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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Danny Gokey CD Review: Is He Back in the Love Column?

Has there ever been an Idol contestant that I have had more of a love/relationship with than Danny Gokey? I don’t think so…

I absolutely adored him from the get-go last year, and then I did a complete 180 and viciously turned against him, even declaring I would do whatever I could to keep him from the finals. And then I met him and he looked into my eyes with that earnest face that you just can’t deny and then took the stage with that gutwrenching performance of “What Hurts the Most.” It was really hard not to like him after that.

But then he went and recorded a country album, and I don’t like country, which should have placed him back in the hate column. So why am I going to as we speak and ordering the CD?

Because I love it. I know I’m in shock too…

The CD gets off to a rousing start with Danny’s current single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me.” The fun continues with “Like That’s a Bad Thing.” And then it’s the catchy chorus of “I Still Believe” with the lyrics “Never saw a man walk on water/Never met a man who walked on water/But I still believe. I should have recognized that those catchy lyrics came from the pen of Kara DioGuardi.

Danny doesn’t hit his first ballad until four songs in with “Tiny Life” and it’s beautiful with a gorgeous key change toward the end. The tempo immediately picks up with “Get Away” before coming back down with the original first single from the CD, “It’s Only,” written by the guys from Lady Antebellum. It’s no “Need You Now,” but it’s still good.

The CD falters just slightly with “Life On Ya” because of a weak chorus, but you soon forget that with the best song on the CD, “Crazy Not To,” which has hit written all over it. The lyrics of “My friends say I’m crazy if I do/Aww, but look at you ,look at you, look at you/Oh ,I'd be crazy not to” has music montage written all over it—and I mean that as a compliment.

Danny shows some grit with the hard-charging “Be Somebody” before closing the CD with the song custom-made for Danny, “I Will Not Say Goodbye” with the chorus “I will curse, I will pray, I’ll relive everyday/I will shoulder the blame/I will shout out your name/I will laugh, I will cry, shake my fist at the sky/But I will not say goodbye/
I will not say goodbye.” But even though it may sound like it, the song—written by Lari White, Chuck Cannon and Vicky McGeehee—was not written for Danny as the credits say it was written in 2007. But Danny sings it as if it was.

The biggest problem with the CD is that no matter how good it is—and it is good—it’s not that original. I don’t really hear anything that would separate Danny from the rest of the male country singers on the radio today.

But hopefully, the fine folks at RCA Nashville will find a way to do that and prove me wrong. Because I’m rooting for Danny to succeed…

That’s right gang. He’s back in the love column…for now…

“My Best Days” is available now. Danny will be performing his new single on tomorrow night’s results show…

Photo Credit: Sony Music Nashville

So Who's Going Home?

So who’s going home? If it’s based entirely on performances, it will be Haeley Vaughn and Didi Benami. But since we know that’s not the case, who will it really be. I think it will be Didi for sure—which is a bummer because I really like her. But as much as I want it to be Haeley, I think her cuteness will get her through leaving the door open for Paige Miles to leave after the judges’ lukewarm reaction to her performance.

And Crystal Bowersox could be in trouble too if people think she’s safe and don’t pick up the phone. I intend to do everything I can to keep that from happening right now…

So what do you guys think? Who do you think is going home? And do you think Simon and Ryan will kiss and make up before tomorrow night’s show or will there be more icy stares?

Remember the results are tomorrow at 8 on FOX…

Siobhan Makes Us "Think"

Siobhan Magnus, “Think”: 16
Yeah, that note was great and everything but she just does not have enough street in her voice to pull that song off. And that ending was terrible.

Final thoughts in a minute…

Paige Walks "Away"

Paige Miles, “Walk Away”: 18
There was a little bit of disconnect between Paige and the song, but I thought it sounded pretty good. The key change in the middle was off, but I like how she changed up what syllables she put the accents on.

Katelyn Puts Ellen to Sleep But Not Me

Katelyn Epperly, “The Scientist”: 18
This girl continues to impress me. Yes, it was nearly depressing but it was gorgeous. She had great presence with the piano too.

Lilly Brings a "Change"

Lilly Scott, “A Change Is Gonna Come”: 19
I took off one point because there were some slight pitch problems, but it was really strong.

And the director finally found Vera…

Michelle Takes A Risk

Michelle Delamor, “With Arms Wide Open”: 17
I thought this was a great choice and I disagree with Randy. She did do enough with the arrangement, she just didn’t hit all the notes. The ending was bad and she looked a little lost on that last note, but she gets points for effort. If she had nailed all the notes it would have been brilliant.

And no, that was not Vera Wang that the director cut to when Simon mentioned her…

Didi Underwhelms

Didi Benami, “Lean On Me”: 13
It’s interesting that she said she didn’t know the meaning of indulgent in her taped piece because that was the very definition of indulgent.

And when did Kara become the mean judge? Wow!

And I think I saw another look from Ryan at Simon when Didi started crying. I say we just let them fight it out. It would be way more interesting than the performances…

Katie Tries to Young Up

Katie Stevens, “Put Your Records On”: 15
Katie has such a powerful voice and I’m not sure that song really showed it off. It was good, but…

Wow, other than getting that one song title wrong, Kara is really on it tonight…

Did I just say that?

Lacey Takes Kara's Advice

Lacey Brown, “Kiss Me”: 14
I hate to say it, but Kara was right about the choice. However, the performance just didn’t work for me. I’m not sure why, it just didn’t.

And I’m feeling a chill in the air between Ryan and Simon. Aren’t you?

Haeley Butchers Miley Cyrus

Haeley Vaughn, “The Climb”: 11
Okay that was probably a little harsh, but that ending was terrible. It was a horrible choice because she looked silly singing it with that smile and those dance moves. And it was too high for her so it sounded like she was filled with helium. Plus, the arrangement was terrible.

Yikes! What was that death look Simon just gave Ryan when he tried to stick up for her?

Crystal Makes Simon "See the Light"

FINALLY! No one stepped on Ryan’s open. Maybe that’s a good omen…

So what was wrong with Crystal? I have no idea, but I did read a report on the Internet that she is diabetic…

And I’m sorry I have to say it. Simon looks hot in that gray Henley…

Let’s get it started…

Crystal Bowersox, “Long As I Can See the Light”: 20
I LOVE her! I don’t really know the song, but it was awesome. I am SO glad she’s here tonight.

And did anyone else hear Crystal tell Simon that she loved him and “he deserves it” during her taped piece about his giant trailer? She’s awesome.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

So Who's Going Home?

First of all, before I tackle the question at hand, can we talk about how good that recap made Alex Lambert look? If that’s all you saw you’d think he was amazing. It couldn’t help Jermaine Sellers, though…

So who’s going home? If it was solely up to me it would be the same two I picked last week—Tim Urban and Jermaine Sellers. Tim is completely out of his league. And Jermaine just REALLY needs to go. His attitude is just slightly more ridiculous than his singing.

But since it’s not solely up to me, I think Tim will manage to stay because the girls like him. I think it’s Todrick who’s in trouble after getting thrashed by the judges two weeks in a row (a thrashing I didn’t agree with by the way). But I think Jermaine may have cost himself when he told Simon he knew what God wanted and the audience will show him the door. If Jermaine manages to squeak by again, it could be John to go.

What do you guys think? Who do you think is going home? And are you feeling the love for any of these guys or do you just think they seriously need to step it up?

Remember it’s the girls tomorrow night at 8 and the results on Thursday at 8. We’ll see you then…

Simon's Guy Lee Closes the Show

Lee DeWyze, “Lips of An Angel”: 17
It was a perfect song choice, but it had some pitch issues. If he tackles those nerves, he’ll be amazing. And Simon adores him. I think he sees dollar signs.

Tim Gets "High"

Tim Urban, “Come On Get High”: 14
This was a perfect song choice for him, but I just still don’t get it. I still don’t know why they chose him over Thaddeus. I’m not even sure he’s that good of a singer. I guess the girls just really like him.

And what was up with Simon defending him? I agree that he did take the judges’ advice to heart and handled their criticism with class but he did not do “great.” What is Simon up to?

Aaron Tries to Get Cute

Aaron Kelly, “My Girl”: 13
Okay, maybe that was a little harsh but it just didn’t work for me. It should have because he’s young and it’s cute but it just didn’t for me.

Andrew Disappoints Again

Andrew Garcia, “You Give Me Something”: 15
I don’t like this mellow Andrew. There’s something about the tone of Andrew’s voice and the way he breathes that just didn’t work at the end of his phrases. And honestly I think the only way he’s going to make the judges happy is to just rip out “Straight Up” next week.

Jermaine Plays the God Card

Jermaine Sellers, “What’s Goin’ On”: 12
I am SO over Jermaine. First he came off terribly in his taped piece (Cocky much?). Then he did a 60s protest song in a preppy sweater and bowtie. And finally he strutted all over the stage like he was the king but only delivered a mediocre performance. He clearly thinks he’s WAY better vocally than he is.

And did he really play the God card? Did he really say that Simon might think he’s going home but “I know God”? It’s time for you to go home dear…

“One trick that means something.” Wow Kara. That was good…

Todrick Upsets the Judges Again

Todrick Hall, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”: 18
Am I the only one who likes this guy? I also liked this arrangement and thought it was kind of hot. He missed more than a few notes, but I still liked it.

Alex Takes a Big Leap

Alex Lambert, “Everybody Knows”: 15
I really feel for Alex because I would be more nervous than him, but he missed more than a few notes. However, he has a really interesting tone that I really like.

And notice how Simon mentioned he wishes he could be picking his songs? If I’m not mistaken, the judges pick the songs on “The X Factor”…

Kara Turns On Her Man

Can we stop for a minute and ponder Casey’s revelation that he hasn’t had a TV for most of his life? I just can’t comprehend that…

Casey James, “I Don’t Wanna Be”: 17
The guitar playing was great, but the vocals were weak. He almost appeared to be out of breath most of the time. And he seemed to be faking some kind of rocker voice. But I don’t think Kara needed to be so harsh. Maybe she promised that to her husband.

And I hope tonight’s show means that they’ve listened to America and Simon will now always go last…

John Is Better, But...

John Park, “Gravity”: 14
WAY better than last week, but it just came off so blah. And that’s really all I can say about that.

And why is Ryan pimping for him so hard? He’s just exposing Ellen’s inexperience…

Big Mike Wows the Judges

So we were all set to see the girls, but now it’s the guys instead…

Let’s get it started…

I’m wondering how this affected the guys’ rehearsals. And would people PLEASE stop stealing Ryan’s thunder during his intro…

Ryan tells us that Crystal Bowersox had to be taken to the hospital and under doctor’s orders cannot perform. I REALLY hope she’s okay tomorrow…

And I like how Ryan said the guys “agreed” to switch nights. Like they had a choice…

Now Randy is on the end with Ellen in the middle with Kara. What are they up to now? Make up your minds…

Simon says the girls are ahead of the guys by “a smidge”…

Time to roll…

Michael Lynche, “This is a Man’s World”: 18
It was a flawless vocal, but I thought it came off a little cocky. And I thought the song had too much music and not enough singing. And did it seem a little long to anyone else?

Breaking News: Guys and Girls Switch Their Performances

This just in from FOX…

This week’s performance schedule will be switched for this week only. The guys are performing tonight and the girls will perform tomorrow night.

The press release says it’s “due to medical issues which would prevent Crystal Bowersox from performing tonight.”

Since Crystal is my fave, I’m cool with that. I just hope she’s ok…

More on this tonight, I’m sure…

My Own Little "Idol" Adventure

Thursday night, I promised to tell you why I missed Thursday’s results show. It was because I was on my own little Idol adventure…

Earlier this month, I decided to audition for Portsmouth Idol. It’s a contest sponsored by the Southern Ohio Light Opera to find the best singer in the Portsmouth area. Anyone age 17 and up can participate.

I love to sing, but outside of one friend’s wedding, I haven’t performed anywhere (minus a few karaoke performances) in almost 10 years. So I had no intention of actually making it anywhere. I just thought that the audition experience would give me some more insight into what it’s like to choose a song and audition for judges. I’ve been critiquing “Idol” performances and song choices for over four years, so I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was and see what I could do.

Step one was to choose a song. I knew I’d only get out a snippet so I had to find something that would show off my voice and personality in a limited amount of time. My immediate thought was to choose a song by Annie Lennox. I had always said that my “Idol” audition song would be “Waiting in Vain,” but I thought it might be too blah for an initial audition. So as I was thinking about other Annie Lennox songs, I remembered “Little Bird.” One time singing it through and I realized it was the one.

But the night before the auditions, I started to doubt myself. Should I go with a ballad? I’m a huge fan of Tiffany’s “All This Time” and I knew I could do it well. But would that be too much like everyone else? I was sure that ballads—especially country ballads—would be the popular choice among the female singers and I knew if I had any chance I needed to stand out. But the morning of the auditions, I still hadn’t made my choice (which I had to write down on my entry form). So I sang them both through once and realized my first instinct was correct and wrote down “Little Bird” and got in the car.

When I got to the Vern Riffe Center I nearly backed out on the spot. As I looked around the room, I noticed that I was the oldest girl in the room. But I’d gone this far so I figured I’d stick around. I hadn’t told anyone what I was doing, but I needed a little confidence boost, so I texted my hero Denise who coached me through the waiting.

The plus for me was that I knew three out of the four judges so I was able to chat with them first before I sang my song, which loosened me up. “Little Bird” is a good song, but hitting that first note can be a little tough—especially since I hadn’t opened my mouth in about 20 minutes. But I let her rip and as I watched the judges’ reactions, one thought flew into my mind: “Uh-oh. This is going well. Now what?” When I finished my verse and chorus, the judges were very positive. I hadn’t allowed myself to look past my audition, but I was thinking that I would go with “All This Time” if I made it to the finals. But the judges told me that if I made it through—which now seemed to be a foregone conclusion—that I should go with a song like “Little Bird” since there were going to be a lot of country songs this year.

Sure enough, I made the finals, so I set out to make “Little Bird” performance ready. But there were two problems. First, the performance could only be three minutes long, but unlike “American Idol,” there’s no band to do the arrangement with so I’d have to do it myself. And second, if you’re familiar with the song, you know it has several rather odd elements that wouldn’t translate well on the stage. So I ordered some music editing software and saw what I could do.

After spending an afternoon editing a karaoke track down, the doubts sunk in. In order to make it sound correctly, I was forced to sing the bridge of the song—my weakest part—twice. And in the midst of a lot of country, I wasn’t sure how the song would translate. But at this point it was too late now and I turned in the track.

To keep myself from going crazy or from losing my voice, I didn’t rehearse the song for almost two weeks. Finally, I pulled the CD out and gave it a whirl—and was instantly filled with regret. The song seemed so much higher than it did through my computer (I don’t think it was, it just seemed that way). And the bridge was giving me fits. But it was WAY too late now so I just hoped for the best.

Finally, Thursday night, the first rehearsal came and I was looking forward to hearing what the track would sound like through the Vern Riffe Center sound system. But after a random drawing, I ended up being 11th on the program—third to last. And before I got my chance at the stage, I had to sit through 10 other people—only one other of which was not country. In fact, three of them were singing Carrie Underwood songs (There were four total.). I also had to sit through all of the other contestants talking about all of the other contests and performances they had been a part of. It became pretty clear pretty quickly that I was the least experienced person there.

Honestly, I don’t know how the “Idol” contestants do it every week in these early rounds as they are forced to stand on the railing and listen to every performance. Because when I got up to the mike, it was all I could do to remember what I was singing. Plus, it’s hard not to size up the competition as they go through their songs. My music started and I opened my mouth and I could hear every wrong note I hit—and there were several. It was hard not to think about what all the other finalists were thinking. Were they all wondering what I was doing there? Were they all now seeing just how inexperienced I was? And that just made the nerves worse. By the end of my song, I was clutching the microphone stand with everything I had. Not only was I doubting my song choice, I was doubting why I was even there. My grand experiment to gain insight into the audition experience was going horribly awry.

When I got home I rehearsed the song again and it still was not quite right. I was starting to get very concerned about my performance the next night. But when I woke up the next morning, I decided to take a different attitude. Based on my rehearsal the night before and the other finalists, there was no way I was going to make the top five. So I needed to stop caring about what everyone else thought and just go out there and sing my song. Maybe it was the wrong choice, maybe it wasn’t. But I had to own it no matter what.

Friday night, I took my new attitude to the stage. And I have to admit I was much less nervous than I was at rehearsal. My legs felt like jello and I still think I missed one or two notes, but I made it through and I never touched the microphone stand once. When I left the stage Thursday night, my fellow finalists told me I sounded good, but I know they were just being nice. Friday night, I think they actually meant it. One of them even said to me, “Did you loosen up out there? I noticed you didn’t clutch the mic stand tonight.”

I didn’t win or even make the top five (my crowd just wasn’t big enough), but I made it through and that was my goal. And in the process, I received one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received. Someone told me that I scared them how much I sounded like Annie Lennox. I know Simon Cowell would say that you need to be original and not a sound-a-like. But if the person I sound like is Annie Lennox, who needs originality…

The other good news is that the right guy won in my opinion. In fact, I predicted his victory at rehearsal. On Friday, I told my friends that if he could get his nerves together he had it locked up. And you guys know I love it when I’m right. So congratulations Jason Raby. You deserved it…

I’d love to show you guys pictures or even video, but I forgot to make sure Team Angela had a camera. So there is no photographic evidence that I even did this. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

It was a great experience and I met some really nice people. But I think I’m officially retired from competition. I think I have sufficiently researched the audition experience…

Monday, March 1, 2010

Jason's Special "Wedding" Date

Jason Castro performed at a very special wedding over the weekend, the wedding of Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney from “The Bachelor.”

Jason sang “Over the Rainbow” as Molly’s father walked her down the aisle.
You can see and hear Jason on “The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding.” The two-hour special will air Monday, March 8th at 8 p.m. on ABC…

Photo Credit: Andrew Shephard/Atlantic Records

Tyler Grady: " I meant no disrespect"

When Tyler Grady was eliminated Thursday night, he immediately chastised the judges for not giving him constructive criticism. And on his media conference call Friday, he was still feeling feisty…

Here’s some of what he had to say…

On his comments Thursday night: “First of all, I would like to say that I’ve seen that I’m getting some heat in the media about my comment before the show ended, and I just wanted to let everyone know that I really meant no disrespect by that. I just wanted to—I felt that when I watched the show back on Wednesday, I felt that I was too caught up in the moment to stand up for myself, and whereas contestants are absolutely encouraged to express themselves when they’re being critiqued. I felt like – I was kind of shocked with the criticism, and I just didn’t get a chance to express my feelings. So when I said that, I was just kind of – I was expressing myself. I meant no disrespect and I’m not bitter at the judges or anything like that. That was kind of silly.”

On what he would have done next week: “If I would have made it through to another week, it would have been due to a fan base that appreciated what I was doing, so I probably would have just stuck to my guns and performed in the same style I’ve been performing in. I may have chosen a more recent rock song, but you wouldn’t have seen me coming out in baggy jeans and wearing a headset microphone. I wouldn’t have been changing my performance style at all.”

On the judges’ critiques: “I definitely respect the judges and I think that they’re very qualified to be critiquing the contestants on the show. But at the same time, like I said, when you’re building a fan base and your fans are supporting you, they’re supporting you because of what you’re doing. So you can’t turn on your fans. You can’t change up what you’re doing to the point where you irritate your fans. If they’re supporting you, you need to give them what they want, support them back, you know what I mean?”

On the conflicting advice he got from the judges: “When you’re a contestant in that situation and you’re getting conflicting views, it’s very confusing. But you know what, at this point I’m trying to move on from that. I don’t have any bitterness or anything from that, and I’m going to go back to Pennsylvania and work with my band and you will see the same sort of performance that you did on the show with my band. The name is Wailing Waters, so keep an eye out for us.”

On the “Idol” experience: “‘American Idol’ is one of the best education programs you can possibly get into, and you can’t buy into it, you have to audition for it, and it’s very difficult to get into. But there’s no better school for the entertainment industry than ‘American Idol.’”

On what he was going to sing this week: “There was a list of songs that I had cleared. Two of the songs I was considering were Bob O’Reilly by The Who and Remedy by the Black Crows. But after the critique, I was definitely considering picking a more modern rock song. I wasn’t sure which one. The style of performance would have been the same, but just to show the judges that – when I’m performing with my band, we’re performing original material that’s written in 2010, and we’re also, when we do any cover songs, we’ll cover sixties rock, we’ll cover 2000 rock. It’s not about the era, it’s about the performance, it’s about the emotion.”

On whether lack of screen time doomed him: “I don’t want to make excuses, and I know the media is already claiming that I’m making excuses as far as blaming the judges for what happened on the show, and I don’t blame the judges at all. When I made that comment, I was simply expressing my feelings at the time. I felt like as a contestant on that show, you need to stand up for yourself and go out with some dignity. But I really don’t make excuses for what happened, and I don’t think – Kelly Clarkson and Kris Allen, both winners of American Idol in the past, didn’t have that much air time going into the live show, so I wouldn’t say that that would have affected the results.”

On why he was eliminated: “To be honest, I can’t explain to you why I was eliminated. Well, actually, I can explain to you why I was eliminated. I was eliminated because I didn’t get enough votes. I got one of the least number of votes out of the 12 guys, that’s why I got eliminated. As a performer you have to stick to your guns. You have to be honest and you have to stay true to yourself. If you’re going to change your style of performance and your style of vocals and be inconsistent, you won’t be able to build a solid fan base, because people won’t be able to catch on to you. So you really can’t – and once you do build a fan base, you need to feed them what they appreciate about you. I mean, you can’t constantly change yourself or you’re not really respecting your fans.”

Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Joe Munoz: I'm pretty proud of myself"

The elimination of Joe Munoz Thursday night was pretty confusing to me. And it was obvious from Friday’s media conference call with Joe that he was just as confused as I was.

Here’s some of what he had to say…

On what he’ll do next: “I really love pop music, so I’m just a pop guy, and I see myself doing a pop record. Also, there’s a lot of artists doing a lot of things right now, so I really want to be that kind of artist, just being in musical theater, on TV, and make records for people.”

On whether he would change anything: “I don’t think I would do anything different. I’ve been really comfortable with all the decisions I’ve made and I’m pretty happy with what I did, and I’m pretty proud of myself.”

On why he was eliminated: “Honestly I have no idea. This is such an unpredictable show. You really never know what’s going to happen. So I was just keeping my mind clear and not trying to think much about it, and just did the best I could.”

On whether he was doomed by a lack of screen time: “I don’t think so, because other people didn’t get screen time at all and then they got through. I just think – I don’t know, I try not to think about it that much. I just did the best I could and I was really proud of what I did. And even though the outcome wasn’t the best for me, I have faith that things will get better after this.”

On whether he was surprised by his elimination: “A lot of things were going through my mind, honestly, but I was just trying to keep calm and – it’s so unpredictable, you don’t really know who’s going to go home, so I didn’t want to get over confident. But that’s basically what happened last night.”

Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Ashley Rodriguez: "I have no regrets"

When Ashley Rodriguez was eliminated Thursday night, she appeared to be shocked and a little angry. But during Friday’s media conference call, she had nothing but praise for the show she believes has launched her career…

Here’s a little of what she had to say…

On whether she would change anything: “I feel like I went into this competition giving 100% all the time, and I think it’s actually a really, really awesome thing for me that I can walk out of it saying that I have no regrets. I gave my all in every performance, in every situation, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that one opportunity that may not have been for me is just going to lead me and bring me to the next best thing for me.”

On the judges being harsh: “Yes, they were not taking any chances this week. I think a lot of people thought they would be a little lenient considering it was our first live show, but turns out that they were coming in throwing punches, and – I wouldn’t say that they were too hard, but – we definitely could have used a little bit of love from them, that’s for sure. I think that they were very quick to give a lot of criticism and not back it up by anything positive, which is unfortunate, because you can always find something good from a performance, even if it falls apart. There’s always something positive you can take from that, and they didn’t really highlight on that too much, which is unfortunate.”

On why she was eliminated: “It’s unfortunate that I’m leaving the competition so soon, but I have to believe that everything happens for a reason, the good and the bad, because that’s the glimpse of hope. That’s the light in a dark situation. And I’m taking Idol for what it is and for what it was for me, which was a great platform and an awesome opportunity and an incredible moment to sing in front of such a huge audience – 30 million people got to hear me sing and I got to share with them, so what a better way to jumpstart your career than such a huge audience on such a big platform.”

Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX

Janell Wheeler: "I'm glad I went out that way"

In her conference call with the media Friday, Janell Wheeler displayed the same positive attitude she did after her elimination Friday night.

Here’s some of what she had to say…

On her elimination: “If there was any way to go out, I’m so proud of myself in the way that I did. Several of the girls have even texted me and just said, Janelle, you had so much poise, you were a class act and we look up to you and we really admire the way that you went out, and I felt like I kept it together, I sang my song better than I sang it the first time and I’m really happy with how it went. If I had to go out, I’m glad I went out that way.”

On the confusing advice from the judges: “I think I knew exactly what they wanted from me. I just was choosing to do it the second week. The first rehearsal with me and that song was a little more country; however, it lost a lot of its – just rugged sound and energy, so I did switch it back to the rocker version and I felt like it definitely pumped me up and helped me perform better. But I think that in order for me to really have secured a place to the next round, I should have gone ahead and brought the guitar out and performed a top 40 hit like American Boy, which I was definitely planning on doing next week. But I will definitely, as I progress in my future, I will be sticking with a style that I do best, which is so close to my Hollywood audition, the most memorable one, which was American Boy.”

On whether she saw it coming: “I’m a very hopeful person, but that day for some reason I just had this feeling inside of me. I couldn’t really explain it. I even called my parents and I said, be prepared because I don’t have a good feeling about today. Of course the reassured me – no, no, no – and I was like, okay, trust me, I know.”

On why she was eliminated: “I think it was just a matter of, people didn’t know how much they had to vote. People were just really trying to save those people that they thought were in danger, and because I didn’t really shine or get really bad feedback, I think I just kind of unfortunately just got lost in the mix.”

On what she was going to sing next week: “There’s a song currently on the radio and, I don’t know, I might be performing it coming up sometime, I don’t know. You might see me out there, so I’m going to save it.”

On what she’s going to do next: “I think I’m just going to try to do this on my own. Hopefully I’m Nashville-bound.”

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A Contestant Gets Bleeped

If you saw Thursday’s results show, you know that “Idol” lost audio for a few seconds after Tyler Grady was eliminated. Since I had heard some buzzing just before that, I presumed it was a technical glitch…

But according to, the audio was dropped to cover Alex Lambert’s “language” after he was told he was safe.

After all these years, it was bound to happen sometime…

Kat Joins a "Community"

Here’s your first look at Katharine McPhee’s guest appearance on “Community.”

Kat will play Amber, the stepdaughter of Pierce (Chevy Chase). Jeff (Joel McHale) tries to help the two patch their relationship, but it gets complicated when Amber shows interest in Jeff.

And why wouldn’t she? It’s Joel McHale…

Kat’s episode of “Community” airs Thursday, March 11th at 8 p.m. on NBC…

Photo Credit: Trae Patton/NBC

Carrie's "Mother" of a Night

Don’t forget that tonight is the night for Carrie Underwood’s appearance on “How I Met Your Mother.”

She’s playing Tiffany, Ted’s (Josh Radnor) lastest flame. But no, she is not the mother. Or at least I don’t think she is…

“How I Met Your Mother” airs tonight (Monday, March 1st) at 8 on CBS…

Photo Credit: Richard Foreman/CBS