Which is total bullshit because that one guy (the one in the teaser, “You won’t believe his voice!” or whatever; he had to prove his dad wrong*) wasn’t “Hollywood attractive” either, but he got a pass. I liked Desmond, too. LL Cool J is sexy, too. I like the word too, too. And commas, too…
They did tell both girls that they should try again. The first was told that she had a good voice but she needed more “stage presence”. I don’t think they were referring to her weight, she really had no pizzazz in her vocals. The second wasn’t told as much but at least Paula did tell her to work on it and try again next year. I think they second sister didn’t sing as well but she was also extremely nervous and already crying because her sister didn’t make it. And amazingly no one actually came out and said they were fat. Surprisingly, Simon was the one who suggested they all hug her after LL started hugging her.
James Brown guy didn’t seem that bad, he should have sung something else though. Sometimes the judges will put blinders on, even if someone can sing well, they tend to judge just on song choice.
I really liked Anthony Federov (Little Clay), he was cute as a bug. I thought he looked like Doogie Howser. He did have a good voice but I wonder if he has the vocal strength to make it to the finals. We shall see.
Weird, I never use the phrase “cute as a bug”. Florida bugs are most decidedly not cute.
I said in my journal that we’ve got the new winner. Son of Clay has boy band looks and a boy band voice and that cool confidence pre-teens think is cool. Those girls will be burning up the phone lines for him. I bet some of their moms will be too.
I thought the obese girl with the great voice should have gone through because she had the talent, and the looks are fixable (although they shouldn’t have to be.) Put her on a low-carb diet and send her to the gym, she’s be significantly reduced by the time they got to the live shows.
And I think the guy with the mean dad is actually quite attractive, he just needs to lose some weight and dress better.
I keep an American Idol journal, but only once the voting begins. I write down each contestant, his/her song, and several adjectives to describe what I thought of the performance. It’s sometimes no more than “meh” or “wow,” but it helps me decide how I’m going to vote. I also assign each one a number after his/her performance, ranging from one to 10. The person with the highest number that night gets my vote(s). Last year was the first time I did this, and I liked how it kept me voting for the best performer that night.
What they told her was the truth though. You can’t succeed as a female pop star if you have zero sex appeal. That woman looked 35-years-old, and was dressed homely and just appeared to have no personal pride in her appearance at all. She didn’t even attempt makeup or a nice outfit. I can see why they said no. Talented singing is really the least of it when it comes to being a “pop” star.
From what I’ve read, there are two initial screenings of applicants. First, production assistants winnow down the applicants into manageably sized groups, who then see the show’s producers, who sort out the very good and the very bad, who then go on to see the Unholy Trinity.