Monday, May 15, 2006

monday bits & pieces...

While I still try to finish my prediction entry while tracking down any hint of song selections, and catching up on what rumored song choices are now being retracted (as they always are), I thought I'd pass on a little news that I'm still working on verifying and throw out a completely non-scientific straw poll-type of question, just so we can take just a bit of the pulse around here.

The finale is coming up, of course, next Wednesday. It will be tough to top last year's finale extravaganza, but it seems the show recognized what a brilliant move it was last year to pair the top 12 with their idols in the biggest, bestest medley EVER. Looks like they're planning the same sort of event again.

If you remember last season, or if you're new this season, the finale is where all of the finalists are reunited, do assorted Brady Bunch-type numbers, the top two sing separately, sing together and we all await the naming of the American Idol. Last year, in a stroke of genius, the kids were paired with their idols, presenting us a medley featuring George Benson, Billy Preston, Rascal Flatts and Lynyrd Skynryd, among others. Each of the top three was given a solo performance with theirs, and the other kids were grouped together.

Apparently
Meat Loaf announced this weekend in his forum that he will be among the musical guests, performing with Katharine McPhee. Sounds like fun! I'll stay on top of that. [Please, let Kanye West show up to rap with Kevin. Pleeeeeze!]

Now for the totally non-scientific straw poll-ish type question for everyone reading this right now. (Remember, you don't have to register with Blogger to leave comments here!) So lurkers, it's time to speak up, please. You don't even have to identify yourself.

Who are you rooting for? I'd like to get an idea how representative the kids are supported around here.

I'll start [like anybody has to guess]. Go ELLIOTT!

Your turn.

Oh...and thanks.

123 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding your poll, I am supporting Katharine.

- Allen

10:50 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go for it TAYLOR!

- Idolized

10:53 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TAYLOR's my pick!

11:07 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Tim said...

Jennifer, I've enjoyed your blog this season (the stats and trends especially have been great).

I've been a Taylor fan since his audition. I was hooked by the harmonica and then by his performance of Levon, way back when.

I do hope that Elliott makes it through this week, though, as I enjoy him more each week.

But my final vote will go to Taylor. Soul Patrol!!!

11:10 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Elliott becomes the next American Idol!

- Laurie

11:10 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Frances said...

I'm all for ELLIOT!!!!!!!!!!

But, since I live in Alabama, a Taylor win wouldn't disappoint me.

11:14 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like all three, but will probably vote for Taylor. We will see all 3 in the industry in the future. I hope the finale comes down to Taylor and Elliot.

11:17 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliot is my top choice, Taylor a close second!

11:19 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm torn between Taylor and Elliot....but if i have to choose...taylor!

11:20 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

Elliott all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:21 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliott for me!
Elliotts cousin is married to my cousin so I'm distantly related to him!
As been said Go ELLIOTT!

11:24 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta be Katharine, who I'd love to see sing a duet with George Michaels.

11:32 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a big Taylor fan...BUT I have to say GO ELLIOT! I would buy a Taylor cd if it were out right now but I'd also pick up Elliot's too. I guess I'd want either one to win and I hope for a Taylor/Elliot final!

Your blog has been great. I found it several weeks ago and I will miss it when this is over.

11:32 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennifer, I've enjoyed your blog daily throughout this whole shindig!!! I have a link to it on my homepage...

Katharine is too conceited for this competition...There's a difference in being humble-and then there's Katharine...I am not a fan of hers, don't get me wrong, she's very talented, but I don't see her as our next AI...

I am torn between Taylor an Elliot...Taylor has been great from the get-go, and Elliot has come so far, that reallly-deservingly he should be our next "American Idol"...

Thanks again Jennifer for a wonderful site!!!

11:33 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Maggie said...

I have been an Elliott fan since the first boys night. I'm not just a fan, I vote for 2 hours too. lol, I'm way to into this! LOL I'm even a registered Yaminion, lol I'm wayyyyyyy too into this. lol.

11:43 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Consider the High-Drama of the Underdog Gaining Momentum, Consider the Evolution of the Artist Coming of Age in but a Short While Week after Week, Consider the Actual Talent & Chops of the 3 Contenders, Consider the Outrageous Boston Red Sox in the Series of 2005 & Finally Consider Elliot as Your American Idol of 2006.

Excellent As Is Taylor, Elliot is the Storyboard that'll carry this AI Chapter into Idol History.

11:46 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Kitt77 said...

My vote is for Elliot. Second choice is Taylor. Katharine is not even an option for me, too phoney

11:47 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris! Oh wait...I guess I'll go with Taylor. ;) -Jenna

11:48 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Taylor!!

11:49 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My vote is Elliot all the way!!!!!

11:50 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliot is my pick.

Elliot has been consistent every single week. He has ALWAYS had a good song choice. Even with his worst performances, they weren't very bad. He seems like a genuine person, but he's UNIQUE. Are you ready? He'd be DIFFERENT. He's not like any other contestants we've had, or so I think. Especially when it comes down to finalists.

Okay, I adore Katharine. Why am I not picking her then? Because we already have a Kelly and Carrie. Now, neither three of them are anything alike, except they share some simliarties in age, hair, (except Carrie is blonde and Kelly changes hair color), ethnicity, and of course gender. Of course no other contesant will EVER be better than Kelly.

BTW, I don't think Kat's conceited at all. If she were conceited, she wouldn't have looked so scared Wednesday before the results were in. You could tell she felt she was getting voted off the show.

I still feel like Katharine is going to WOW us, perhaps that will be tomorrow night?

FINALS: I'd like to see Elliott & Kat and I'd be happy with either one winning and I'd have a hard time deciding who to vote for.

PS - America, I've been thoroughly pleased with your voting (except Bucky should have left sooner). I still argue that they need to hire personal song pickers for the contestants.

11:50 AM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

I think Katharine is the most marketable of the remaining three finalists. She's easily the best looking and has a pretty good voice (when she's not over-singing).

Taylor and Elliott both have image problems and that makes Fox/19TV squeemish about them winning. If VCM is in the Pimp Spot tomorrow night, we'll know that TPTB really want her to win.

Elliott has come on strong lately and Taylor has been the top vote-getter all season (at least according to DialIdol.

However, I'm not sure whether either of the two remaining guys are really marketable over the long haul. Remember, that only 1 of the American Idols has had any sort of prolonged success (Kelly); Rueben and Fantasia have basically fallen off the face of the earth into nichemarketland and Carrie hasn't been around long enough to pass judgment on (of course, it can be argued that she is a pop failure since she hopped over to CMT so quickly).

11:52 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot stand Katherine and sincerely hope for an Elliot/Taylor finale with Elliot being the winner (although I wouldn't mind Taylor... just not miss Celine Dion wannabe pleeeaaaseee)

11:57 AM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. He ahs been the most consistant of all - never been in the bottom 3. He also has a very likable personality. Taylor, Taylor, Taylor!!!

12:19 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katherine needs to go. Would absolutely not be upset over a Taylor win. But Elliott is taking the win!

12:25 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I've voted for Elliot all season, Taylor will get my final vote. Love them all and love your blog, Jennifer!!!

12:26 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I suppose a vote for Chris will get me no where at this point.. so, unless he falls flat on his face, I'll vote for Elliott...

12:35 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've wanted Elliot to win since close to the beginning but I volunteer to console Katherine if she loses.

12:36 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I am torn between Taylor & Elliot, but I have to say: Go Taylor!!!!!!!!

12:37 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliott, Elliott, Elliott!!!

12:39 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Taylor, go Taylor, go Taylor!! I want a Taylor/Elliot finale!

12:41 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long time lurker, first time poster...My money is on Taylor. He's been consistently at the top, he's cool, and I would buy his CD...I wouldn't bother with anyone else's. My second choice would be Elliott, and I hope he's in the final 2. :)Thanks for the great blog, it's great fun.

Anon

12:51 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Laura said...

I'm rooting for a Taylor/Elliott finale with Elliott winning!

12:51 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My vote goes to Elliott, with Taylor a close second.

12:53 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger tracyintpa said...

Taylor, Taylor, Taylor, I'm a "Hicks Chick" all the way. I think Elliott is great and I love his voice, but Taylor is the whole package. He is entertaining, his voice is spectacular, and for good old fashioned soul R&B you can't get better than Taylor Hicks. He has my whole 2 hours of voting on two phones tomorrow night. If you have not heard him and his band together, you have not heard the best of Taylor Hicks. They are phenomenal. Trust me on this. REgardless of the outcome, you have not heard the last of Taylor Hicks. I honestly believe he is a legend in the making. You may think I'm over the top, but I'm dead serious, 100%.

12:54 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was the strongest Top 4 ever on Idol. They are all good but as far as marketability goes - sadly, that left with Chris. I think Taylor, Elliott & Katherine are all extreemly talented.

Katherine is by far the best "singer" in the bunch but she just hasn't found her niche. She's an amazing singer but I'm not sure she's the "idol".

Taylor is very entertaining and as a fellow musician, I would love to sit out on the porch and jam with him - too much fun. Just not sure what they'll do with him.

Elliott - amazing since he has the hearing loss. I'm just not sure what they can do with him either.

So...at this point I'm ok with any of them winning. It's going to be interesting to watch it all go down.

BTW & for whatever this is worth - most of the folks on here don't seem to be country fans but Carrie Underwood will be a superstar in the country world if she continues to gets good songs. She's the caliber of Martina McBride and is nominated for several awards at next weeks ACM awards and I expect to see her nominated for the CMA's in the fall as well. She's awesome, she's just not a pop princess. I expect to see her getting a Grammy at some point. For the record - I LOVED Bo also. Both of them are incredibly talented!

OK...that's all I've got!

1:06 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've like Taylor wince day one. Any guy stuck with Gray hair that young gets my sympathy vote right off. Combine that with his distinctive voice, his fun personality, and his overall enjoyment of this process, he's the guy I have been behind the whole season.

Kat is ok, and "IF" she shows up tomorrow and sings properly, I have no problem with her in the finals and winning, "IF" she also sings correctly during the finals. Same with Elliot. I like all 3of these kids. (well, not sure Taylor qualifies as a kid anymore haha)

I would hope more of us would be happy with this final 3, and rather than deciding who we are going to vote for now, we would wait until the performances are over, and pick the best of the night. I'm all for voting for favorities up to this point. At this point, you simply should have to bring it all 3 songs or not go on. This is when you show if you have the chops for touring and being able to perform on demand, when you aren't at your best (I'm assuming they are getting worn out from the unusual pressure they are under and all the travel, excitment, expectations, practice, etc). Being able to put all the distractions behind you and perform on stage should be 'the' deciding factor from now on.

So, assuming all 3 knock all their songs out well, I'm expecting a Taylor/Elliot finals with a Taylor win. He's had the most consistant base, and if he brings out the harmonica for one song, plus throws in his funky white boy moves, I think he takes the prize since Elliot is less 'entertainer' than Taylor is. And I would think vocally they appeal to the same crowd, as evidenced by the number of people who've said they like both of um and don't really care which of those two win :)

But if T or E bombs, and Kat goes pure, I can accept her in the finals. I know she has the ability, just not sure her Mom hasn't been a factor in her troubles that last couple weeks. And someone please tell her NOT TO SMILE every time she looks at the camera. If it's a sad song, CRY damn it, don't SMILE so damn much! :)

JJ

1:14 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Taylor
2. Katherine
3. Elliott

1:15 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHRIS WAS THE ONE THAT SHOULD HAVE WON! IN THE END I WILL VOTE FOR ELLIOT BECAUSE CHRIS WILL BE GOING ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS.

1:19 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TAAAAAAAAAAAYLOR!!!!

Next Poll:
What should Jennifer blog about until the next American Idol?

Anyone?

1:20 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

Elliott all the way BABY!

1:39 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Ali said...

I like all three but Elliott is my favorite. He's worked so hard and has come a long way. Considering how much more experience Taylor and Kat have both had, they should be out performing him and they're not.
I like Taylor a lot and he was my favorite but, he's pretty much the same now as he was at the start of the show. He has a lot of personality but his voice is not as good as Kat's or Elliott's.

Kat is so beautiful and she has a great voice. I'm surprised that with all her professional training she still "over-sings" so often and she frequently seems out of touch emotionally with the sentiment of the song she is singing. I do believe that she is very marketable and will have a great career. I hope she does.

I love Elliott. He has come from nowhere and has worked so hard that I have to wonder what he'd be like if he had all the training and experience that others have had. He will be getting my vote.

Ali

1:50 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Brianne said...

Katharine or Elliott deserve the title based on their talent, I'm torn even though I caught the 'McPheever' back when she kissed all the judges.

1:54 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliott all the way!

1:55 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My pick was Chris till last week, and now that he's is gone, Taylor will get my vote. I'd love to see it be Taylor and Elliot as the final two. :)

1:56 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOOOA! TAYLOR ALL THE WAY!!!

2:04 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not at all 'sure' who's going to pull it off, but I'd really LIKE it to be Elliot. I love Kat, but she won't really NEED to win to be able to propel herself where she wants to go- and she doesn't seem to pick popular or likeable enough songs to be able to hold that title anyway.
But, Elliot... he deserves this- he's taken a lot of critism from the judges (and has taken it in stride!), and he's taken even MORE from the general public- ON THE BASIS OF LOOKS ONLY- and it's done nothing but make him better.
He's got soul, range, variety and smooth all going for him... I wish him well!
- Mia

2:08 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger lorguru said...

I want an Elliot/Taylor final. I'll be happy with either one...but my heart is in it for Elliot. I would buy an Elliot CD...not sure about Taylor.

2:09 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TAYLOR all the way! I've never really gotten involved in AI in any previous season, but Mr. Hicks has me hooked. He made not only a Taylor fan, but also an AI fan out of me. I have loved him since his audition and I'm so happy to see that he has a lot of fans.

~ Amber

2:14 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous evie taylor from ca. said...

it will be an "elliott wins" nite !!! and dave, you speak about marketability...but just remember, it's not Fox, or 19E who makes the choice....it's us....the little guys who vote....and vote we will.....FOR ELLIOTT YAMIN

2:31 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliot's got my vote!!!

2:34 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man with soul! TAYLOR!

2:34 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto, what Dave said..I want the winner to be someone who will be around in a few years, and get some radio airtime...neither boys will.

If that doesn't happen then it's like, "What was the point of the whole season?" If they don't go anywhere with their new found careers then AI should just be considered a silly show that gets you fifteen minutes of fame.

~V~

2:49 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous MARSHAGOTRIBE said...

TAYLOR WILL BE THE WINNER---KAT WILL HAVE A CONTRACT PROBABLY WITH MOATTA(ELVIS-MARIAH CAREY) HE SEEMED TO LIKE HER A WHOLE LOT---ELLIOT NEEDS SEASONING--BUT IF HE WINS I WON'T BE DISSAPOINTED---AS FOR JENNIFER'S NEXT BLOG WE'LL HAVE THE SINGER FOR THE NEXT KID ROCK BAND BUT THAT'S NOT UNTIL JULY!!!! MERV GRIFFIN WILL BE HOSTING THE NEXT SIMON COWELL ENDEAVOR AMERICA'S GOT TALENT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT-----OF COURSE THAT'S UP TO JENNIFER---HER BLOG IS THE FIRST THING I LOOK AT WHEN I GET TO WORK--OOPS DON'T TELL THE BOSS

FROM MARSHA

2:54 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My vote is for Taylor. He really seems to truly love what he's doing and it comes through in his soulful performances. He is the only one that when he performs I forget I'm watching a contest and to me that is what I want from a performer on AI. I want to be swept into the music and take a break from reality. I get that with Taylor and that's why he's had my vote all along. :)

3:00 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go TAyLOR. gO TaYloR, GO TAyLoR...

3:13 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOUL PATROL! SOUL PATROL! 'NUF SAID??

From a 57 year old grandmother who thinks Taylor's the bee's knees!

By the way, I enjoy your site...thanks for your work.

3:31 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Julie said...

I'm sorry I just can't get on the Elliot bandwagon. I want Taylor to win and Katherine second.

3:31 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Getting Curious said...

I'd prefer Elliot over Taylor, but I wouldn't be too disappointed with a Taylor win.

Pretty much as long as it's not Katharine...

3:32 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ELLIOTT. He's got something very special, on top of his amazing vocal ability, which has always been consistent.

Taylor's good but I've heard and seen just as good at the club in my hometown.

Katharine's gorgeous but her singing is too unstable. Sometimes good, sometimes horrible.

3:53 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHRIS!!!But since he's gone, I really don't care. Doubt if I'll even watch. I've really enjoyed your blog though, and your comments. Have a great summer Jennifer!

3:54 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd prefer CHRIS over any of the three left standing (dang! Those Chris fans just won't die, will they?). However, in lieu of Chris, the only one left worth voting for is TAYLOR. This IS still a competition to pick the Best Singer to my knowledge? Correct me if I'm wrong...

3:57 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it seems a few greedy people have used up all the capital letters... oh, well. i take a small amount of comfort in not reading their posts.

i (still) think it will be katharine and taylor in the final, with taylor winning by a nose. i don't understand all the anti-katharine sentiment--particularly the comments about her being "conceited", etc., which appear to be based on a few expressions on her face. as far as her recent pitch problems go, i think part of the problem has been the arrangements--they have forced her into discordant territories when the songs haven't warrented such "big" arrangements. who has the final say on the arrangements--anyone know? (i guess a lot of people don't remember when katharine and elliot were just about the only ones who picked a key and stuck to it earlier in the competition. unfortunately, she has had these problems later in the competition rather than earlier or not at all...)

-l (i♥chrisrocks)

4:08 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just get Katharine out and i don't care after that... so in that case...GO TAYLOR AND ELLIOT!!! :)

4:32 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Johanna said...

I LOVE TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But, if the worst happens and Taylor is voted off Wednesday, I suppose I would vote for Elliott. Not as frequently, but still vote.

SOUL PATROL all the way! Taylor has been consistently great vocally (except when they change his songs at the last minute), knows how to work an audience to his benefit, and really pulls me in emotionally.

4:35 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soul Patrol Patroman all the way. Woo Hoo!

4:36 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous just me said...

give me a T
give me a A
give me a Y
give me a L
give me a O
give me a R

what does it spell?
Idol!

4:38 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your question puts me in a quandry...and why?

I love Elliott, I only vote for Elliott, I make my kid's college friends watch Elliott, and yet, I'm okay if Elliott doesn't win. Now, I really want him to make it to the finals--against Kat, perferably, and she can win American Idol, and I'd be cool with that.

In my perfect world, Kat wins the title and does all the press tour, etc....and Elliott becomes the new "Clay Aiken" and stays home and makes an album.

For weeks, I've told everyone that would listen, that Chris would be a great front man for a rock band.... Steven Tyler-ish. Then Fuel offered him a job, and I'm happy.

Taylor, was born to be a Headliner in Las Vegas. Taylor is a perfomer..a wonderful, talented performer. You really want to see Taylor sing, and dance and flash that "Soul Patrol" grin. He would be money in the bank for some smart hotel owner....know any?

So American Idol Santa Claus. here is my list.

Katerine = American Idol Winner
Elliott = Good music sales
Taylor = Las Vegas Headliner

4:43 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Emily said...

GREAT Blog, Jennifer! I was so happy to have found you (and lurked here) this season.

I'm all Taylor for AI5, but wouldn't be completely devestated by a Taylor/Elliott finale, no matter which way the crown fell. I was digging Kat.... Until last week.

4:52 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it will be Taylor... Katherine is marketable also. I think Elliot has a great voice but lacks stage presence. Last week was the first time i didn't think he looked uncomfortable all the way through a song. All in all they will probably all get snatch up by various labels and the like tho so everyone wins.

5:04 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Hoppers said...

It's a pretty even tie for me. I like both Elliot and Taylor.

5:09 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have picked Chris but since he's out I'm rooting for Elliot.

5:12 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katharine has the talent.. it's been hiding lately and she really needs to stop all thouse runs.. when she sings straight and true she's unbeatable. I agree with other comments that Taylor is more of a peformer than a singer and he hasn't changed or grown much since the beginning. Elliot has grown/improved the most of all final twelve performers. I'm just not into his stlye of singing. So, my vote will go to Katharine unless she blows it. I'd love to hear her sing the Eva Cassidy version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" it's my favorite rendition of all versions of that song.. even the original.

5:19 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way I try to analyze these situations is with a simple question. Would I go and see them for free at a local music festival? Never mind paying, buying CD's, downloads... would I even bother to go to a local event if I could see them for free? Sorry all you Ell-idiots (sorry - just kidding), but he has to go. I say it's a Taylor/Kat final that ends with them in a tie, falling in love, getting married and then performing togehter in a Faith Hill/Tim McGraw kind of way!

5:20 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous beth said...

Delurking.

I think all 3 of them are very talented and have bright futures. However, I think that Katherine fits the AI mold better and has the "X" factor.

5:23 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger lorguru said...

that last comment (Taylor and Kat together?) is just plain weird.

5:29 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger tracyintpa said...

Why do people continue to equate Taylor with performing in a Vegas hotel? Have you actually closed your eyes and listened to the man sing? Have you heard Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Otis Redding? Do you equate them with Vegas? If you close your eyes and listen to Taylor just sing, he has a fabulous voice. I've seen his performance footage from Birmingham on Friday, his band kicks major butt, and he sings and performs with all his heart and SOUL. He is more than a performer, he is a bona fide old fashioned R&B soul man. People that think his voice can't stand up on its own without all his stage show just haven't really given his voice a chance. I'm sorry, I am very passionate about his singing (and song writing), and just don't want to see him written off without a fair listen. Whew.. ok, I'm done, sorry for that outburst, but he brings it out in me!

5:53 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger niffie80 said...

SInce Chris is gone... Elliot

6:34 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor! Wheeee!

6:36 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Taylor and Katharine for final two..

6:42 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm definately pulling for Taylor this year!!! Although, no one has my heart like Bo did last year...

6:51 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

I am a "Hicks Chick" ALL THE WAY!
GO TAYLOR!

6:58 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do people continue to equate Taylor with performing in a Vegas hotel? Have you actually closed your eyes and listened to the man sing? Have you heard Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Otis Redding?

"Tracyintpa"
Yes, I have heard them, but if I want to hear them again, I'll buy their music, not a copycats. So basically you just admitted that Taylor doesn't have any uniquness....sounds like an Idol winner to me!

7:01 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm voting for Elliott, I would buy any CD he put out. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:35 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most definately....my vote goes to TAYLOR!!!!

7:39 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

"I'm voting for Elliott, I would buy any CD he put out. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him!!!!!!!!!!!!"

...Paula? Is that you??

-L (I♥ChrisROCKS)

7:47 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I'm not over the shock about who the real winner really should be*** CHRIS***. I think that Idol needs to seriously think about a way to change the way voting is done in the future. Of course Chris will become the most popular person from Idol as yet over time and I have no doubt so I have to get over my anger and move on.
SO...
I really think Taylor, Elliot & Kat can sing. But-- I can honestly say if I was given the choice of seeing one of them perform in a concert, the only one I would go to see would be Taylor. The other 2 would bore me to death after 1 song. Kat & Elliot can sing but so far I have not been impressed with watching them perform and that is very important in this business. I guess the "whole package" is what I'm talking about. Taylor has his own style and really is fun to watch. I loved Chris the most, but I did find myself waiting to see Taylor perform every week.
Okay now Elliot I really like because he seems like such a nice person not because he has captured my attention. Only one performance really impressed me overall during the Elvis week which I will say was awesome. I really think his song selection hurt him overall for me. I know at this point my only reasons for voting for him would be because of the obstacles he has had to overcome and not because of what I have seen so far. So that means I will not vote for Elliot unless we get to pick between him dear Kat. Then hands down Elliot. Hopefully that will not happen. Although nothing will surprise me since Chris was voted off. Kat well she has a voice and she really is pretty but everytime I watch her she looks like a robot. Very mechanical and I want to just shake her and say loosen up and please go find someone to help u dress for tv. Her clothing ughghgh drives me nuts. She is too pretty and I can't believe someone has not suggested to dress for the camera. One of my favorite performances of hers was the one where she was on the floor and it could have been awesome if she wore something that complimented her. She just didn't look right being on the floor in that outfit. I swear I feel like her parents make her nervous every time she sings when they show them. I think she could be great in the future if she finds her comfort zone. So go Taylor.

7:52 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Anonymous said...

"I'm voting for Elliott, I would buy any CD he put out. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him!!!!!!!!!!!!"

...Paula? Is that you??


Nah. Paula always slurs her typing.

ROFL

7:55 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger tracyintpa said...

anonymous... I didn't say Taylor was a copycat at all, I am merely stating that he has a style as unique as Cocker, Charles and Redding. I do like listening to each them, but unfortunately two of them are no longer with us. I am excited because Taylor can make new music in that soulful, unique style. I never in my post stated that he was a copycat. He is inspired by them, and he feels the music as they do. period. Sorry, I am not trying to argue, here, because I love this board, but I love Taylor and I am just making a case that he is more than a "novelty act". The boy can sing.

7:56 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly think all 3 are super talented and definitely already have a future in the business after their awesome performances on AI. I'm a little discouraged by the nasty look on Katherine's face during the last cast-off, it made her look a little ungrateful (just my opinion). Obviously, she knew she should be the one going home that night (I also agree but know we must move on). I still like her but my vote is for Elliott at this point. Katherine and Taylor are both fantastic but I think Elliott deserves the big break this time around :o)

7:59 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the winner should be someone who can sell records and be heard on mainstream radio....the guys will not be able to do it.

8:07 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't say you said he was a copycat but the way you put it, he may as well be.

Sure, he can sing, but he's not marketable, plain and simple.

So everyone who is voting for Taylor is doing so because he puts on a good show? You can't see him on the radio, now can you?


~V~

8:09 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No I'm actually voting for Taylor because I can imagine him having a better radio appeal and CD sales then the other two.

Actually, I take that back if Katherine were to win I could see her as the next Kelly Clarkson.

8:32 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor Hicks is my choice.
Kathy

8:35 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Celine Dion, Elton John, Wayne Newton, Reba McEntire and Barry Manilow are all performing in Las Vegas this week.

Bet if you ask any one them, they say it's great being a Las Vegas performer is a great way to make a living.

I didn't mean to insult Taylor with my comment. sorry.

8:38 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elliott all the way for me.
Only because he melted this old, cold heart.

8:49 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ELLIOT!!!!

Ok, now I've got that off my chest I'll go back to lurking..

Thanks Jennifer for keeping up the cool blog!

8:53 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Traci said...

Elliot.

9:02 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger Kathy said...

All the WAY TAY ! ! !

9:04 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

OMG!!! THERE ARE 100 COMMENTS HERE and I'M THE HUNDRETH!!!

You guys are the BEST! Thank you!


:D

9:09 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

Jennifer,

Are you keeping track? Based on the above, who do you think it will be?

9:25 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor all the way. He's been my favorite since I first saw him audition. I love, love, love him. I would like to see a Taylor/Elliot finale, with, of course, my Taylor boy winning.
BTW, I've been a lurker for a long time. Had no idea it was so easy to post a comment. Too bad I found out so late in the game.
GO TAYLOR.
Barbie-Lou

9:42 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

I haven't been keeping track on paper, but two things are clear:

There ain't much love for Katharine around here. Poor kid.

And a lot of people love both the boys and it seems to be pretty split.

This is gonna be one fun week. I don't know when I've enjoyed a final week more than this one.

My prediction for tomorrow will go in tomorrow. I've given up trying to predict the whole thing. Everytime I think it's gonna be Taylor, I change my mind. Then I change it back. But I got some great insight today.

9:46 PM, May 15, 2006  
Blogger laura said...

It has seemed as if taylor would win from the beginning, but with all of Elliott's momentum lately it might be closer than clay/ruben!

11:06 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

based on this board, I think one of the boys is going down if Kat sings well, because there is too much split between the boys and there is so much "i don't care as long as it's one of them and not Kat votes" :)

It's amazing all the sudden Elliot supporters though, since he had so much trouble staying off the eye of death :D I just wish them all good luck can't wait to hear/see how it turns out. Less than 24 hours to go!! wooohooo!

JJ

11:46 PM, May 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good insight?

SPILL!

~V~

2:15 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Soul Patrol Chick said...

Taylor Taylor he's our man if he can't win it nobody can!!!


Soul Patrol Fight Song

5:06 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not going to vote for anyone actually. I was done voting last Wednesday when Chris was gone. I will watch though, hopefully to see Kat fall on her face.
Hugs,
Lisa

6:57 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous kathy said...

Yes, LEVON won me for sure,,I STILL think it's the best performance yet,,on ANY Idol show,,and i loved Summertime-Fantasia and Bridge over troubled water-Clay,, but LEVON by Taylor still gives me goosebumps,and I wasnt a fan of the song b4
Kathy

6:59 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous kathy said...

Taylor is closer in style or sound to Chris than either Elliot or Kat,,,,he'd be a breath of fresh air,,

7:02 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous kathy said...

Who do you think Clive's favorite is? I can't sumise from the song selections.

7:48 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's sooooo hard!! i've been a taylor fan from DAY 1!! but over the last few weeks i've developed a teenage crush on ELLIOTT!! all i have to say is it's been done, Catherine CLARKSON!

8:26 AM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katherine!!!!!
I really enjoy Taylor, but...
I just don't get the Elliot thing.
GO KAT!!!!
another lurker

10:22 AM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger angelof_mercy81 said...

I love all three of them and can see them all having great careers. (Chris, too, as well as some of the others.) If I had to pick...Elliott. I've liked him since the Hollywood rounds, and he's grown on me even more as the season has progressed.

But I've gotta show love for the others, too. What I love about Taylor is the incredible joy that he seems to emanate. You can tell he has a great time up there, and last week, when he sang "Jailhouse Rock", I couldn't help but smile.

Katharine also has a great voice, although I do admit she tends to oversing. If she plays her cards right, I can see her performing on Broadway.

So like I said, I like all of three of them, for different reasons. I think I'd probably be happy no matter who won.

But I'm still pulling for an all-male finale.

11:40 AM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger your_idol_or_mine said...

I LOVE Taylor but I REALLY want Kat to win. I have never really liked Elliot...

1:15 PM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had a tough time making a final choice but.. after reading the crappy song selections for Katharine -- nI'll be voting for her tonight. I'm think she's getting pulled in too many directions.. her mother, her fans, the judges and the "experts".. remember, she's only 21 and I'm sure when the pressure of competition is off she'll be terrific. All the "experts" who coached her loved her and her rehearsals always sounded great.. I think her poor performances now are due to youth, nervousness, inexperience and the pressure of competition, all of which can be overcome. So, that's it then. I'm voting for Katharine.

2:35 PM, May 16, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

I completely agree about the forces Kat's dealing with, especially the parents. And it's not helping that she's the only female surrounded by guys.

And I totally agree that, of the three, she is getting royally screwed by song selection. Either they're really trying to test her mettle or they're setting her up to fail. Last girl they set up to fail was 17, so it's not uncommon.

2:45 PM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the validation Jennifer.. this is the greatest blog.. thank you for making it available to us..

2:48 PM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about time someone notices the unjustice surrounding Kat!

4:20 PM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous YaminionFormerlyKnownAsChrisROCKS said...

"[Please, let Kanye West show up to rap with Kevin. Pleeeeeze!]"

LOLOLOL!!! That's got to be one of the funniest things I've ever read! lol Seriously...out loud!

I'm voting for Elliot!!!

8:38 PM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ELIOTT all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12:01 AM, May 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TAYLOR is BOOOORING!!!!! ELLIOT iS HOT!!!!!!!!!!!! GO ELLIOT!!!!!!!! I WANT TO HAVE HIS BABY

12:14 AM, May 17, 2006  
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2:36 AM, May 20, 2006  

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