Ellen Degeneres New Idol Judge
EW broke the news last night that Ellen Degeneres is the new “American Idol” judge, replacing Paula Abdul.
Good or bad idea? I think she’ll have great feedback, but a lot think she has little to do with the music industry and wonder why her? Did they chose her just because she’s Ellen?
She should have something to say on her talk show today I’m sure!
Only yesterday the news that Kara DioGuardi signed a deal to return to “American Idol” next season. However Paula Abdul, had not as of yet.
Only 20 minutes ago Paula “Twittered” the following message to fans.
With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all..
I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent,but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon.
What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me
It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month
I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all.
You can send Paula messages via twitter @PaulaAbdul
I’m just stunned myself. The show won’t be the same without Paula in my opinion.
The American Idol 8 Winner Is Crowned . . . .
and it went to Kris Allen.
So was the right choice made? Honestly, I’m shocked, I thought Adam would have won. Some have already pointed out that Kris probably got a lot of help in the votes from the Gokey fans, which I guess if you think about it, is true. You either loved Adam or Danny, and most fans of one hated the other. So with Danny out, I think Kris got a big boost from his fans.
I think both will have great careers, but again . . . are we destined for yet another season when the runner up outsells the actual idol?
Leave your own thoughts!
The Final 2 On Idol, An Upset?
So last night Danny Gokey was given the boot on “Idol,” shocking many. Kris looked stunned when he was told he had made it, I think he and many expected he would go. Even the judges I think expected it to be Danny and Adam in the final for weeks now.
Personally, I think the right two people made it. I think Kris is a great singer, though I’m not a fan of his musical styling to be honest. However both he and Adam have been the most creative and inventive when it comes to taking songs and completely doing them in different ways to suit their personality and styles.
I’m very interested to see what songs they do next week and how they choose to perform them!
Sent Home On DWTS & Idol This Week
On “Dancing” it came down to Ty and Little Kim. In a shocking elimination, it was Little Kim who went home! I really thought she’d be a contender for the finals.
On “Idol” they wouldn’t reveal who was in the bottom this week, only that it was Allison who was sent home. I think we’ve know for awhile it was going to come down to Danny and Adam in the finale, and Danny is going to win this thing.
Did The Idol Judges Just Shoot Themselves In The Foot?
So tonight on “American Idol” the Judge’s Save was finally used to save Matt Girard, who would have gone home. They had this week and next to use it, once to the top five though it was gone.
Did they make a wise decision? Using the save means TWO go next week, and they can’t save someone if they wanted to now.
The past few weeks Matt, Lil and Anoop have been looking like they could go at any moment. My guess is they figured they would be the next three out, that they’ve already figured Adam and Danny are final three. I think it’s between Allison and Kris right now for that last spot. I think the judges are betting on that as well with the save.
Next week is Disco week. Two will go home. People can mock disco all they want, those songs are not easy to sing by a long shot. Some will excel, some will fail. I think a lot will fail.
My opinions? First I’m biased in a big way, I adore disco. Yes, I said it!
Adam is clearly going to excel next week. His falsetto would make a BeeGees song an obvious choice. However with the 70s, he could easily go for a Glam Rock song and make a killing too. Adam + Gary Glitter = Win. Personally I want to see him do Sylvester “You Make Me Feel” or “Xanadu!”
Allison should excel, if she makes the right choice. I could see her falling for the Blondie “Heart of Glass” curse. STAY AWAY from that song Allison, it’s not easy to do! She needs to do “Knock on Wood” or “I Love The Nightlife.”
This is where the save is going to kick them in the butt. Lil Rounds, who has been horrendous these last few weeks, stands to make the biggest comeback next week. She needs to pick her song carefully. She needs to stay away from Gloria Gaynor and Patti Labelle, she can’t live up to either one, period. Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way” she could go 50/50 with. It’s like a Whitney Houston of Disco song really, you do well or you shouldn’t have tried. She could probably do well with Sister Sledge or Dianna Ross’ “Upside Down.”
Matt, Kris, Anoop and yes even golden boy Danny . . . they are going to suffer next week. Anoop might be able to pull of a Andi Gibb ballad, maybe. Kris and Matt, I don’t know what the hell they will do. Danny . . . I just feel like he’s going to try Disco Inferno and burn burn burn!
Leave your thoughts on song choices for the contestants and who you think will rock it and who will flunk out of disco school.
Kicked To The Curb This Week On Idol And DWTS
So this week on “American Idol” was songs from the year you were born, which mostly amounted to 80s week. What should have been a great show, well mostly wasn’t. I thought so many people did horrible in this one. Scott was ultimately sent home. I expect Anoop and shockingly Lil to go next. Lil has to find her groove again, otherwise she’s gone.
Over on “Dancing With The Stars” it was David Alan Grier sent home, which I was surprised by. I expected Steve O or Lawrence the football guy to go first. I accpect them to be the next ones to go though. At this point we can all guess it will be Giles, Lil Kim and Shawn Johnson in the finals probably, though Melissa might be there over one of the other women.
Sent Packing On DWTS and Idol
“Dancing With The Stars” had a double elimination this week, with both Holly and Steve Wozniak going home. Next week I think Steve O will be sent packing, the following week it will be the football guy or David Alan Grier most likely. The show will start getting down to an hour now, so I’ll finally be able to see it all without “Heroes” interrupting.
On “Idol,” Megan Joy finally got kicked off the show. Was she a bit nutso this week flapping around like a bird or what! Next week I imagine Anoop or Scott will go. Also I cannot believe Allison keeps ending up in the bottom three. What show are people watching? Clearly not the same show I am!
Booted from Idol and DWTS this week . . .
On “Dancing,” it was a shocker when Denise and Holly ended up in the bottom two and Denise went home. Maksim out of the competition so early? The real shocker was that Steve O or W weren’t in the bottom after horrific performances and the lowest judges score ever given to “The Woz.”
Over to “Idol,” it was just as shocking that Megan, who was horrific this week, wasn’t even in the bottom three! The bottom were Michael, Matt and Scott. Matt? Then Scott was saved, putting Matt in the bottom with Michael. Are you kidding me? WTH! Michael went home, but I’m already preparing myself for shocks next week, as well as some serious cursing when someone who shouldn’t be sent home gets the boot!
American Idol: Final Three Projected
So this week Randy, Simon and Ryan appeared on Jay Leno. They basically projected the final three for this year’s Idol would be Adam, Danny and Lil Rounds.
A lot of people have given Idol flack this year for the way the top 12(13) were picked, because it insured the one the judges liked made it through. I mean let’s be honest, it was easy each week to pick who would go through!
With the judges save, again some feel it’s a way for them to shape the final three. So given their predictions, should any of those final three get booted soon, we can guess they’d probably use the save on them.
Now the save can’t be used once it’s down to the last 5 (I think), so there is always a shock factor with the votes. I think most everyone will agree Danny and Adam will be in the final three. I’m not yet sold Lil will make it. Anoop has a huge following of girls supposedly. Normally I would say Allison could (or should) be there too, but given she found herself in the bottom three last week . . . who knows. Maybe people assumed she’d be safe because she’s such a strong singer?
The final three could be a shocker, as often the people who are there aren’t always the best. Likewise the person who wins Idol isn’t always the most successful. Some might say it’s better to lose Idol than win, as past losers have had far more success.
Looking at the final three that the judges picked, I’m already thinking about what kind of Idol they would be and what songs they’d put out, thus wondering how mainstream and successful they might be. I readily admit that there is some serious stereotyping in these thoughts You are always free to disagree, and I welcome people posting who they think will make it and why.
First up, I think Adam deserves to win this season. As far as stage presence and talent, he’s in a category of his own. To be honest, I’m shocked he hasn’t been picked up as of yet. What is someone like him doing on American Idol? I keep wondering if he has a secret record deal in his past I also think of everyone, he’s the most marketable and current as far as what he can record. I am DYING for them to do 80s week, simply because I want to see him belt out some mean Sebastian Bach 80s hair metal screams. Will he win though? Unfortunately I don’t think so. I mean it’s fairly clear he’s gay, even though it hasn’t been brought up or mentioned on Idol as of yet. (You can google him, he has pictures of himself making out with boys all over his facebook and myspace). I don’t think any Idol has been openly out during the competition as of yet, at least one that has made it into the top 12. Yes, some have come out AFTER, but not during. Frankly I think him being gay probably will hurt his chances with the votes in some crowds, like with the teen girls.
Lil Rounds, there is no doubt she can sing, I just don’t know how popular she will be. It’s hard NOT to make the Fantasia comparison, and Fantasia was pretty much one of the idols who bombed out. Lil could have a market, but more of a niche market depending on how she market herself. Right now she seems much more of a bluesy R&B singer as opposed to a pop R&B singer.
Danny . . . I’m not sure about him either. I see too much of Taylor in him, and I think he might be more of the contemporary adult niche market. Also, it’s total stereotyping, but I also wonder if he would end up falling into the Christian music market as well, which pretty much is death as far as mainstream radio is concerned.
On the flip side, my thoughts on who could be the two dark horses. Anoop I could see being a popular crooner type singer, very Michael Buble. But again it’s a niche market. Allison has youth on her side, though that didn’t seem to help Jasmine much. Allison I could definitely see doing well as a Pink or Katy Perry type artist, a mix of pop and rock/punk.
So I’ll leave it there, and let you all give your thoughts.