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.

4/29 American Idol Top 5 Results, Adam Lambert Elimination Shocker?

The show really started when they picked the bottom 3. As we expected, there was no surprise when Matt and Kris ended up in the low crowd. And as we expected, Danny was easily in the safe group. We said last night that Allison was fantastic and that Simon was way off the mark, and it is possible that the audience so strongly disagreed with him that it worked in her favor and put her with Danny, sitting safe, high and dry.

The only surprise, but not all that much, is that Adam ended up likely coming in third. Danny beat him in the votes. Allison did too. It shows he is not invulnerable and if he gets too cocky, he could lose even with his range. Many feel Daughtry got cocky and he went at number 4, and Taylor Hicks, clearly an inferior talent, won the year. And it is not clear at all that Allison and Danny are inferior talents to Adam. A good night in the finals or a bad night for Adam and we could easily see a different #1 than most expect.

The three entered the stage and we got to find out that Kris was safe. Adam lost to Kris too. And now was in the bottom 2. This was not truly believable. We started to believe it was staged by Idol to make things exciting. We have suspected that Idol has done this in the past to build the ratings and suspense.

So, would it be the season shocker? No. Adam was safe and Matt goes home. It had to be Kris or Matt in our eyes and it was Matt. Adam was a suspense thriller likely staged by Idol to keep us on the edge of our seats.


All it proves is that Idol wasted the save on Matt. What if Adam had a fluke tonight and ended up at the bottom like Daughtry. The judges could not have corrected a truly flawed decision. Matt could not win. He is not in Danny and Adam’s league. Allison is. Kris, not really.

So, here we are. Matt is gone. The top four are what they are. No one deserved to be there more this year. These are indeed the best of the best.

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4/28 American Idol Rat Pack Standards From the Top 5: Simon Has Swine Flu and Rap Is Crap

We have to believe for the first half of this show, Simon was completely congested. His ears had to be blocked to not hear what we heard.

That said, we may sound dull, but we have to repeat ourselves. There are two people in this competition. Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert. We like Danny better because he is more pure. Adam is already a professional, which gives him a slightly unfair advantage. However, Adam’s range is the strongest male range we have heard on this show and for that, he is so far, the victor.

That said, we have to laugh when the judges say that any artist chose the wrong song. Tonight, the producers chose the wrong show!! Dullsville. No artist made us swoon, nothing kept our yawn from dawning, and there was little excuse for choosing an out of character Jamie Foxx to critique the singers. He had no clue and has less singing talent. Rap is Crap and until Idol has a rap night, we stand by that statement. (Audio performances at the end of this post.)

1. Kris Allen – The Way You Look Tonight — Kris sang everything on key, everything we well presented, he was cute throughout. The judges all seemed to like him. So, is it the show, or did we find him 100% dull for a reason? (7/10)

2. Allison Iraheta – Someone to Watch Over Me – Allison nailed this song. It was an incredibly strong vocal and demonstrated Allison’s range well beyond being a pure rock star. The only possible flaw was it was not in her niche, but that makes it all the more amazing. All the judges saw it but Simon, whose swine flu was showing. (9/10)

3. Matt Giraud – My Funny Valentine — OK, now Matt is not our favorite and he did a nice tune here, but he was outclassed. He had some stellar moments, but overall put us to sleep. Kris can’t win, Matt can’t win, Allison has a prayer if she kills it. Matt or Kris should go home. (7/.10)


4. Danny Gokey – Come Rain or Come Shine — This was a great week for Danny because he has soul, and this kind of music can be soulfully delivered, but Danny took parts to a level we never expected. This was a performance we could listen to a million times. (10/10)

5. Adam Lambert – Feeling Good (Muse Version) – Adam’s range is incredible. There is no doubt, if you go based purely on range that he is the best singer Idol has ever seen. He sang this song with strength and conviction, and gave it a Broadway twist, we loved it. We liked Danny a hair better, but still… (10./10)

We think Kris or Matt should go. We don’t care which. Allison, we would like to see present her challenge to the leaders. She has a magic that is hard to define for a gal 16 years old.

We hope Simon gets over his swine flu, but in many people’s eyes, he will always be…swine.

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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