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max venable
05-11-2006, 08:12 AM
Anyone as surprised as me?

Unbelievable that Elliot and Katharine beat out Chris.

I've thought all along that Chris would probably win the whole thing. How in the world did the others get more vote than him? Any ideas? Theories? I'm stunned.

I don't think the show will be nearly as good with him gone. Oh well...guess I should have voted. :rolleyes:

Ravenlord
05-11-2006, 08:37 AM
Chris shoulda won...how did Elliot even make it this far? he usually sounds flat to me.

but it's kinda like what Simon said, "Kelly Clarkson is the only truly talented person to win the competion." no doubt in my mind Chris will have the most successful career of the four of them.

savafan
05-11-2006, 08:46 AM
I couldn't care less what cookie cutter pop-tart the viewers may want to win this "contest". The people who vote for this are the same people who allow the top 40 radio stations and MTV/VH1/Fuse to tell them what is good music.

Roy Tucker
05-11-2006, 08:48 AM
Yeah, even when Chris and Katherine were named the bottom two, I was 100% sure Kat was gonzo. Then Ryan started talking to Chris about "many thought you were the favorite, blah blah blah, Chris, you are going home tonight".

My immediate comment was "what? what did he say?, I can't believe it". My youngest (who I watch AI with) was equally stunned. But she's happy because a girl is still in it.

My take on it was wwith Elliott putting on such a spirited display on Tuesday, many of the Chris voters went over to him.

Taylor is going to win it now. Which is disappointing since, while he is a fine fellow, isn't a great talent. But then, neither is Kat or Elliott.

Ravenlord
05-11-2006, 08:49 AM
The people who vote for this are the same people who allow the top 40 radio stations and MTV/VH1/Fuse to tell them what is good music.
i suppose that would require watching a show not hosted by Julia for the Fuse part to apply.

savafan
05-11-2006, 09:01 AM
i suppose that would require watching a show not hosted by Julia for the Fuse part to apply.


Right, I mean, even I watch Juliya!

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d84/finchfan723/Juliya.jpg

:luvu:

I was more referencing this:

http://www.cruiserweight.com/fuse.jpg

Dom Heffner
05-11-2006, 09:16 AM
Elliot has no rhythm, he would be impossible to market, and he sings songs from space.

When he was warning up with Tommy Mottolla this week, my girl and I said, simultaneously, "He looks like the wolfman."

With that awful hair he resembled Lon Chaney, Jr.

The judges can drool all day long, that guy will never amount to anything.

There is no justice in this world.

traderumor
05-11-2006, 09:19 AM
I think Taylor and his goofiness detracts from his ability to sing, but this isn't just about singing, its about entertaining while singing. I love his Michael McDonald-like voice and think he is as good as any of the three remaining.

Elliott never has done anything for me. He's just boring. He has a decent voice, but so do hundreds of thousands of people.

Katherine, I just didn't think there were enough Shallow Hal's left out there to vote for her for reasons other than singing. Guess I was wrong.

chicoruiz
05-11-2006, 09:53 AM
I think Chris was a victim of "Tamyra Gray Syndrome": he was so obviously good that people didn't think they needed to expend the energy to vote for him. Sometimes a singer's fans will only mobilize when they feel their favorite is in jeopardy.

BRM
05-11-2006, 10:11 AM
I heard a lady on the radio this morning saying she thinks it's simply "America loves the underdog". Chris has been a heavy favorite to win for awhile now and people starting pounding the phone lines for the other three trying to help the underdog.

My wife and daughter were upset and shocked last night. They both said they won't watch the remaining shows without Chris. I'll never understand what people see in Taylor or Elliott. Neither of those guys will be remembered in a few years even if they win it. I really believe Chris will go on to have the best career of all of them.

IslandRed
05-11-2006, 10:13 AM
Taylor is going to win it now. Which is disappointing since, while he is a fine fellow, isn't a great talent. But then, neither is Kat or Elliott.

Taylor was going to win it anyway. By all accounts he's been #1 in votes for weeks. Chris-as-favorite has been perception, not reality.

As for Chris, I thought he was good. Not great, but good. Mostly, he seemed to at least have a "sound," which is more than most of the jokers that have been on this show can say. He probably deserved to make the final two but he's received enough exposure to make something happen if it's in the cards.

RedsManRick
05-11-2006, 11:19 AM
I could see both Chris and Katherine being commercially successful in the "pop/rock" genre. They have the looks, the chops, and once you meet a certain talent threshold, it's about marketing and good song writing as much as it is talent.

Both Elliott and Taylor are too niche' to really take off.

Joseph
05-11-2006, 11:50 AM
Juliya is a metal wannabe. The metal community have no respect [lust maybe but no respect] for her.

I don't watch Idol, I just wanted to comment on the loser that is Juliya.

macro
05-11-2006, 12:22 PM
DialIdol.com was dead right with their predictions this week.

http://www.dialidol.com/asp/predictions/Predictions.asp

They predicted 1. Taylor 2. Elliott 3. Katharine 4. Chris

I didn't even check the site this week, so I was as shocked as anyone. Was it just me, or did Chris seem a bit ticked off, as much as anything else?

I agree with the comments about Elliott, but must disagree with those who feel Katharine isn't talented. I have felt all along that she was one of the top pure talents of the final 24. Her "problem" is that she isn't very versatile, and was put in a difficult position with it being Elvis week. That was about as fair as forcing the guys to sing Celine Dion, although I'm aware that these things are decided well in advance.

Her strength is the ballad, and she does it very well. She took a gamble by doing something upbeat and rocking and it didn't turn out well at all. When I heard her first song choice I thought "Oh, no. This may be ugly." It reminded me of Carrie Underwood trying to rock last year. She looked completely silly doing it. (That microphone stand kick is still the source of chuckles at our house. :laugh: ) Like Carrie, Katharine got away with it.

Taylor Hicks is your Season 5 American Idol, and he'll beat Katharine in the finals.

Roy Tucker
05-11-2006, 12:25 PM
One thing I do have to say is that Chris looked truly, honestly, and uttered shocked and bewildered when told he was gonzo.

But yeah, from what I've seen at that dialidol.com, Taylor has been leading the way all along. I do think Chris has a commercial future. The others I'm not so sure of.

Like I told my youngest last night, it's all fun to watch, but the whole AI thing is so ephemeral.

We barely remember Fantasia from a couple years back and just remember Carrie and Bo from last year. All the rest of the contestants are all forgotten and are back delivering pizzas or doing nails. They got their 15 minutes of fame and have shimmered off into the horizon.

Next year will be a whole new crop of people that we'll watch and follow. But they are all starting to fall into genres and categoies, i.e. Chris==Bo, Kellie==Carrie, etc. etc.. Just the names change.

macro
05-11-2006, 12:47 PM
But they are all starting to fall into genres and categoies, i.e. Chris==Bo, Kellie==Carrie, etc. etc.. Just the names change.

You are exactly right. I have read credible reports that the Hollywood invitees and also the Final 24 are chosen based on who will make for the best television, and not necessarily on who the "best" 24 singers are. The producers are looking for people to fill stereotyped slots, and just as Roy said, the categories are starting to look familiar. I thought Pickler was this year's Carrie in terms of stereotype (not talent). Taylor, on the other hand, is really one of a kind. I can't think of anyone to compare him to, and that's the intangible that will give him the win.

Javy Pornstache
05-11-2006, 01:17 PM
I've not weighed in much on Idol threads, and this is the first I've really followed the show closely, but I thought all along that Chris was overrated. I didn't see what he did to set himself above the pack as the judges often said. I thought his act got tired quick when he did seemingly the same song three or four weeks in a row, and Cowell eventually said that to him after one of the songs. Maybe I'm unhip, but the screaming didn't do much for me.

macro
05-11-2006, 02:20 PM
I've not weighed in much on Idol threads, and this is the first I've really followed the show closely, but I thought all along that Chris was overrated. I didn't see what he did to set himself above the pack as the judges often said. I thought his act got tired quick when he did seemingly the same song three or four weeks in a row, and Cowell eventually said that to him after one of the songs. Maybe I'm unhip, but the screaming didn't do much for me.

I agree, Javy, and I have jokingly referred to him here as Chris Creed, because it seemed there for a while that every song he did sounded like that band. The crazy thing is that his version of Suspicious Minds was one of my favorite performances of his the entire season, and he's get booted after it.

Caveat Emperor
05-11-2006, 02:30 PM
I think Chris was a victim of "Tamyra Gray Syndrome": he was so obviously good that people didn't think they needed to expend the energy to vote for him. Sometimes a singer's fans will only mobilize when they feel their favorite is in jeopardy.

Yup, there was no question that he was the most talented individual on the show -- since everyone thought it was a forgone conclusion that he'd win, nobody felt the need to stuff the ballot box in order to keep him on the show.

What it all boils down to is that this show is not about talent or ability, it's about the American public getting together and making a muck out of their collective decisions. It's why professionals run businesses and tell consumers what to like as opposed to letting the marketplace decide.

Chris will get a recording contract and hopefully hook on with some talented people. The rest of these schmoes are destined for nothingness and an additional 10 minutes of fame.

Roy Tucker
05-11-2006, 02:43 PM
What it all boils down to is that this show is not about talent or ability, it's about the American public getting together and making a muck out of their collective decisions. It's why professionals run businesses and tell consumers what to like as opposed to letting the marketplace decide.
"We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.'"

Javy Pornstache
05-11-2006, 03:15 PM
I agree, Javy, and I have jokingly referred to him here as Chris Creed, because it seemed there for a while that every song he did sounded like that band. The crazy thing is that his version of Suspicious Minds was one of my favorite performances of his the entire season, and he's get booted after it.

Haha, I recall the Chris Creed references, and that's what I thought of him as well. I made a bet with someone when I heard they were doing Elvis week that Suspicious Minds would be the song he'd do (or at least one of the two), because, at least to me, it seemed to be the Elvis song easiest to adapt to "screaming style". I am a huge Elvis fan, and because of that, I wasn't sure if I should or should NOT look forward to this past week's episode. Turned out the latter was the appropriate feeling as I was less than impressed overall. And I am not too harsh of a critic in general.

BRM
05-11-2006, 03:17 PM
Yup, there was no question that he was the most talented individual on the show -- since everyone thought it was a forgone conclusion that he'd win, nobody felt the need to stuff the ballot box in order to keep him on the show.

What it all boils down to is that this show is not about talent or ability, it's about the American public getting together and making a muck out of their collective decisions. It's why professionals run businesses and tell consumers what to like as opposed to letting the marketplace decide.

Chris will get a recording contract and hopefully hook on with some talented people. The rest of these schmoes are destined for nothingness and an additional 10 minutes of fame.

That pretty well sums it up. I just can't see Taylor or Elliott going on to have long, successful careers. I could be wrong though.

RedsBaron
05-11-2006, 06:44 PM
I have rarely watched the show, but my wife and kids have. Last night I did watch it with them. IMO Chris was easily the best singer of the bunch and I was surprised he was voted off.

redsfanmia
05-11-2006, 07:43 PM
Kathrine could maybe be a leading lady at your local theatre, Taylor is a great bar/club performer, Elliot could sing in a church choir somewhere, and Chris again would be a great singer of a local rock band warming up for when the latest incarnation of Journey comes to town. None of these people are stars.

max venable
05-11-2006, 08:02 PM
Here's the Fuel story...


Chris Daughtry Gets 'Idol' Boot and Offer of a Lifetime
May 11, 2006

Twenty-eight million jaws dropped to the floor Wednesday night as Chris Daughtry got voted off “American Idol.” But don’t think this rocker is down and out.

Only “Extra” broke big news about Chris that’s making headlines from Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to stations across the country.

“You have an offer to be the lead singer of a major band,” Ryan revealed to Chris Thursday morning on his hit radio show. “Theyre going to be on ‘Extra’ tonight, and they’re going to submit the formal offer for you.”

Thursday, Fuel bass player Jeff Abercrombie and songwriter/guitarist Carl Bell came straight to “Extra” with the offer of a lifetime -- they want Chris.

"Chris, if you are watching, we've talked about this before, and if you want to entertain it again we'll take it and go," Abercrombie offered.

Chris’ rendition of Fuel’s “Hemorrhage” was his first groundbreaking “Idol” performance. The band, which has been searching for a lead singer, saw Chris’ performance and they want him in the band.

Did anybody see EXTRA tonight? What's the scoop?

savafan
05-11-2006, 09:10 PM
Here's the Fuel story...



Did anybody see EXTRA tonight? What's the scoop?

I didn't see it, but that's a pretty sweet offer.

Ravenlord
05-11-2006, 09:15 PM
Juliya is a metal wannabe. The metal community have no respect [lust maybe but no respect] for her.

I don't watch Idol, I just wanted to comment on the loser that is Juliya.
true enough, but she's the only route to seeing Dimmu Borgir and Iced Earth on anything remotely mainstream.

Joseph
05-11-2006, 09:40 PM
true enough, but she's the only route to seeing Dimmu Borgir and Iced Earth on anything remotely mainstream.

No for that reason I can respect it.

StillFunkyB
05-11-2006, 10:39 PM
I couldn't care less what cookie cutter pop-tart the viewers may want to win this "contest". The people who vote for this are the same people who allow the top 40 radio stations and MTV/VH1/Fuse to tell them what is good music.

:clap:

macro
05-11-2006, 10:57 PM
Did anybody see EXTRA tonight? What's the scoop?

It's official...



Chris Daughtry Gets 'Idol' Boot and Offer of a Lifetime
May 11, 2006

Twenty-eight million jaws dropped to the floor Wednesday night as Chris Daughtry got voted off “American Idol.” But don’t think this rocker is down and out.

Only “Extra” broke big news about Chris that’s making headlines from Ryan Seacrest’s radio show to stations across the country.

“You have an offer to be the lead singer of a major band,” Ryan revealed to Chris Thursday morning on his hit radio show. “Theyre going to be on ‘Extra’ tonight, and they’re going to submit the formal offer for you.”

Thursday, Fuel bass player Jeff Abercrombie and songwriter/guitarist Carl Bell came straight to “Extra” with the offer of a lifetime -- they want Chris.
"Chris, if you are watching, we've talked about this before, and if you want to entertain it again we'll take it and go," Abercrombie offered.

Chris’ rendition of Fuel’s “Hemorrhage” was his first groundbreaking “Idol” performance. The band, which has been searching for a lead singer, saw Chris’ performance and they want him in the band.

Well Chris, it’s up to you, but first “Extra” has another “Idol” exclusive. Our Terri Seymour was with Ryan and Randy for LA’s FOX 11 just moments after Chris’ shocking send off.

"Obviously, it wasn't based on singing tonight because the wrong person went home," Randy admitted. "Catherine probably should have gone home tonight."

It’s down to the final three, and Simon came to “Extra” telling us now there are no favorites. “The funny thing about this show is when someone goes, you never know where their votes are going to go,” Simon confessed. “I genuinely don't know who is going to win.”

savafan
05-12-2006, 12:58 AM
Mark Cuban's older brother is still in the running right? ;)

Here is how the music industry dupes America:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,195180,00.html

Thursday, May 11, 2006
By Roger Friedman

The New York state attorney general has levied a $12 million fine against Universal Music Group for payola.

This is the largest fine so far in the war between Eliot Spitzer and the music industry, surpassing the $10 million that Sony had to pay and the $5 million for Warner Music Group.

But Universal — home of many overnight stars including several rappers who’ve come and gone — would be the place for this. The company has had enormous success, but at the same time encountered lawsuits from middle-men distributors claiming inflated sales numbers — double dipping at the cash register, so to speak.

Now we have some proof of what’s going on there, thanks to memos supplied as evidence by Spitzer’s office. Many of the acts are those you’ve never heard of. But others are illustrative of how Universal (which includes Island/Def Jam, Motown, Interscope and other labels) tried to force bad music down our throats.

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Spitzer’s office includes one very illuminating e-mail from a Universal promotion man: “Guys: We need to get confirmation on what we are doing with the station. Use these promotion [sic] to leverage airplay and rotations.”

And in fact, UMG was doing what it could to persuade radio stations to play its music.

According to the report, they bought a laptop computer for at least one station and sent many people on expensive vacations.

Their graft was in fact no different than that of the other companies Spitzer has fined, just more of it proportionately across the board.

Take Lindsay Lohan. The teen actress was turned into a singer by Tommy Mottola, who made an interesting deal at Universal to start a label just for her.

Mottola also managed Lohan, which no one questioned, and he claimed that UMG had put up $50 million to get the ball rolling.

But Lohan is no singer, and no one, not even her movie fans, wanted her albums or to hear her on the radio.

Nevertheless, the record company persisted. A series of e-mails in June 2005 shows what was happening — a manipulation of MTV’s “Total Request Live” show that airs every afternoon and can seriously affect a new record’s fortunes.

UMG, according to Spitzer’s reports, was spending money at radio stations and for “TRL” to “stuff the ballot box” (my words) and turn losers into winners.

The memo series is all about one subject: “We are hiring a request company starting Monday to jack TRL for Lindsay…Guys this is a no win situation how should I respond...there is no airplay we have been pursuing…”

Even more troubling, but not surprising, is a group called Dream originally found by Sean "Diddy" Combs. A July 2003 e-mail tells the story:

“Okay, this is not fun for me. I’ve been consumed all day with calls with etc *****ing about our radio picture on Dream. Confidentially pop has spent $196,000 and r/c has spent $72,000 ... This is embarrassing a total lack of accountability. We have gotten ripped off beyond belief, we better turn this thing around or it’s our a**. That’s almost $300,000 and they are looking for some heads…bad bad bad…If I find out that deals were cut with lack of airplay and overnight spins starting with the nationals, as they say heads are gonna roll, including mine.”

Of course, the record companies are not alone in creating this atmosphere of payola. The radio stations have encouraged and accepted it.

Spitzer’s office is conducting an investigation of the stations’ parent companies, most glaringly Clear Channel, and we should be hearing about those results and more fines soon.

max venable
05-16-2006, 05:59 PM
You guys hear about this? I just came across it today:

LINK (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12748906/)

Some callers claim ‘Idol’ votes were misdirected
Frustrated Daughtry fans say they were greeted with message for McPhee
'Idol' calls misdirected?

MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 6:22 p.m. ET May 12, 2006

"American Idol" sent rocker Chris Daughtry home Wednesday night, but Daughtry's fans aren't quite ready to let him go. At least one online petition, with more than 16,000 names attached, is calling for a recount of the "American Idol" votes.

MSNBC.com has received numerous e-mails and bulletin board posts claiming that voters who dialed the first of Daughtry's two phone numbers were greeted by a recorded message from "Idol" singer Katharine McPhee, thanking the caller for voting for her. According to Wednesday night's show, McPhee received the second-lowest number of votes, after Daughtry. The Associated Press cited Tracey Adams, a family friend of Daughtry's, saying that fans from his North Carolina hometown were among those who heard another contestant's voice when calling for Daughtry.

One fan who wrote to MSNBC.com said: "They had another voting mess-up. When I called to vote for Chris, Katharine says Thanks for voting for me. I thought I dialed the wrong number, so I tried again to hear Katharine, again. People were trying to vote for Chris...not Katharine! That's why Chris went home......GRRRR...REDO please!”

Other voters claimed that they were able to get through on both of Daughtry's numbers and heard his voice, not McPhee's. Still others said that despite calling solidly for two hours, they were never able to get through and place a vote for Daughtry.

A FOX spokesperson told MSNBC.com. “The producers and network have gone to great lengths to insure the integrity of the voting process on ‘American Idol.’ AT&T and the independent voting company that oversee the voting have confirmed that there were no issues with the phone lines after Tuesday’s show. While acknowledging that dedicated fans may be unhappy with the outcome, the system only reports the decision of the voting public. As we have said before, you can’t take votes for granted on this show. We encourage fans to support their favorites and vote for the person they want to see as the next American Idol.”

Bulletin boards, of course, also offer up their share of inaccurate information. Some Thursday and Friday postings claimed that Ryan Seacrest had made an announcement that he had read incorrect phone numbers, and that because of this, Daughtry would be returned to the show. A replay of the Tuesday-night show does not appear to show any incorrect numbers given, nor has Daughtry been returned to the show as of late Thursday.

macro
05-17-2006, 12:52 AM
You guys hear about this? I just came across it today:

LINK (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12748906/)

Yeah, I heard about it last week. I'm not sure what to think, but as I mentioned earlier, DialIdol.com predicted Chris would go home, so their results seem to have agreed with the outcome. I'm not sure why people would be upset, anyway. If Chris takes the gig with Fuel he'll be much better off than if he were obligated to Simon Cowell for the rest of his life.

Roy Tucker
05-17-2006, 08:19 AM
To me, it looks like a Taylor-Katharine final. Elliott looks like toast. Taylor takes home the trophy next week, makes a meh CD, and fades into Rueben-Bo oblivion.

I think figured out Taylor. He is never bad. The songs he did tonight were all just fine. I wouldn't call them great, but he didn't butcher them. I was waiting for the "got ta-got ta-got ta" in the Otis Redding song, but it didn't happen. I thought he had a seizure at the end of the song.

Katharine did a nice job on Over the Rainbow and that will carry her through. She almost blew it when she took off from the melody about 1/2 way through it but, after a why-are-you-doing-this riff, managed to get back into the melody without too much damage. She has gotten more and more beautiful as the season has progressed. As long as she stays in mid-range and doesn't strain for the glory notes, she has a future in the music biz.

Elliott's songs were all just blah and eminently forgettable. He does do the blue-eyed R+B thing well. Maybe Hall and Oates need a new partner. But he has gone further than what I thought he would.

macro
05-23-2006, 11:30 PM
Well, they've sang their last songs of the competition, and it still would appear that Taylor will win. I have mixed feelings. I really like Katharine, but Taylor comes from more humble beginnings, I suspect, so he's a sort of underdog in that respect. I like them both.

One remarkable thing that I was not aware of until tonight is that Season 2 winner Reuben, Season 4 runner-up Bo, and Season 5 winner Taylor are all three from Birmingham, Alabama. North Carolina has been well-represented in these things, as well.

Javy Pornstache
05-23-2006, 11:47 PM
Well, they've sang their last songs of the competition, and it still would appear that Taylor will win. I have mixed feelings. I really like Katharine, but Taylor comes from more humble beginnings, I suspect, so he's a sort of underdog in that respect. I like them both.

One remarkable thing that I was not aware of until tonight is that Season 2 winner Reuben, Season 4 runner-up Bo, and Season 5 winner Taylor are all three from Birmingham, Alabama. North Carolina has been well-represented in these things, as well.

The young DeGarmo girl who was runner-up a couple seasons ago is also from Birmingham if I am not mistaken.

max venable
05-24-2006, 09:28 AM
I'm fairly confident Taylor will win...BUT, I thought Chris was a lock for the final. So what do I know?

HotCorner
05-24-2006, 10:08 AM
The young DeGarmo girl who was runner-up a couple seasons ago is also from Birmingham if I am not mistaken.

Sadly enough I know she's not. She's from the same town in Georgia that David Pollack is from.

Roy Tucker
05-24-2006, 10:14 AM
I'm fairly confident Taylor will win...BUT, I thought Chris was a lock for the final. So what do I know?
Yeah, me too. Simon all but coronated Taylor with his comments.

I was a little surprised the judges bashed Katharines last song. Her strength is mid-range, mid-tempo ballads minus vocal pyrotechnics and I thought that song was right in her sweet spot.

I have to say, I'm underwhelmed by both of their talents. Taylor has a future in show biz if he stays away from all the goofy dancing and emoting and concentrates on purely singing. But he has too much fun on stage.

And just how in God's name are they stretching out the show tonight to 2 hours?

max venable
05-24-2006, 10:31 AM
Yeah, me too. Simon all but coronated Taylor with his comments.

I was a little surprised the judges bashed Katharines last song. Her strength is mid-range, mid-tempo ballads minus vocal pyrotechnics and I thought that song was right in her sweet spot.

I have to say, I'm underwhelmed by both of their talents. Taylor has a future in show biz if he stays away from all the goofy dancing and emoting and concentrates on purely singing. But he has too much fun on stage.

And just how in God's name are they stretching out the show tonight to 2 hours?
I wasn't all that impressed with either of their final songs...but I did prefer Taylor's.

I think Taylor's future lies in a Branson, MO or Vegas theater gig. That's his thing.

As for the 2-hour finale...I agree...gimme a break!

savafan
05-24-2006, 10:41 AM
In regards to Chris taking the offer from Fuel. I've been told that all AI contestants that make it to Hollywood are contracted to the show's producers and are not permitted to accept other entertainment offers, be they musical, acting, modeling, etc. unless the producers agree to let them. Is there any truth to that?

Danny Serafini
05-24-2006, 11:11 AM
They're contracted to do an American Idols tour in the few months after the show, but after that I don't think anyone but the winner is locked into them.

Roy Tucker
05-25-2006, 08:21 AM
Congrats to Taylor. Pretty well expected. Although Katharine will do all right.

Enjoyable show last night. I thought the 2 hours would drag but Fox pulled out all the stops. All of the the 12 finalists back, lots of stars, lots of surprises, etc etc. It was surprisingly good.

Carrie Underwood has matured and gotten so much more confident in just one year.

That guy that was the Clay Aiken-wannabe about peed his pants when the real Clay Aiken came out on stage. That was hilarious.

macro
05-25-2006, 12:36 PM
Speaking of Clay Aiken, I was shocked at how much this guy has changed since his first audition with AI. Compare this photo with his appearance and confidence last night:

http://www.allthingsclayaiken.com/images/Pictures/AI/Audition%202.jpg

As for Carrie, she has come quite a ways since last year. She has won CMA Awards and sold lots of CDs, but for some reason, she still doesn't seem like a star to me. She still strikes me as just a college girl. Maybe that's the basis for her appeal with so many people, I don't know.

And did anyone notice how Katharine never seemed comfortable standing onstage? I would have thought that by now she'd have developed some level of comfort, but even last night, she didn't seem to know what to do with her hands. As surprising as this may sound, I've come to the conclusion that she's actually quite shy and probably lacks confidence to some degree. Then again, she was being compared to a guy who has nothing but confidence and is a veteran performer (Taylor).