American Idol 2014
07-14-2014, 03:48 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-14-2014, 04:01 PM by mercfan3.)
RE: Jena Irene Asciutto
Yea, that is terrible about the band. It's not that surprising to hear that Jena is the only one showing any charisma on stage. Her, Majesty, and Caleb were the only people that showed any charisma on stage during Idol..and Caleb's act got stale and Majesty couldn't sing on pitch.

I thought someone was joking about the kids striking their own set, but if that's actually true then that's terrible. You can pay Jennifer Lopez 17 million to sit at a table and giggle, (you could have paid Kelly Rowland to do a better job for 1 million) and you can't hire people to strike the set for the idol's tour. Really pathetic.

I agree about MK. Jena was really the only contestant from this group "ready" besides maybe Caleb. (But he just seems like he belongs in a cover band or something of that sort.) The rest of them, all had some serious flaws, either technically (Majesty, CJ) or with stage presence (MK, Jess, Sam, Alex) and really need improvement. The issue with Idol this season wasn't a lack of talent, but really, a lack of help for these kids..and therefore..a lack of improvement.
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07-14-2014, 07:44 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-14-2014, 09:17 PM by My Alter Ego.)
RE: Jena Irene Asciutto
Quote:The issue with Idol this season wasn't a lack of talent, but really, a lack of help for these kids..and therefore..a lack of improvement.

And therein lies how AI failed this year's group of contestants. While previous season's contestants have largely seemed more seasoned at performing, it could be that many of them have been equally unprepared for the big stage, but AI provided the coaching and mentoring needed to help them get through week by week. Not so this year! This year's group of contestants would have every right to feel cheated!

And, mercfan, your point about the millions going to J-Lo for doing virtually nothing, but they can't afford to provide the kids with a live band or stage hands is yet another example of how AI's priorities are completed screwed up. It's truly sad.

Quote:She seems like the type that would do very well with a stern mentor at a musical college that believed in her and demanded greatness .... and a degree isn't bad and she can grow up and write songs and do some appearances and maybe find a band that wanted a singer or who knows...

Tom, I'm very doubtful that MK would "do very well with a stern mentor..." I think she would wither away -- it might break her spirit. (My first job out of college was as a private music teacher. While I never felt comfortable at the time, I was told by others, then and since, that I'm a "born teacher" -- not what I do in "real life" now, but what I am, innately.)

I suspect what you're really thinking of is that she needs discipline -- and structure. But both can be handed out in kind and loving ways -- and I think MK would thrive with such attention.

Quote:I feel particularly sorry for CJ because he would have benefited immensely and with a wife and children he probably won't find the chances to gain that sort of input ever. He's certainly not going to get hired as a back up singer with his pitch issues. I think he does have a strong musical sense of his own .. and a need and something to relate to people but he'd need to be able to write music and I think he needed some encouragement and continual work with arrangements with band members to have "aha" moments about what makes a song etc.

I don't think he's gone to college and, it would probably be the best bet for him to get some sort of degree and sing and write on the side and at night and take his chances of another brass ring coming from there.

CJ's another case all together -- and a great example of how the "judges/producers" really made a mess of things. Without doubt, CJ was/is as sweet as could be. But even before I heard Keith (or was it Harry) commenting on his "unique" guitar technique, I had serious doubts about CJ's "technique" and was apprehensive that he was, as his initial AI profile stated, "a guitar teacher." (And I'm not a string player, and I always defer to Midnight with respect to instruments with strings.)

While it's OK for CJ to get by with his (likely bad habits in playing) on his own, it's unconscionable that he's passing those "bad habits" on to others -- and get paid for it, no matter how little he might be paid.

As for his pitch issues, remember that both Keith and Jennifer noted that during rehearsals, CJ wasn't" intonationally challenged." Maybe it was only the pressure of the competition that brought that out.
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07-20-2014, 09:27 PM,
RE: American Idol 2014
Quote:10:20 a.m. "It's still a very strong for us and it's a show that we love," Rice says of "American Idol." "I think it is aging gracefully," Rice insists. He says that the network felt good about the production this year and also with the set of judges. "We live in a very competitive world for singing competition shows now," Rice says. "We haven't found, in the last two years, a group of kids who have captured the imagination of the public," he admits. Going into this year, they've had conversations about how to focus on talent.

10:22 a.m. Are they sticking with the behind-the-scenes "Idol" team? Yes. They liked the new stages and the energy of the show. He repeats, again, that they need to find a more imagination-grabbing group of kids.

http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/pre...SgkTMEx.99
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07-21-2014, 08:29 AM,
RE: American Idol 2014
At least they understand that the kids are what draws people in.

I think The Voice has really hurt Idol in this instance too. At this point, the people who try out for The Voice are just better. In the beginning, The Voice was more of a place for "unique" artists, with people like Julliette Simms and Xenia, now the singers are more like Idol singers, except some of them are semi-pros..and the young talented girls have figured out they are much better off on The Voice than they are on Idol. Not to mention, country artists have figured out they are much better off on The Voice than Idol. So all Idol's got left are the WGWG (And even then, when they appear on The Voice, they are superior to Idol's WGWG. ) or the really amateur contestants. Which loses the rest of us..
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08-03-2014, 07:12 PM,
RE: American Idol 2014
Tour video
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08-04-2014, 07:13 AM,
RE: American Idol 2014
This year's tour is no longer at the Target Center in Minneapolis, which was sold out for Haley's tour...probably 8-10,000 attendance.

They've moved it to the Mystic Lake Casino stage, about 20 miles south of Minneapolis, which seats around 2000. I checked the seating chart today for the August 9th event. There are only about 200 seats taken, almost all in the back 4 rows of the theatre. Price range is 59-69 per ticket.

It is not looking good...these poor finalists are really experiencing the harsh realities of the entertainment industry, and the decline of AI. Confused
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08-04-2014, 11:50 AM,
RE: American Idol 2014
That is really sad.
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08-14-2014, 07:09 PM,
RE: American Idol 2014
Quote:One day after American Idol elected not to exercise their recording contract option with Sam in August 2014, independent Grammy winning producer Danny Blume agreed to produce Sam’s originals for release.

http://www.mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-...-woolf.htm

Apparently, Sam has also deferred heading to Berklee School of Music for a year. I truly hope that he won't regret that. (Full disclosure: given that higher ed is what I studied in grad school and is a passion of mine, I'm a firm believer in what can happen during the "college years," and, thus, I'm not particularly objective.)

Do I know that there are people who are better off waiting until they've matured a bit before going to college? Absolutely! And perhaps Sam needs that.

But unless Sam can find an audience that will support him -- and quickly -- I think that he would be much better served in a college environment that would surround him with peers who have the same passion he does (if music is a passion for him -- with Sam, it's hard to know), hopefully help him learn to deal with his performance issues in a nurturing way, while simultaneously extending his musicianship (including his song writing skills).

The kid is talented -- I wish him the best, but ....
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08-15-2014, 11:04 AM,
RE: American Idol 2014
(08-04-2014, 07:13 AM)buzzenator Wrote: This year's tour is no longer at the Target Center in Minneapolis, which was sold out for Haley's tour...probably 8-10,000 attendance.

They've moved it to the Mystic Lake Casino stage, about 20 miles south of Minneapolis, which seats around 2000. I checked the seating chart today for the August 9th event. There are only about 200 seats taken, almost all in the back 4 rows of the theatre. Price range is 59-69 per ticket.

It is not looking good...these poor finalists are really experiencing the harsh realities of the entertainment industry, and the decline of AI. Confused

Speaking of the decline of American Idol, how about this news? Caleb’s CD may only sell around 11,000 units at best making it the lowest selling ever for a winner. Damn! Haley sold double that almost a year after the show. See article link below. How long until Interscope drops him?

Worst Selling Idol Winner Debut Ever

Regarding the Tour, I considered going to the show near Washington DC (Wolftrap in Vienna VA), but when I heard there was no live band, then that changed my mind. I understand Idol went through a bad period in Season 7, 8 with poor attendance but bounced back with Season 10. Maybe that can happen again, but the falling ratings probably don’t point to that…
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