Wednesday, February 13, 2008

oh the woes of hollywood...

Okay, so there weren't any group numbers (bummer), but there were instruments (hmmm). And there were tears. Yay! There were plenty of tears.

Because THIS is American Idol. Season Seven.

And it's going to be a good one, I think. Or at least I hope. And while it's going to take me awhile to learn the names, the talent is impressive. And I already have my favorites, including a rocker nurse (who does need to listen to Simon and switch up her style to survive), a 16-year-old boy who I remember as a kid on Star Search and has gotten even better, an Irish belter, despite her tattoos, which I find distracting, an Aussie cutie, and the girl whose name will be tough to learn but one I still remember from Philly - the one who lost her dad just days before auditioning. (I am hoping the whining kid from the car gets a gas card East, though.)

It was a different Hollywood, certainly, devoid of the traditional group in-fighting that has become so traditional, but after my initial disappointment over having to do without, quickly faded into an enjoyment of more camera time spent on the stage than on the hotel hallways. And, while I found the instruments distracting, I'm going to withhold my condemnation of them until one more keyboard has driven me completely batty.

Maybe this show has some life still left in it. Time will tell, but tonight's elevator episode is certain to be chock full of drama, as usual.

Now if I can only learn all of these new names.

Let's see, there's Carly, Amanda, Michael and David and David and David...

Who's your early favorite?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

My early very tentative favorite is the hot guy with the long hair that they only showed for a few seconds last night but I know he made it through.... don't remember his name yet though...watched it with my husband and even told him "I'm sorry honey, but he's hot" haha

6:10 PM, February 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does anyone else have a problem with the Irish girl and the Cute Aussie. They are good, and he's not hard to look at, although I'm not too crazy about all her tattoos, they are distracting, but this is AMERICAN IDOL! DA

I thought I heard the Irish girl had a CD out, for me the idea of American Idol is finding the kids who are working at Burger King etc and haven't a clue where to start. Sounds like she got more then a foot in the door.

I have nothing against the Irish or Aussie's, I love them! It just that this is AMERICAN IDOL!!!

Maybe I'm just tired of pushing buttons. lol


7:32 PM, February 13, 2008  
Blogger Kris Ardent said...

Josiah. Love that kid.

7:55 PM, February 13, 2008  
Anonymous Doby said...

I hear you Dori. For me it's discovering those BK workers as the show unfolds over the season that's made watching so compelling. It seems all my past favorite contestants have worked at a pharmacy or managed a restaurant.

Re: this year's geo-diversity, I'm totally fine with that. Especially when the talent is that good. LOL now I'm picturing you sitting in Homer Simpson's seat when he used those same words when he rejected Simon's audition.

And now I'm picturing Lisa imitating Paula. That was funny.

8:02 PM, February 13, 2008  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

Jennifer has a link on the side of her page for Vote for the Worst. I suggest everyone go there and take a look at the backgrounds of some of the contestants. More than one have put out CDs and some have signed major contracts (Carly is one of them). They obviously weren't successful but they had at least one chance before AI. Whether that should or shouldn't have an effect on if you vote for them or not is up to you. Personally, I'm very tired of the "Pimping of Carly" and voting hasn't even started yet.

8:57 PM, February 13, 2008  
Blogger Dave said...

Lots of people have made Idol even if they've had a CD out (Bo and Constantine to name two). I'm just happy Crying Homeless Boy got cut.

9:06 PM, February 13, 2008  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Hey Jennifer and everyone!

So, it's great to be back to yet another fun (and not so fun)-filled season of American Idol. It's definitely good to get myself back into the swing of things, especially since I've had a rocky year since the finale of Season 6.

This season has shown quite a bit of potential already, and I think Fox is going to up their game, especially if they want to keep the show around. I was yet again bored with the auditions, and did want to see more drama during Hollywood week (btw, the Hollywood sign is for sale for $22Mil, any takes?), but I think the episodes to come are going to show some great stuff!
So far, I can only pick out like 5 or 6 people who I want in the top 10-12.

Carly and Michael - I know, I know, they're originally from Ireland and Australia, but I really like them! Dori, usually you and I agree on everything, but this time I have to disagree. I think this for them is definitely living the "American Dream". They deserve to be here just as much as the others. And they're GOOD! Maybe it's cos I am so addicted to the Irish and Australians (i.e. Aidan Quinn, Colin Farrell, Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, ok my list could go on forever).
Anyways, want both of them in.

Also, I liked Danny and the Davids(yes all 3) for the guys. For the girls, my picks were Brooke, Syesha, and Kristy Lee.

The rest are take 'em or leave 'em, in my book. I was bummed out for Kyle, "Mr. President". I thought he could easily become the next Clay. Also, Cardin. Her vocals were far less as good as Joanne's, but I thought she was better than some of the girls they did pick.
Ok, I ranted enough this time, but if you know me, as most regulars here do, you'll know my posts are a mile long.
Again, great to be back, fingers are crossed for an enjoyable season!


1:26 AM, February 14, 2008  
Anonymous ChrisROCKS said...

Ooooooh I loved the new Hollywood Hell Week format! No more Brittnum twins "my spirit is broken" drama! And I do like that the contestants can play their instrument of choice. This should separate the real musicians from the nervous hacks.

Overall, it seems this top 24 is deeper in talent than the previous years (especially the most recent years... *cou-sanjaya-gh!*). It should prove to be a really good season of TALENT.

Anyway, here are my early faves in no particular order:

Carly Smithson...Irish lassie with the soft brogue and huge singing voice

Asia'H Epperson...the gal who's dad died; voice that's a little horse and a lot of husky

Michael Johns...Wonder from Down Under

David Lee Cook...rocker with the argyle sweater

David Hernandez...didn't see much of him, but his rendition of "Love the One You're With" was awesome!

David Archuleta...16 year old cutie with a most mature voice

Amanda Overmyer...ROCKER CHICK! This gal is the real deal

Looking forward to your weekly offering, Jennifer. ;)

8:38 AM, February 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Dori, how funny you should mention those two, they are my top 2 favorite, already.

For all we know they could be citizens now, so that's all that matters.

8:41 AM, February 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS....didn't Taylor Hicks have a record out before Idol?

Personally, I rather watch, and vote for people who have been trying to make a name for themselves in this tough industry, not the people who woke up and said, hmm, I wonder if I'm good enough (Sanjaya).

8:42 AM, February 14, 2008  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

You're right. A lot of other Idol contestants have put out CDs before Idol either solo or with a band. I do think that this is the first contestant that had a major label spend $2.2 million on their CD. Most of the others were done on a shoe string with mostly private money. Should that have an impact on who you're voting for? Who knows. All I know if that she failed (big time) once, who's to say that this time will be different. As we all know now, the backing of the Idol machine does not a star make!

9:13 AM, February 14, 2008  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

This is my prediction for the final 12 in no particular order:

1. Amanda Overmyer – Rocker Chick. Will stick around a while
2. Brooke White….I call her snow white (she has never watched a rated R movie – she won’t make it to the top 5)
3. Carly Smithson – Not really a fan, but I think she will do well.
4. Danny Norriega – I think he can win the entire thing and would be money on it. Great singer – powerful voice. Openly gay… will get the gay vote every week – that has more power than you know.
5. David Archuleta – Cute, young, and nice voice…he will do well
6. Joanne Borgella – there is always one big girl and she is it. Very pretty.
7. Michael Johns – Really cute and will probably make it to the final 5
8. Syesha Mercado – From Syesha down….I am not overly impressed. But I haven’t really seen any of them for long periods of time. 1-7 are going the distance.
9. Asia’h Epperson
10. Luke Menard
11. Ramiele Malubay
12. Robbie Carrico

9:41 AM, February 14, 2008  
Blogger Caroline said...

In the discussions of past Idol contestants who've had professional experience one has mentioned Jordin Sparks yet. That girl, at 17, had a resume most of these kids won't have by the time they retire. Yet because she was young, pretty and didn't bother anyone last year. Interesting that so many people have such problems with it this year.

12:59 PM, February 14, 2008  
Blogger Kristi Mantoni said...

Caroline, I didn't know about Jordin. Then again, we really didn't know much of anything about the idols last year. LOL!

4:13 PM, February 14, 2008  
Blogger kjl said...

I'm glad to know there are other people who weren't that hot on Josiah. He was good, but not great, in my opinion. He might be a great performer/songwriter but I just didn't think his voice was that strong. I think people loved him more for his personality!

9:47 AM, February 21, 2008  

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