Claire Scott heard the shocking news all the way down under and this photo was her only response.
Lee DeWyze won American Idol? LEE dEwYZE???? The guy’s name has a W a Y and a Z in it!!! At no point in the 18 weeks or whatever of American Idol did Lee DeWyze EVER show a glimmer of greatness. He is a singer with limited range and average tonality. He constantly looks like he wants to cry from stage fright and his only back story is “small town paint salesman”. What the f*ck kind of back story is that??? Last year, Danny Gokey, who looks kinda similar to DeWyze but sings about 787 times better than him and is all over country radio with his first single right now had the back story of “my wife of a just a year passed away of a bizarre illness mere months before the audition, oh and i teach kids at church how to sing better.” Now THAT’s a backstory. And he still didn’t even win!!!!
So….Claire, what do you have to say on the topic?
Let’s be honest. Nobody on American Idol had a speck of talent this year. I gave up when Andrew Garcia couldn’t do a damned thing since his Paula Abdul cover. Garcia was my only hope and in typical American fashion, he was a one hit wonder. Crystal, while not my style, kicked some ass. Especially after her final performance on Tuesday’s show, it seemed like a bigger knockout than the time Victoria beat South Australia back in the 1995 Aussie Rules Football interstate match. Lee isn’t even attractive. He looks like Russell Crowe’s left thumb… and believe me, that is not the attractive thumb.
It’s reasons like this that I decided to move back to Australia. I’m not sure how American’s cope with the fact that when they are given a democratic vote, they somehow always end up picking a loser. I vow not to return to America until all you Yankees stop rooting for losers. Because at this rate, the Blue Jays are gonna win the MLB, the Raptors are gonna win the NBA and the CFL will take over on Sunday afternoons. Stop sucking America. Stop.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks Claire, and please start looking into some apartments in Sydney for me, I don’t think I can handle this country much longer.
why didn’t Lee DeWyze sing “Everybody Hurts” the way that Chris Carraba and Dashboard Confessional did back in 2004 when they covered it for some weird MTV thing. At least it would have been semi-decent, though he couldn’t sing it nearly as good as chris if he tried.
Sorry for the really weird youtube clip, its all i could find and the copy of the song i have is one of those stupid AAC protected files so i can’t convert it to mp3 for an upload. LAME. Just hit play and go surf another webpage in a new tab.
i had never heard this song before, but when Crystal Bowersox sang it on American Idol, for the first time this entire season I saw that we might actually have a success on our hands. If they get her some surefire country hits, she’ll be all over top 40 country radio.
here are some performances of the Patty Griffin penned “Up To The Mountain” which apparently has something to do with MLK Jr.
just throwing it out there. my prediction for the winner of American Idol is Andrew Garcia. but obviously its super early in the competition and there are some great people who haven’t even made it onto the television yet. but that’s my prediction for now. take it for what it is.
American Idol is back and its on the top of my mind. After hearing the Jason Castro EP I got excited and googled around for some of the other Idol losers and found a single from Danny Gokey, who came in third place behind Adam Lambert and Kris Allen last season. Gokey was a very prototypical American Idol contestant and probably could have won if he had competed in one of the first few seasons, when America was looking for a more adult contemporary star. He had the best sob story of anyone as he is a sweet, young guy who’s wife passed away just a short time before the auditions from some sort of disease (i forget what) and I think we all felt for him. Plus, he looks good enough for HDTV and his voice is pretty damned awesome.
So, let me tell you, I was pretty damned surprised when I heard his first single and realized that he is being groomed as a country artist. Now, I love country music, but I just don’t see how this guy fits the bill. You are supposed to cross over from country into pop, not the other way around. He has zero twang to his voice and unfortunately, the song they gave him is mediocre at best. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited to hear his full album since I do think Gokey can sing his face off and I do love country music, but I’m definitely skeptical.
one of my favorite guilty pleasures comes back to television tonight, American Idol. Not only that, but Jason Castro’s debut EP came out today and what the heck…its great!
Listening to the songs on this album make me say one thing “what the f*ck were they thinking when they overproduced the heck out of Kris Allen’s failure of an album?” Castro, a 4th or 5th or maybe 6th or 7th place runner up a couple of seasons ago has a really similar feel to Kris Allen, who beat out Adam Lambert for the title last year. They are both acoustic driven singer-songwriters in the vein of Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, etc. But with Allen’s album, somebody decided to leave the acoustic guitar behind and drop a huge bucket of pop production on top of it. They tried to take John Mayer and turn him into Usher. Allen didn’t win because people said “damn, i want to DANCE to this music!” He won because all the little girls out there said “omg, i would just DIE if he sang me to sleep.” And what did the record label end up with? The lowest sales of an Idol winner’s debut album in history. It’s barely touched 250,000 since it debuted several months back, and thats including Christmas season.
Fire the guy who A&R’d that record and promote whoever the heck picked up the Castro project because these 5 songs are legit. Well written, underproduced and just what anyone who is a fan of Castro (or Allen) wants out of a record. It focuses on lyrics, vocals and simple melodies. This is an album that makes the girls continue to say “omg, i would seriously seriously DIE if he sang me to sleep.” I don’t doubt that this EP will get lost amongst the other great singer/songwriters out there since Castro doesn’t have a huge Idol following, but it really is worth a listen.
i think this review from an Amazon Mp3 user says it best:
“I am amazed. These songs are absolutely beautiful. I love that Jason’s voice is not bombarded with a lot of loud music. Simply gorgeous songs. Love the lyrics. Love the feel. Great EP! This one is gonna get played a lot.”
Jason Castro – Let’s Fall In Love Again
Jason Castro – You Can Always Come Home (feat Serena Ryder)
It’s almost Christmas and that means it is time for last year’s American Idol contestants to release their debut albums. Since I think Kris Allen (the winner) is kind of a joke who just won because he has dreamy eyes and plays the guitar, I won’t include him in this post. Plus, he was known for playing guitar, and his album is 100% pop instead of being a singer/songwriter thing. Lame.
So, Adam Lambert. The master of the high pitched scream, all sorts of makeup and the most dramatic performances that Idol has ever seen put out his debut album, For Your Entertainment, a week ago and its…decent. The title track is a pretty cool dance track and the closer, which was also on the 2012 soundtrack, is an awesome theatrical style song that ends the album well. My personal favorite, however, is the opening number, which was penned by none other than Justin Hawkins. Yes, the frontman of The Darkness is writing songs for an ex idol contestant. And the theatricalness of The Darkness works perfectly with Lambert’s style. Check it!!!!!
Allison Iraheta was the third place contestant…i think. I always liked her though. She was only 16 and could sing with the best of them. She has that raspy rock/pop voice, kinda like Pink. only she is younger. and chubbier. and doesnt give off the impression that she smells weird. I honestly haven’t listened to her album yet, but her song “Scars” is getting great reviews. I think its because teenagers LOVE knowing that everyone around them is in pain. Kids are weird.
I don’t know what’s better, the song or the movie clip. This movie looks like it is going to be the greatest disaster movie of all time. The way they destroy Los Angeles in this clip is flippin sweet! It’s laughable, but at the same time, the coolest thing ever. And matched up with this great song and performance by Adam Lambert (american idol runner up) I actually want to see this piece of crap movie now.
Kris Allen somehow beat the incredible Adam Lambert to be America’s newest idol. I’m still a little annoyed with America for that vote, but so be it. Now you all are stuck with a completely run of the mill singer/songwriter who brings nothing to the table other than a good cover of The Fray’s cover of Kanye West’s Heartless and a pretty face with a silly “ya, i know i’m hot and all the girls want me” grin.
Here is Mr. Allen’s first single from his upcoming debut album. Sorry, can’t embed it without it playing automatically on a loop.
Figured I may as well keep the lame reality show posts going by including this video of Chris Daughtry singing “Poker Face” by Lady GaGa.
For those who don’t know, Daughtry came in third place on American Idol a few years ago. I think it was the year when grey-haired Taylor Hicks won the contest with Katherine McPhee being the runner up. It was definitely the season that proved you don’t need to win American Idol to be the most successful of the crew. Both Hicks and McPhee were quickly dropped from their labels after putting out horrible albums that nobody wanted to hear. McPhee even sang some awful song about the greatness of open toed shoes. Seriously people? She was so hot and had a great voice and thats the song you give her? No wonder labels are dying. The only artists from these shows that survive are the ones who actually have some songwriting talent on their own and don’t just take whatever songs are given to them and make a crappy pop track.
Daughtry is not my kind of rock. It is very mainstream, Nickelback-esque music. I don’t own any of his albums, but I do love his voice. This recording from some radio station in Europe shows how raw and talented he is. He takes a run of the mill pop song and actually makes it listenable. Good job Mr. Daughtry, perhaps you have a future in this business.