There were a few I liked so far. I can't really remember any names - it's too early for me just yet. I had a laugh at Jason Castro's brother though.. he was good. And not lacking in confidence at all. Which is something you need in the music business. I hope he makes it past Hollywood. I missed the intruments though. Did they have them on AI last year during the audition rounds? I can't remember.
American Idol starts in three weeks. I've been a fan of Canadian Idol for a while, but since the show will be off the air for the 2009 season (and maybe indefinitely), I'm going to try watching AI, which I've never really watched much before. I think it'll be interesting to compare the two shows and to look at AI from the point of view of a CI viewer.
Hi, SleepinIn! It's tough for me to process two two-hour shows' worth of auditions, I don't remember any names, either. Of those two guys who were best friends, the second one who auditioned (the one who unfortunately lost his wife recently) had a voice and style I liked. Also the blind (?) auditioner near the end. And I really liked Castro's brother's voice--though I thought it was hilarious when he (w/ pink hair, etc.) said Jason was "girly." He has confidence to spare--bordering on arrogance?--but he's right for TV and I would be surprised if he didn't go pretty far. Several girls were good, too, but I can't remember anyone else in detail at this point. Dark-haired 16 year old girl on the first night stood out for me.
I didn't even miss the instruments until you mentioned them! Good point.
I'm used to a fourth judge, from watching CI, but I wonder how AI fans are liking Kara. I didn't understand one thing: how many votes does it take to get the ticket? On CI, it seems I remember Jacob only getting two votes (Sass and Farley) and going through--is it two or three (out of four) on AI?
I didn't really like Michael Castro, though I thought he had an ok voice. But I didn't really like Jason to begin with, so I'm not that excited to see his brother. Anyway, I don't think they'll put him through the top 36, considering how they just wanted to get rid of Jason last year after a certain point.
From what I understand, they're showing fewer auditions this year and empasizing the weird/eccentric people a lot less.
We saw 7 of them actually, including the incredibly annoying Tatiana and the mediocre Jesus.
Adam has a big buzz going on for him, but I'm not convinced. He seemed like a great guy, but I didn't really like his audition. I watched some videos, but they just showed me that some of his performances are way over the top. If he cuts back on the theatrics, maybe I'll be on board, because I can't deny that he has a good voice.
Kai didn't really wow me, I thought his voice was nothing special, but maybe I need to see more. By the way, ross, if you find myspaces with music on them, it's not a good sign, since all the contestants who made the top 50 were supposedly required to take down their music at the beginning of January. It's not like that with Canadian Idol and I'm grateful that it's not.
From Louisville, I liked Joanna's voice and she was likeable enough, but I don't know if her previous experience(s) in the industry won't be a turn off for some viewers. I also liked the way-too-brief auditions of Kris Allen and Felicia Barton that were included in a montage.
The others who made it didn't really leave a mark on me, but again, it's so hard to judge after hearing so little of their singing.
Finally, the guy (Aaron?) who belted "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" thoroughly entertained me (if only for the reactions of the judges!), but mainly made me remember fondly the amazing version that was done by Mookie, Tetiana and the Pigott brothers last summer.
You will see a vast difference between Canadian Idol and American Idol.
Tonight's show was on the dull side, to me. I'm not a huge fan of the Whitney Houston style of singing, which is maybe why I liked that kid who missed his guitar (Michael Perrelli, I think). Not that he sang great. No doubt he would have done better with the guitar. (Though why he didn't know the rules until the last minute and expected to play an instrument is weird. I'd think they must issue guidelines for auditions.) Anyhow he's the first human being I seemed to able to get interested in, and he sang the way a lot of 18 year olds who front bands these days sing. In a way I think AI is old fashioned since the style of music they're into was really hot fifteen years ago. CI dug up some people this year who were pretty much "today," and, aren't those the people who actually may go somewhere in the business and be actual Idols, rather than young Whitney and Mariah clones?
The only one I liked tonight was Anne Marie. I didn't think she needed to come back and look more like a star. I liked that she was just very natural (and a natural beauty as well).
The thing I hate the most about AI is the panel of judges. If it hadn't been for David Cook last year, I don't think I would've made it to the end. They just like to hear themselves talk (or sit in each other's lap I guess), but they often don't really care about the contestants. I really like Ryan though, almost as much as Ben.
I haven't watched tonite's episode yet. I'm on Western time, yet I'll be sure to get back to ya with a response Ross1.
Tonight's show was on the dull side, to me.
Tonight was really dull!
We'll just have to agree to disagree alleywayzalways. The reason I enjoy the Idol shows is that they make me discover new talents, people whose music I would potentially buy. I don't watch for the trainwrecks, though it's true that they're sometimes funny. But, I would mostly like to watch only the talented people. The freaks and the deluded kids that we see during the auditions are not entertaining to me. Well, mostly, since it's way too easy to laugh at some of them. I can't wait until the end of the audition phase of the show though.
And if you consider that you're a more devoted Idol fan than me, then I don't have a problem with that. Three hours of AI this week are way enough for me!