American Idol – Haley Reinhart’s Farewell Song

I knew it would happen. I guess there are some strong country (and young) voters out there, though. I also heard there were some people who didn’t care for Haley’s attitude. I don’t see anything wrong with her attitude. She was bold enough to stick up for herself one week. I used to get squashed if I tried to talk back when I was young and thought I didn’t have the right to do so. I know better now and am making up for lost time. So I applaud anyone who speaks their mind (within reason, of course). Hopefully, we will be hearing Haley on the radio by next summer – if not sooner! I will definitely buy her music!

Watch Haley’s final song and explain what’s bad about her attitude here. I think she handled herself with class last night.

Thank you AmericazGotTalents for providing high quality videos so quickly!

American Idol Final Four Perform

First, I have to note that on this day, one year ago, Crystal and Lee wowed us with their duet, Falling Slowly! That was, by far, one of the best performances on American Idol ever!

On to the dirt…

James started with Don’t Stop Believing, and the judges all loved it, of course. James was pumped after the commercial break and thanked America. <yawn> Then he sang Love Potion #9. Without arguing with Lady Gaga, he just tossed her pointers out the window. There was no hip gyrating as Gaga suggested. The performance sounded nothing like the rehearsal. He took it to the James place as usual. Yes, he’s good. I’m just over it.

Haley performed Michael Jackson’s Earth Song first, and I loved it! Jennifer talked about how James came out first and set the bar. Shut up! Then Randy continued to tear it apart. I think I was as shocked and mad as she was. I say good for her for sticking up for herself! We hear so many inconsistent critiques and mixed feedback. Truly maddening! Haley haters, step off! I’m for Haley, and Steven agrees. He loved it, too. She came out strong with her second song, I Who Have Nothing. I … wanted … to … cry!!! See, that’s what happens when I hear awesome vocals or see amazing actors on stage. I get misty! Steven said “You just Reinharted yourself into next week!” YES!

Scotty did some Alan Jackson song (missed the title). All the judges liked it and had nothing bad to say about it. They also didn’t gush over it, though. Song #2 for him was Young Blood and all loved him. “You made Gaga’s yaya to lala.” Steven, Steven, Steven! What the heck?

Lauren took on Martina McBride’s Anyway first. The judges all loved it. I thought she was holding back a little except for the chorus, which she belted with all her heart. Then she followed that with Elvis Presley’s Trouble and rocked it! The judges talked about seeing a more mature Lauren up there. Lady Gaga helped her get there with some advice. If Lauren wants to sell songs, she is going to have to get over that innocent “I’m a good girl” thing and push through it.

Haley is on Vote for the Worst this week, but I say Scotty should go down Daughtry style. Fourth in line with a great career ahead of him.

American Idol Says Goodbye to Another

We all figured he’d go this week. Farewell, Jacob Lusk.

I guess it goes to show you that James has a lot of fans. I wonder how close he was to being next to Jacob instead of Lauren. There was pretty much a tie between them performance-wise this week in my opinion.

From here on out, it’s “anything goes”! Since America votes based only on the current week’s performance and doesn’t take into consideration the entire season, song choice is crucial now. I still say Haley’s decision to take Jimmy’s advice and do the unreleased Lady Gaga song, You and I, was a good one. What irritates me is to hear people call any of the contestants one-trick ponies. A little diversity is good, but every artist is known for a certain style. I’m finally starting to see Haley’s style, and I think she is too. I want her in the final two.

Chances are very high that we will hear Haley, James, Lauren, and Scotty on the radio within the next year or two! These are our winners already. :D

American Idol – Season 10 – Top 5 Perform

The top five contestants did so well last night that I can’t skip blogging about it! With the exception of one contestant (and I’ll get to that), I loved every one of the performances. Before blogging, I always listen to the performances at least once more on Being on a time limit, I’ll jump right in. In order of my favorites from last night…

Jennifer & Randy were wrong! I love that she took the risk and did the unreleased song You and I by Lady Gaga, and the performance was just about as perfect as it could get. Here’s Gaga performing that song. Who cares if most people probably aren’t that familiar with the song. I think it lessens comparisons that way, which can be a great thing. Then House of the Rising Sun was just fantastic! That’s how to show ‘em, girl! Haley got my vote this week.

Gone was so much fun! His entire performance was electric! Always on My Mind was very sweet.  Based on vocals and performance, Scotty places second in my book this week. I’m not a huge country fan, but I do like it sometimes. This kid has such an amazing vocal range, and that’s huge!

Flat on the Floor was a risky choice as well, in my opinion. Any time contestants choose a song by a previous Idol winner, they are judged harshly. I think she did great! She didn’t listen to Sheryl’s advise to stand firm in one place on stage. Good for her! Then Unchained Melody was pretty good. There was a place where she could have taken it higher but didn’t. That was a little odd to me, but it wasn’t enough to make me hate it – only enough to make me move her from second place to third.

Closer to the Edge started out a little shaky I thought. This is not my favorite performance from him, but he pulled it off. I love Without You, and I think he did it beautifully! James has been consistently rock star material, but I have to place him fourth this week only because I thought the other three were that much better.

No Air … really??? ICK! It was so weird. Love Hurts hurt at the end. He definitely has some pipes, but I don’t feel it’s Idol material. I can’t imagine myself singing along to his songs on the radio in my car. Jacob is on Vote for the Worst this week, but I hope that isn’t enough to keep him on the show another week.

Tune in tonight to see how bad we get our hands slapped for not voting enough or at all. Ryan always gives that look and blames our voting for who ends up at the bottom. I still blame their voting rules, though. There needs to be a limit on how many times one person can vote, especially since you can vote from your phones and computers now. I’m sure there are some insane programs you can get to vote as many times as possible in the voting window. Tell me how that’s fair.

American Idol – Another One Gone

J-Lo is heartbroken. Her boy crush has been voted off. Stefano Langone is out of the running for American Idol. I’m not crushed. Amazing story of survival and great personality aside, I wasn’t in love with his voice.

Next to him at the bottom was Jacob, who I think (unless he pulls out something amazing next week) will go home next . He made me cry on an already emotional day with Dance With My Father.

Haley won me over again with one of my favorite songs, Rolling in the Deep, and I can NOT believe she was in the bottom three again. America, are you deaf?

James. James, James, James… Amazing! Another favorite song of mine, and he slayed it! The entire package – vocals and performance – was incredible.

I was surprised by Lauren’s song choice. Her lower register gives her some trouble. She can belt out the big notes, but I still maintain that belting the big notes is not all that hard. You get there, and you project. It sounds impressive, but it isn’t hard. I still like her, though.

I don’t like Maroon 5. They irritate me. Not sure why. However, Casey made that song so much better. Casey haters, back off! I love this kid!

Swingin’? Really, Scotty? That’s all I have to say about that.

Disagree with me? Listen to them all again here. Listen closely. Then bring it!

American Idol – Week 4 – Goodbye to Two

I wasn’t going to take the time to write a separate post since I touched on this in my last post, but I just can’t help it. I have things to say. The two girls who were voted off this week both had unique qualities to their voices. Pageant Pia may have near perfect pitch (nobody’s perfect), but there’s nothing special or interesting about her timbre. The only thing that makes her stand out a little is that she can belt a ballad.

So we’re down to three girls: Lauren, Haley, and Pia. Haley does have something interesting, but she’s not consistent with it. I’ve liked her from the beginning, and I’m still waiting for her to blow us away with something great.

I wouldn’t be upset at all to see Paul, Stefano, or Jacob leave next. Paul is definitely a character, but I can’t say that I’d want to hear him on the radio on a daily basis. I’m just over Stefano and still say he’s there for Jennifer to drool over. Jacob … is he or isn’t he? ;) So much drama. Send him to Broadway. Save the Idol title for someone else.

I could stand hearing Casey and James both on the radio, but I still don’t know if this is a girl’s or a guy’s season. I can see Lauren being one of the last two standing, but I can’t pick a guy.

That’s all.

Downtown Denver | Day 6 of Vacation

“Life is like a box of chocolates.” This bench is outside of Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. This was our first stop, not for lunch (like my girls would eat anything here), but for the girls to change from shorts into pants. I tried to tell them, but at least they were smart enough to bring pants to change into just in case. Sometimes, even when someone tells you what to expect, you still don’t really know until you bite into that chocolate candy what you’ll find inside.

So we were all the way downtown with all these interesting restaurants, and where do we end up eating? Chili’s. Paramount looked like a popular place. I’d love to try that sometime.

After eating, we hopped on the mall shuttle to the south end to go check out Civic Center. There was a peaceful assembly happening on the steps of the capitol. Since I’m pretty oblivious to the issues happening around me, I asked some (what’s the politically correct term?) law enforcement officers standing nearby what was going on. There was a bill being discussed today on civil unions. I heard about an hour ago that it died around 9:15 tonight, though. Since this is about my vacation, I’m not going to weigh in on this subject here.

We ended up going inside the capitol – nearly all the way to the top even! After snapping some pics through the windows, we went back downstairs and decided against the free 45-minute tour. We left in search of the old-fashioned red phone booth I had seen just last year. Gone! Son of a sea biscuit! My poor, out-of-shape body made the trek all that way for nothing. I better at least see a little improvement in my rear! :) So back on the shuttle we went, stopping at Starbucks for a quick, frozen perk-me-up. By then, it was still windy, but it was actually pretty nice out.

That was about it. Enough to get out of the house. A small adventure for some but pretty big for us. It’s not because we’re pathetically lazy – just so busy all the time.

I’ll throw in a bit about American Idol here instead of creating a separate post. I’m a little disappointed to see Thia leave, but I don’t think she was ready yet. Another year or two might make a big difference. I thought it would be Naima and Paul, though. Lauren and Scotty did an amazing job on their duet!

Tomorrow: Zoo


American Idol – Week 3 – America Voted…

…and the judges disagreed!

The judges may disagree with “America”, but this isn’t going to change anything. The votes are skewed, and that’s largely due to the fact that they allow unlimited voting for two hours. Why? So they can impress us all by announcing how many MILLION votes come in each week. The show “Rockstar Supernova” put a cap on how many votes you could enter for each person (I believe it was only ten votes), which is what Idol should do as well.

Still, no matter how you slice it, this is a popularity contest. Anyone who is good enough to be noticed by record labels is going to be approached, and all 11 still standing after this week will have plenty of opportunities to be noticed now since they are all going on the tour this summer. I can’t help but wonder if this was a stunt and that their plan was to save anyone who may have been voted off by America so they’d have 11 for the tour. You never know!

Going forward, I want Pageant Pia to show us if she can handle an increased tempo and really give us a pop performance. Stop giving us “Vegas” and start giving us what will sell. Record producers won’t care how pitch perfect a voice is or how well they can belt a ballad if they don’t also see dollar signs. I also want Thia to showcase that special quality in her voice that I love so much. Casey should bring out the bass again and give us some blues without the all the growling.

I’m losing hope in Haley. I think Stefano is only there for Jennifer to drool over. Though, in his defense, I don’t mind that he closes his eyes. We can’t see Stevie’s eyes, but he’s a real wonder (pun intended)!  I’m not sure why Naima seems to have so many haters. So she’s different – big deal! I like that about her.

I have nothing to say about the rest, and I have no guess on who will win this year. It doesn’t really matter. I just enjoy the entertainment each week! :)

The highlight of the results show for me was the birthday song for Steven Tyler. For a minute, I thought we shared a birthday. I found out this morning that his birthday is actually March 26, though. Oh well! He’s still an Aries!

American Idol – Week 3 – Another One Down

Here is a perfect example of how you can’t let a few good performances fool you. Many Idol wanna-bes have a few songs in their arsenal that they are very good at singing. Then they’re challenged to push themselves and step outside of their comfort zone, which is clearly not an easy thing to do for many of them. You’ll recall in my post about the first week, I raved about Karen. Her performance of “Hero” blew me away. Thereafter, I wasn’t impressed.

Paul should have been in the bottom three, not Haley, though. Curse that stupid Vote-for-the-Worst website! I don’t understand why people don’t like Haley. I want Thia to open up and USE that Adele sounding quality I know she has in there. I love that! I wasn’t surprised to see Naima in the bottom three, though. She didn’t bring it this week. She’s also unique, but I don’t think she has enough control.

American Idol – Week 2 – Bye Bye!

Hasta la bye-bye, Ashton. I was surprised to see Haley in the bottom three with Ashton and Karen. I did see a lot of comments on American Idol’s Facebook page against her, though. I don’t get it. A lot of those comments are quite hateful and certainly show a lack of compassion for these people personally. But, they did put themselves in this position and should expect it.

Vote for the Worst did it’s job in keeping Paul out of the bottom three. I still believe he should have gone first.

{For those who follow a link to these posts from Facebook, I’m sorry if you haven’t watched yet. I realize you enjoy the tension and excitement of Ryan stringing you along for an hour before finding out who is voted off, but at least I wait until the next morning. The entire internet is a-buzz with who went home. I don’t take full blame for spoiling anyone’s excitement.}