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Profile Spotlight: American Idol 9 Andrew Garcia


ANDREW IS IN THE TOP 24!

Name: Andrew Garcia
Age: 25
Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
Parents: Mary and George Garcia
Audition City: Los Angeles
Audition backstory: Lived through hardships, parents were struggling and were involved with gangs… a dad with hopes to succeed for his son and family.
Audition Song: “Sunday Morning” by Maroon Five
Band: The Adrian William Project
Fun Facts: can breakdance and he also loves to take care of his son, Caeland. He still can’t get over the good reviews Simon gave him! (Simon: “The only person who has walked through today who I genuinely believe is a good singer; a genuinely, genuinely good, good singer. I can tell you like music… I’m glad I met you. I like you.”)

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Hollywood Week: Straight Up Cover (Paula Abdul)

Hollywood Interview

Other performances:

“The Cathy Song” (Original Song)

“Use Somebody” by Lings of Leon (Cover)

Andrew Garcia is on MySpace.

Paula Abdul’s American Idol Exit: The Real Story

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While Paula Abdul’s departure from AMERICAN IDOL may have come as a shock, the relationship between her and the show had been deteriorating for months. Is Paula now angling to get back, or will she be moving on to greener pastures?

Paula Abdul Quits American Idol, twitters: “I’ve decided not to return”

LOS ANGELES – Paula Abdul announced Tuesday she is quitting “American Idol,” a show that she said became an international phenomenon with her help.

“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return” to the hit Fox TV singing contest, Abdul said in a posting on her Twitter account.

In a statement, Fox and the show’s producers said Abdul was “an important part of the ‘American Idol’ family over the last eight seasons, and we are saddened that she has decided not to return to the show.”

They said she was a “tremendous talent” and wished her the best.

On Monday, Fox announced that Kara DioGuardi would return for a second season on the “American Idol” judging panel that includes Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. The addition of Grammy-nominated songwriter DioGuardi last year raised questions about Abdul’s future.

paulaabdul_quits_idolIn July, Abdul told The Associated Press that she had been invited to stay with “Idol” as long as the show lasted and that she was optimistic that she would be able to negotiate a new contract.

But the 47-year-old singer-dancer said the invitation to come back was subject to agreement on the details of a new deal.

Abdul began working with a new manager, David Sonenberg, in recent weeks.

“I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon,” Abdul said on Twitter.

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Original Story is here | By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer Lynn Elber, Ap Television Writer

5/13 American Idol Top 3 Results: Paula Abdul Trashes Danny Gokey

If a judge ever had a negative impact on a contestant, Paula Abdul did it to Danny Gokey.

Each judge had to pick a song for an artist and Paula picked an outdated and mismatched song, “Dance Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby. Danny performed it well, but it was not memorable and it was unfair. There clearly should have been a restriction on what the judges could pick so the song choices were all relevant.

So tonight, we watched Danny get eliminated from the final 3. That leaves Kris and Adam to duke it out next week. Fact is, neither Danny nor Kris can touch Adam. So, that probably won’t matter much. But we are nearly certain, had Paula been forced to be more fair in her choice of song, it would likely have been Kris that was eliminated. But there was never any doubt about Adam.

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Well, Kris is good, no doubt. Better than we thought and better than we expected. There is nearly nothing he could do to win next week. Adam would have to get laryngitis or die. Short of that, this one is a done deal.

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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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3/25 American Idol Top 10 Performance Night Review, Motown Fun

Sometimes, there are people you meet that are so full of themselves, they forget how they affect others. They focus on themselves rather than how they impact other people, and are so sure they are right, no one can convince them how wrong they really are.

The American Idol judges are responsible for the elimination of Alexis Grace with “over the top” and amateurish criticisms of her performances over the last two weeks while ignoring poorly performed flat acts that repeated themselves tonight. There is no excuse for the judges irresponsible, lazy and incompetent behavior. If there was a way to eliminate them, tonight would have been it. Alexis should be brought back, and Simon, Paula and Randy left to America’s votes to to see if they deserve to be sent home.

The weak statement consistently made by the judges is that the performer chose the wrong song. Rubbish. If the performer does the song right, it can be great no matter what song it is. A case in point can be seen with Megan below, and Adam later. It has nothing to do with the choice of song. It has to do with the performance of that song. Unless it is totally obscure, the artist can bring it. If the artist can’t bring every song, they shouldn’t be America’s choice. It really is that simple.

Now to the performances. [Listen to the audio performances at the bottom of this page and Full studio recording]

1. Matt Giraud – “Let’s Get It On” -Marvin Gaye — Matt did a nice job. He was not exceptional. He does not hit the notes like Marvin Gaye and he ditched his piano which differentiates him. He isn’t going home, and the judges have found a soft spot for him. He did well for a first position performer. We liked the performance, but we ain’t buying the CD. (7/10)

2. Kris Allen – “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” – Marvin Gaye (James Taylor) — Now, we think Kris nailed this tune. He played off both artists, bringing the acoustic style of James Taylor with his guitar and a bit of soulful Motown as well. It was a great job, a smooth vocal, on key and timely. If we had to vote the top performer of the night right here, Kris outscored Matt. The judges were positive but vague. There was no reason to be vague. Kris nailed it. (8/10)

3. Scott MacIntyre – “You Can’t Hurry Love” – Supremes (Diana Ross) (Phil Collins) — 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)

4. 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)

5. Anoop Desai – “Ooh Baby baby” — Smokey Robinson — Anoop can hit the notes. He hit them repeatedly in this tune. He has a deep lung vocal that is strong and on key. He is everything we would like to hear, and yet we don’t want to hear it. It was wrong. It was sad to watch. It wasn’t Motown. But he was still way better than Scott and Megan. (6/10)

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6. Michael Server – “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” – The Temptations – Michael was on key and dressed like a slob in a sport jacket. His movements had no soul, which is what Motown is all about, and he tried to make this a down home fun country song, but that isn’t what Motown is about. He got the fun part right, but he brought no soul to the table. He missed the point of the style of music he was performing, but he was OK. (6/10)

7. 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)

8. Adam Lambert – “The Tracks Of My Tears” – Smokey Robinson – Adam performed this throughout as a falsetto heart throb song. He dressed like a young Elvis and looked like a man for a change, which was kind of a shock for us, and we expect it was a shock for many that have seen him in prior weeks. He almost looked macho. Looks aside, the judges loved this, but in reality, Adam was off key. He was pitchy throughout on his falsetto and it wasn’t there for us. That said, not one other person in the competition could sing an entire song like this in falsetto. Adam’s range is phenomenal. He just needed a pitch pipe tonight. (7/10)

9. Danny Gokey – “Get Ready” – The Temptations – Now here is an example of where the judges can hurt a performer. Danny could have done an average job on this song and survived. But once again he brought it. Danny was on key, had timely vocals, and was incredibly fun in his performance. He didn’t miss a beat, he got us tapping our feet, and anyone that heard this on the radio would stop tuning the dial and listen while singing along. That is what Motown was all about, fun AND soul. Danny was the first to get it. The judges completely missed the point and Simon and Randy criticized an excellent performance without giving a thought to how poorly they are doing their jobs. Danny isn’t going home, and maybe the judges are trying to bring the best out in him by criticizing the best performance of the night thus far, but that backfired on Alexis and sent her home. When you pay people millions to do their job, you expect results. The judges get a 1/10 on this performance. Danny? (8/10)

10. Allison Iraheta – “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” – The Temptations – If you listen to Motown, and you are into it as a fan, this is a classic that you already love. It has its own style and roll and draws you in like a truly excellent pop tune should. So, how can you perform this song when the original was so great and succeed? We are not sure, but Allison taught us. Even the self-indulgent rubbish judges had to agree. Allison took this tune and hit every note and took us down a path with the song that made us believe she was what Lil Rounds should have been. Allison won this night hands down. She keeps it up, she could just win this competition. (9/10)

Based on our scoring: Megan Joy Corkrey is the weakest link. She should go home.

Now for our rating of the judges…

Simon Cowell – Self Indulgent Rubbish That Thinks So Much Of Himself That He Forgets He Is Judging Talent Of Which He Has None. (1/10)
Paula Abdul– Acts like she is on drugs or drunk half the time and can’t dress. Patronizing 90% of the time. (2/10)
Randy Jackson – Incredibly inconsistent. One week, right on, and other weeks, missing horribly. Could be caused by ear wax. Needs to expand his vocabulary some more other than, “yo dawg, that was dope, listen man, dude that was amazing, check it out, I liked it, it was just awright for me, you know what I’m saying??”  (3/10)
Kara DioGuardi – Better than the other three, because she is fresh. She misses sometimes, but she knows how to judge talent. Time for a judging lesson (8/10)

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2/10 American Idol Hollywood Round Three, 54 Remain

American Idol tonight was slightly better than the lackluster and horriblyly confusing Hollywood round one and two last week. It started off with the 72 remaining hopefuls divided into 4 groups in 4 separate holding rooms awaiting their fate and like the movie “Memento” drove us back to the beginning, then forward, then back.

The contestants were to sing solo onstage with back-up singers, live instruments and the whole shebang. They could choose to play their own instruments if they wanted. Ryan Seacrest initially said that the contestants were free to choose any song they liked but the songs repeated itself again and again as the show went on so it became obvious they were given a song list after all.

Hera are the names of those who made it past the judges’ deliberation in round three with some notes on some.

First up who made it was 1 Adam Lambert. He sang great except that he was trying to be a Cher sound-alike singing “Believe” and it just became too gay for comfort as the performance progressed. It wasn’t good at all. His background is in Professional Theater and his performance came off very theatrical not Idol material. If he makes it to the Top 36, we’re not sure if America would welcome a Broadway-American Idol crossover.

2 Matt Giraud was next. Performed a raspy and soothing “Georgia on my Mind” topped with his own piano accompaniment enough to impress all three judges, Paula, Randy and Kara- giving him the standing O.

3 Jamar Rogers sang Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah.” He didn’t sing it bad, even gave the song his own twist but we’re not sure America is going to want to keep hearing “California Drea-e-e-e-ming” or “what you do to m-e-e-e” style of singing. It could grow old fast.

4 Danny Gokey’s “I Hope You Dance” has yet again put a giddy, school-girl with a crush, twinkly-eyed look on Paula Abdul. She gave him a standing ovation even before Danny finished his song. Danny Gokey as we have initially said is a very strong contender this season.

mishavonna_henson5 Anoop “geeky-guy” Desai, 6 Jorge Nunez (Neyo’s “Closer”) and 7 Scott “Visually impaired Guy” Macintyre (Chris Daughty “Home’) all made it!

As well as 8 Kendall Beard (performed Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”), 9 Stevie Wright (sang Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly”),

and 10 Kristin McNamara -who belted it out with a huge Kelly Clarkson hit “Because of You”.

11 Lil Rounds did a flawless rendition of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got you” -another strong contender.

12 Mishavonna Henson who we’re seeing for the first time was a Season 7 hopeful who got cut during last year’s round two in Hollywood Week. At least she stayed thru round three this year.

13 Jackie Tohn was shown playing her guitar but we never got to hear her sing! She made it along with 14 Frankie Jordan, 15 Alexis Grace and 16 Kenny Hoffpauer.

Say what?? The over-confident, mentally unstable(?) 17 Tatiana “annoying laugh” del Toro was in Top 54!

So was 18 Nathaniel “Emote King” Marshall who played his own guitar and sang Rihanna’s “Disturbia” while Idol played a montage of all his backstage drama in Hollywood.

Ju'not JoynerThis is where it got shocking! 19 Joanna Pacitti, a recording artist on her own couldn’t remember the lyrics to “If I Ain’t Got You.” 20 Casey Carlson, an early favorite forgot the words to Jordin Sparks “Tattoo.” It was painful to watch and hear them struggle as they fumble and eat the words of the songs. We now question the readiness of these two would be Top 12 contender. Of course Idol “saved” them here but if they couldn’t get over the nerves hitting them- it will be over for their Idol dreams.

21 Stephen Fowler, another good soulful singer also forget the words to Daughty’s “Home” and asked for a “Brooke White.” And he messed up again. He gave up, walks off stage and still managed to get into the Top 54!

We don’t really know what to make of 22 Nick Mitchell aka Norman Gentle. He is one character who could really sing but doesn’t fit all decorum of an American Idol. He sang “Georgia On My Mind” as his alter ego again and was entertaining but we really think he belongs in another show.

23 Ju’not Joyner is another hopeful whose only now making his TV appearance. He added some soul into “Hey There Delilah”, breezes through Top 54.

24 Jasmine Murray gave a disappointing rendition of “Tattoo”. We expected more from her.

megan_corkrey_idolIf 25 Kai Kalama didn’t make such a good impression on his audition, we would have sent him packing. His voice is going. He needs to do something about it- FAST! The judges gave him a break and passed him through.

26 Anne Marie Boskovich, 27 Michael Sarver, 28 Arianna Afsar (wasn’t given airtime on this episode), 29 Matt Breitzke, 30 Cody Shelman, 31 Felicia Barton, 32 TK Hash, 33 Alexander Wagner-Trugman, 34 Allison Iraheta, 35 Angela Martin, 36 Ashley Hollister, 37 Brent Keith-Smith, 38 Chris Chatman, 39 Derek Lavers, 40 Devon Baldwin, 41 Jackie Midkiff,

42 Jeanine Vailes, 43 Reggi Beasley, 44 John Twiford, 45 Lacey Brown, 46 Jessica Langseth, 47 Megan Corkrey, 48 Von Smith, 49 Perrie Cataldo, 50 Ricky Braddy, 51 Shera Lawrence, 52 Keating Holland, 54 Taylor Vaifanua completes the list of Top 54.

Among those who were cut: Michael Castro, India Morrison, Kaylan Loyd, Muna Hiluf and Leneshe Young.

Tomorrow, the Top 36 is revealed in a 2-hour show! Oh brother. See you…