Back In the Saddle With Season 12

Hello Idol Fans! I am coming out of hibernation to post my thoughts on this lovely show and all of of its horrors and/or wonders (but probably mostly horrors).  I am recovering from this nasty flu that has been going around, so I apologize as posting my be a bit behind this week.

So my thoughts on the new panel?  Well I wasn’t very pumped about it.  At. All. I am not a Nicki Minaj fan, I don’t know much about Keith Urban, and I was actually hoping Randy would finally be booted!  I was pretty pumped about Mariah because I have liked her input when she was guest mentor in the past.  But I was trying to keep an open mind. After watching the first episode I will say that it wasn’t quite as horrible as I was expecting.  Of course, this is all edited, so it remains to be seen if the live show trainwreck has yet to come.

But this is show is about the contestants.  (I think.) So let me go over some highlights from audition night #1.

TENNA TORRES

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You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King

Camp Mariah Alumni, Tenna, auditioned with a Carole King classic. And although she was given praise from the panel, I thought it was way overdone.  The vocal gymnastics were a bit much for my taste.  She does have an ok voice but she needs a bit of guidance and experience to know when less is more.

Christina “Isabelle”

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Summertime by George Gershwin

First of all, why is “Isabelle” in quotations?  I get that it is a fake last name, and I would have understood that if it wasn’t in quotations.  Anyway, I do like her voice but it needs a bit of refinement.  The performance was a bit forceful, and she didn’t take her time the way that song needs.

Shira Gavrielov

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Valerie by Amy Winehouse

Shira is apparently already an Israeli star, and came to America to fulfill her dreams.  While I liked her song choice, she needs to work on her pronunciation.

Frankie Ford

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Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics

Clearly alliterative names scream superstar (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.)  he got a little nervous and started in too high of a key.  But he pulled a Brooke White and stopped and started over and recovered nicely.  His vocal stylings were ok, but I see him having potential with some coaching and guidance.  He sees like a hard worker and determined.  He could get far in Hollywood Week.

Sarah Restuccio

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Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood

So she started off singing Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood, and it seemed off.  Like maybe she switched keys part of the way through, or maybe she waasn’t on point with the melody.  Not sure.  But then Randy asked for a second song and she busted out some Nicki Minaj rap, and wasn’t half bad.  So she is a country rapper.  Also, I thought it was refreshing that *most* of the judging panel thought it was ok that she didn’t quite know who she was as an artist yet. I think that is ok at this stage of the game, although she needs to make a concerted effort to find out who she wants to be.

Angela Miller

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Mama Knows Best by Jessie J

She was one of my favorites of the night – she had excellent tone and  vocal control.  She also alluded to the fact that she had performance experience.

Gurpreet Singh Sarin

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Sunday Morning by Maroon 5

The “Turbinator” apparently has over 40 different turbins to color coordinate with his outfits.  Is this like when I matched my scrunchies and socks in fourth grade?  His voice was ok, but he needs some vocal lessons.  Maybe he will get some help from the idol coaches?

Ashlee Feliciano

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Put Your Records On by Corrine Bailey Rae

Ms. Ashlee gets the award for best performance of the night.  She had an interesting and notable voice.  The performance was strong, and her family was cute.

Another Idol season has begun!  What did you think of the performances tonight?  Any standouts?  Let me know in the comments.
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  • Bob

    IDOL DID A VERY BAD JOB PICKING JUDGES, NICKI IS VERY SARCASTIC AND RACIAL, AND MIRIAH IS VERY BITCHIE AND THINKS WHO SHE IS. KEITH AND RANDY ARE THE ONLY ONES REALLY LOOKING FOR THE BEST TALENT.  THIS YEAR IS A BUST JUDGE WISE, VERU UNPROFESSIONAL IN MY OPINION. FOR THE ENORMOUS MONEY BEING PAID TO THESE  TWO WOMEN YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD AT LEAST DO THE JOB THEY ARE BEING PAID TO DO. 

  • Lynn Felton

    Love looking at new talent that might get a chance they would otherwise not get. Ok, first time user on your page because tipically I just don’t watch if it doesn’t suit me.  I want to watch Idol (love the voice) but what a waste of time to see the judges bicker.  Let the singers hsve Maria’s expertise and not all the garbage between the girls.  Unprofessional and frankly boring, since I don’t hang with people that are so unhappy with life and don’t think their problems are my problems (will help a friend to the end and do anything for them) but this is entertainment to me and not a soap opera.  Do what the show was intended and this was not it. Thanks for listening  Lynn  PS You have a refreshing site and talk as if you were doing just that.

  • Casey

    I’ve watched Idol since its inception…and loved every season, even with the introduction of new judges. Two nights of Nicki….and I’m finished. So uneducated, so abrasive, so ignorant.

  • Poshsox2

    I have watched idol since the beginning but have to confess this is so uninteresting I actually fell asleep for awhile
    The judges seem so bored they are putting through the worst in any season
    What a shame it has to end like this
    I have spoken to other fans and most feel the same as myself
    Won’t be watching another season!