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24 March 2010



Here are some cute comments from a few sources in the media about American Idol’s top 11 performances! Quite a buzz about David Archuleta, as it should be, but the one I loved the most is Jim Cantiello from MTV News. He is seriously one of the funniest guys I have ever had the pleasure to read and watch. Enjoy his video below, he apparently has no voice—wink, wink—yet he does say something!!!!!

Word of warning to Seacrest, however — you might want to quit with the David Archuleta comparisons. I know I was on Team Cook in season 7, but if we’re comparing vocal firepower here, Archie owns Aaron like Oprah Winfrey owns, well, everything.

Aaron Kelly – “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith
Aaron has a huge crush on Miley, and it’s adorable because he’s only 16 and he’s allowed to be attracted to her. (If any other contestant were that tickled to get a hug from the teen star, they’d come across like a total creeper.) David Cook memorably sang “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” back during Season 7 (it was even the producer’s pick!). Aaron’s could never measure up to Cook’s version, even if his country-leaning voice does give it a different dimension. He does a decent enough job considering he’s been sick, but does Aaron’s voice even matter? He’ll drift along until the little girls at home change their votes for more competent performers closer to the Top 5. Also, Ryan calls Aaron “David Archuleta” while giving out his Idol digits, but it’s an unfair comparison: Archie always had extremely polished vocals (don’t tell us you don’t still get the shakes when you hear his gorgeous take on “Imagine”), and Aaron has yet to convince us he’s anything more than a high school talent show performer.

Jim Cantiello Video

MTV News

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by Jim Cantiello in Music, Television

Expectations are now so low on this season of “American Idol” that when news broke that Miley Cyrus was going to “mentor” the Top 11 as they sang “Teen Idol Hits No Wait Billboard #1 Hits No Wait Both Maybe,” I shrugged and said, “Eh, they’ve had worse.” (I’m still laughing at producers for letting Jennifer Lopez give singing tips to Melinda Doolittle.) Looking back on my reaction, I now see I was dead wrong.

Miley Cyrus is a genius mentor for the season nine contestants. The best lesson these kids could learn is how to become uber-famous performers with limited vocal abilities. Who knows that better than Miley Cyrus?

Tuesday night’s (March 23) show opened with the Top 11 nervously standing on stage while Ryan Seacrest’s giant face appeared behind them on a massive monitor borrowed from 1984. (That number works as both a reference to George Orwell’s classic and perfectly encapsulates the year most of Tuesday night’s performances could have taken place. Fun fact to make some of you feel really old: In 1984, Kris Allen had not yet been born. You’re welcome.) It’s an important week, as the person eliminated this week won’t be going on tour with the Top 10, so the stakes are extra high.

Seacrest then introduced Miley, a 17-year-old with “a lifetime of experience” who instantly rubbed me the wrong way when she said she’d seen some episodes this season and knew the contestants could sing. (Which episodes did you watch, Miley? Better question: What drugs did you take before you watched said episode? Best question: Can your supplier make weekly house calls Tuesday nights in New York?)

Okay, enough jibber jabber. I’m starting to sound like Miley! On with the performances!

Aaron Kelly
Song: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
Verdict: I Don’t Miss Your Voice
Little Aaron Kelly has a crush on Miley Cyrus (his wandering eyes towards Hannah’s Montanas proved this). But puppy love was the least of Aaron’s ailments, as the poor thing lost his voice thanks to laryngitis and tonsillitis! (Yet Ryan ineptly wrote his questions on a piece of paper for Aaron, as if Seacrest was the one who couldn’t speak. Reminder: This is the guy who tried to high-five a blind man.) Aaron powered through his performance and his voice held up pretty well, all things considered. My favorite moment was the end of the bridge, where his “end of tiiiiiiiiime” power note morphed into “tiiiiiii-ouch!” Actually, scratch that. My favorite moment was when Ryan Seacrest called Aaron “David Archuleta.” The name is Countryleta, Seacrest, and you’re not allowed to call him that until he stops singing like a wheezing goat! Don’t you dare soil the name of ArchuAwesome!

What did you think of the Top 11? How was Miley’s performance as a mentor? How was Miley’s chewing gum’s performance as a mentor? Did you spit take when Crystal asked Miley to sign her guitar of “beautiful powerful women,” and did you notice that Crystal had a new un-signed guitar for her performance? Did the autograph incident make Miley cooler or Crystal lamer?

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  • cassidy (unregistered) | 27th March 2010 at 7:50 pm |

    I can’t believe how irritated I was when Ryan Seacrest called Aaron Kelly “David Archuleta”. Aaron voice is twangy & has no range. As we all know, David has a beautiful voice with polished vocals. He can sing anything!! AI Season 9 is terrible!!