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Anyone Following American Idol?(15 posts)

Anyone Following American Idol?Jon Billheimer
May 2, 2003 10:25 AM
Don't know about any of you, but I've been immensely enjoying the talent of the final group of six or seven performers. However, I was completely blown away when Trenyce and Ruben of all people ended up this week in the bottom two. And then completely dumbfounded when Trenyce got the boot. This girl, IMO, is a diva of comparable talent to Diana Ross and Aretha!! Personally I hope she goes on to equal stardom and makes the audience look like the fools they obviously are!

In the meantime Josh-the-Marine rides the coattails of GWII patriotism into the final selection. Talk about halo effects! He's a nice looking guy and a moderately talented performer but certainly not in the class of the others.

Clay is better than most top twenty recording artists on the pop scene today. And I think Neil Sedaka thinks so too.

What does everyone else think? Or does anyone care?:)-
re: Anyone Following American Idol?TJeanloz
May 2, 2003 10:29 AM
Trenyce would have fallen in my bottom two. Everybody (including Josh) knows that Josh is there by the grace of his military pedigree - and I think he's becoming embarrassed by it.

The issue with Rubin, I think, is that his supporters assume that he's safe, and either don't vote or vote for their second-favorite. A near miss at this point could actually help him in the long run.

I'm not a fan of Clay's dramatic image change.

And that's about all I have to say on the topic.
I have not seen even one episode. I've heard its a brutal scene.Kristin
May 2, 2003 10:41 AM
Does anyone know what type of engineering is being offered to the performers? Are they autotuned at all??

I made a decision 2 years ago to not pursue a singing career because--while I have a crazy passion for it--the industry is brutal on all but the absolute best. In the end I didn't feel like subjecting myself to all the insults. I've got an average talent and some technical ability, carried by a pretty tonal quality. I could probably get an appearance on the show, but would only make it into the top 50 (perhaps). I feel for the people who do that show and who pursue their dreams of vocal performance--especially the ones who can't seem to evaluate their talent realistically.

That has nothing to do with what you asked. Sorry. Just thoughts that tumbled around my mind as I read your post. If I had a TV, I'd watch it. It would be interesting to see their progress.
Yup. And check out the details of the "prize". . .czardonic
May 2, 2003 10:54 AM
. . .http://archive.salon.com/ent/feature/2002/09/18/idol_contract/print.html.
The Wed. night show was a sham!jesse1
May 2, 2003 10:44 AM
I pretty much agree with what you stated. If it were up to me, it would have been Josh & Ruben standing up there with Josh going home.
It's not that he's that bad, but he's the worst of who was left, and should stick with country music. The girl that was voted off will be a big star I'm sure. She pretty much has it all.
I think Clay is the best one of the lot. Having said all this, I'm guilty of not calling in any votes.
The Wed. night show was a sham!Jon Billheimer
May 2, 2003 10:50 AM
Kristin, your comments are pretty interesting coming from someone with a little performance background. I simply admire the talent and mental tenacity of these performers.

My wife sarcastically commented that the entire State of Texas called in to keep Josh on the show. Too bad. The judges were absolutely stunned too.
Haven't watched the last couple weeks. . .czardonic
May 2, 2003 10:49 AM
. . .but sheesh, the latest vote blows my mind too. Too bad for Trenyce, but there is hope yet. Tamyra Gray appears on a hit primetime drama every week and I can't even remeber the name of last years winner.

I suspect TJ is right about voter apathy towards Ruben.

I also like Clay. I he has a great voice and a kind of natural under-dog quality. Then again, I can't imagine myself buying any of his CDs, should he win.
Buying CD's? How does that work? (nm)53T
May 2, 2003 11:26 AM
Stuck with a dial-up, so I've picked up some arcane tricks. (nm)czardonic
May 2, 2003 11:37 AM
Last year's winner..Starliner
May 3, 2003 2:35 PM
Last year's winner currently has the number 2 CD (Madonna is #1) on the charts, according to this morning's paper (SF Chron). Oddly enough, since I read it this morning, Ive forgetten her name already.... Kelly something or another....
Beware, obviously conspiracy brainwashing isNo_sprint
May 2, 2003 11:50 AM
transmitted through this show! :)

Obviously I've never watched a second of it. The Granddaddy though, Survivor, I don't miss.
Have a nice weekend and...No_sprint
May 2, 2003 1:03 PM
Maybe Rummy and Wolfy will drop a JDAM on it! LOL
American Idol=overblown karaoke contestempacher6seat
May 2, 2003 3:01 PM
I'd have more respect for the show if the contestants were allowed to perform original material. At least its a step forward from all the Britney Spears type "artists" who didn't write their music, and usually didn't sing it live either (lip synching).
re: Anyone Following American Idol?Starliner
May 3, 2003 2:26 PM
I watch it here and there, and I agree that these guys are talented. I liked Trenyce a lot - she's very feminine in all the good ways. Your mention of Diana Ross is accurate - a similar energy. There is also a hint of tragedy about her which I felt came through in some of her songs. When I heard she was given the door I was somewhat surprised but not shocked - they're all good in their own ways and it's almost come down to picking a name out of a hat.

Ruben has superb command of his singing, but when the music stops, he retreats back into normalcy too quickly - he's got to learn to let the emotion of the song linger for a moment or two longer. I think somebody will craft Josh into a successful country/pop singer after this is all over. Kim is ... well, good, very good, but lacking in uniqueness and stage personality IMO. And then there is Clay. He certainly has morphed himself from a plain, Alfred E. Newman-like personality into a contender. Great voice, and born to take the mike and take command of his song.

No predictions as to who's going to win - I will predict however that more than one of them will proceed into the bigtime with their singing careers.
re: Anyone Following American Idol? no:)..nmbic
May 4, 2003 2:40 AM