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post #31 of 5043
some are merely looking for their 2 minutes of fame, but some truly are delusional and feel themselves to be talented. it's entertainment, you go along for the ride, taking the imposters along side the irrational.
post #32 of 5043
It's really the same every year. So many people just can't hit the notes in the songs so they try to cover it up with some painfully transparent technique or style they heard somewhere. The most popular one this time was singing as loud as possible. The gravely voiced guy at the end was the most obvious. Even a few of the good ones just got lost in so many florishes and nuances that it was a little hard to tell what they were singing.

The good thing about the lousy singers is that once you hear a really good one, they sound like magic.
post #33 of 5043
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Originally Posted by OrleansDawg View Post

Too fake for me.

People obviously went on just to get on TV.

It's boring now, not funny.

This is the first year my wife and I have watched the auditions, and that was her first comment. She thought the really bad performances were staged. It does feel that way at times, and it wouldn't surprise me if some of them were.

The scary ones, though, are the ones who aren't. They are so out of touch with reality that I watch only to make sure one of them isn't a neighbor of mine.
post #34 of 5043
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Originally Posted by SbWillie View Post

Carrie was better than anyone on the last NS..can't judge any other NS finalists though.


Carrie is good. Like I said, I can't comment on AI's overall talent as we don't get to see their song writing nor musical skills, just singing. However, the first season of NS, the runner up was Maranda Lambert. I'm not saying she's better than Carrie as everyone has their own opinion, but she's AWESOME...and she writes and plays her own instruments.
post #35 of 5043
The girl who did the cowardly lion voice was priceless.

And super-fan is super-delusional. She really thinks she's good. Or maybe it's just an act to get on TV, which wouldn't surprise me.
post #36 of 5043
What was up with the "it's the other door" comment after nearly every audition? I thought this was more stupid than funny, and a waste of airtime.

With the exception of Jewel as a new judge, I didn't find this first show of the season all that exciting. Paula, Randy and Simon all looked bored even with the talent they let through to Hollywood. It was either all NO votes or all YES votes. I remember there being more disagreements between the judges last season.
post #37 of 5043
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Originally Posted by Dark Rain View Post

What was up with the "it's the other door" comment after nearly every audition? I thought this was more stupid than funny, and a waste of airtime.

With the exception of Jewel as a new judge, I didn't find this first show of the season all that exciting. Paula, Randy and Simon all looked bored even with the talent they let through to Hollywood. It was either all NO votes or all YES votes. I remember there being more disagreements between the judges last season.

OTOH, I don't recall disagreeing with any of their all "no's" or all "yes's".

Given the number of hopefuls they showed in the beginning, did they actually audition several thousand of them??? I really haven't followed this show all that much, but is there are pre-screen that is done and only the "best of the worst" and "best of the best" get through to the judges? If not, I could see how they would be bored.
post #38 of 5043
From next weeks preview it looks like they traded in the short bus for a long one to bring in some of those contestents.
post #39 of 5043
Thread Starter 
I thought the "other door" comments were hilarious. The way he dead-panned it and rolled his eyes when he said it was great.
post #40 of 5043
Peter - yes, they are pre-screened.

Re: "the other door", I also found it hilarious. Not a chance they were going to unlock that other door and give up that comedy gold. Of course, I also find the old quarter-glued-to-the-sidewalk gag hilarious.
post #41 of 5043
OK I both loved and hated last nights show.

The "other door" was pure comedy....my friend and I were laughing our arses off.

I think AI went on and on WAYYY too much with the bad singers. Like give us a break people. If they suck, stop them from singing and stop going on and on about their crying. 1 minute of each is enough. The first bad contestant got like 10 minutes of airtime. I can understand if they bring them back and cut them a break but sheesh.

Ok the guy singing Abba was priceless. I hope they do an Abba week. I know they are going to do the Bee Gees. Should be quite interesting.

AI's biggest fan being turned down was hilarious. If she really was the biggest fan, she would have totally understood why she was turned away. Talk about begging!

I found it amazing that out of 10,000 hopefuls, they only chose 17 to go to Hollywood. They didn't give in to anyone last night, like they have in the past. As one poster commented, they were across the board with every hopeful. Not one argument from Simon and Paula.

And yes, tonights show looks like they fished Borats retard cousins out for hopefuls. Whats with that? Has the show run enough seasons that they have fished the lake dry of all good singers? I wonder how many of the 17 going to hollywood were turned down last year?
post #42 of 5043
Jewel wasn't bad as a guest judge - apparently she was the exception.
post #43 of 5043
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Re: "the other door", I also found it hilarious. Not a chance they were going to unlock that other door and give up that comedy gold. Of course, I also find the old quarter-glued-to-the-sidewalk gag hilarious.

I noticed that they only showed that for people they said no to.
post #44 of 5043
Very true - even good singers would have been hitting the wrong door. Although it's possible that the good ones got a warning prior to reaching the door.
post #45 of 5043
Yes, and after the second time it wasn't all that funny. There really wasn't any point to it other than to make them look stupid (or, ha ha, they're no talent losers). I found it dumb, but to each his own.
post #46 of 5043
ok...here are my two pennies...

RE: People Just Want Their 15 Minutes or Be On TV

this is totally true. last season (?), comedian Chris Wylde went on (using his real name) and did a little rap that went something like "Randy Jack-son...droppin' the waistline on his slacks, son"...was pretty funny, but i recognized him right away...obviously, the producers didn't.

from what i've read, the producers weed out most of the 15 minute seekers...of the 10,000 people that are there at each audition, i gotta imagine ~30% are fakin' it, which would leave about 2,975 contestants that we don't see...the 25 really funny ones make it on the show.

RE: The Really Bad Contestants

that being said above, there are a TON of delusional people out there...those are the funniest to me...and the scariest. like that juggling kid...sure, his juggling was a gimmick, but he really thought he could sing and those tears at the end were real...if not, he's a d@mn fine actor. i'll never forget what Dalton Ross from Entertainment Weekly wrote once...he said "if there's ever a time that i need someone to be the most honest with me, it's when i'm leaving on a Friday night for a Monday morning audition"...some people really do sacrifice a lot to try and get on Idol...and if they had one honest person close to them in their lives, they wouldn't have wasted their time had their feelings crushed...like that voice teacher from last night.

of course, some people have talent as well...just not good enough for the show.

RE: Paula

she's heavily medicated...no doubt about it. if i had to guess, i wouldn't say it's coke or weed, but i'm pretty sure she had an addiction to painkillers not too long ago...i'm going with that...it's not an act...she's not that good .

btw, did you notice how little airtime she got last night? my wife and i were cracking up every time we'd see her in the background...looking disinterested and about to fall asleep half the time.


sturmie
post #47 of 5043
I would not mind the parade of bad singers if that meant they spend a little more time with the talented singers when they get to Hollywood. Last year I think they spent a little more time there, and it gave a lot of people a chance to connect to the audience.
post #48 of 5043
Paula wasn't looking too good last night. Some shots made it look like her lips were really swollen. Kinda like she put on a bunch of clown makeup, then someone smacked her in the face with a frying pan.

Simon's teeth definitely had some bleaching done. They were as white as Chiclets.
post #49 of 5043
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Originally Posted by Sturmie View Post

RE: Paula

she's heavily medicated...no doubt about it. if i had to guess, i wouldn't say it's coke or weed, but i'm pretty sure she had an addiction to painkillers not too long ago...i'm going with that...it's not an act...she's not that good .

btw, did you notice how little airtime she got last night? my wife and i were cracking up every time we'd see her in the background...looking disinterested and about to fall asleep half the time.

Yeah it was distracting, sometimes funny, but mostly annoying. We did laugh when you could see her staring at her coke cup while everyone else was watching the act.

They pretty much edited her out of the entire show.

Maybe that's why Jewel seemed to be such a good guest host, cause they replaced Paula's comments with hers?

Last year she seemed high here and there, but at least she was functional. This year it's obvious that she's become an embarrassment. We even noticed quite a few shots of Simon during the auditions where it seemed like they intentionally cropped her out of it.

I expect the rest of the first pre-taped episodes to be like this. Hopefully Fox gets her into rehab or something before the main show starts, cuase she's a big liability right now.
post #50 of 5043
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Originally Posted by sandiegojoe View Post

Yeah it was distracting, sometimes funny, but mostly annoying. We did laugh when you could see her staring at her coke cup while everyone else was watching the act.

They pretty much edited her out of the entire show.

Maybe that's why Jewel seemed to be such a good guest host, cause they replaced Paula's comments with hers?

Last year she seemed high here and there, but at least she was functional. This year it's obvious that she's become an embarrassment. We even noticed quite a few shots of Simon during the auditions where it seemed like they intentionally cropped her out of it.

I expect the rest of the first pre-taped episodes to be like this. Hopefully Fox gets her into rehab or something before the main show starts, cuase she's a big liability right now.

You know, if she IS addicted to pain killers, may FOX could do a crossover from House and have Tritter show up on AI as a contestant, get humiliated, and then....
post #51 of 5043
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Originally Posted by petergaryr View Post

You know, if she IS addicted to pain killers, may FOX could do a crossover from House and have Tritter show up on AI as a contestant, get humiliated, and then....


LOL..good one.

It does look like Paula has had some really bad collegen injected into her lips. It sure was noticeable on my 110" screen!

Did anyone else thing juggler boy was going to try and commit suicide after the show?
post #52 of 5043
I thought Juggler Boy was faking the exit interview. Faking it badly. But maybe I'm just a cynic.
post #53 of 5043
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Originally Posted by Bluto17 View Post

I thought Juggler Boy was faking the exit interview. Faking it badly. But maybe I'm just a cynic.

no way he was faking it...someone like that (meaning a non-actor type) couldn't fake a breakdown that realistic afterwards IMO.
post #54 of 5043
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

And, in other news, the Pope is still Catholic!

In any other medium, she would have been bounced out on her ear long ago: showing up drunk or stoned on air and hitting on young, male contestants (wonder how much it took to buy that guy off?). But the producers of AI have such a gold mine going, they're not going to do anything to rock the boat, and that includes shaking up the "talent". Pretty sad, actually.


I am pretty sure that next seasons AI will feature Victoria Beckham in Paula's chair. With David playing in the US, Simon's previous mangement of both the Spice Girls and being the owner of Beckham's agency. I'm pretty sure Posh is going to take over.
post #55 of 5043
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Originally Posted by Hawkeye7 View Post

I am pretty sure that next seasons AI will feature Victoria Beckham in Paula's chair. With David playing in the US, Simon's previous mangement of both the Spice Girls and being the owner of Beckham's agency. I'm pretty sure Posh is going to take over.


That'd be nice eye candy!
post #56 of 5043
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Jewel wasn't bad as a guest judge - apparently she was the exception.


i don't like the guest judge thing. 3 is plenty, 4 is a crowd. it's a heck of a lot intimate with just the 3 of them, which leads to more of what i really like about the show: their constant bickering with one another. are they going to keep the guest judge thing going forward, or was it just a one time thing?

i will say, though that jewel is one attractive woman...
post #57 of 5043
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

Peter - yes, they are pre-screened.


see, that's what i don't get then. if this isn't the first time these people are performing in front of the show, then they have to know how utterly horrible most of them are. i wonder if they tell them that they're terrible and let them in for comedic value, or do they let them think they're wonderful so they can get torn apart by the judges? either way, that proves it's staged...
post #58 of 5043
Fox's Idol Nets Record 37 Mil. Viewers
Up 4% from last year
By John Consoli MediaWeek January 17, 2007

Fox's American Idol premiered its new season last night with record viewership and 18-49 ratings for its season's first episode. The show drew 37 million viewers from 8-10 p.m., up 4 percent from the 35.5 million it recorded last year, and drew a 15.7 18-49 rating, up 2 percent from last season's premiere 18-49 rating of 15.3, according to Nielsen Media Research overnight affiliate ratings.

Idol drew more viewers every half hour, beginning with 31 million at 8, growing to 37 million at 8:30, to 39.7 million at 9 and peaking with 41.4 million at 9:30 p.m.

While Idol dominated the 8-10 p.m. time period, a first-run episode of CBS' drama NCIS from 8-9 p.m. drew a solid 15.9 million viewers and a 3.8 18-49 rating to finish second in the time period.

CBS also finished second from 9-10 p.m. with an original episode of drama, The Unit, drawing 11.9 million viewers and an 18-49 rating of 3.1.

NBC finished third in both the 8 and 9 p.m. Time periods with Dateline drawing 6.9 million viewers at 8 and a repeat Law & Order episodes bringing in 7.7 million viewers at 9. NBC did win the 10 p.m. time period with an original episode of Law & Order: SVU, which drew 14.1 million viewers and a 4.7 18-49 rating.

http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/rec..._id=1003533738
post #59 of 5043
I absolutely can not believe the AI producers haven't removed Abdul from the show yet, ratings or no ratings. She was so seriously high that it was literally painful to watch. What kind of benefit can they possibly get from keeping her on? There are so many other interesting, relevant people they could replace her with...
post #60 of 5043
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Originally Posted by pg_rider View Post

I absolutely can not believe the AI producers haven't removed Abdul from the show yet, ratings or no ratings. She was so seriously high that it was literally painful to watch. What kind of benefit can they possibly get from keeping her on? There are so many other interesting, relevant people they could replace her with...


I think they might take her off the show.. these episodes were taped before the big internet buzz about her problem, so they won't waste them (But it does appear they edited pretty much every comment she would have made out of the show, and only left in the "yes" "no" at the end of each audition)

I'm actually not so sure she'll make it through the season. Fox may not want their "family show" to be featuring some drugged-out chick with slurred speech every week.

If they're just gonna edit out her comments anyway, they may as well just pay her the contract and replace her.
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