Just a few pictures from tonight’s American Country Awards…
Carrie looking cute as always:
Carrie Underwood won for Single of the Year by a Female Artist – Mama’s Song! YAY CARRIE!
Jordin looked great…loved the dark dress!
American Idol‘s Lauren Alaina debuted her first single, Georgia Peaches, on Live with Regis & Kelly this week.
I bought Lauren’s album, Wildflower…and I gotta say…GOOD JOB Lauren! It’s a good CD! This first single is a great song…really upbeat and catchy!
Oh, and BTW…Lauren looks like she lost some weight…she looks GREAT!
Here’s a behind-the-scenes interview with Lauren Alaina after she was a guest on The Tonight Show.
Lauren’s as cute as usual. We get to see her mom for a bit too.
Poor Piers Morgan will never live it down about the AGT rejection of Lauren.
Just some quick thoughts about the last performance night & finale:
So overall, I really thought Lauren pulled ahead. ESPECIALLY considering her voice wasn’t all there. Couldn’t believe she burst a vocal chord like that! I’m always amazed at how singers can have a “barely there” talking voice, yet still pull out the big notes when they sing! Great job Lauren!
Now the finale. Overall it was an entertaining show:
And the winner is:
I kinda pegged Scotty as the winner already from weeks ago…although I do think Lauren pulled up close these last few weeks. I do think the judges really praising/pimping Lauren up a lot on the performance night actually HURT her. You know all of Scotty’s fans (who are probably little teenie bopper girls) JUMPED to the phones when they heard the judges practically saying Lauren may have WON the competition with her peformances (especially her last one). I just KNOW they would vote WAY more rabidly than Lauren’s fans would. Oh well.
Scotty was very worthy of the crown. He stayed humble and seemed genuinely shocked that he won. I wished he would’ve sang more tho after he was crowned instead of hugging EVERY SINGLE PERSON on that stage as well as his family.
This season was pretty…meh. But in the end, the winner was deserving. Add another “youngie” to the list of American Idol winners (altho Jordin Sparks is still the youngest to ever win. She was 16 when she won. Scotty’s 17.).
American Idol‘s Lauren Alaina was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week.
It was a cute interview…She address the whole Scotty romance rumors…and the best part was when Lauren tells fellow guest Piers Morgan about how she actually tried out TWICE for America’s Got Talent and got REJECTED!
Hometown videos! I always love watching these because you really get to see the contestants be THEMSELVES…with their family, etc. They don’t show as much footage as they used to, but it still gives you a glimpse into where they came from…
For some reason, Haley’s hometown visit just wasn’t very touching. It was nice and all, but it was missing some of the emotion. Plus the size of the crowds that showed up to see her weren’t as impressive as you would expect. Maybe this was a foreshadowing?
The best part of Scotty’s hometown visit was being able to see the EMOTION coming from him. You NEVER see that on the show…he always seems very composed. When he went home he REALLY broke down a few times. It was very sweet seeing how overwhelmed and appreciative he was for all the support. It definitely made him a bit more accesible seeing him like that.
As expected, Lauren was very emotional going home. Hers had an added emotional level because of the footage from those devastating storms that hit the South. Not to mention when Lauren met up with the boy who saved his family from the disaster. Geez. Talk about pulling at your heartstrings. As always, Lauren is always so touched and appreciative of everything. It’s very sweet.
We HAVE our Top 2! SCOTTY & LAUREN! Woohoo! Did you see Haley’s face when they announced Lauren as the 2nd to make it to the finale?! Boy she was NOT happy :-/:
A couple of firsts this season – 1st final with two country singers & YOUNGEST (17 & 16) match-up in AI history!
Altho this is the finale that I wanted, it’s still VERY impressive that BOTH Scotty & Lauren made it. Considering they pretty much have the SAME fanbase, you would THINK the fact that they probably are SPLITTING votes would’ve hurt at least one of them! But yet they STILL both made it to the Top 2! Awesome! That just goes to show HOW STRONG and LOYAL their fans are. I think Jimmy Iovine said it best – “The country vote is a strong one.” AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH?! This Top 2 is the perfect example of that. A lot of people say they don’t like country…but country music IS REALLY POPULAR. Not to mention country fans are among the MOST LOYAL and DEDICATED. Which should make next week’s finale a tough call…Whose fans will prevail?!
Until next week’s finale…
WHO WILL WIN?!
This is it. The last round before the finale! Wow…Beyonce as the celebrity mentor?! Pretty cool. She’s very sweet and seemed very happy to be there helping the Top 3.
Sorry, I was too busy VOTING (I think you know for who ), so I don’t have time to post all the videos. I’ll just post my favorite from each contestant:
Lots of ballads for Scotty tonight, which is unusual. As usual, he’s so consistent. I personally don’t care to watch him do ballads, but overall I thought he sounded pretty good. At least ballads show a bit more of his range.
LAUREN I Hope You Dance:
I thought Lauren had a great night tonight. She really has shown a lot of growth over the season, and she was definitely more confident. Her performance of I Hope You Dance was awesome! She sounded to pure and full, and she made it her own, which was great! Loved it! And she looked so “Cinderella” tonight! Loved the blue color! Great job!
HALEY You Oughta Know:
Haley’s performances were all pretty different from each other. Umm…the WIND in her “Rihannon” performance was RIDICULOUS. So silly! Too much. The only reason why I picked her performance of this Alanis song was because of the CHORUS. She sounded really good in the chours. The verses? NOT GOOD. Eh. Oh, and I didn’t get to see that fall! I wanna see it!
What did YOU think?
HALEY (I don’t think you’ll be surprised with this choice) – I think that although Haley is a good singer, she’s missing SOMETHING in the “whole package” part of being the American Idol, and it has to do with her personality. She’s just not as likable as Scotty & Lauren.
And YOUR prediction?
NO WAY could I pass up blogging about THIS episode! Top 4 results has always been a very SHOCKING week on this show (Daughtry in S5, Latoya in S3, Tamyra in S1), and this season was NO DIFFERENT.
Instead of a Top 4 group number, they split them into duets:
SCOTTY & JAMES Start A Band:
With both guys singing, they picked a true COUNTRY SONG. Huh…interesting. Is that some kind of sign? James obviously wasn’t QUITE in his element, and you could tell he wasn’t really that into it. As usual, they didn’t sound the greatest. Eh. They really need help with harmonies.
LAUREN & HALEY Gunpowder & Lead:
Now THAT was a great duet! The best one of the season FOR SURE! The girls sounded really good together! Lauren in particular sounded AWESOME! She really matched that song…and she sure sang it with some SPUNK! And once again…a COUNTRY SONG. Hmm…Makes me wonder what the show is trying to say…
JORDIN SPARKS I Am Woman:
Woohoo! New music from Jordin! I thought her 2nd album, Battlefied was great! This new song reminds me of something Beyonce would sing. Oh, and how GREAT did Jordin look?! She lost a bunch of weight and looks so much more toned! She really looked awesome. She sounded great, as usual. Way to show those contestants why you won Season 6 Jordin!
Woohoo! LAUREN is the first person to be put thru to the TOP 3! My votes paid off!!! And Lauren’s reaction was great…she was so happy (but surprised)! I’m so happy for her! AWESOME!!!
OMG…HALEY in the Top 3 too?! Wow. That’s HUGE. I think EVERYONE assumed BOTH guys would be in. After Haley’s bad attitude last night, she kind almost didn’t deserve to make it. BUT if you look at her track record over the whole season so far, I GUESS she’s worthy. She better BE CAREFUL from now on tho. Bad attitude = Bad results.
You see James’ reaction after Haley made it?! He KNEW he was in danger…and rightly so.
O. M. G. Talk about my DREAM RESULT! JAMES IS ELIMINATED! I can’t. believe it. Hallelujah!
OK, I guess I couldn’t just be happy. James had to go and say stuff to irritate me. I really did NOT like his little speech and the way he acted when he was watching his goodbye video. You could tell he was pissed and there was attitude in the way he talked. “I’ve done so many things that have never been done on this show.” WHATEVER. Pretty much everything you did was a copycat/wannabe of Adam Lambert. And it was SUBPAR. The only difference were the smoke & mirrors. OBVIOUSLY all the stuff you did didn’t matter since you got booted.
And his swan song?! STOP SCREAMING. Haven’t you learned by now that when you scream while you’re emotional, you CANNOT PULL IT OFF. Even when you’re NOT emotional, those screams are just painful. They really are NOT pleasing…so thank god we won’t have to listen to it again next week.
Two rounds…one including none other than Lady Gaga as a mentor! Man, to get her…that’s pretty awesome. I thought she did a GREAT job as a mentor. She gave them all really good advice. She’s obviously a bit ODD, but that’s what makes her such a great performer and so creative!
JAMES Don’t Stop Believing:
Just a few thoughts about the results show tonight:
THEN and NOW…2 performances each tonight. Here we go:
JAMES Closer To The Edge:
JACOB No Air:
LAUREN Flat On The Floor:
HALEY You and I:
JAMES Without You:
JACOB Love Hurts:
LAUREN Unchained Melody:
SCOTTY Always On My Mind:
HALEY House of the Rising Sun:
What did YOU think?
(GOTTA BE, right? I don’t think this week made up for anything in his case, unfortunately. It’s time.)
American Idol‘s Top 24 has now been revealed!
Based on who made it, I seriously think it’s a GIRL’S SEASON this year! We haven’t had a girl since Season 6 (Jordin Sparks)! Come on America!
My favorites as of now:
Next week Idol is a THREE-NIGHT EVENT! Tuesday (pre-empting my favorite Glee), Wednesday and Thursday! The guys start it off and perform on Tuesday…
Wow, I didn’t realize they were breaking it down to the Top 24 already! I’m glad tho…let’s get to the voting!
Just some highlights of the Las Vegas/Beatles round:
PIA TOSCANO & KAREN RODRIGUEZ:
TIM HALPERIN & JULIE ZORILLA:
LAUREN ALAINA & SCOTTY MCREERY:
And now…THE GREEN MILE Part I. To be honest, the only video I really need to post is the SHOCKER of not just the EPISODE…but the entire SEASON SO FAR:
Chris Medina is OUT. Wow. I was TOTALLY SHOCKED. I personally wasn’t TOTALLY SOLD on him (something about him just didn’t sit well), but I figured America would be…and at LEAST the judges would have been. But SURPRISE, SURPRISE. Man.
And I gotta say…the video of him singing his last solo before getting the boot…Coldplay’s “Fix You”…was QUITE good.
Jennifer’s breakdown after she told him he was out…did NOT expect her to react THAT emotionally. It was actually kind of touching to see her get to upset about the fact that she had to tell him no, and the fact that she really thought she didn’t say it nicely enough (she totally did). Jennifer did a great job “letting down” all the booted contestants…she’s very honest but not mean. And you can tell she really cares. Considering how upset she was after Chris’ boot, how can she compose herself enough to do the rest of the Top 24?!
Until tomorrow…when the rest of the Top 24 is announced…
I didn’t have a chance to blog about Hollywood Week’s Group Round last night, but tonight was the last solo round of Hollywood Week.
Here are the standouts for me:
JOHN WAYNE SCHULZ
Next week they’re doing what looks like a new Las Vegas round…where they have to tackle The Beatles. Interesting. THIS IS NEW. We shall see how that goes…
Not too many surprised on who moved on…
HOLLIE CAVANAGH/JACEE BADEAUX/ROBBIE ROSEN: