’t think you realized the real reason it was important for you to be shown. It definitely wasn’t your atrocious performance. It was because that through you, I found out Ryan and Harry love cookie cake! I LOVE COOKIE CAKE! What’s not to love about celebrities eating?

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Secondly I’d also like to mention a one Sarah Quintana. Reasons I liked her? She looked like Susan Sarandon [currently]. Second, when she said “I appreciate your honesty but I still wanna go to LA”. Well Sarah, I appreciate YOUR honesty! And although your dreams weren’t fulfilled this time (and I have to assume looks wise, that you’re at the age limit), at least you got to live the dream of playing with Harry, and I hope maybe one day you will be able to again!

ok so as for people who actually got tickets:

Tiffany Stringer – Want You Back (by Cher Lloyd)
Wow. Talk about a hyper hypo.  I think she’s got what JLo would call a “pop voice” because she definitely didn’t really sing that song. I agreed with Harry that it wasn’t vocally strong enough. And honestly, while I hadn’t seen Sarah yet, I was ultimately very bitty that they’d give this chick a ticket, and not Sarah. I mean, come on. Keith, you really let me down on this one. I blame you having daughters! haha. Although wait, Harry has all daughters too and he said no. So ok, now I’m just mad at you.

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Greyson Turner – Chasing Shadows
Aw, a little zit faced Phillip Phillips. I don’t know how much I liked him singing the song he wrote. But the things is, I liked him, I liked his voice, and I liked the song lyrics. It’s just the way he moved his mouth and whatnot… it was kind of weird, no? I do always give more credit to people who write their own songs and they’re actually good.

Of the three montage girls, Nalani Quintello (Counting Stars), Tori Martin (something) and Hope Windel (Stupid Boy)  I only really liked the second girl’s voice, but I HATED her look. God please do something about that kitschy terribleness. and while I can see why Tori made it through, it doesn’t make me happy about it. Also, I hate that name Tori – blame Tori Spelling – and this girl was such a perfect “Tori” for me to hate. The name makes me think of the Heathers. I don’t even know how the Tan Mom of contestants made it through. And as for Hope, I liked her look and her voice wasn’t terrible by any means, I just think that she was a little overwhelmed by the situation (to quote JLo) and needed another year or two under her belt. She’s only 16, the girls got time.

Ricky Dale Hendricks – Thunder Rolls
Why didn’t he just say “I’m from West Monroe, where the Duck Dyansty guys are from” – it must be because it’s not a Fox show? If that’s where I was from I’d probably wear a shirt saying something to that effect. Anyway, so remember how I said that Jelly did good because she was different enough for me to not compare her Adele? The opposite is true for Ricky. I was 100% comparing this to Garth and it DID NOT hold up for me. Was he bad? No. Definitely not. But he’s not Garth Brooks. I hope he picks some better songs for Hollywood, which is probably going to be the last place we see him, if we even see him there. I think Harry was foreboding asking how he’d do in a ring with Mike Tyson…

Dakota “Bianca Jade” Suarez – Dog Days are Over
Ok here’s the thing with Dakota – actually – this is just my thing with drag queens. It drives me crazy that a lot of them CAN sing, and yet, they ALWAYS lip sync to the songs. As for Dakota, I wouldn’t have put him through, but he’s definitely good enough to sing in a drag show, FOR SURE. At least he got the right door to leave out of. It’s a step in the right direction. Literally. In true dragulousness, I loved how he left us “You better watch out because Dakota is in the house, and Imma step on people “ and I also LOVED Savion’s response:

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Erica Washington – Halo
Erica was fine. She has a good tone, she picked a great song, and she’s really pretty. That said, something tells me we won’t see her past Hollywood week.

Now finally, in case you were wondering who the worlds favorites are right now, here’s a look at the contestants from this week!

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