American Idol - Season 9 Feb 16 & 17

Live Rough notes from Dot Todman on American Idol

(Last week - we had a crashed computer so I took written notes... but I'm not going to scan them. You have to email to see those. We may put them in the member's only section.)

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Tuesday, February 16th 2010

71 remaining contestants

performed and no feedback. Sheish.  Great time to WAIT – CORE VOCAL POWER TIME!

People waiting..need to learn how to connect to their inner-confidence

“Angela”Martin American Boy audition – lovely.

Casey James
Such a great presence and energy, cool tone. Reminds me of the reptilian fellow a few years back… Mike….

Jermaine Purifoy  - nice voice “Brickhouse”
(looks calm – doing my 4x4x8 breathing?)

I love how they try to create suspense of who out top 24 will be. Sheish.

Commercials.  Sheish.  LOL.

DON’T THEY LET THEM LISTEN TO MUISC WHILE THEY WAIT?
LOL.
Why not play games, breathe,

Andrew Garcia

Jermaine Sellers – Man in the Mirror
Has a great range, but I would have sang the song 1 key lower….
He made a comment about how the band played it differently
Not a “Diva Move” –

Siobhan Magnus
Ellen said she seems heavy and serious. Have fun and don’t’ be so “old”
So, they’re showing your audition – but it doesn’t look like you’re having fun. You sound nice though.

Crystal Bowersox
I like this gal – harmnica and guitar… but moreso, just the energy of her voice.  How it makes me feel. She is GROUNDED and CENTERED…

Alex Lambert, 19
Guitar – I like his voice… they said he had zero spark – but he doesn’t need to try.
Yeah – great song choice!  Because your voice

Michael Lynche
Not a good song choice for your voice…. Or at least not in that key, but I LOVE YOU. Not sure if you’ll make it through sweetie.

Todrick Hall
R & B twist on it… I like this… because it is creative… keep the vocal runs tasteful.. not too much though.  Great key for you.

Thaddeus Johnson
Told the band nicely
I love the Mama’s boy!
Nice big gorgeous voice.  Energy is FABULOUS!  This kid needs to get in because he is so PRESENT.

Hearing the thoughts of people in ROOM 1 – see how PSYCHOLOGICAL THIS SHOW IS?  LOL!

COMMERCIAL

ROOM 2

Charity Vance, 17
Not the best song choice.


Tasha Layton

Mary Powers – speaks confidently
She says the song is case.
Hmmmm… you sounded cute Mary, but  I’m not sure how much fun you were having while you sang.  What kind of gift were you

 offering the audience? 


Llyod Thomas
“Man in the Mirror”
Performance seems to lack a bit of originality.


Police officer  (jaw is tight – watch it)
Initially he was confident, but then after waiting… stressed
Interesting how the MIND can make us trip out after a while



Tisha

Jermaine Purifory

Hope Johnson (Dallas)
The gal who overcame poverty
Ellen likes her energy and enthusiams and uniqueness
Has that littls rasp in voice.
Why would you pick “Home”  You wanna go home?
Bad key also and  not very grounded.  Awe.

QUESTION – ARE THERE ANY SINGERS WHO ARE JUST CHILL. WHO HAVE SURRENDERED?  ARE THEY REALLY AS STRESSED AS THE SHOW MAKES THEM LOOK? THEY’RE JUST SITTING THERE.

ROOM 3

Shelby  Dressel
(side of mouth paralyzed)
Ellen loves her
Lost lyrics again in band rehearsal. It’s that part of the brain you don’t want
It’s a brain fart – no worries.
SUCH A GORGEOUS VOICE. I love “More than a feeling”
GOOD JOB sweetie!  I love you. I hope you make it.

Aaron Kelly, 16?
Forgot words.  Awe. 
Adopted and been through alot.
Did he redeem himself?
I’d say you sound FABULOUS. “Arms of the Angel”


Ashley Rodriguez, 22
Start was SO AWESOME! 
Connect more to audience more  - maye?

Lee Dewyze, 22
Very commercial sound. Wow


Joe Muniz
Man in the Mirror again
Cute

Haely Vaughn
Jason Mraz – with guitar
NOPE – not a good song choice sweetie. 

Janell Wheeler
Struggling with voice
Cough – YES – get CORE VCOAL POWER CD can help
Did you enjoy your performance?  Didn’t seem comfortable.  Song choice?  Don’t give up though, until you know.  It’s not done until you give up.

HOW TO DEAL WITH AUDITION STRESS.

Commercial


Tori Kelly
Nice voice but high larynx

Lilly Scott, 20
Blonde – another high larynx

Andrew Garcia
I LOVE YOU.  And one of my students knows you! You better make it!
Great tone, presence and quality.



ROOM 1
I’m wondering – how long they did have to wait.
I like Ellen’s speech… sort of … OH GOOD. THEY GET IN.

LILY SCOTT, SHAVONNE MAGNUS, THLERY MICHAEL, THADDEUS!  HOORAY!

Commercial


ROOM #2
They cut the room.
Awe.  Well, Mary is gone.  She was a little overconfident.

ROOM #3
It’s so mean how they ramble on and torture them!

Yeah! John Park and Jessica Furney!  (Yes, I still have a crush on John Park)

REMAINING 46

Commercial – THE FINAL CUT
A Dot thought: “I hope John Park makes it.  I really like him. He is a heart throb.”

Holding room – long walk to judges – to find out after they reviewed the footage of all their performances

BIG MIKE - YES
 at age 26 who’s wife had a baby.  Such a nice young man. I hope he gets in – just cuz he’s so dang sweet. And aside from the fact that he has fabulous dimples, he has a great voice.
I like how they ask him how they think he’s done.
He said he doesn’t like the waiting game.
Simon said he did improve over the past couple of days. Simon says they have a problem with him not believing in himself… whatever. He gets it.
Omg. He picks up EVERYBODY! HAHAAHAH! Except Randy.

Didi Benami -YES
(best friend died)
Sang Kara’s song and then Arms of the Angel
She sounds a bit like Brooke White from a few years back.
They’re really dragging this out this year….in order to get an emotional response.
She gets in Sheish.


Kaitlyn - YES
(parents divorced.. they will do anything to get some drama in the show eh)
She says “If I don’t make it, I’m going to be upset.  Is that good emotional prep?
Ellen is rambling on…but you can tell that with the sparkle in her eye and her energy, that she’s going to say yes.  Are they just going to show all the yeses?

BORING.

Hey – that’s the spaghetti factory in Hollywood. I ate there before.

Shelby  Dressel – NO =(
You are rad. I hope you will make it…. Because you can embody your song and have really GREAT ENERGY.  And you are ADORABLE!
Randy delivers the message
OMG. I’M SOOOOO BUMMED! SHE DIDN’T MAKE IT! WHAT WHAT WHAT? 
I really liked her.  That’s stupid.  Okay.  This young lady has a gorgeous voice and gorgeous energy. Sheish. This season better get better!


COMMERCIAL

Casey James - YES
(motorcycle accident survivor)
The hot guitar playing long-haired blondie
Very grounded and lovely…Kara has a crush.  LOL.  Gotta love Hollywood.
They didn’t make him suffer that long – cuz Kara loves him. LOL. Of course he got through.  Nice voice though. I like.
 
Aaron Kelley - YES
This young chap may get through cuz he’s one of the “types” they like.
Yep – gets in.


Lee  Dewyze - YES
Has a very commercial sounding voice and great energy and POWER in voice, but psychologically….are you ready sweetie?
Kara – says you have a lack of confidence in performance in standing on the stage and owning it.  He says he feels he’s confident… but you can tell he’s trippin
Almost pee’s his pants with joy.  Woah – you really felt that one.


Todrick Hall
(says he’s a dancer, and never had a voice lesson – GREAT  - you haven’t been tainted) you have a FABULOUS VOICE. Interesting attitude. 
They just said “YES” really fast to him!  And he says, “that’s it!”
Okay Todrick, you are good looking.  I am single… uh.. you only like white girls?  LOL.

Jessica Furney , 21 - NO
I REMEMBER YOU FROM LAST YEAR!
Great notes on you on my site. http://www.dotsidolvlog.com
Good energy that comes through when you sing.
And you got the words to that crazy song.  LOL.
Randy delivers...the no message.
OMG – let her in already. They won’t though.
OMG – she asked what she did wrong, Simon says, “You didn’t sing as well as the others…. This is not the end of your career”  It’s not the end.  She’s only 21
This is a good speech they gave her though – It’s not the end of the road. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS PEOPLE.
No worries Jessica. Come in for a lesson. I’ll hook you up! =P

No did not lose your voice because of the group… it is important to look after yourself though.
We lose our voices from not




Wednesday, February 17, 2010


THE NEXT ON THE TOP 24

The emotional exhaustion of WAITING….
Come on now!  Get some CORE VOCAL POWER and ya'll will be fine! LOL!
Feed the HEART.
Trying to keep cool…

Janell Wheeler, 24
I like your voice with the guitar, but sounds a bit tired – watch the air in the chords. Humm more. This will help.

FORGIVE YOURSELF FOR MAKING MISTAKES.  LOVE YOURSELF.

You are ALL FABULOUS just for being on the show.

Ellen gets her through with the mind games. (I do love you Ellen.  You are a good soul)

I expect to see good things from you Janell, but be careful with the voice.


Tyler Grady - YES
Bushy Haired hottie
Nice tenory voice –and I like how you commented on how you’re not planning on going home. Kara has a crush on you., 70’s groovy boy.
You’re interesting enough for them to keep you.
The teenage girls are going to LOVE you. LOL.


Lacey Brown - YES
You were there last year…(I have notes on you)
This year – YOU GOT IT!  Good job!
“Wonderful World”
nice version.  Very unique to make it yours.

Ashley Rodrigues -YES

Alex Lambert - YES

Joe Munoz - YES
(They hardly showed him!)


***Crystal Bowersox  - YES (one of my FAVS)
“Natural Woman”
This child is connected to her soul and completely OPEN, AUTHENTIC AND DARLING.  SHE BETTER GET IN OR I’M NOT WATCHING THE SHOW.
Okay – GOOD!  SHEISH!  I think she knew deep down she’d get in. And she showed them a pic of SON. AWE!

My DVR went weird (I did not see this following part grrr!)

Katie Stevens – YES
Grandma

Montage of people getting cut

Angela Martin -NO
Got cut again!
She’s been thru hail

Lilly Scott - Yes

Paige Miles
Siobhan Magnus
Michele Delamor
Jermaine Sellers
John Park

2 girls
Tory Kelly vs Hailey Vaugn

2 guys
Thaddeus Johnson  - NO
Andrew Garcia - YES