American Idol 2011: Who We Missed: Nashville


This new section is focused on Hollywood contestants, more precisely, Top 40 ones, who weren't featured on the audition episode but did audition in that city. This article contains Top 40 spoilers, so, if you want to avoid them, don't keep reading!

Ashton Jones

 


Nashville, TN. She has sang in church choirs and has also released an introduction CD. She's very Syesha Mercado, which is one of my favourite contestants. A huge voice, very RnB/funk sound. She's got control and lots of stage presence. Ashton can do really well on Idol but she'll have to make it current. RnB divas never do well on Idol and this girl may probably have the same fate. MySpace HERE. Facebook HERE.




Colton Dixon 

 

Mufreesboro, TN. He auditioned with his sister, Schyler, who also made it to Hollywood and subsequently to the Top 60. He's in a band called The Messenger. I love his hair and look!! It makes me think about Aiden Grimshaw, I hope he's as intense as him! His voice has an interesting tone and he can hit the high notes, very rocky vibe coming from this one. He seems to be amazing live! Really looking forward to hearing him!  Facebook HERE.


Kendra Campbell 

 

Loudon, TN. She likes strong women and is a Carrie Underwood fan. She's got something interesting and unique. Like her a lot. She is definitely country with a folk/blues vibe. Her voice is really amazing, very similar to featured contestant Jackie Wilson. I see her doing great in the show! Her performances are really dinamic and quircky, would love seeing her on TV!!  MySpace HERE.




Ford Escape Hybrid is a gasoline-electric hybrid powered version of the Escape.It launched in the U.S. in 2004, to offset the pollution resulting from non-hybrid SUV use. Ford began to produce the Escape Hybrid in 2004. Till 2011.And it produced total 6 model of the Escape Hybrid version.

New Ford Escape Hybrid model have HD Radio technology, free access to digital radio broadcasts around the country.And ford special SYNC with Traffic, Directions & Information that helps to lessen diversion as well as to access important route and traffic information. Fuel efficiency of the car is 30mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Ford Escape hybrid’s price is between $31,615 and $34,125. It comes with Engine, Continuously variable transmission, All-wheel drive, Stability control, Traction control, Satellite radio, Bluetooth, etc. Over all  Ford Escape Hybrid is a smooth-riding, powerful SUV that test drivers say doesn't even feel like a hybrid. Plus, with more than 30 mpg combined fuel economy, it’s the best in its class.

Ford Escape Hybrid Car's Review By Kelley Blue Book


Ford Escape Hybrid Review
 

Wonder what your favourite XF finalists are up to? Well, this is the post for you! After the jump, you'll find the latest updates on some of the best finalists the show has had!



Rebecca Ferguson

The lovely Liverpudian is definitely one of my favourite XF contestants ever! One of the best voices in the competition, she knew how to charm us with her deep soulish voice. After the final, it was reported she had been signed by Simon Cowell's own label, Syco. One month after, it was reported she had signed a joint deal between the aforementioned and Epic! Great news for her!! Epic has helped shape the carrers of JLS and Olly Murs, making the latest more successful than series 6 winner, Joe McElderry. Will Rebecca find more success than Matt?

One Direction

After the announcement of them being signed by Syco and a reported 2 million pounds invested on them, it's not surprise that Simon is really looking after his beloved boyband. The not so good singers are stated to release their debut single on March 13, 2011. I guess that are some good news for their fans!

Cher Lloyd

XF's favourite brat was also one of Syco's signments. There's a lot of work put on this one, she's been working on the US and there is a big amount of names on her album, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, will.i.am. For excited fans, Cher's album will come faster than ever! The debut is stated to be released on August 22, 2011 and it's now available for pre-order!! Don't know if it's official, but the image below is probably the cover!!

Pre-order the album HERE.


Mary Byrne

The final act signed by Syco, big voice songstress Mary Byrne is currently in works of recording her debut album with Nigel Wright, who has worked with her all-time hero, Shirley Bassey. Accordingly, Simon is spendind a million pounds on her album and mentor Louis Walsh is helping her pick the tracklist which is said to include covers of Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield and James Browns's "It's A Man's World".

Aiden Grimshaw

The most intense male contestant XF has had was certainly the shock elimination of the year. Many people had pimped him to be in the finals, so him coming out 9th was a huge surprise. Fortunately, Simon made the decision to include him on the tour and Aiden is now rumoured to be joining Syco is he impreses in the tour, which I'm sure he will. After the tour, Aiden is stated to head on a solo tour in May. He will play six dates across the UK. The tour kicks off in May 10 at the Newcastle Academy and continues in Oxford, London, Liverpool, Birmingham and finishes in Sheffield. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, January 31, priced £10. 

Belle Amie

Probably this won't be a surprise given that they were formed at bootcamp but Geneva Lane has decided to part ways with her fellow band mates, Rebecca Creighton, Esther Campbell and Sophia Wardman. She twitted: "It is with great sadness that I must announce that I have left Belle Amie. I have not left my ambitions behind and I hope you will all still support the girls and myself, I want to apologise for this decision and I want to thank you all for your support and hope you will continue to support me as I move through my journey. It's been a very difficult few weeks and I wish the girls every success." The three remaining girls have announced that they'll continue with the band, now going as a trio.

Music Video: Jessie J: Price Tag!!

 

BBC's Sound of  2011 winner, Critic's Choice Award Winner and also MDS Sound of 2011 5th place, dark popstar is back with a brand new music video!! Jessie J is releasing her debut album, "Who You Are" on March 28 but in the mean time, we have the release of the new amazing video of her second single, "Price Tag" which features B.o.B. and was released on January 28. The video, filmed mainly in a pink background, is, well, wierd. The mony tree was hilarious and her puppet like and doll outfits were sick!! And that's why I love Jessie! She's not the typical pop singer, nor has a typical voice. She stands out for being wierd, crazy and that's what I look in a star, craziness! I must confess I was dissapointed Clare Maguire didn't won the BBC Sound of, but this girl has an incredible voice and will surely made it big in both sides of the ocean!!

Watch the music video and check her album cover after the JUMP ...




Buy "Price Tag" HERE.

 


I'M LOOKING FOR A DUTCH SPEAKING COLLABORATOR ASAP, IF INTERESTED, EMAIL ME HERE.

Yesterday, January 28, 2011, a brand new season of the XF Netherlands took off! With it's four judges returning, Eric van Tijn, Stacey Rookhuizen, Angela Groothuizen and Gordon Heuckeroth. Hosts, Wendy van Dijk and Martijn Krabbé, also return after working on new successful show, which Angela also judged, The Voice of Holland. As I've done with the danish XF, I'll just recap the highlights, meaning that contestants who weren't speciallly good are not going to be featured. All contestants posted here have moved on to bootcamp.

Read my recap and watch the videos after the JUMP ...


This is another show I really love! As the original XF, the quality of the contestants is really superior, plus they deliver beautiful performances. I followed the third season last year but wasn't ready to recap it. But this year I am!! So I'm doing it!! Auditions aren't my fave part, I actually hate them a bit, especially to recap them, but since I'm only featuring the best, I guess it's not that hard!

Tania Christopher - 18 - I heard something about having an album on the RnB charts. Why is she dancing wierdly? She's got a big voice! Hot vocals!! She really knows what she's doing. A really professional audition and she's a good performer. Think she'll do really well in the liveshows. She actually reminds me of Sharon Kips, who won this show. However, I don't know if another singer like her should be in the liveshows, don't think she coyld bring anything new. Still, she's through!


Peter - He's a friend of Ben and Dean Saunders, brothers who won The Voice and Popstars respectively this year. He must be good ... OMG! He made the crowd crazy! Not my favourite voice yet. Too much going on there, Gordon's face!!!! Best performer for sure. He's in!! Wonder what the judges were thinking ...


Pyke - 28 - He's got sort of a Matt Cardle look. Like him. Interesting tone and phrasing, with a cool voice. His performance abilities aren't good however, he looks a bit nervous. But that voice, AMAZING! Of course his in!


Edwin Ruyer - He's blind. He's got a really good country/rock voice! Love it!! Never expected that big voice coming from there. He's singing again! One of the best so far! He still needs a make over, his looks isn't really relevent, but that voice is fabulous! He's one step away from the liveshows!!


Adlicious - The name sucks ... They said something about auditioning for the XF UK. OH! Nice vocals! Really good harmonies, their voices are so different that they work really great together. Lots of variety and uniqueness in this group. I'm liking them, a lot! An incredible acapella audition!!


Ferry de Ruiter - He's got something going on with his look, pretty interesting! Not expected that voice!! Very blue-eyed soul! Love this guy. He's has a really beautiful smooth tone, that voice is radio ready and will do an excellent bluesy album! Standing O! Of course he's in!


Melissa - Doesn't have what I'd call the look right now, a make over will work well on her. She's a communication student. WOW! She's got a really big RnB voice. Love Gordon's surprised face! An incredible surprise! This girl can make it far ...


Creme de la Femme - They are a five pice girl band, very Girls Aloud! Good singing and good dancing. They don't harmonize really well. A bit off tune but they are hot and that sums some extra points. I'm not mad about them but I like them, they are ok singers and pleasant to watch.


Tim Zuiderhout - Another soulish kid! Really quircky and interesting tone. Not the best english speaker, he missed some words but it sounded really nice still. His voice is incredible and with a little work on his performing he could be really good. Right now, he would get swallowed at bootcamp.



Hanneke Willems - (UPDATE: Hanneke told me that she's infections in her tights and doctors don't know what causes them. She also said she can walk but hurts really bad when doing it.) She's in a wheelchair but can walk. Wonder what happens to her. She's certainly beautiful and has an incredible look. OMG! Her voice is so amazing! She's a wonderful alto, rich, fresh tone. Love her! She was really emotional and her performance really touched me! My fave tonight!!!!

X Factor Denmark 2011: Judges Houses 1



With bootcamp over, the remaining 29 acts are now moving to the next stage of the competition, judges houses!!!  The next two weeks, the contestants will be put on trial to see who has what it takes to make it to the liveshows. Tonight, the contestants will be whittled down from 10 to 5, to then be cut to the Top 3 in next weeks show. Pressure is on! ... It's time to face the music! On a side note, I've found my danish collaborator!! His name, well nickname, is bong, with a lowercase, his name is clickable and directs to his YouTube channel, why don't you give him a look? He was a contestant on this year's XF but didn't make it. Still, he will certainly be an excellent collaborator, being able to bring us insight and also some translation!  bong's collaborations will be in a different colour, red, so you can know who is who. Hope you like how this turns and please give us some feedback!

Read the comments and watch the videos after the JUMP ...

Before we get on to judges houses recap, here's some sort of introduction post from bong. He highlighted his favourites and give us some comments and behind the scenes! Read on!

Here are my favorites to continue from this week when they cut the field down to 3x5. The ones I believe in, but not necessarily my personal favorites. You tend to favor those who were exposed more. For instance,
Cutfather says Amie has a fabulous voice; I don't think I have heard her. No we haven't!


Overs (Thomas)    
  • Martin 
  • Annelouise
  • Michael
  • Ercan
  • Maria
  • Patricia
  •   Sten
  • Sandra
  • Mia
  • Tommy
Maria: I think she sang a children's song (one I don't know). And this is  all we have heard her sing? I am not in love with her voice (yet), but she stands out when you meet her.
Patricia: A brilliant audition.
Mia: I heard her rehearsing on the audition day. A powerful voice in a
  small body.
Tommy: He will be in the live shows.

 
Unders (Cutfather)
  • Ericka
  • Babou
  • Jean Michel
  • Julie
  • Samata
  • Ali
  • Tharek
  • Amie
  • Rasmus
  • Sarah
Babou cracked at bootcamp, forgetting the lyrics. He was sent out, and called back to explain. All he could say was lack of preparation. My uninformed guess: Lack of sleep, over training, and nerves. Not my personal favorite, but he hassomething. He participated in a similar contest for kids at 10 when hefinished second.
Sarah is 15 as Babou, but has a very mature look. Quite special, boyish, Cutfather said: "She has a great sound. But how would she look in a skirt?" At the audition he had some reservations saying she is not a singer, so she was not hoping for Cutfather as mentor. But he did pick her in his 15. Some people will love to hate her.

Groups (Pernille)
  • Rikke og Trine
  • Troels og Lasse
  • Michelle og Liva
  • Regulær
  • Anna og Sofie
  • Heffers
  • Jakob og Rudi
  • Revival (previously Anja og Stine)
  • DeeVibez


So now we are going to the recap!!! 29 contestants and 3 judges are headed to 3 different judges houses across the country!! In the next two days, well, weeks in TV time, we'll know our finalists!!! Will your favourite 9 make it? Judges houses are on!!! Oh!! I'm really feeling the emotion!! The preassure is higest than ever! Only 5 will remain in each category after tonight! I hope I speaked danish, thankfully, we have bong to translate some parts for us!

Cutfather's bootcamp is headed to Skrøbelev Gods, Langelands. It's certainly a beautiful place, dating from 1669! Pernille is at Skodsborg Kurhotel, Nordsjælland. Finally, Thomas is at Næsbyholm Slot, Midtsjælland (Slot means castle, an entry for your Danish dictionary) Love the mystery in this stage of the competition, must confess it's always my favourite!

Overs

Are we starting with the Overs? Thomas is giving them a speech while they freeze outside. He's being joined by Djuna Barnes. Blachman had given the overs a task: Sing a sexy song! And he expressed his expectations to see some of them fall through dramatically. You could say that happened. I am not sure it had much impact on his decision, though. Talking about the quality of the contestants he said: "It will take some kind of genius to lead the group of overs anywhere in this competition". Not good encoraugment, let's say.

First contestant is coming!! Michael takes the stage. He looks really nervous ... Mmmm, interesting. He's got a nice raspy tone and a really good voice. But his nerves!! Oh my! I could feel he was about to faint. Wonder what they said ... Probably that he was all nerves ... Not sure how that was supposed to be "sexy". Neither were Blachman and Barnes, but Michael insisted. Barnes said: What's under the cap you are wearing, and Michael responded: Hair. Uhm, I perceived it as an insult? (as in: Any brain? because he did not respond well), but maybe it was just what it was... What's under your cap, take it off. I am not sure. In their discussions afterwards they found him "one-dimensional".


Mia is next! She's lovely! She's singing a danish song, very sweet! She's one of my faves! Powerful voice in small body. I felt uniqueness in her and that's why I love her. Unlike Michael, she was really confident and had lots of personality, which make a nice bonus! Another solid performance. But not really a sexy song. (Mia came out from the audition right after me, she got three yesses, I had gotten three nays, and I was sulking and could not even pull myself together to congratulate her. I regret that. Sorry, Mia, and congratulations. I am glad to see you get this far.)


Following is Sandra! Like the way they are doing this, trying to show the most amount of contestants. She's got a nice voice. They only showed a few but she was good, a bit nervous and I wished she had sang something different, still, I liked what I saw. She sang Anne Linnet's "Smuk og dejlig". She appeared to be nervous, and Blachman picked up on that. That's what he does, read people, or more precisely, test people.


Tommy is one I really like. He's got a big voice, raspy and powerful. He reminds me a bit of David Cook, that big voice and personality. Bummer! They only showed two seconds! Still, like him, a lot. He did not stick to the marked spot, but was right up in the judges' faces.


Next is Maria. bong is right, she's got something special. Would love to see how she does in the liveshows. Her voice is one of the most interesting and unique, incredible styling and precesnce. She really catched my attention! I want her in!! A good performance, but I am still not impressed by her voice, she should probably have sung it in a slightly higher key, and her English pronunciating is somewhat wanting.


Martin is next. He's got a great voice! Wonder why they didn't show him before. Nice phrasing and tone. He's got a certain raspiness, which I must say is really special. Big pipes! Still, I don't think Thomas likes him enough to put him through. "You Give Me Fever" A sexy song?

Sten is probably one of the guys who is less known. Wierd movements but cool voice. Nice tone and phrasing but lord! What was that performance?! That dancing and eyes made me sick!!!! Loved the expression in both Thomas and Djuna's faces! Akward! Maybe it was You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate), but I am not sure. I don't care enough to find out. Barnes asked: Did you feel sexy while you sang that? Later she remarked to Blachman that it was a bit like a Chippendales show (male strippers). I don't think she meant it in a positive way.

Who will follow? OMG!!! Patricia!!! She's def my favourite in all the categories! WOW!! She has it! She has the X factor! She has that freshness and uniqueness that will get her far in this competition. She actually reminds me of Anna Faroe, who impressed me this much last year and the second I heard her sing I knew she was in! The most incredible performance so far! If Thomas cuts her, I'll take a plane to Denmark and stab him repetidely, no joke (actually it is). But she's in, Thomas face tells it all! Look at that smile!!! Wonder why the girls are saying. Finally a contestant who had grasped what Blachman wanted from them: Flirt with me today. Oh, sexy voice. Patricia informed us she has been writing songs since the age of 17 (now 32), but had a break due to personal issues. "What kind of issues," asked Blachman? She spent time at a psychiatric hospital, and some years getting well. "But you are OK now?" Yes, she is more than OK in this competition, if you ask me.


Ercan follows. Still don't like him. He's voice? Amazing! Look? Yikes. Needs an extreme makeover!! Oh!! That hair!! Kill me now ... Still the goofy look, now with a hat, but a great, great voice. Ercan sang a Barry White song, once again, was it sexy? Hm. Maybe when Barry sang it.


Best for last? Certainly love Annelouise! She and Patricia are finalists! Amazing vocals, perfect and unique phrasing and pleasant tone! She's got the voice of an angel, as cliched as it sounds. My favourite performance? At least my second, cause Patricia rocked it!


Based on this performances, who do you think should advance? Certainly Patricia, Annelouise, Maria, Mia and Tommy, but god knows my favourites don't always make it. I always tend to go for the more indish alt side! Prob Ercan or Martin are in, but not sure! The ones I selected really rocked it!

Groups

We are back with Pernille and the groups! The groups will start singing now! If you thought the Overs were freezing, Groups are certainly colder! Pernille is being joined by Le Gammeltoft, who, from what I heard, is a DJ. Pernille always accentuates the level of the groups this year; and she is right, the average was high when you looked at the top thirty groups, but that does not mean the top three groups are better than the top three unders or overs. Let us see what can she can accomplish with the groups, once they have some professional coaching. Pernille is joined by Le Gammeltoft who is a radio DJ with a vast knowledge of music and owner of a record label. Gammeltoft's criterium was simply: I want you to give me goose bumps. Pernille states her criteria at various times throughout the program: We must feel that you really want this. And it must be catching. And we want to see you develop from one time to another. And whether you tell a story. And group dynamics, who does what. In a previous program she said, we want to see some development from one week to the next. I will come back to Pernille's criteria. I gave it some thought, from an amateur perspective. I think groups are a different kind of animal than solo artists. My critera: 1. They must listen attentively to each other. It is always harder for the groups to compete, because if one is off-key or slightly on the wrong beat, it affects everybody. Great vocal groups listen to each other. 2. Somebody should lead (not necessarily the same person all the time). 3. They should be able to harmonize, at least to some degree at this stage, or it's too late to learn it. 

First act performing is Anna og Sofie! We'll get to see them sing, finally! Oh! They had a good start! But they ruined it! Forgot the lyrics and kind of missed the song. It was a bit sharp and off tune. They can do better! I felt power in their voices but they screwed it! Don't think they'll make it. Pernille started out asking about their internal dynamic: "Who does what?" She might have a prepared set of questions to ask each competing group, and we sometimes get a glimpse. I have summed up some of her criteria above. Anna og Sofie cracked up, forgot the lyrics, and excused themselves several times. " ... oops ... so sorry ... never happened before."


Rikke og Trine are next. Remember the good voice girls with boring song choice? Well, they are back! Hope they pick a better song ... Oh! They are boring me again ... They've got nice harmonies, after all they are twins but that song! Why? Did Pernille said something of Rikke getting lost? They really need Pernille to pick their songs, cause with this material, they are getting cut! ................................ Sorry! I fell asleep!! Not at their best today. Still singing in unison. What's more, they did not fulfill Pernille's (proclaimed) criterion: You must want this. When asked, on a scale from 1 to 10, how high is singing to you, they said 7. What?? You must want it, really bad.


Oh! Revival was a nice surprise! I actually expected a goth dark duo but they had nice pop vocals! Strong performance by dark girls. They have something interesting, I would actually love to see them after the makeover, cause they can really sing! Goth-like, they have not impressed me much. Judges said they looked like they didn't really want to be there.


Heffers is so boring!! What the hell was that? Pernille looks confused! And so do I! How did they get that far singing like this?! Le Gammeltoft falling dead was genius! The show has a nice way of picking a line from the song that illustrates the contestants situation. It went: "Where did you think you were going?" Not the best.


Regulær follows! Oh! They forgot the lyrics ... and don't actually have the best voices. Actually a pretty decent performance. They are not liveshows level. They haven't impressed me much.


I love Michelle og Liva! They have nice vocals and amazing look! One of the best so far but the talent poll is not that high in this category. They are the best so far but they don't even touch Patricia's level! Nice tone and harmonies but that's it. They sang The Cardigans, "FWIW, I Love You". And they did it beautifully! So nice. Very cool. Harmonies.


Jakob og Rudi are clearly better, I've been a fan since their audition and I'm sure I'll keep liking them. OMG! Loved that song! Amazing unique vocals and harmonies! Groups are all harmonies and they really got that! They are the first group I see that are definitely finalists, Pernille's face tells it! One thing they do have (or at least express), is eagerness, they really want it. "We feel, live and breathe music". That is the attitude, that is what Pernille has been searching for. You can tell that they really LISTEN TO EACH OTHER, feeling the music. Delicious performance, if you like their style. Not really my thing, but to each his taste.


DeeVibez are another group I love! They are singing "Rehab" and I must say it was amazing! Lovely vocals and performance, they are so good together! They were meant to be a group! DeeVibez is like three Sidsel twins with powerful vocals! Gammeltoft said: "I could feel that!!!". Nice how they harmonize, and they are not afraid to try something new. Also, they are working on their moves and stage performance. They have potential.


Last group performing is Troels og Lasse. I still don't like their style. Are they gay? No offence intended but the show led me to think that. They are good singers, actually like the glasses guy's voice more. The harmonies weren't perfect but worked together, and that's what matters! Troels (skinny, no guitar) is a bit off key at times. When it's good, it's good. Not really good, but good. BTW, they aren't gay, they share everything but woman and bed!


So, based on that, the 5 acts advancing will prob be: Michelle og Liva, DeeVibez, Troles og Lasse, Jakob og Rudi and maybe Revival or Rikke og Trine. I'm really uncertain about this bunch of contestants. Only a few stand up and the rest are subpar.

Unders

And we are finally headed to newcomer's Cutfather judges houses! The Unders are next! A talented bunch of people follows!! Oh! What happened to Sarah's and Rasmus's hair! They look disgusting. Cutfather will be joined by Kenneth Bager! Cutfather's assistant is a heavy, and an old friend of Cutfather, who has produced for among others Moby, Cartoons and Infernal. 

First under in is Jean Michel! He is one of my fave unders! Hope he doesn't screw it. Oh! He just sang the "Fuck You" version! What a way to insult on TV! Oh no!!! He forgot the lyrics, fuck! That's not good, nerves ruined this, Cutfather's face was a big no. Jean Michel was worried that he might forget the lyrics, like the last time. Good voice, singing "Fuck you, and fuck her...." And then he forgot the lyrics. Just for a moment, but the magic was gone. Cutfather was not too crazy about him afterwards: "This is the third time we see him, and there has not been a lot of development."


Tharek is next. He also forgets the lyrics! Come on! What's wrong with you kids?!! Don't liked the few I heard at all! Another one who's also out. Tharek announced to the interviewer that he felt superior relative to his contestants. In fact, he felt safe, and ... he forgot the lyrics.


Will Samanta also screw her performance? Let's hope no. She's got a hot voice! Pretty powerful and dinamic. Like her! At least she was the first not to kill her chances. "... running around ..." Cufather: "More power!" Afterwards he said: I cannot really feel her.

Julie follows and she's another strong contestant! Don't like that song but her voice is amazing. Unique and on tune, she could do really well with a quirckier song and without that green thing in her hair. It looks horrible. But, yeah, I liked this! She sang "Det' ikke det du siger". The line continues: It's more in the way you say goodbye. It's a relatively an old Danish song. I am not superstitious, but I would be careful about picking a song that spells disaster. Or I will, in the future. Anyway, Cutfather had some praise for her: I think she catches a trend.


Ericka proved to be a front runner, will she impress once again? You bet it! Best performance so far! Perfect low and high notes, amazing pitch and a really unique tone. Is she foot in the finals? I think she's, of 4 contestants, she's the best! Ericka sang Shantelle: "Impossible". (Oooh, the song title. :-) Careful.) Cutfather finds that Ericka consistently picks RnB songs which are a little bit out of her league.


Next is Amie. Did she already made it to this stage as a duet with her sister last year? I think it was her. She's better off without her I can see. Powerful vocals and strong presence. Cutfather seems to like this girl. I think she's in! Another cool performance! Judges were unsure about her personality and star quality.


Dark teen Ali follows. He impressed at the auditions but it didn't impress me. He certainly has incredible vocals but what the fuck is he doing?!!! He goes singing off the room! Wonder what Cutfather thinks about him. Vocally, amazing but wierd audition! Ali belted out "Kald Det Kærlighed" (Call It Love), as if it were a drinking song. Cutfather's feelings were mixed.


Newly dyed Sarah follows. I know I said her hair was disgusting but it actually looks so much better! All her look seems to be improved! Nice vocal, raspy boyish tone. She's emotional and an incredible performer! Another contestant that's in? Certainly ... Sarah sang Bruno Mars: "When I See Your Face" during an interview, and did it beatifully, as far as I could hear. Unfortunately she had picked Kings Of Leon, Use Somebody to perform before the judges, and it was not good. I won't say it was bad, but it was not her best. The judges agreed that she has personality, perhaps with the right coaching?


The other guy who dyed his hair, Rasmus is next. Who forced you to do that?! His singing the Kings of Leon tune too, fourth time I heard this! He definitely was the best! Amazing vocals and nice note changing, love his acoustic voice! He sang beatifully, especially compared to Sarah's version. "Could you feel him," asked Cutfather. "I felt him all the way over here, my trousers were waving," said Kenneth Bager.


Oh no! Babou is the last contestant performing. Hate him. Hope he screws it. Unfortunately, he doesn't. He sounded very Justin Bieber, which is bad! The worst contestant, tough his voice wasn't horrible. Babou is under a lot of pressure, most of it self-imposed. He has high expectations of himself. And he demonstrated his great voice in Shontelle's Impossible. Kenneth Bager could not see any point in hearing the anyone else, and illustrated how Babou will wipe away all opposition on his way to the final, his arm sweeping across the desk. My conclusion is: It's the same as Ercan in the overs: VOICE IS KEY! The rest is immaterial, it's voice quality and singing skills, that's it. Have that, and you are safe. Babou and Ercan may come across in a peculiar way, but you cannot put a finger on their singing.


They are making Jean and Ali sing again! Both sounded great but Jean was really good! Hope he's in over Ali. Jean Michel and Ali were in the balance, and were called in again to sing their best song! Ali started out with Papa Roach: Hollywood Whore (I think), while Jean Michel gave us Mustang Sally. But who won. Ooh, suspense. 

Based on this performances, the contestants advancing should be: Amie, Ericka, Sarah, Rasmus and maybe Jean or Julie. The ones who screwed it don't stand a chance.

Results

And we are off to the results! Only 5 can advance from each category. We are back to Pernille. Jakob og Rudi are first, of course they are in!! Most obvious decision. "We need to feel that music is a necessity for you." Isn't that enough to tell them they are in? Thinking about the way they said "We want this, we want this!" They are followed by Regulær, who are predictibly cut, as well as Revival and Heffers. DeeVibez are next. They must be in! Pernille gave her speach: "It must be breathtaking. And you must really want this, so much you cannot live without it," ending off with "I can't live without you in the five tomorrow." Drama. Ho-hum. I guess you had to be there. And they are!! Troels og Lasse follow. Will they make it? Yes they did!! 4 acts left and only 3 places. Rikke og Trine follows. Did Pernille see something in them? Accordingly she did, cause they are in! Michelle og Liva and Anna og Sofie remain. The first act delivered, the second, not so much, so we all know who's in, Michelle og Liva advance! Pernille made the right decision on this one, all groups are amazing! I think Pernille's criteria are rules of thumb, rather than mandatory demands, seeing that she favored Rikke og Trine over Anna og Sofie. She liked them better, although Anna og Sofie "really want it", more than Rikke og Trine did. X Factor judges rely a lot on intuition. Their "criteria" are rationalizations, post fact. They are relevant, but they are weighed off. (Not much new in this, and I am sure the judges know that, I just felt the need to point this out.)

We are back again with Cutfather! Pernille called in the groups individually, while Cutfather mixed them two and two. Both would be in, or both out, except for the last pair, Jean Michel and Ali. Ooh, the suspense is killing me. Julie and Tharek are called first, will them both be cut? Unfortunately, they are. Babou and Sarah are next. Please, cut Babou!!!!! Well, they are both through. You win some, you lose some. This was a tie I guess. "We are not angry, but very disappointed," was the message. "You have a lot to learn yet. Make it better. Tomorrow. Because you both passed." Part of me finds these dramatic announcements hilarious, another finds them ridiculous (can you tell?). Samata and Amie follow. They are both cut!! Amie deserved it!! Amie took it bad. Not gonna try this again. She was at bootcamp last year together with her sister. Rasmus and Ericka follow and of course both of them are in! Only one place left! Jean and Ali remain. Only one can make it. The are head to head on this one ... Jean makes it!!! Yes!! Glad Cutfather gave him another shot, he's my fave!

Last judges houses decision! We are with Thomas and the talented Overs. They certainly have a great amount of talent! Cutfather's decision to call in a yes-no pair was born of necessity. With Blachman, it's the way to go, to live up to his Bald Butcher image. Like I said earlier: He is testing people. He is testing the one who will pass. First in are Patricia and Tommy, who are definitely in, no doubt about that! Oh no!! Thomas cut Tommy!!! At least Patricia is in, she's the winner, I'm telling you ... Mia and Martin are next. Mia is definitely through, Martin not so sure. Mia is in!!! Martin isn't ... Maria and Sandra follow. Maria is in!!! Amazing!! Thomas is my fave judge ... Annelouise and Michael are next, and we all know who is. There's no mystery here, cause Annelouise is in! Four girls through!!! Only two remain, Sten and Ercan, hoped Tommy was still here but unfortunately will have to keep lookin at Ercan's horrible taste. I'm hearing Ellie Goulding's "Your Song"!!!!! Four of my five favorites among the overs continued, with Ercan instead of Tommy. No doubt the right decision. I even pronounced: "He (Tommy) will be in the live shows." I am no oracle. But it seems I have picked four winners among the overs, four among the unders, and four among the groups. Pretty good. We will see how my predictions hold next week.

So, what are your thoughts now?? I think Thomas made the best decision with his finalists, I'm hoping to see three woman in! Pernille made good choices too and Cutfather also but he cut some talented guys. You can see the complete list of semifinalists below, again, I choosed my finalists in blod:

Overs (Thomas)
  • Annelouise *
  • Ercan
  • Maria *
  • Patricia
  • Mia
Unders (Cutfather)
  • Ericka
  • Babou
  • Jean Michel
  • Rasmus
  • Sarah
Groups (Pernille)
  • Rikke og Trine
  • Troels og Lasse
  • Michelle og Liva
  • Jakob og Rudi
  • DeeVibez
We need to hear more of Michelle og Liva, my new favorite group, along with Jakob og Rudi. A third? It's a toss-up, really. Maybe Rikke og Trine. No. Yes. I don't know. Troels og Lasse will go.

Today I feel very certain about Rasmus and Babou. Jean Michel will go. The last place, well... Sarah seems to be growing on Cutfather. But Ericka is cute. But she is so young. But so is Sarah. I don't know. Tough one. No, Ericka, because Sarah was not doing her best today. Damn.

In Blachman's group I pick Patricia and Ercan, not because he is the only guy, but because of what I heard in his voice. And Blachman always complements him for all his hard work in private. I think Blachman has a luxury problem now. Each contestant has clear qualities. As to Pernille's feeling excited about her groups, and Blachman's reservations about his overs, well... The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings. The winner could be from the overs.

And how many times must a man hear Shontelle's Impossible, or Bruno Mars' When I See Your Face? I can understand why the young singers would pick recent songs, that is natural. But the overs should be able to draw on a bigger repertoire.

This new section is focused on Hollywood contestants, more precisely, Top 40 ones, who weren't featured on the audition episode but did audition in that city. This article contains Top 40 spoilers, so, if you want to avoid them, don't keep reading!

One of the cities where the great majority of the Top 40 contestants who auditioned was aired. They actually only missed one, which in my opinion shouldn't have happened. What was one more good audition? They should have resisted airing some bad contestants, civil war guy!!, and showed the girl following!

Ta-Tynisa Wilson

 

Aurora, Illinois. She had auditioned for Idol 5 times, this being the first she made it to Hollywood. She has a big voice, very Beyonce-ish. She's the typical Idol diva every season has, last year it was Page Miles, the year before Lil Rounds. I don't know, I like her look, and certaily her voice, but I doubt there's a big audience that will vote for her. MySpace HERE. Twitter HERE. YouTube HERE.



 

This new section is focused on Hollywood contestants, more precisely, Top 40 ones, who weren't featured on the audition episode but did audition in that city. This article contains Top 40 spoilers, so, if you want to avoid them, don't keep reading!


We didn't really miss that much from NOLA, cause they really did an amazing job showcasing the Top 40, just two female contestants, who are the following.

Erin Kelly 

 

Bradenton, FL. 20. She's adopted and a  Mary J Blige fan. Can't find much about this girl, video is almost impossible, so I'll accept any link. From her Idol interview, I already love this girl! She's got personality! Fun, cool voice and knows exactly what to say. Can judge her singing cause I haven't found any. Facebook HERE.

Lauren Turner 


New Orleans. She already made it to Hollywood in 2004! Long time! Wonder why she waited so much to try again ...  I love her style, she's sort of a Brodway diva. She's got a bluesy big voice, she actually won a Christina Aguilera impersonation contest when she was younger. Her MySpace songs are not good at all but her voice is really good as I can judge from her performances with cover band, BandCamp. I like this girl!  MySpace HERE. Facebook HERE.





Warning: Top 40 contestants will be highlighted! But won't be visible to anyone. If you want to see who made it, roll over with the click, like if you were going to copy, after the contestants comments and you'll see if he/she made it or not.

Idol hits country's musical city by excellence! Many big country stars came out from this city, is the next idol here? Nigel seems to hope so, cause he has been pimping one of the contestants like crazy, saying she could be as Kelly. Steven is also shown saying they have found a winner here, will this be true? ...

Read the recap and watch the videos after the JUMP ...

Day 1

Christine McCafferey – 27 – West Palm Beach, FL - She sounds annoying.  She comes in singing. Wierd! Judges say she should do voice over for cartoons, and yes, she should. This is one of the worst auditions ever but the funniest! The things she does with her voice are incredible but unfortunately sound awful. I really see her as a cartoon, let's say Family Guy, she'll be perfect for that show!! She thinks Steven said yes! No, he didn't! Ryan said he missed that scene! Too funy!!  VIDEO HERE.

Chelsee Oaks and Rob Bolin – 23 – Nashville - They were contestants on Can You Duet?, a short lived show which was won by Steel Magnolia. They were a couple at the time, now they are exes!!! But are auditioning together! Rob says auditioning together sucks, so why are you auditioning with her?! They lived together after they broke up! She has a new boyfriend now! Sad ... They sang a beautiful duet. Now they are solo. Rob's voice is amazing! Bluesy rock thing going on there! He's amazing. Now it's Chelsee's turn. She's incredible too!! Big voice, raspy tone and incredible phrasing! Love this duo! Hope they make it really far!!  VIDEO HERE.

Allen Lewis – 26 – Franklin Furnace, OH - Harley drunk guy look. He looks 50!! That was disturbing. Wierd voice and look, akward. They all said no of course but then he says: "Everything happens for a reason!" and leaves with a smile.  VIDEO HERE.

Stormi Henley - 19 - Crosville, TN - She's s Miss Teen USA! She's really gorgeous! And her name is kewl! Too cute ... She's got a pretty decent voice but it's too small, wonder who she'll deal with a bigger song. Boys say yes and Jennifer says no, which was the most reasonable thing. In a show like The Voice, she would have got cut. But she's beautiful, so she's through.  VIDEO HERE.

Adrienne Beasley – 22 – Wickliffe, KY - She's black but has white parents. She was adopted when she was 2. She lived in the country all her life, working in her parents farm. She wants to give them back what they gave her. She's got a nice country tone. It's something emotional in her voice, really nice. Judges like it and she's through with 3 yeses!! Outside she calls her father, who answers emotioned after her daughter's news: "Yeah, I'm tickled". Most unemotional man ever.  VIDEO HERE.

 Day 2

Kameela Meeks – 28 – Oak Grove, KY - She says she's got a huge voice. That's never good. She's all over the place! Off tune, fails in every high note. She's got three nos. A horrible audition. Randy is being mean, tells her not to practice anymore. She's really the new Simon ... VIDEO HERE.

Jackie Wilson – 28 – Nashville, TN - Big bluesy voice! Love this girl! She's got a cool Adele vibe but with a more country influence. That last big note was amazing! She'll do great in this competition! Judges love her, three massive yeses!! OMG!! What was that kiss?! Thought that was her father! He's like 20 years older!   VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)

LaToya “Younique” Moore – 26 – Nashville, TN -  She's like in a beauty pageant contestant. Pretty stupid. She brings her CD in but never gives it to the judges. Of course she's horrible. The most annoying contestant tonight, Christine at least was funny. Her number falls. She goes out singing. Please, find another dream. VIDEO HERE.

A quick montage of good contestants. Paul McDonald – 25 – Nashville TN - Really smooth tone, he's one of my favourites! Really good bluesy tone! Jimmie Allen – 25 – Franklin, TN - Another black contestant with a great voice! But again, he's just like Jerome Bell or Jordan Dorsey. Danny Pate – 23 – Auburndale, FL  - Cool big voice. Really good country vibe, a really good contestant. VIDEO HERE. (Paul and Jimmie are Top 40)

Matt Dillard – 27 – Cheatham County, TN - I think he said his family is a foster home for kids with special needs. His look is all wrong, it's pretty disgusting in my opinion. He looks dirty. His voice is really country, pretty good. Jennifer says no but Randy and Steven say yes. He's in! VIDEO HERE.

Lauren Alaina – 15 – Rossville, GA - She's the contestant who Nigel has been pimping! Of course she's got sort of a sob story. Her country was diagnosed with brain cancer. I'm sorrt for her but I'm not sure how is that a sob story for Lauren. She did a fund raiser for Holly. She brings her cousin in to her audition. She's got a nice voice, definitely country but not Kelly. She's good, hits the big notes and has a really popish tone. But she's not the best. Judges are really exagerating! Paul McDonald and Jackie Wilson were much better! She brings her whole family in! And now is singing "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" with Steven! Come on!!! Too much pimping!! I fear she may fall short in the liveshows just like it happened with Andrew Garcia or Didi Benami! VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)

American Idol 2011: Auditions 3: Milwaukee



Warning: Top 40 contestants will be highlighted! But won't be visible to anyone. If you want to see who made it, roll over with the click, like if you were going to copy, after the contestants comments and you'll see if he/she made it or not.

Idol heads to cheese city!!! This is the first time Idol has come to Milwaukee in 10 years! And of course we have cities illustrous contestant, Danny Gokey! Nigel pipmed this city as the best audition city ever, we'll have to see if that's true ...

Read the recap and watch the videos after the JUMP ...

Day 1

We start with a bad duet by Steven and Randy. Wasn't Randy a good singer? At least he can even try to remember the lyrics ... First time in here! "We just like our cheese and beer" says a native. Danny Gokey montage ... Jennifer says the goal is finding the package, a phrase Kara DioGuardi made famous in her two seasons. People from all the country, blah, blah, blah. And now the first audition!!

Scott McCreery – 16 – Garner, North Carolina - He's a role model. Plays baseball. Mother looks like an 80s housewife. "You've a deep voice tells Jeniffer", he answers "I get that a lot". It gets deeper with his singing. It's nice, wierd. I'm not a deep voiced fan but this kid can be good if he stays away of country classical tunes, putting his old spin in an RnB tune let's say, cause right now he sounds a little bit old fashioned. What did Steven said about fucking a duck?? Country kid is through with 3 yeses!! VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)

Joe Repka – 19 – Swanton, OH - Oh, my! This won't be good, obviously. He studies communication , is a radio guy. Ryan tells him something wierd, can't get what he said. Joke contestant, of course. Can't be serious. He's 19??? Lord ... Horrible singing. "Don't quit your day job" says Steven. That's his mother or his granny? VIDEO HERE.
 
 Emma Henry – 15 – Littleton, CO - Came driving to her opportunity cause she just got her permit.  She's like a young Lilly Scott, love her! Talking about Lilly, when's the album out? She's got a really unique and interesting tone. Nice phrasing. She's really a little Lilly! She has the same type of quircky voice and style! Will she shine in Hollywood or sunk? That's the question. Jennifer says she's got a special quality. Randy thinks she'll get swallowed. Jennifer says no? Why?! Steven says yes and Randy obviously caves and says yes.  VIDEO HERE.

 Naima Adedapo – 25 – Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee is home of one of the bigest music festivals, Summerfest. Next contestant is related to it. Cleaning. "That should be me!" she thinks while looking at the stage. She's certainly beautiful! Interesting look and personality. OMG! She's got a beautiful voice! Definitely my type, quircky, indie and a little hippie! Perfect! My favourite so far! Jennifer calls her package wise.  Jennifer calls Steven Steve and he corrects her. Randy calls him diva, well, sort of. The three say yes!! VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)
  
Jerome Bell – 27 – New York, NY - He's got a cool look! He's a weeding singer. Amazing vocals! Hot high notes perfectly hit. Still think there are putting to many similar contestants through. But that high notes were special, big soulful voice! Judges love him, 3 yeses! VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)

Thia Megia – 15 – Mountain House, CA - She was a contestant on America’s Got Talent, she says she's a highschool student. She had planned to audition next season but when they lowered the age limit she booked a flight. She's singing Adele!! Already love her. She does a kewl arrengment of "Chasing Pavements" which I must say is really difficult. Loved her voice! She's the first 15 I've loved, as well as Emma. All 15 kids who auditioned made it through, really?  VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)

Nathaniel Jones – 22 – Mount Zion, WI - He's a civil war idiot. What a way to kill TV time. "Hippie's believe in sex!", he says about his father. He's a joke, for sure. Lion King song! Come on! VIDEO HERE.

Mason Wilkinson – 23 – West Allis, WI - Randy tolds him to turn and take a breath. Hey! You had to turn back quickly. Too nervous to look at the judges. Worst audition ever. Go home! VIDEO HERE.

Molly DeWolf Swenson – 22 – Seattle, WA - Love her name!! She's a Harvard graduate and now is an intern at the White House! Come on! That girl is super inteligent! Randy kicked her in her mouth! So funny!!! "From the White House to American Idol" says Randy. She's got an amazing voice!! Really pleasant and beautiful alto. One of my favourites. Wonder how she'll do in Hollywood, if cut, please try again!! Cause you are amazing! Three yeses for the White House! VIDEO HERE.
Day 2

Hayley Reinhart – 18 – Wheeling, IL - She auditioned last season and was told to come back this year. Totally paid off! She's got a big soul raspy voice! Another early favourite!! Why did they tell her no the last time?! That voice is sublime!! Huge control and perfect big notes! Three yeses!  VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)

Tiwan Strong – 29 – Chicago, IL - He's a daycare teacher. Yes!! This guy can sing! And nothing to do with fellow black contestants previously featured. Incredible bluesy tone. Judges say yes!! That woman had a cramp! Funny ... VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)

Steve Beghun – 27 – Bloomington, MN - He's an accountant and following the cliche, he's really boring. He's a funeral and wedding singer also. Bad joke about his last name, judges don't get it. Nice surprise! He's got a beautiful smooth tone. Very pleasant! He's got three yeses!! VIDEO HERE.

Vernika Patterson – 20 – Milwaukee, WI - Bad voice, bad attitude. She says she's nervous and screwed it because the lady looked at her? She says "I can sing better than half those people out there!", no you can't! She says they said no because she's fat. I hate fat contestants who think they cut them cause they are overweight. Randy starts calling previous winners Rubben and Kelly? fat. VIDEO HERE.

Albert Rogers III – 24 – Ogelthorpe, GA - He looks like a joke. He's 24, looks 50. Says he sounds like Ruben Studdard, Luther Vandross and Usher?. Horrible singing. Guy can't sing any high note. Bad, bad, bad. Steven says he liked it but not for AI. Randy says he was terrible and a joke. Steven does the Paula! Randy is really becoming a mean Simon! VIDEO HERE.

Scott Dangerfield – 22 – Milwaukee, WI- He's got a nerdy look but his voice is amazing! Incredible blue-eyed sould voice there!! Jennifer calls him her favourite!! He's really great! Three yeses!! VIDEO HERE.

Megan Frazier – 20 – Green Bay, WI - Huge packers fan! She's running around. ANNOYING!!! She's singing an operatic version of Justin Bieber's "Baby"! Come on! Go out and never come back ... VIDEO HERE.

Alyson Jaydos – 26 – Chicago, IL - She's a huge Steven fan. Steven hugs her. She's a rock chick, very Carly Smithson but more groupie personality. Nice deep raspy voice. She's good. Steven calls her "Dream On" cover pitchy. I thought it was good. Come on! She's nervous about singing her idol song in front of him.  She's through. VIDEO HERE.

Chris Medina - 26 - Oak Forest, IL - Biggest sob story in Idol history! He's engaged to a chick who suffered a brain injury in 2009 in a car accident. She was in a coma but woke up after a month and a half. She's now in a wheelchair and unable to take care of herself, poor thing! However, he's sticking by her.  He's got a nice voice. Kewl falsetto. Like his voice but his sob story will take him far. They make him bring his girlfriend. She waves uncomprehendingly, not liking this. No need to do that. I'm sorry for them. VIDEO HERE. (Top 40)

American Idol 2011: Who We Missed: New York/New Jersey


This new section is focused on Hollywood contestants, more precisely, Top 40 ones, who weren't featured on the audition episode but did audition in that city. This article contains Top 40 spoilers, so, if you want to avoid them, don't keep reading!


Aaron Sanders

 


Atlanta, GA. 26. He made it to the Top 50 in S7. He's got a beautiful voice, very sweet and powerful. A nice phrasing and tone, and he's also a pianist. My problem with him is that there are already 5 or 6 other guys with the same musical style in the Top 40, for instance, Jordan Dorsey, who was one of my favourites and has almost the same voice this guy has. Still, I love him but if many contestants like him are put through it won't be very good. YouTube HERE.



Alex (Alexander) Ryan

 


Glen Rock, NJ. 17. Alex sings in a band called Blind Impact. He used to be a hip hop dancer but then switched to singing, or actually started singing, when he was a freshman. Judging from the video below and from his audition photo, this kid seems to still be looking for a style, and what we need is someone who is already defined. His voice is pretty good, he hits the high notes but it's not too unique. His performing abilities are excellent, it remids me of a young Adam Lambert. He nails the stage but I don't think it's enough.


Jessica Cunningham 


Portland, ME. She has tried for Idol 7 times! Made it to the Top 50 last year and to Hollywood in 2008. She was featured last year in the group who "stole" Siobhan's dance moves, along with Page Miles. She's certainly one of the hottest chicks of the season! She has a really strong voice! Nice phrasing, tone and I could even feel a raspy sound there. She wants to be a rock star and I really think it could fit her! She's got the look and the voice, so why not?  MySpace HERE.



Pia Toscano

 

Howard Beach, NY. She has already made it to Hollywood in S6, in which she was featured. She's got a nice voice, reminds of Katie Stevens or even to Kelly Clarkson. She's one of those pop contestants who will likely sing a Celine Dione tune. Although I like her vocals, which are pretty sweet, with a cool phrasing and tone, I don't know who to place her in the competition. Will have to see her in Hollywood ... Facebook HERE. MySpace HERE. YouTube HERE.




Simon Cowell at Oprah's Master Class

 

Muisc mogul Simon Cowell stopped by Oprah Winfrey's new show of her OWN network, "Master Class", in which he talked extensively about his life and carrer. It's a really, really interesting interview. We all know what an interesting man he is but this gives us a lot more info about him. He talks about his starts as a mail man at EMI, an AnR and then a salesman, how he's ego got out of control, his bankrupt and how he overcame that. It also features Idol and Britan's Got Talent footage. The show aired yesterday, January 23.

Watch the show after the JUMP ...






top