If it's true, I would feel better about the top 24 knowing Jaycee was not included. Seemed like a very nice kid with a sweet voice but not top 24 material, especially given the apparent skill level of many of this season's contenstants.
+1 on the Durbin comments. I don't believe that he did himself any favors with his comments about the minors and their stage moms.
This is why I try not to read spoilers. It gets my hopes up and then I'm let down when it turns out not to be quite accurate.
I for one would gladly get rid of both James Durbin AND Clint Gamboa. Glad that crazy newlywed Ashley is gone.
Liking Paul McDonald and wishing Chris Medina would have stayed.
All magic comes with a price - Rumpelstiltskin
I don't mean this in an insulting way at all: he should do what he feels comfortable doing. But in the business of performance and entertainment he stands a better chance if he's in better shape.
See, I feel horrible. But he's had a dip into the pool of Hollywood sharks, so if he decides that this is the business for him, he has time to get ready, so that's something.
I've read much worse about him and his weight on other forums, you were very polite and truthful.
During Durbin's audition (which is currently featured on the Autism Speaks site) he talks about having Asperger's and Tourette's. My son was just diagnosed with AS and like I said, it troubles me that people see that ill mannered and rude person and think that all children/adults with Asperger's must be like that. I am having a very hard time moving past that and moving past the way he treated those kids. Plus, he's not a great singer. Heck, not even good. That screeching is out of key and seems to always be inappropriately placed.
I love Paul M. He and Tim made me smile when I watched them performing. I watch AI to be entertained and they definitely did that!
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My problem is that I don't want to cut anyone who made it through to the 24.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker, (attributed)
The year before in Season eight they split the kids into three performance groups of twelve people. Each group had their own performance night. They took the top two from each group. Then they had a wild card week where the judges picked their favorite remaining contestants and gave them another chance to perform. (Here comes the screwy part.) Then, the same night that the singers performed, after only a commercial break they announced the seven remaining finalists! Yes, over half the Season 8 finalists were hand-picked by the producers without an audience vote. (And obviously before they even performed.)
That unfortuante model is close to what they are doing this year. Rather than have several performanaces to give the audience a good feel of what they can (and cannot) do, this is going to be a "sudden death" round. Backstory and preivous screen time will give some an advantage (already developing fan bases).
On the positive side, unlike in Season Eight, this year they have showed us multiple performances from each semi-finalist.
Song Spoilers for the Top 12 Guys:
1. Clint Jun Gamboa – Superstition
2. Jovany Barreto – I’ll Be
3. Jordan Dorsey – OMG
4. Tim Halperin – Streetcorner Symphony (Come On Over) (Rob Thomas)
5. Brett Loewenstern – Light My Fire
6. James Durbin – You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (Judas Priest)
7. Robbie Rosen – Arms Of An Angel
8. Scotty McCreery – Letters From Home (John Michael Montgomery)
9. Stefano Langone – Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
10. Paul McDonald – Maggie Mae
11. Jacob Lusk – House Is Not A Home
12. Casey Abrams – I Put A Spell On You