American Idol 8 Tour Rehearsal: “Don’t Stop Believing” By Journey

The Idols run through their finale song at their rehearsal space before hitting the road- the classic Journey Song: “Don’t Stop Believing.” The American Idol Summer Live Tour kicks off in Portland, OR at the Rose Garden on July 5.

Sorry we’re not watching. Not paying to see Michael Sarver, Scott McIntyre and Lil Rounds mess up sing. Lil showed so much promise in the auditions and was an early favorite but she never delivered. Too bad. We think she really lost a lot of her fans- including us.

We want to see Alexis Grace!! We’ll pay to watch her perform anytime.

American Idol Top 10 Summer Tour 2009 Full Schedule

The top 10 finalists: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, and Scott MacIntyre, take the stage on a 50 city tour beginning July 5th.

Don’t miss your chance to be there! Tickets for all performances go on sale Saturday, May 9th.

Here is the complete list of dates and locations.

Please note: All tickets go on sale on May 9th at 10am with the exception of the July 8th date in Vancouver, BC. Tickets for that show go on sale on May 9th at 12pm. (Tickets tend to sell out fast so plan well and mark the date!)

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DATE      MARKET          VENUE
July 5 Portland, OR Rose Garden
July 7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 8 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
July 10 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
July 11 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
July 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 14 West Valley City, UT The E Center
July 16 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 17 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 18 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
July 20 Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena
July 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
July 24 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 25 N. Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
July 26 Memphis, TN FedExForum
July 28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
July 29 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
July 31 Duluth, GA Arena at Gwinnett Center
August 1 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
August 2 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
August 4 Washington, DC Verizon Center
August 5 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
August 7 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall
August 8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
August 11 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
August 14 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
August 15 Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena
August 16 Hartford, CT XL Center
August 18 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
August 19 Albany, NY Times Union Center
August 20 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
August 22 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
August 23 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
August 25 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
August 26 Auburn Hills, MI Palace at Auburn Hills
August 28 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
August 29 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
August 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
September 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
September 2 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
September 4 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
September 5 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
September 6 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
September 8 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
September 9 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena
September 10 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
September 12 Portand, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
September 13 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
September 14 Syracuse, NY WarMemorial at OnCenter
September 15 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena

News Source: American Idol official site

4/1 American Idol Top 9 April Fools Results, Megan Joy Goes Home. No Joke!

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Gauging from Megan Joy’s demeanor through out the show, it seemed she knew she was doomed to go home. That or she had a dose of what Paula seem to be on some of the time. She was just acting too peculiar making strange faces, uncomfortable sounds and some weird movements.

As she stood there awaiting her result, Ryan asked “how do you feel about what Simon said last night?” (Simon thought her performance was boring, indulgent and monotonous!) She quipped sharply: “I love you, Simon but I don’t really care.”

From last night’s recap we had two out of three right in the bottom:

Anoop Desai – “Caught Up” – Usher — Anoop is no Usher. He can sing, and belted out the song well, but he does not have enough soul to pull off the performance of a song like this. He did not connect with us and we were glad when it was over. (5/10)

Anoop snapped back before the judges after last night’s poor performance that he wants to be an R&B artist. We’re too kind to comment but good luck with that Anoop!

Megan Joy Corkrey- “Turn Your Lights Down Low” – Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley — Megan is neither Lauryn Hill nor Bob Marley, but we really thought she could pull this one out. She didn’t. Megan was off key and has lost her quirky character act that we like. There was nothing to remember, nothing to grab hold of and mostly nothing to vote for. (3/10)

Although we weren’t enthused with Allison’s performance either where we wrote:

Allison Iraheta – “Don’t Speak” – No Doubt — Allison left us with plenty of “doubt” on this performance. She started well, but as she got to the end she was singing too low and it didn’t suit the song. It was pitchy and didn’t showcase her great rocker style. We were very disappointed after last week. The judges criticized her outfit, and missed the fact that she sang the song poorly. (6/10)

meganjoyAmerica placed her for the second time in the bottom. Our last pick in the bottom was Matt Giraud. We thought Matt had a really poor rendition of The Fray’s “You Found Me.” He should have found himself in the bottom three so he would learn his lesson: stop trying to be somebody else- you can’t be Isaac Slade of The Fray or Chris Martin’s Coldplay. Stop singing that style of music. Keep insisting that and you will sure get nowhere in your career.

Now comes the judges’ shame save. Because of what Megan said earlier that she didn’t care, Simon retorted back that he or they didn’t care either so before she could even sing for her life the judges already made their decision. They said No. Megan isn’t going to be saved. She is going home.

We’re not sure Megan left Idol with a very good lasting impression. How she’ll turn this around remains to be seen.

There have been a lot of Idol contestants who put themselves in hot water by talking too much and trying so hard to defend themselves when critiqued by the judges. That is fine. Simon and the rest could be harsh. But the contestants seem to forget that they don’t have the upperhand in the situation, the judges and the voters do. To come out cocky, proud and a know-it-all would not help their case and would only alienate the viewers making them NOT vote for them at all.

Sometimes a right attitude is everything and keeping your mouth shut works too! So we shut up.

Bye, Megan. Caaaww, caaww!

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3/31 American Idol Top 9, Playing That Funky Music

[Listen to the audio performances at the end of this post]

1. Anoop Desai – “Caught Up” – Usher — Anoop is no Usher. He can sing, and belted out the song well, but he does not have enough soul to pull off the performance of a song like this. He did not connect with us and we were glad when it was over. (5/10)

2. Megan Joy Corkrey- “Turn Your Lights Down Low” – Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley — Megan is neither Lauryn Hill nor Bob Marley, but we really thought she could pull this one out. She didn’t. Megan was off key and has lost her quirky character act that we like. There was nothing to remember, nothing to grab hold of and mostly nothing to vote for. (3/10)

3. Danny Gokey – “What Hurts The Most” – Rascal Flatts — Danny made this song into what could easily be a radio smash hit. Awesome emotion, powerful vocals and better than Rascall Flatt’s version. Super performance. (9/10)

4. Allison Iraheta – “Don’t Speak” – No Doubt — Allison left us with plenty of “doubt” on this performance. She started well, but as she got to the end she was singing too low and it didn’t suit the song. It was pitchy and didn’t showcase her great rocker style. We were very disappointed after last week. The judges criticized her outfit, and missed the fact that she sang the song poorly. (6/10)

5. Scott MacIntyre – “Just The Way You Are” – Billy Joel — Standard Scott. Off key, pitchy throughout, relatively boring. Scott tried to be too close to Billy Joel, and he isn’t that good. The judges gave him the usual patronizing sympathy praise, but honestly, this was poor, but it was an improvement over last week. (5/10)

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6. Matt Giraud – “You Found Me” – The Fray — Matt is hit or miss in this competition. He has some weeks where we are wowed and others where we think he is mediocre at best. Last week he was in the bottom three after a stellar performance. This week, he gave a weak performance of a great song. It had none of the punch of the original and was just painful to watch. (5/10)

7. Lil Rounds – “I Surrender” – Celine Dion — Lil should surrender the outfit she chose for tonight. The dress didn’t fit and made every part of her anatomy stick out in strange ways. The vocal was pitchy and boring. She was shouting much of the song and we found her extremely forgettable. (6/10)

8. Adam Lambert – “Play That Funky Music (White Boy)” – Wild Cherry – Adam belted this out, made it his style and screamed powerfully throughout. Great performance, one of many on his way to the finals. (8/10)

9. Kris Allen – “Ain’t No Sunshine (When She’s Gone)” — Bill Withers — Kris surprised us by playing a piano tonight. He also surprised us with his best vocal of the season, and he was excellent last week. He is getting more creative and taking more risks as he moves forward and that is what makes him a stand out now when he wasn’t before. (9/10)

So, we have Megan going home again. Our bottom three are Anoop, Megan and Matt. Any one could go and we wouldn’t miss any of them. We didn’t like Lil or Scott either. It almost seemed like they were all trying to be bad this week.

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Watch Another Lyp-sync Group Performance from the American Idol Finalists, Top 10 in Motown Week!

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“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by The Supremes/”You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell/”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

American Idol Top 10 “Pocketful of Sunshine” By Natasha Bedingfield (Plus Making of) Ford Video

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The Making of “Pocketful of Sunshine” Directed by P.R. Brown

3/26 American Idol Top 10 Results Night, Shrek Goes Home

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No top performer from last night was eliminated. All our top ranked folks were save. But we have trouble reconciling the bottom three. The cut was not based on last night’s performances, but possibly overall perception of the performer and possibly perceived need to rescue a favorite.

The worst performers last night without question were: (Listen to the Full Studio recording at the end of this post)

1. Megan Joy Corkrey – For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder– For once in Megan’s life, she brought us no joy. Awful performance. She didn’t exploit her style well at all, and that is how she works around her weak vocals. When it came down to performing this song, she didn’t style it well like she has in past weeks and tried to just perform it straight up…and failed…miserably. If she hit on one more flat note, we likely would have had to retune our television. (3/10)

2. Lil Rounds – Heat Wave – Diana Ross – Lil had a major opportunity this week to demonstrate that she was a possible winner in this competition or a fading memory. Motown should be her style. She should have shown us there are no others that can do this like her. She fell flat on her rounds. The entire song was shouted. It was entirely off key, and even the choruses were missed. If Megan wasn’t worse, we would send Lil home. (3/10)

3. Scott MacInTyre – You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes (Diana Ross) – Scott is tone deaf. He has to honestly not be able to hear himself sing. He is so horribly off key, and this is a song requiring the singer be on top of every note. It hurt to listen to him. He was sharp and flat throughout. The piano was the only thing in tune. The judges were kind. The only points he get is for a creative piano. (5/10)

sarver_motownIf the voting were actually based on last night’s performances, one of these three would have gotten the boot, but only one even made the bottom three, Scott. Despite a stellar performance, Matt was placed in danger and Michael, who finally didn’t deserve a berth in the bottom 3, got one.

Megan got a pass. And Lil too. Both deserved to be at least threatened with elimination. But that is not always how the votes go. Sympathy votes, rescue votes, and many factors come into play.

So, at least, as we watched the trio of Matt, Michael and Scott stand on the stage, we thought, at least the worst male performer of the night would finally get canned. But they saved Scott again. Week after week he delivers mediocre flat noted performances and yet someone is voting for him.

So now it was down to Matt and Michael. Now we have been hard on Michael and don’t believe he deserved to be in the final 13 in the first place. But last night, he did well when others flopped, and yet now he was pitted against Matt in the bottom two. That left only one possibility, Shrek had to go.

The judges patronized the audience by pretending to want to save Mike. Then Simon said buh-bye. The save vote session is so obviously contrived and pre-planned, just like the lip sync of the songs in the group performances this year.

If pitch matters, Lil, Megan and Scott better get some kind of musical hearing aid. We think Lil can get back on track, but we think Scott and Megan are at the bottom of the pack and will visit the bottom three again very soon.

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