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Thursday, May 5, 2011

We Need New American Idol Judges Again

This blog was totally supportive of new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez during auditions and Hollywood week. They were entertaining, sometimes touching, fun, crazy, and, best of all, they picked great contestants.

But since then, they have sucked.

What we liked about Simon Cowell was his honesty. It wasn't that he was mean; it was that his words fit what we saw on the screen. He said what we were saying, and whether it was good or bad, he said it bluntly and directly. He wasn't a politician trying to re-vamp a music career, like J-Lo. We also like the humor and the British accent, but that was secondary.

With J-Lo, all we hear is praise for Lusk, whose rendition of "No Air" was one of the worst things we've ever heard on TV. We'd rather hear Frasier Crane sing "Three Little Maids from School Are We."

With Randy, all we hear is praise for James Durbin, even though he was pretty sharp and off-key last night.

With Steven Tyler, all we hear are crazy ramblings, dirty catchphrases, and then a declaration that it was beautiful and he liked it.

Where is the constructive criticism? Randy and J-Lo try to give it, but everyone at home watching knows what they are recommending is wrong. They seem to think that Lauren is going to turn into a belter like Jennifer Hudson if she just "takes a risk." They want the girl to yell, and she just doesn't have that kind of voice.

The girl who IS yelling enough can't catch a break with these judges either. She killed Lady Gaga's "You and I" last night, and all they could do was complain after lavishing "meh" Scotty performances and horrible Lusk performances with praise. They finally had to give Haley her due after she brought the house down with her last number, which gave us chills.

Why can't these judges get behind Haley, the most consistently on-key singer in the competition? Lauren also sings the right notes though. Haley takes the risks and has charisma while performing. We hope she sticks around longer.

The judges aren't saying what rational people are thinking. They've picked their favorites, and they are sticking with them, no matter how they do in the performances. Their suggestions and comparisons are off-the-wall. Are they hearing what we are hearing?

These judges seem to have an agenda. To promote themselves, look good, get a certain type of music popular, get a certain gender or race to the top, get the contestants to sing what they envision they should sing rather than just honestly give an opinion.

Also, if Jacob Lusk doesn't go home this week, we are going to complain about it every day until he DOES go home.


  1. Thank you!!!
    As I sat watching AI last night I had to turn to my Dear Husband and ask if someone forgot to turn on the auto-tune for the male performers.
    James Durbin literally hurt my ears during his first performance. Yes, literally. I cringed and had to turn the volume down until his song was over.
    Jacob Lusk - UGGHHHH - I am sooo beyond sick of him and his attempts to be relevant outside of a church.
    Scotty – he drips with arrogance and I feel that his modesty is completely false. Beyond that I do not think he is near the talent the girls are or anywhere near the talent that the 2 boys who have left already were.

    I can not believe we lost Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald so we can continue to listen to these male wanna-be idols.

    I am also beyond sick of all the judges being Paula this year! Surly people of their musical ‘talent and knowledge’ can hear a sharp or flat note if I who has very little musical talent and knowledge can.

    I am pulling for Haley


  2. One of us usually loves James Durbin, but not last night. And we wouldn't even listen to Lusk in church.

    As for Scotty's arrogance, he does come across that way. But, in reality, anyone who wants to be the next American Idol, has a certain level of arrogance, so we will forgive him that. Also, he has yet to "wow" us. His audition was interesting, because his voice tone was a surprise, but after that, zzzz.

    One of us harbored an undying hatred for Paul McDonald, while the other loved him. We both loved Casey. Still sad he's gone.

    Haley ftw, but it's a long shot. Leeard is at the point where she will be happy with anyone but Lusk. Ern wants anyone but Scotty and Lusk.

  3. Agree!!! Randy and Steven Tyler have been ridiculous/irrelevant since Hollywood week, and in spite of how pretty she is, J-Lo has been way off about 60% of the time. Why do they all hate Haley so much (including Jimmy)? I got over it; why can't they? [~ANGER~]

  4. For some reason, they just don't want her to win. Don't know why.