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Hollywood Night (and Ellen!) on Idol

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So how's she doing Idol Watchers?

You know who we mean. Yep, I'm talking Ellen DeGeneres. Tonight's Hollywood round is pre-taped as Ellen, Simon, Randy and Kara narrow the contestants to the Top 24 (and, from there, the 12 finalists.)

 I've seen the rumoured Top 24 list (and am tempted to post it but then I'll get blasted for being a spoiler so ferget it ...) so my attention is somewhat more on Ellen tonight and the judges' interaction than the vocal talent.

So here we go...let's rate 'em all...

"I know what it's like to stand on a stage and try to please a lot of people," Ellen says, defending whether she belongs here as a judge.

Idol Katie Stevens
Ellen's first criticism on Idol proves apt as she tells swaggering Skiiboski to skedadle: "You frighten me. Don't frighten your audience. Sexy and scary, a fine line." He goes home. Katie Stevens' stodgy rendition of a boring old '60s Stevie Wonder ditty pleases the judges tho. For once in my life I wish Stevie's catalog would be mothballed for just one season of Idol. PleaZzzz.

Idol Andrw Garcia
Kara's smoked the crack pipe. "That was genius!" she gushed over Andrew Garcia's good Paula Abdul redo. He sang Straight Up acoustic style and he can definitely sing. But genius? Girl, please. She then equates his gift for reinterpretation to last year's feats from Adam Lambert. Way overpraising, don'cha think? What Andrew did was more akin to Kris Allen's Kanye cover (the acoustic Heartless.)

Meantime, it was predictable that country girl Vanessa was only getting an "aer-o-plane" ride out of this deal so she shouldn't feel her trip to Hollywood was a failure. She's too country for this show, but that's OK. She might make it elsewhere.

Quirks can only carry you so far. Boynton Beach's Cornelius Edwards split his pants in Orlando auditions, the sole reason he got a ticket to Hollywood, it appeared. And he bombed in L.A. Sweet Meighan had the cute little brother shilling for her but the Texan warbled a bum song and Amedeo's oversized Italian personality charmed in auditions week and he is a polite guy, but he, too, goes home.

Idol Jannell Wheeler 
Idol Haeley Vaughn
Best of night so far include Jannelle Wheeler (blond, top) and Haeley Vaughn (above) who bring some grit and country/rock flavor. Haeley, especially, seems to be this season's find. She sang Taylor Swift and showed how good a Taylor Swift song can be when it's sung in tune.

 Mary Powers, the rock mom, tears into Pink's Sober and also scores, tho she risks becoming overbearing ala Daughtry unless she's careful.

And where's the Simon-Ellen fireworks networks and rags teased us about...?"

Jay Stone's beatbox spitting leads Ellen to say of the Miami guy. "Something's wrong with his microphone." Yes, that he ever GOT one in the first place. Ridiculous.

Idol Michael Lynche
Michael Lynche
, whose wife went into labor back home, does a good John Mayer and makes it to Top 24 (that's the one spoiler I'll reveal) except he also may be disqualified because his father violated a cardinal rule at this stage of the competition. He blabbed to the media that his son made the Top 24. So I'll leave with the suspense being whether producers give Lynche another chance or uphold the rule...

Idol Maddy Curtis
Song choice is so important at this stage. Maddy Curtis certainly can sing but she chose some weird, rangey thing and did so while dressed in some 1950s Opry sack and sadly earns a "no" from judges. Shame.

Idol Casey James
Casey James
, who had one of the most irritating auditions thanks to a shirtless schtick, prompted by Kara, redeems himself by displaying some decent blues chops. He's going thru and up there. Word's trickling out, however, that he's served jail time, twice, for driving infractions in the early 2000s. This won't hurt this cougar bait.

Idol Didi Benami
Hate to sound like a grouch (no, that's a lie) but waitress Didi Benami warbles a tuneless Kara DioGuardi tune, sounds like a cross between Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat. I wouldn't give her a tip after that number but she's a fast favorite with the judges.

 Idol Crystal Bowersox
Crystal Bowersox gets the "infectious" word from Simon, while I'd suggest, affected and hopefully not contagious, for her Carole King number. Both go to the next round.

Idol Ellen 
So what did you all think of Ellen's first night as judge?

 It was rather uneventful. Maybe we'll have to wait for the live shows, after all. Her advice was sound tonight, she wasn't trying too hard to make it all about her. Her quips, especially early in the show, were well placed. But no fireworks, no drama, yet. Somehow, I have a feeling producers were hoping for a bit more. That said, no bum notes tonight from Ellen (or any of the judges, for that matter), either. Looking forward to the live shows to see if the real Ellen pokes her blond head out and generates sparks.

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Lesley

hoco, you're not a fan of ellen on idol, right?

Lesley

i just realized that ellen and ryan look alike!

Lesley

katie's good but let's forget the alzheimer's story from now on, shall we?

gail

hi
looks like it's the Ellen show.

Lesley

haaaaa score 1 for ellen ... sexy/stalking bit was true/funny

HoCo

Nope, Lesley. I'm not a big fan of Ellen in general. I did like our interview years ago and I did like her live show, but her tv show sucked and I'm not an early supporter of her on this show. Let's see how it goes.

Lesley

hopefully ellen's presence will mean less air time for insufferable kara

MrsEvans

I wonder how Vanessa's aero plane ride to Hollywood was.

MrEvans

pure balls

Lesley

ha!~ straight up! how clever!!! nice!

gail

Hoco what do you think of the possibility of Howard Stern taking over for Simon...I think it would make it interesting.
Whoever just played the guitar totally rocked!

MrEvans

Nobody wants to follow that guy.

MrEvans

Stern will never get Idol - he's just putting it out there to get more money from Sirius on his next contract.

Lesley

oh no...think she's being sent back to deliverance...yuck

gail

Vanessa never stole my heart...Idul played her for sympathy...po country girl...never felt her singing...bah bye Vanessa

Lesley

stern is waaay too abrasive and controversial for idol..it's just a big pr ploy on his part, agreed. not sure who'd be good to replace simon..i wont watch if it's not someone remotely clued in and acerbic

MrEvans

I think Katy Perry was auditioning for Simon's spot...

MrsEvans

I think Lane should replace Simon....just sayin...

Ladybugnine

Elton! Elton!

Lesley

they better not pick a two hit wonder to replace him. can't stand katy perry and like her even less since russell brand.

Lesley

this girl is going to be hoco's new brooke..but unlike brooke, i may like her too...

Ladybugnine

why do they even bother letting so many people thru to hollywood in the first place, when so many of them suck? is something gonna change between then and now? please enlighten me.

MrEvans

Wanna-be Brooke White.

Lesley

lady:some of them are so drastically different from their original auditions..must be nerves..

they're hardly showing any singers ...zzzzz

Ladybugnine

damn, girl can play too.

MrEvans

Brooke Black...

Lesley

black country singer's good...wondering if taylor swift would ever have passed muster on this show...hmmm

Lesley

this rocker chick is pink-esque...i liked.

Ladybugnine

they're 'bout the same

MrsEvans

I am diggin rocker mom.

Ladybugnine

ol' girl must be signed to a label then.

gail

This is freaking painful.

Lesley

did anyone see that dude's EYEBROWS?

MrsEvans

Why aren't they showing the performances?

Lesley

this is boring....how many more episodes do we have to endure before the competition begins, does anyone know?

Ladybugnine

hate that beatbox guy

Lesley

Lilly's great and if anyone locally knows merle weiss, they have the same hair...

Ladybugnine

like that blonde chick

gail

Lilly Scott a name to remember.

Ladybugnine

could he appear less interested in his baby being born?

HoCo

Not worth discussing Howard Stern because the shock jock is only using this to discuss his contract with radio. No one in Idol would take that guy seriously for Idol. It's a rumor and typical grandstanding from the guy.
As to whether I'd want him? Hell no. That would be insane -- and not in a good way.

Lesley

like john mayer and darius rucker....

MrEvans

"Green Mile" is good.

gail

Wow finally 2 good singers in a row....

HoCo

Simon's most likely replacement will be Sony label head Tommy Mottola. He has the music industry cred that position needs.

Lesley

TUrban is good.

HoCo

No one's remotely as gifted a musician as Brooke White so far. The weepy blond girl's sole similarity is the, well, blond hair. And even her hair wasn't as well styled.

Lesley

aww, I liked Justin.

Lesley

there's no replacement for your Brooke W. HoCo. But I think she's poised to be the maybe less annoying Brooke W of this season..

16?? wow. song choice way too old for her

Lesley

love this bluesy guy

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