Shelby Dressel: Cut
she to make it, Shelby might challenge Didi for the crying crown,
because we've been watching her tear up all night. Me thinks Shelby
needs another year and some anti-anxiety medicine before trying out
again for Idol. I think she has what it takes, but she needs time to
grow, breathe, and learn.
Randy breaks the news to Shelby, she
won't be going through this year but he encourages her to come back
next year. And we hope she does. Shelby's still one of my favorites.
And apparently Simon's too, he tells the other judges' "that was the
wrong decision." I'm not sure it's her year Simon, but I agree with you
that Shelby is an Idol in the making.
Casey James: Top 24
my god you guys, did you know that a) Casey James got in a motorcycle
accident and b) he took of his shirt and Kara has a big old crush on
him? I think Casey got the raw deal with that edit, because Casey may
be cute, but he's the real deal when it comes to blues guitar and
What you didn't know is that Casey comes from a town
called "Cool, Texas." Which, if you ask me, is pretty darn cool, except
for the fact that is going to be used and abused all season long. So
will the sexy song cuts as Kara ogles Casey. At least when he gets a
yes, we get huge emotion out of Casey. He jumps up and down and screams
like a mad men, but at least it's real. I know who Kara (and I) am
voting for. This guy, right here:Aaron Kelly: Top 24
we've stated, Aaron is the new and improved David Archuleta, let's call
him iArchie. Or do you prefer Archie 2.0? Unfortunately, during
Hollywood Week Aaron proved forgetful with the lyrics and even got a
brutal Simon comment, "after than I don't believe you could win."
That's a different story than a lot of people were singing about Aaron
Kelly before Hollywood Week, us included.
Ellen loves that
Aaron is a "nice guy" and by guy I hope she means, barely pubescent
teenage boy. But that's semantics, because Aaron Kelly has just secured
the tween vote in the Top 24.
Lee DeWyze: Top 24
Lee is confident going into the final judging, which is surprising because he flubbed the words to a Fray song that every Grey's Anatomy
viewer knows by heart. Still, forgotten lines or not, Lee has the
bluesy growl that American Idol loves most in its male performers.
says Lee's big problem is his lack of confidence, but he assures her he
is SO confident. Kara tells Lee the judges didn't agree "until about 5
minutes ago," but that he is going through. And that's when Lee's
confidence is shown as a bit of a front because he thinks the judges
I'm calling Lee as the first or second male
elimination of season 9. I like his voice, but without the back story
or charming personality, neither of which we've seen, Lee is doomed to
be an early casualty we never get to know.
We've got 10
minutes of Idol left, which makes me think the dramatic part of this
Idol reveal is that we won't hear the rest of it until tomorrow. I
guess that's a cliff-hanger, albeit one we knew about.
Todrick Hall: Top 24
Todrick says something that
makes a lot of sense to us, "I'm a dancer, that's what I'm trained
I've never had a voice lesson in my life." That explains some of his
struggles with his voice and the strength of his vocal chords with the
rigors of American Idol. But a lack of voice lessons don't matter,
because the judges see something in Todrick we don't. There's no
teasing, no fake outs or back and forth just a straight up, "yes." Todrick looks shocked and my look matches his. I'd characterize it as "huh?" mixed with "wtf?!"
Jessica Furney: Cut
is our last Idol auditioner of the week and this should be a familiar
feeling for Jessica, she made it to Hollywood week last year.
Unfortunately based on the clips we've seen, Jessica was a bit of a
toneless and demanding diva during this year's Hollywood Week. Thing
is, sometimes the judge's love that and see it as star power rather
Randy gives Jessica the bad news. That's news
that Jessica won't take sitting down. "It sounds pathetic to beg up
here." (Yes, you're right Jessica.) "But you have no idea. I can do
this. Do not send me home." (Remember that this about pathetic?) "I
have it. I have it." (The thing about 'it' is you have it or you
don't.) "Please, please, please." (Whatever your Mom taught you
Jessica, sometimes please isn't enough.) And the train wreck continues
when she asks Simon, "Can you tell me what I did wrong?" Simon says (oh
god, I love that) "You didn't sing as well as the other." Jessica
should take that final note with a smidge of grace, but she doesn't at
all. She keeps the pathetic beg train going and has to be physically
dismissed by Simon. Man, is it going to be embarrassing if you audition again Jessica. The judges won't soon forget that and the Idol editors most certainly will not. Idol Medal and Top 24 Count
have seven of the Top 24 America: Aaron Kelly, Didi Benami, Lee Dewyze,
Casey James, Katelyn Epperly, Todrick Hall, and Big Mike Lynche. Do you have a favorite from these already announced winner?
night we learn the names of the 17 remaining members of the top 24 and
if the clips are to be believed, we hear a lot more crying than
And for those of you keeping track, here's the Idol Medal Count:
Gold - 3
Silver - 5
Bronze - 8
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