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.

4/22 American Idol Top 7 Double Elimination Results, No True Surprises

Except that Matt survived without being in the bottom 3 and Allison was in the bottom 3 when she clearly outperformed him. But the jig was up for Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai. Not really any surprise.

We think Matt could have gone too, but we don’t expect Kris or Matt to last much longer.

The double elimination was abrupt and early for Lil.

They dragged out Anoop’s to the end of the show. The result was the same.


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4/21 American Idol Top 7 (Again) Disco Night Week: The Save Indeed Was Wasted

Audio Performances at the bottom of this post.

1. Lil Rounds – “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan – Lil was awful last week and should have been eliminated, but she lucked out. This week she was dressed hot and showed she clearly has the “thick” going on. She was on key and had fun with the tune. We thought she was way better this week, but would it be enough? The judges didn’t think so. Lil is one of those artists that doesn’ t need the great vocal though. They can make her look hot on the album cover and do the voice in the studio. (7/10)

2. Kris Allen – “She Works Hard For the Money” by Donna Summer – Poor vocals to begin. He made it unique, but we didn’t like it. There were some drums going on and a nice beat, but it did nothing for us at all. He didn’t be Lil. The judges liked it, and they were wrong. (7/10)

3. Danny Gokey – (Do You Remember) September – Earth, Wind and Fire – Pitchy start. Danny should skip the slow parts becase he loses it when he sings slow. When he hit the chorus he was a pro. He was waling like he has ten CDs. But that pitchy start keeps us from giving him a top score. Paula said he has one of the sexiest voices ever. (8/10)

4. Allison Iraheta – “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer – This was Pat Benatar meets Disco. All rock on a disco tune. She made it her own and delivered on it. Any rock fan would have loved the way Allison turned disco on its head. (9/10)


5. Adam Lambert – “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman – Adam decided to go all falsetto to prove his range. No question, he has an almost super human range. But this was dull. He drove the tune home on every note, but we were bored. Still, we can’t fault him having to do a disco tune and he did make it 100% original. Give him Aerosmith or Led Zeppelin and he kills everyone outright. (9/10)

6. Matt Giraud – “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees – Matt doesn’t have the thick going and he doesn’t have the vocals to win this competition. He was OK here, but we actually liked Lil better this week. He had some falsetto and scream moments, which was a surprise. The judges wasted the save. Even if Lil gets eliminated instead of him, he won’t go further. Simon was the only judge that got it right. He didn’t like it. We agree. (6/10)

7. Anoop Desai – “Dim All the Lights” by Donna Summer – Last week we said that Anoop had to change his image. His blue jeans geek look could not win the competition. We suggested he come out with a 3 piece suit. So, tonight he did come out with a suit, almost as though he heard us. But he wore a sweater under it, which maintaned the nerd look. Wrong. And the sneakers with the suit and the shit hanging out looked stupid. His vocal was strong, as it usually is. It was better than Lil or Matt vocally. It was original too. OK. His pitch was perfect and his voice powerful. Our Slumdog Idol is still alive. (8/10)

We would put the bottom 3 as Kris, Matt and Lil. Possibly Anoop could kick in there because of tough judging or Allison because she is rock and that isn’t as popular. Adam and Danny are immune. The only way they will be in the bottom 3 is if there are only 3 left.

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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!)


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 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

4/15 American Idol on Tax Day, The Judges Waste the Save

The bottom three we picked weren’t quite the way it played out. However, we still think there are only two performers that can win this, Adam or Danny. There really is no one else and we could jump to the final today and save us all a bunch of bad commercial segments.

So, who got into the bottom three? Matt Giraud, Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai. Anoop did not deserve it, Allison was weak last night and he was on the money. But we can also see that he likely doesn’t have much of a fan base because he just plain has no star appeal in his blue jeans and tie. We think he needs to come out next week with some pizazz. A tailored suit perhaps. Something to get people to think differently of him. The nerd look is getting old.

Anyway, Anoop was the first to be safe. Then the first bad mistake. Lil Rounds was safe. She was clearly painful to listen to last night and we dread hearing her again. But even singing in a flat pitch and screaming off key as she did last night, perhaps in this case, it was her professional look that saved her.

So, that left Matt. Matt cannot win. He is just plain not in the same league as Danny or Adam and he has been in the bottom 3 twice. The judges used their save this week to save someone that is likely to get eliminated next week in a double elimination.

The save was supposed to be only for cases in which the audience got it completely wrong. Like when they eliminated Daughtry against mediocre competition. A save should have only been used if something shocking happened like Adam was at the bottom. Then, you have to save him, because the audience got it totally wrong.

Well, Matt was saved. Lil Rounds is safe. Everyone is safe. Lil should go home. Matt, Anoop and Kris round out the next crowd to get eliminated. But Kris could give Allison a run on a good week. And then the finale. Danny versus (gulp) Adam.

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4/14 American Idol Top 7 Movie Theme Night: The Slumdog Millionaire Idol??

It is “Cinema Theme Night” for the remaining seven Idol hopefuls. We are not sure what a movie Director like Quentin Tarantino can contribute in a singing competition as mentor but he was once a guest judge on Idol and his unique style in movie direction sets him apart from all other directors because of his apparent ‘ears’ for music, so there. (Audio Performances and studio version of the songs at the bottom of this page.)

Allison Iraheta – “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (Armageddon) – Aerosmith — Sad performance. Off key and dull. The judges liked it and had to be tone deaf to say it. We think they are trying to preserve the girl through a very weak performance. It wasn’t necessary. There would be worse to come. (6/10)

Anoop Desai – “Everything I Do” (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)- Bryan Adams — He hit did this song like he lived it. The advice he received from one judge was dead on the mark and his vocal was tremendous. We have to say, he has a chance of getting to the final 3 if he can be less erratic. Anoop needs to stop looking like a geek. He wore jeans and a tie. Pathetic outfit for someone with this potential. (8/10)

Adam Lambert – “Born To Be Wild” (Born to be Wild)- Steppenwolf – Adam is the winner of this year. He is so powerful vocally that it is hard to imagine anyone having the vocals to beat him. This performance was a bit corny and self-indulgent, which kept it from getting 10/10. But how can anyone beat that scream? Adam sounded exactly like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin doing this song, but Robert Plant needed a studio to do it. (9/10)

Matt Giraud – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” (Don Juan) – Bryan Adams– Interesting and boring at the same time. Outclassed by Anoop and Adam, he will likely be in the bottom 3 despite some falsetto moments. We did not like it. No chills, no thrills. (6/10)


Danny Gokey – “Endless Love” (Endless Love) – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross — Danny is the one we had originally winning this competition, and he is the only one that has a chance of beating Adam. So how did it go this week? This wasn’t it. It started off pitchy and advanced into boring. The enunciation of the words was poor. There were some highlights in the chorus that drove it away from any chance of elimination, but it wasn’t a miracle. (8/10)

Kris Allen – “Falling Slowly” (Once) – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova  — Kris did not bring out his instruments and just sang. It was a mistake. He started off pitchy and blew being in the final position. The song was boring, so unless your vocal is spectacular it becomes horribly unmemorable. He hit some nice notes. It was interesting at moments. But he bored us to tears. (6/10)

Huge (Lil) Rounds – “The Rose” (The Rose) – Bette Midler– Let’s call a spade a spade . There is nothing Lil about this gal. It starts off pitchy as has been Lil’s fault for weeks. She looks great, but fails to deliver on the notes. We think of the original and this not only pales in comparison, we found ourselves hitting mute at times because it hurt to listen to. Simon was dead on. Off key and hard to listen to. Rounds fought back, and she just looked pathetic. (4/10)

Based on our judgement. Lil has to go. She was just pathetic. Allison was at risk until Lil sang. Kris was too. That is your bottom 3.

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