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#421

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:19 PM

From the minute George appeared on screen, I've hated really HATED his obsequious, toadying attitude - that over big grin, innocent, 'I'd never do or even think anything bad, ever!' expression- everything. I can't stand the dip either - I know he's just enjoying himself, but it looks really stupid, and an extension of that extreme "I'm friendly and harmless, really" message he seems to be trying to send. So, my problem is that I actually did like him, for the first time, last night. Not my favorite, but not a bad vocal performance, maybe even a slight dip from "Olympic-class toady" to "World-class toady".

Randy just seems to have his favorites, and I just hate every word that comes out of his mouth - it's just such a pose, and so meaningless. He doesn't seem like he is always really listening to the performance before judging. I really didn't get the Jasmine bashing, especially after the care taken with JPL. From the reviews, you'd think he was better than her - and I can't accept that concept. I do love how all the contestants, and the audience are visibly just waiting for Simon's critique - the only real one. And the lack of Boo's after JPL's criticism were the worst thing any performer can hear.

Redhead Sinatra - he was trying to break out, and not doing well, but I still like him being in this competition for awhile longer - he's at least unique, and I'd like to see him develop some more. I didn't like Circle of Life - just seemed overdone, overacted. I voted 3, 4, 8 - mostly for 4.

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:33 PM

I think Camille has several problems- but the one that irks me the most is that she does not seem to pick the right songs for her voice and style. She has really poor judgment and no intuition about her song choice.


No kidding, the crompton. There's a reason she sang that Fugees song at her original audition (I think it was "Ready Or Not") -- it's got no range. Sure, she sounded kind of Lauryn Hill-ish, in an imitative sort of way, but can you really say "Wow, she can sing!" after hearing that?

Me, I think she's got no range at all. And she sounds like she always has a cold.

#423

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:37 PM

About George

So, my problem is that I actually did like him, for the first time, last night.

ITA. I was never really into the "I'm always so happy" thing, and each time that Paula said "George, America loves you!" I thought "Not me." But good ol' George has really come through week after week, and I am starting to like his voice. Good for him.

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:41 PM

I'm reading the posts and my TV Guide says that Tamyra is coming tonight to sing. But I could have sworn that I heard on E! yesterday that it was Trenyce. Is it possible that both of them are coming back or do my psych meds need adjusting?

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:47 PM

I'm reading the posts and my TV Guide says that Tamyra is coming tonight to sing. But I could have sworn that I heard on E! yesterday that it was Trenyce. Is it possible that both of them are coming back or do my psych meds need adjusting?


Fox's website says Tamyra.


No kidding, the crompton. There's a reason she sang that Fugees song at her original audition (I think it was "Ready Or Not") -- it's got no range. Sure, she sounded kind of Lauryn Hill-ish, in an imitative sort of way, but can you really say "Wow, she can sing!" after hearing that?


But Alicia K., Camile's got that tone, Dawg! [/Randy]

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:54 PM

Tone, schmone! Give me someone who can hit the notes!

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:55 PM

Well. I'm about 700 pages late here, but in reference whoever said that John should have worn platform boots and sparkly glasses, WORD. I had vowed to vote for hours for anyone who dressed like 70s era Elton, and there were no takers. Even Ryan, once so reliable for wacky clothes, didn't so much as gesture towards the fabulous sequinned ensembles of Sir Elton. Not fair. Even more not fair than the assault upon my eardrums from all that "singing."

And guys, I'm worried about Jasmine. I think she's spent too much time learning the hula, and not enough time listening to the radio. Her entire musical knowledge seems to come from watching previous seasons of AI. And that's not healthy...

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:57 PM

Fox even plugged on-air during``24``last night that the guest performer tonight`s Tamyra.

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:58 PM

When Fantasia ignored Simon's comment and said, ". . . but I had fun!" I wish Simon had come back with, "Well, William Hung has FUN performing, but that doesn't make you the American Idol."

Camille's dancing during GBYBR reminded me of a high school guy who has to be talked into going to the prom because he can't dance- start bobbing to the beat, try a different dance move, realize he is off beat and go back to the first "safe" step.

It occured to me that if I ordered a singing telegram and got the quality of some of these performances - JPL and John Stevens last week, Carmen-oops-Camille ANY week- I would want my money back! They really should be in tune.

However, I sort of liked John Stevens' dancing last night! He started out looking like the guy we can't name since he wasn't in this episode, but then branched out to a couple different moves. If you watch him on mute, it wasn't a bad performance!! What a recommendation for a singing competition!!! Not bad on mute!!!!

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 5:58 PM

Gotta start getting here sooner, whew!
Y'all have said most everything, and I posted my comments on Teen Martin on his thread but, again, boy can't sing at all. And if you don';t read the individual threads I said he reminded me of Pat Boone destroying Little Richard. That song needs some R&R BALLS and his obviously haven't dropped yet.

I live in Hawaii, but I may have to swing a baseball bat around here if my fellow islanders save Camille much longer. She is embarrassing. Jasmine on the other hand just hit a few sour notes. Unfortunately they were important notes in the song. HER I feel for, cuz I think she could be great.

Fantasia did a great job, but I still just dislike her in general.
WTF was America thinking putting LaToya in the bottom 3 last week? This week she showed why she should WIN this whole thing!

Oh, and George, bad enough you were making me dizzy with the bouncing, did you have to also make the cameramen dizzy?

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 6:44 PM

I dunno if the USA Today poll is a solid indicator (since it's limited to one vote per e-mail address so the kiddies can't go all button-happy)...but voters there got the top four, and more importantly the bottom three, "right".

It appears that many sacrificial spliffs and boohoo blunts will alighten in commiseration tonight if the poll is statistically valid...which is probably as likely as monkeys flying out of my butt. Oh, well, perhaps Camille moves on to further competition on The Bong Show...

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 6:52 PM

retrose1:

[Rocketman] was one of William Shatner's best.

So I've heard, but actually the monologue version I heard was performed at a talent show at Carnegie Mellon University in August, 2003.

febutterfly:

Anyone ever watch "Kids, Incorporated" on the Disney Channel? <singing> "We're Kids, Incor..porated, K! I! D! S! Kids, Inco..porated, K! I! D! S!" <chair dancing here as song goes through my head> Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, Diana is like that. A kid's show performance in the Ugliest. Shirt. Ever.

OMG, you're totally right!

Alicia K.:

Tone, schmone!

I think "schmoning" is what Camile does when she "sings."

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 7:03 PM

Just as with the Carmen baby-eating jokes, I doubt anybody here actually thinks Fantasia is a "crack ho." If you're going to be that overly sensitive, I encourage you to find someplace else to post.

Edited by Shack, Apr 7, 2004 @ 7:11 PM.


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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 7:57 PM

If Diana was in fact ill last night, I feel sorry for all those poor slobs in the front row she high-fived. They're all gonna come down with a cold. Hopefully they had some Purell hand sanitizer on hand. [So sue me, I'm a germphobic.]

I've actually always liked Diana better than most on this Board, but even I thought she was really lacking this time out. I fear with the seemingly large fan bases of John, Camille and JPL, the talented Diana may be out.

Its' funny, I was never a big fan of George, LaToya or Fantasia, but thought they each did quite well. It's probably going to be a George/ Fantasia finale.

Also, have always liked JPL, but am losing patience with his mediocre performances. I'm sure there are many like me out here who will not vote him through.

And Fantasia, you do not end a ballad with a bunch of "yeah, yeah, yeah's." Maybe on Beatles night, she could do, "She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," and at least be singing the right lyrics.

Jennifer was the best. It will be a shame if she's on the Seal tonight.

Edited by lawgal, Apr 7, 2004 @ 8:04 PM.


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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 8:12 PM

Simon was right...bad karaoke was all that shit was last night.

Loved...Fantasia, George, LaToya. I liked Jennifer, but I'm frightened for the night she is (probably) voted off. She will need to be cuffed and escorted out of the venue.

Can you imagine what these kids will do to Paul McCartney's Beatles and Wings songs if Paul agrees to do the show this season? I think the performances could be even worse, if that's even possible!

I will vomit if either Camille, the hobbit or teen Jon don't go home tonight.

After reading some of the posts, I have definitely aged myself a bit. I knew all of the songs from last night's show, including "Take Me To The Pilot". And yes, I'm sure Elton threw a diva fit over these performances.

Lastly...in agreement with other posters who said tonight's group sing is going to suck ass. It will be bad bad bad.

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 10:33 PM

I never realized how many Elton John songs I like! Wow. That's what I get for listening to Lite FM all day at work.

I'm glad my two faves sang two of my favorite Elton songs: Jennifer and Latoya. Someone saved my life tonight...

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Posted Apr 7, 2004 @ 10:37 PM

cbarnard:

I'm about 700 pages late here, but in reference whoever said that John should have worn platform boots and sparkly glasses, WORD.


I'm guessing they nixed the platforms because they couldn't get the FAA to approve use of the airspace, lest he interfere with landing patterns at LAX. Either that or the venue's retractible dome is on the fritz. You want to make him taller?

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Posted Apr 10, 2004 @ 6:22 AM

I can't really HATE! George, but neither can I understand what everyone finds so appealing. His voice is mediocre at best, while his personality borders on Stepford territory. Maybe even (if I'm being nasty), Stepin Fetchit territory.


WHOA! That's WAY harsh. Just my opinion, of course, but I think it's sad that someone like George, who might just possibly be a naturally happy person, is seen as somehow being a bit retarded or like "Stepin Fetchit" or "not representing" or just plain scary. If he's putting on an act, it's a damn good act. I also respectfully disagree that George's voice is mediocre.

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Posted Apr 11, 2004 @ 11:41 AM

WHOA! That's WAY harsh. Just my opinion, of course, but I think it's sad that someone like George, who might just possibly be a naturally happy person, is seen as somehow being a bit retarded or like "Stepin Fetchit" or "not representing" or just plain scary. If he's putting on an act, it's a damn good act. I also respectfully disagree that George's voice is mediocre.


WORD! You said it, Katisha66.

#440

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Posted Apr 11, 2004 @ 11:42 AM

Aawwww, my first double post. I think I'll celebrate with a double cheeseburger. And a double scoop of ice cream. And some Doublemint. Carry on.

Edited by representin512, Apr 11, 2004 @ 11:44 AM.


#441

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Posted Apr 12, 2004 @ 4:21 PM

Wow, am I late. I claim an excuse, though; I was in Tokyo on a business trip and didn't get to see the videotape until just a couple of nights ago.

Lessons Learned:

#1: "Crocodile Rock" still sucks. It's both Bernie's and Elton's weakest effort, like, ever.

#2: I realized just how old I am. I was in college when "I'm Still Standing" first came out; Diana wasn't even born yet. I hate it when that happens (for example, I saw the 20th Anniversary Edition DVD of "Police Academy" at Best Buy while out for lunch today; I've been bummed out ever since).

Eeeee-worthy:

Mistah Huff -- "Take Me To The Pilot" may be Bernie at his most obscure (Bernie has the grace to admit the lyrics make absolutely no sense), but at least Reg made it swing. And George fucking nailed it. Shame on Shack for the "churn butter" comment, shame on me for laughing my ass off at it.

Jennifer -- Girl's at her best with bombastic material; as such, "Circle of Life" was tailor-made for her. She hadn't been wowing me the past couple of weeks, but this was an excellent performance.

Almost-but-not-quite-Eeeee-worthy:

There were no almost-but-not-quite-Eeeee-worthy performances this night.

Good:

Latoya -- I dunno, what works for Jennifer (overwrought, bombastic material) doesn't work so much for Latoya (but for that one semifinal performance). She did a good job, but for some reason it didn't work so well for me.

Fantasia -- We're hitting that point in the season where the voices are starting to give out. Not the greatest song choice, either.

Mediocre:

Diana -- She's perky, I'll give her that. As mentioned above, this performance made me feel old.

Jasmine -- As God is my witness, I cannot remember anything about her performance. Good because she didn't suck outright. Bad because, well, I can't remember it.

Teh Suck:

JPL -- Ow. At least he didn't reprise the Muppet edition of "Tiny Dancer".

Camile -- Ow. Ow. Ow. Take it up a fifth and you may have something, but your lower register is terrible.

John -- Oh, fuck, OW! File this under "worst possible song choice, ever".

I would have booted John first, but since I ranked Camile right above him, I'm not disappointed in the outcome.

#442

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Posted Apr 14, 2004 @ 4:17 PM

Can someone tell me some rangey Elton John songs? Preferably some not performed on this episode?