Posted: 12:49 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: Tonight’s theme, my Power 8 rankings, Phillip Phillips, Carrie Underwood 

By Rodney Ho

The “Idol” theme tonight virtually guarantees eight good performances because they will be doing one of their original audition songs again.

Sam Woolf's audition was so promising, we thought he could win the entire competition but now that we've seen him live, that prediction has fallen on the wayside. CREDIT: Fox

Sam Woolf’s audition was so promising, we thought he could win the entire competition but now that we’ve seen him live, that prediction has fallen on the wayside. CREDIT: Fox

This reprising is supposed to show how much they’ve grown and whether the performance in a small room translates to a big, live one.

This also strips us of any surprise elements though I’m sure some may try to change things up with a live band behind them. Three sang original songs and original songs have been rare (if not non-existent) on the live shows.

At least the producers are trying to come up with new themes and this one is a newbie.

And we’ll also see how they plan to stretch eight performances out over two hours. Perhaps another group sing to fill time?

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I don’t think last week changed my power rankings all that much. I had Majesty at 5, obviously an over-estimation of her appeal since she was ousted last week. I had her as high as 2 before the live performances and clearly, she didn’t earn that ranking at all.

1. Caleb Johnson. I’d like him to surprise me a bit more at some point but otherwise, this is his competition to lose. (last week-1)

2. Alex Preston. His “Don’t Speak” last week didn’t impress the judges. He is very internalized and very particular in his style. Either you like it or not. He seems to be on a slow and steady path to the finals. (2)

3. Jena Irene. She did a good job in the pimp spot last week. Her vocals and clear desire to take chances are helping her at this point. (3)

4. Jessica Meuse. Go figure. She has yet to finish in the bottom three. She has never been particularly good up to this point live but at least she raised her game last week. She has a bit of an underdog feel about her that may be generating votes. (7)

5. Malaya Watson. I still see Malaya as a work in progress. But at least she’s improving and finding her way. She already survived longer than I expected going into the top 13 but she is taking enough chances and showing enough confidence to stay in the running. (6)

6. Sam Woolf. The fact he did okay last week and still fell into the bottom three tells me tweens aren’t watching or voting much anymore. His front-runner status is long gone. He is going to have to improve significantly in the next three weeks to survive much longer. (4)

7. Dexter Roberts. He is boring to me. He does what he does and nothing more. Even a passable performance last week fails to change my feelings at this point. Again, he’s elimination fodder with no chance of winning. (8)

8. C.J. Harris. I think it’s just a matter of time before he goes home. His limitations are obvious to everyone. I liked what he did last week but he is due for a departure sooner rather than later. (9)

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Season 11 “Idol” winner Phillip Phillips has opened for John Mayer and Matchbox Twenty (Sorry. I earlier wrote Goo Goo Dolls by mistake. This two really bland 90s bands tend to blur together in my addled brain.). This year, he co-headlines with O.A.R., a popular live band. (Again, I’m sorry I originally wrote “latched onto” because I didn’t read the press release carefully enough to notice this is a ‘co-headlining” deal as opposed to Phillips opening for them. Anyway, the Twitterati got me on both counts.)

He will start a 25-city tour that ends July 26 at Chastain.

Fan presales for the tour go on sale beginning April 8 with the public onsales beginning on April 11.  For tickets and more information, fans can go to  www.ofarevolution.com or www.phillipphillips.com

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Carrie Underwood will join Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris to fete Linda Ronstadt during the upcoming 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

38 comments
DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Here are the duet songs...no word on who sings what:

“Just Give Me a Reason” – Pink feat. Nate Ruess
“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” – Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty
“Lucky” – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
“Alright” – Darius Rucker

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - I posted an answer to you on the HIMYM blog entry.  But since our thread had veered back to the topic of Idol, I'll finish my thoughts here.  

I think TV producers are tasked with creating a show, designed to entertain us, and it's up to them how to do so.  I don't think it's possible to "cheat" us, because they don't owe us anything.  

(And I'm not "delusional" because I chose to enjoy the show last season rather than spending my energy being angry at the producers.  So I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't call me names.) 


G_
G_

Of all the top 10 in Idol this season, I think only Caleb would turn a chair on The Voice. 

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Someone just yelled at Rodney on the Scott Wilson thread about "spoiling" something that happened on WD at least 4 months ago.

Here's my question:  how long is a spoiler a spoiler?  Should we all expect to keep our mouths shut for days?, weeks?, months?, years?  until the whole world catches up? Or should there be a time limit on how soon you should be expected to watch past episodes and if you don't watch, then find a way to accept reasonable spoilers with some grace instead of pouting about it. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

I'd prefer to see them leave out the duets and go to an hour and a half show... :-(  

But I hope they'll also fill some of the time by showing the person's original audition before they sing.  That'll be interesting, and (hopefully) point out how far each one has come.  

@Sam-A1 - I saw your comment on the other thread about how you also like it when you know the music.  Tonight I'll know 4 of the 8 songs (the Allmans, both Arethas, and Adele), how about you?  I still miss the older theme weeks when I knew every song, though. 

@RodneyHo- my goodness, the twitterati must be vicious.  I thought "latched onto" was perfectly accurate. 

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

Someone on Twitter noted to me that I got the band wrong: Phillips opened for Matchbox Twenty last year, not the Goo Goo Dolls. Two really boring 90s bands I tend to blur together since they had their first hits ("Push" and "Name") out at about the same time. Also, he is now co-headlining as opposed to opening now that he has two full albums. So he is given equal stature to O.A.R.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

I still don't have confirmation on the duets so it may not be the case.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Afternoon -

Just to be different, I'm guessing this order


1. Alex - the only one with a personal style

2. Jessica - like her voice

3. Jena - idol-like, in a couple of years

4. Malaya - when controlled, fabulous voice

5. Caleb - yes, he's "good", but I have never enjoyed this type of music

6. Sam - if only he had suffered a first crush so he could have emoted something

7. Dexter - dime a dozen

8. CJ -  I have no words

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

The Idol Pad is suggesting that the time tonight will be filled with 8 solo performances and 4 duets.  No one has the duet pairings or songs yet but here are the revised audition songs for tonight:

Alex Preston - "Fairy Tale" (original song)
C.J. Harris - "Soulshine" by The Allman Brothers
Caleb Johnson - "Chain Of Fools" by Aretha Franklin
Dexter Roberts - "One Mississippi" by Brett Eldredge
Jena Irene Asciutto - "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele
Jessica "Jess" Meuse - "Blue-Eyed Lie" (original song)
Malaya Watson - "Ain't No Way" by Aretha Franklin
Sam Woolf - "Lego House" by Ed Sheeran

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

Like I said, I would have put Alex second if he was more Idol-like.  Right now I actually like him best.  I am also rooting for Caleb.  It's about time Idol had a rocker win the title...even if he is an old school rocker.  I think Jena has a great voice but she doesn't choose songs that show it off.  It's like she wants to be the first rocker to win Idol but Caleb is a lot better at it.

Rickster_
Rickster_

It's amazing that Linda Ronstadt isn't already in the R&R HOF. One of the most amazing female voices - EVER.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  And the FCC would disagree with you on shows not being able to cheat an audience.  There are very specific rules about what a so-called live show can and cannot do.  Idol walked a very fine line last year.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  I didn't call you names.  The thought that last season just happened by sheer accident to have strong females and EXTREMELY weak males is a delusion.  The fact that it made you happy doesn't make it any less a delusion or any less a cheat.  Idol was/is desperately trying to get back its audience and one of the biggest complaints before last year was the wgwg.  Instead of responding in a reasonable way like they have this year with limiting the votes, they decided to set us up.  

I didn't enjoy the show last year because I was being manipulated.  So were you.  Saying that the manipulation was ok because it led to a good conclusion is like saying hiding an opposing football teams best players is ok as long as our team wins.  It was flat out wrong of Idol to do it. 

I'm sorry that you took offense.  I was not calling you delusional but the concept that Idol didn't cheat was delusional.  I realize that this is a fine line and I apologize if I offended you.

MercedesS
MercedesS

@G_ I thought all the Voice singers were professionals?

Jenny11
Jenny11

And I'm still to this day mad at *myself* for spoiling the Grey's finale when George died.  Our "record" function was sometimes wonky, so I turned the TV on to check and make sure it was recording... forgetting that I'd left it tuned to ABC... just as Meredith ran down the hall screaming "It's George!!"  Grrrr.  

JTesla
JTesla

Thanks a lot Deirdre, you just spoiled the "Scott Wilson" thread for me! Now I can't go read it and be surprised that Rodney got yelled at for spoiling something.

Ok, not really.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - I think once the show has aired, it's fair game and the burden's on the viewer.  I think most people know that if they can't watch right away, but REALLY don't want to know, then they better stay away from blogs and/or FB and Twitter (depending on how big a deal their show is.)  

I don't watch Walking Dead, but I know it had a huge surprise the other night.  I saw several people on my FB feed say they were going to stay off of FB until after they could watch it... which was probably good, because other people posted their thoughts on the "surprise" as it happened!  (Ick.)

Back during the 2012 Olympics, I tried soooooo hard not to see the gymnastics results (they happened live a lot earlier than NBC showed them)... but I checked my FB, knowing I was taking a risk, and dang it, I was just about to log off when someone "liked" a Shawn Johnson post giving it away.  Oh well.  My own fault...  It was still fun to watch them win. 

Bottom line - you can't control what people say or don't say.  Especially in these days of social media. 

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DeirdreC Silly, silly. If you worry about spoilers, then stay away from internet and the news! I sort of know how WD ends but I still enjoy my ancient recordings.. right now, Rick is hiding under a bed while his son and Michonne are out foraging. Exciting as heck!

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@Jenny11 @RodneyHoI used latched onto merely because OAR has been around longer and has a pretty established base of fans who go to their concerts obsessively. But I also didn't read the press release carefully enough to see it was clearly a "co-headlining" tour. Then again, OAR's name tends to be on top in most references.

G_
G_

@MercedesS

Agree with all except for Jess. She's just okay, but it's something about her that rubs me the wrong way.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - I'm well aware.  I've also had communications law & ethics classes.  Granted, way back when I was in college - ;-) - reality shows didn't even exist, so weren't a topic... but I also know that lawyers can and do find loopholes.  

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC -  OK.  Now I understand what you were trying to say.  I'm a bit sensitive to that particular term, for personal reasons, so I may have overreacted too.  

I do agree that they were trying to get the audience back last year, and get out from under the stigma of the cute white boy always winning.  And they definitely gave us a great slate of girls.  But there have been years they gave us super-strong guys and awful girls.  It all comes around. 

(And if you think back, weren't there some decent guys in the first round of voting, who didn't get voted into the top (12?) by America?  Wasn't there a Nick or Nicholas who was probably the strongest guy they had, but America didn't put him through?)  

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  In this particular case, Rodney put the "spoiler that isn't a spoiler after 4 months" in the title of the article so it was kind of hard to avoid it.  At the same time...it's been FOUR MONTHS.  You almost have to expect to hear and see things about it.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  They never broke the law, they skirted it.  The producers gave us 10 guys( they are allowed to pick any 10) to vote for last year, none of them good.  We were stuck because those were the 10 guys the judges chose.  We may never have seen the good ones, which wouldn't have been illegal.  

Do you remember when this crew first appeared?  We all thought(talked about a lot) that this was the best group of singers Idol has seen in a long, long time.  Then they got in front of a live audience and they ALL fell apart.  Pretty amazing but it happened.  In a relaxed atmosphere, they were all good.  I think Harry was clinging to that.  I also think he was trying hard to boost their confidence.  And who knows, maybe he was being facetious and mocking Randy(who he clearly does not respect) who used to say "best season ever"  all the time.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC and I've got to log off now, so if I don't answer, not ignoring you... I probably won't see it until tomorrow.  

Night y'all... enjoy the show!!

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC Though that brings up a good point... (like I said, I didn't study current laws governing reality TV, though I remember you've mentioned that you have...) so I'm curious, how exactly *would* they be breaking the law?  Isn't it subjective, who the judges thought were the best, and put through?  I mean, Harry seems to truly think this year's crop is the best since Season 1, and we all think he's nuts.  (Not trying to be sarcastic... I really am curious.)

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC  Jenny, I do get where you're coming from.  Nick was decent but not great.  None of the guys were good.  And I do not recall a season where there were not strong girls...at least 2.  Last year's boys were laughably bad...and yet people kept fighting for them.  Weird.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@RodneyHo - Actually, it was a bright spot for me while I was dealing with a dear friend's illness that was truly more than I could handle.  I guess that's why I wasn't worried about manipulation and the like.  It just gave me something to enjoy and look forward to.  

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@MercedesS @G_  The Voice has been referred to on a number of occasions as the American Idol for professional singers who need a second chance.  

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@Jenny11 @DeirdreCI put it in the headline without even thinking about spoilage given how long ago it was.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  - exactly.  Four months is plenty of time.  And sure, even if the burden should be on the viewer, it's thoughtful and nice of writers not to put a big spoiler in the title the very next day... but four months??