Posted: 5:37 pm Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

‘American Idol’ bits: Power 5, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert 

By Rodney Ho

AMERICAN IDOL: TOP 5: L-R: Jena Irene, Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson, Sam Woolf and Jessica Meuse. CR: Michael Becker. Copyright 2014 FOX Broadcasting.

AMERICAN IDOL: TOP 5: L-R: Jena Irene, Alex Preston, Caleb Johnson, Sam Woolf and Jessica Meuse. CR: Michael Becker. Copyright 2014 FOX Broadcasting.

Another quiet week in the “American Idol” world. When I mention “Idol” to my colleagues here, I’ve actually had folks say, “That’s still on?”

Yup. That’s the world we live in now.

At least the ratings didn’t go down again last week. The top 6 performance show drew 9.02 million viewers, the show’s best since top 9. The top 6 results show drew 7.68 million, the second lowest total in “Idol” history, only behind the top 8 redux results show two weeks earlier.

Here’s my power rankings of the top 5:

1. Caleb Johnson. Yawn. I know. What else is there to say? Even if he loses his voice and croaks out the last four weeks, he’s still the favorite. (last week- 1)

2. Alex Preston. His singularity either helps him or hurts him at this point. Is there a big enough fan base to get him into the finals once a couple more folks are gone? I still think so. (last week – 2)

3. Jena Irene. She’s still very divisive but her fan base should drive her easily into the top 3. Who knows? She still has a shot to make it to the finals over Alex. (3)

4. Sam Woolf. His modest improvements have kept him alive since the save. If he can have a good week again, he might be able to outlast Jessica. (5)

5. Jessica Meuse. She has also improved to a degree but she’s been a bottom dweller two weeks in a row which isn’t a good sign. She is going to need a killer performance Wednesday to survive. I don’t know if she has it in her.  (4)

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HuffPost, on Kelly Clarkson‘s 32nd birthday, posted her incredibly charming audition from season one. “Cool beans!” she said. “Score!”

I’m feeling old.

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Phillip Phillips has his third top 10 adult top 40 hit with “Raging Fire,” now at No. 9 on the Mediabase 24/7 airplay chart. Oddly, it’s getting no top 40 traction, unlike his first two songs.

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Carrie Underwood made the most influential Time 100 list.

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Candace Glover, forgotten season 12 winner, is going to help open the Washington Monument May 12. Wow! Someone actually had her do something!

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It’s unclear if Clay Aiken can win the Democratic House candidacy but even so, he has little chance of beating the Republican candidate in a conservative North Carolina district. Read this AP story.

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Sony is releasing an Adam Lambert greatest hits album. Huh? He’s had, like, two genuine hits, right?

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Tickets for the Atlanta stop of the “Idols” live tour August 18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre go on sale May 11 with prices between $30.50 and $66, comparable to past years when the tour stopped at Gwinnett Arena. This will be the first time they are doing the show outdoors. The first two years, the show was t Philips Arena, followed by a decade at Gwinnett.

 

156 comments
Jenny11
Jenny11

I posted this below, where Rodney and Deirdre were discussing it... but since it was way near the bottom, I'll post it here too.  

Adam's CD is actually called "The Very Best of Adam Lambert", and it includes studio versions of some of his Idol songs ("Mad World", "One", "Tracks of My Tears") in addition to "Time for Miracles" (the beautiful song at the end of the movie "2012"), and a song or two from his Glee run. 

I love that they included some of his Idol songs. I only wish they'd included "Ring Of Fire".  :-) 

Rickster_
Rickster_

Have a good evening, everyone! Enjoy the show.

Sinc
Sinc

Hey Rodney-if you're gonna be snarky get your info right to begin with. It is called The Best of Adam Lambert.

Sinc
Sinc

Hey Rodney if you're gonna be snarky get your info right to begin with.

It is The Best of Adam Lambert

Barbls
Barbls

Sony, Adam Lambert's ex label, is putting out a Best of Adam Lambert Playlist! Look what is on the list and listen to his albums. He is a worldwide star with hits in different countries. The playlist is not only for the U.S. Even his Ex label can't seem to part with him, but he has moved on and his new music is expected in several months after his tour this summer with Queen! Do your research so you don't appear so ignorant! I wouldn't share this article with anyone!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

SPOILER ALERT  SONG SPOILERS 

I think we have them all now.

Caleb Johnson – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
Caleb Johnson – Still of the Night by Whitesnake

Sam Woolf – How to Save a Life by The Fray
Sam Woolf – Sing by Ed Sheeran 

Jena Irene – My Body by Young the Giant
Jena Irene – Valerie by the Zutons

Alex Preston – Say Something by A Great Big World
Alex Preston – Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhoods

Jessica Meuse – Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey
Jessica Meuse – Human by Christina Perri



KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

Super excited about the song choices this week! !! Moving had been pushed to Friday, happy to be able to watch/blog tonight! See y'all later!

JTesla
JTesla

To me it is obvious that Clay's running is meant to be a cash drain on his opponent. Incumbants that are virtually unopposed (from both parties) put their campaign money into a PAC to help party members around the nation in campaigns where there is more of a challenge. A big name like Clay runs, less money gets diverted.

What does Clay get out of it? Well, the party faithful are often rewarded. He takes one for the team, and he has started a political resume.

MercedesS
MercedesS

Thanks, Double, for the "walk" down memory lane.


Oh crap, lights are blinking. I know what this means!!!

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

SONG SPOILER RUMORS:

Aside from the list I gave you earlier, rumor has it that Jessica will sing Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Ray and that Jena's second song is Valerie by Amy Winehouse.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

On my page the comment counter has gone a wee bit wacko!  740 and counting

RxDawg
RxDawg

I understand this is an Idol blog, and this topic is a little bit taboo, but why don't you blog about The Voice RoHo?  To me (repeat to me) it has simply become the better show.   Now I'm not trashing Idol, I still watch it every week too.   I'm mainly just giving The Voice it's due.   Is it just a time thing about not paying much attention to it here?   Or is it a paticular station thing?  (only do Fox shows or something).  Is Idol just grandfathered in over the voice? 

Now that's just my opinion, I do not have any idea about the ratings.  Is Idol still superior to The Voice in ratings?

Just a curious singing contest show fan :)

UWreckMeBaby
UWreckMeBaby

I would love to see others opinions on seasons past.

JTesla
JTesla

Thanks DoubleNaughtSpy.

Sam-A1
Sam-A1

Mercedes: Never heard of the Gigolo film, but it sounds like an Indie, which I know you often like, however, the last Spiderman film was pretty good, for a comic book film, so I am totally at a loss to guess!

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

Season 12(Top 10)


10th Curtis Finch, Jr., Fantasia

9th Paul Jolley, The Beatles

8th Devin Velez, Smokey Robinson

7th Burnell Taylor, Bon Jovi

6th Lazaro Arbos, 2 songs, Robbie Williams, The Carpenters

5th Janelle Arthur, 2 songs, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton

4th Amber Holcomb, 2 songs, Pink, "My Funny Valentine" (showtune)

3rd Angie Miller, 3 songs, Elton John, Pink, Emeli Sande


Runner up:Kree Harrison


Winner:Candace Glover

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

Season 11(Top 13)


13th Jeremy Rosado, Stevie Wonder/Whitney Houston

12th Jermaine Jones, disqualified

11th Shannon Magrane, Mariah Carey/Boyz to men

10th Erika Van Pelt, Billy Joel

9th Heejan Han, Donny Hathaway

8th DeAndre Brakensick, Debarge

Jessica Sanchez, Jazmine Sullivan, saved

7th Colton Dixon, 2 songs, Lady Gaga, Earth Wind & Fire

6th Elise Testone, 2 songs, Jimi Hendrix, Queen

5th Skylar Laine, 2 songs, Dusty Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival

4th Hollie Cavanaugh, 2 songs,Journey, Bonnie Raitt

3rd Joshua Ledet, 3 songs, Etta James, Mary J. Blige, John Lennon


Runner up:Jessica Sanchez


Winner:Phillip Phillips

Jenny11
Jenny11

And I also wish they'd included "Soaked", from his first album.  I thought that was the best track on there... if you're an Adam fan and haven't heard it, go listen... trust me.  :-)

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC Thanks for the spoilers.  I like the Whitesnake and the Fray songs.  I wish they'd picked a different Aerosmith for Caleb... that one's so overdone.  And I like Lana Del Ray, though not sure I know the song.  

Other than that, my first thought was... ALL those great suggestions people had on here, and THIS is what they come up with?  Don't they read our blog?  ;-)  --(Kidding!!) 

I guess my lack of interest in current music is finally doing me in, Idol-wise.  :-(  Probably will watch Survivor tonight instead. 

KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

Still of the Night is my absolute FAVORITE Whitesnake song... Love Coverdale, wondering how Caleb will do it!

KokoSnoot
KokoSnoot

Bonus: my fiancé actually agreed to watch it tonight

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

The counter has now returned to normal

JTesla
JTesla

@RxDawg Well it is a Radio/TV blog. I'm sure if The Voice were huge and/or had a local connection it would get more love. In the end, Rodney could blog about burnt toast if he wanted to.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@RxDawg - I am really liking what I've seen of the Voice this season.  I often just catch the recaps, but you've spurred me to add it to my DVR.  I like the talent level, and the way they seem to strike a good balance in the songs they choose. 

MercedesS
MercedesS

@RxDawg I don't watch the Voice. THIS IS the AMERICAN IDOL blog. 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@UWreckMeBaby - Adding some of my thoughts too!  (Underneath each of DoubleNaught's "season" posts.)  

Fun!  And thank you, DoubleNaughtSpy for compiling all of this!  :-)

RxDawg
RxDawg

@UWreckMeBaby Not a tech fan (obviously), but I do like Tom Petty.   And hence, I give you props to your double meaning name.  Nice

MercedesS
MercedesS

@Sam-A1 I like independent movies because they make you think - and often you don't see what's coming next.

Jenny11
Jenny11

And it makes me sad that so many people missed out on a really fun, talented season because they were mad.  :-( 

Maybe Idol just wanted America to step outside its comforting little box and consider other singers... maybe they wanted to try and have a season where all the best talent really DID rise to the top... regardless, they gave us who the judges (and America's semifinal votes) chose, and it just makes me feel sad that people spent so much energy being angry, that they couldn't relax and enjoy the good singing.  :-(

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DoubleNaughtSpy  - I loved Angie best, from the moment I heard her original song in Hollywood... but I also loved Candice.  I wish it had been the two of them in the finals, though I think the right person won regardless.  

One of the nicest things about this season was that once it got to top five or so, they ALL could have won.  All were very talented.  It's so nice when the several most talented actually reach the top... THEN it's the right time for opinions to come into play.  When talent is close to equal.  (See my season 11 thoughts. :-)

MercedesS
MercedesS

@DoubleNaughtSpy Kree and Angie were my favorites last season. Except for bad singer Lazaro, don't remember any of the guys.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@DoubleNaughtSpy  Thanks for all this work!

My favorite won the season but I still resent that the whole season was a cheat.

UWreckMeBaby
UWreckMeBaby

Lazaro was the annual "doesn't belong here" contestant. Other nine were all good, I thought this was one of the best seasons talentwise, in that any of top 4 could have won it. Angie was my fave tho.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@DoubleNaughtSpy  My favorite won the season.  I loved Phil's angry Movin' Out and the wonderful Volcano.  Singing with emotion is more important to me than a perfect voice.  Jessica had a great voice but I like Phil's interpretation of songs better.

UWreckMeBaby
UWreckMeBaby

Similar to Haley, Jessica could sing circles around everyone else and all PP did, and does, is imitate Dave Matthews. Reminds me again that Idol winner is not most talented....uggghhhh

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11  As a show who's main premise is that the voters pick their favorite singer(notice I didn't say best singer) it is not Idol's job to force the audience to do what it wants.  It is Idol's job to let the voters decide no matter how other voters may feel about the outcome.

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

@Jenny11


They were my two favorites as well.  I thought Angie would at least make it to the finals.

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

@MercedesS @DoubleNaughtSpy


I thought Hollie improved more than most anyone else during the season.  Phil was definitely better, but in terms of improving Hollie finished real strong.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@MercedesS @DoubleNaughtSpy - Hollie was so good!  I so wish it had been her and Jessica in the finals.  Remember how the judges, especially Miss Goosies, were awful to her.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  - It's funny how opposite we are.  :-)  PP's attempt at "Movin' Out" did nothing but make ME angry.  It was almost disgraceful what he did to that song.  There's changing it up, and then there's DESTROYING.  

(Disclaimer: ONLY my opinion!  Don't be mad. ;-)    

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

@DeirdreC @DoubleNaughtSpy


Phil was my favorite as well.


I have never been more angry at the judges than I was this season.  Their over the top praise of Jessica and Joshua made me want to puke.  Best singer in 50 years?  Gag.


And JstankHo running on the stage to "save" Jessica and admonish those who didn't vote for her?  I almost threw something at the TV.


Thank goodness the kidney stones didn't take Phil out of the competition.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@UWreckMeBaby - You're 100% right.  PP was a one-trick pony with a *very* weak voice compared to some of the others.  He had charisma, yes, and was a musician at heart... but he was far from the *most* talented.  

(And as usual, I disagree with Deirdre... "most talented" is not a matter of opinion.  Some people are simply born with more God-given talent than others. :-)  America, for whatever reason, doesn't always give the crown to the best talent.  That fact has long been a thorn in my side...)

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  - I don't think that's correct.  The show's premise is NOT for voters to pick their favorite, even if they aren't the best.  The show's main premise is to find talent.  (Remember way back when, they called it "American Idol - The Search for a Superstar"?) 

 

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC  -  That's exactly our trouble.... see, to me, PP didn't sing with any melody, and his voice wasn't particularly pleasant.  And I believe to be a good singer, you need a good voice in addition to all the things you mention above.

Listen to Billy Joel sing something like "Downeaster (Alexa)" or "Piano Man".  Now THAT'S a truly good voice.  The richness, tone, melody... all things PP lacked....

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

@DeirdreC @Jenny11


Off key Lee DeWyze had a bad voice, IMO.  If I thought about it for a while I might come up with others.



CJ.  I forgot him.  Not a good voice.  Great guy, but not a good voice.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11  I say Phil had a good voice...it wasn't the "best" voice but to me, he was the best singer.  He had voice, charisma, musicianship, emotional connection.  That's what I'm saying and you don't hear me because your idea of a good voice is not the same as mine.  That's our trouble.  There have been very few "bad" voices in Idol's 13 seasons.  There have been plenty of bad singers.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC - You're not hearing me.  The whole package is what's important.  But to have the whole package, you *must* possess ALL components of it... including a good voice.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @DeirdreC @UWreckMeBaby  So nothing trumps a good voice for you?  Sam has a really good voice but he's a lousy singer.  Dexter had an excellent voice but he was boring. MK had a lovely voice but she couldn't emote.  To me, as long as a singer can carry a tune fairly well, making me feel the song down to my toes is way more important than singing it with a pretty voice.

Jenny11
Jenny11

@DeirdreC @Jenny11@UWreckMeBaby - In an ideal world, we're voting for the whole package.  Voice, musicality, charisma.  And I don't think a singer can have the whole package without having a good voice.

DeirdreC
DeirdreC

@Jenny11 @UWreckMeBaby  most talented isn't always about a perfect voice.  Sometimes it is about the emotional connection to a song.  Sometimes it's about the creative way of singing something familiar.  Sometimes it's about selling yourself in a positive way.  Sometimes it's about understanding the frickin words. 

Ex.  David Cook did not have the best voice but, imo, he was the best singer.  Are we voting for a voice or a singer?