Leaving aside the people who absolutely think Carly should have been ineligible, since they've taken a philosophical stand that logically calls for not caring about the vocals -- is it not listening, or is it expecting a lot more oomph in order to justify the pimpage?I am not directing this to any of the previous posters, so please don't anyone take this personally.
I wonder how many people just don't like Carly (or David A.) simply because they feel they are being pimped and don't actually ever REALLY listen to them.
I'm not a Carly hater, nor a Carly lover, more a Carly lukewarmer -- I think I rated her Beatles performance as #3 or #4 for the week -- but I'm always surprised by how she strikes me as more amateurish and unsure of herself than some of the less experienced singers, despite a practiced vocal technique. Maybe it's the not relating so much to the audience. Maybe it's asking Simon what she ought to sing. Maybe I subconsciously hate her hair (which looks a lot better in the Top 12 party photos). Maybe it's that comparing her to Kelly Clarkson... well, compares her to Kelly Clarkson, who lit up a stage. Maybe I'm just not wired right to hop on the Carly bandwagon -- it's hard to put a finger on what charisma is, and Carly's problem in the past was that only 378 people went wild for her. If she got up to 378 with her teenage efforts, then of course she's going to find some sort of fan base on AI, because her problem is not lack of singing talent.
In any case, I think she's been built up as this incredible, fantastic, amazing phenomenon, and then what we get is a talented, cooperative, attractive, practiced performer with a good voice, in a season where the competition is diverse and tough.
(David A. just sings in a style I can't stand, even if he never forgot the lyrics, had the looks of Luke Menard, and was an underdog.)