Another year, another show! American Idol Season 9 is ready to roll tomorrow evening at 8:00 P.M. and it will be a two-hour show featuring the Top 12 Female Semi-Finalists.
And, as you can plainly see, I have a personal early favorite – Lilly Scott - for two reasons.
Numero Uno, she shares the same name as my recently deceased dear Mom and, so, I was naturally drawn to her.
Secondly, I love her style of singing and her “look ” – both are extremely distinctive.
So, Lilly, we shall see what happens over the interim, but you are definitely the one of the singers to watch.
Then, on Wednesday, February 24th, the Top 12 Male Semi-Finalists will showcase their vocal talent during a two-hour telecast on Fox.
Following this, on Thursday, January 25th, four singers – two female and two male- will be eliminated after a nationwide vote.
I love this format, as it affords the viewers the opportunity to become thoroughly acquainted with each of the singers before the Top 12 Finalists are announced. The decision- making process becomes more logical and, hopefully, more obvious. The viewers are not voting on the basis of one quick impression – which can lead to poor judgement during the voting process.
As an example, I remember not being fully impressed with Season 7 winner, David Cook, during his first performance; however, by the 2nd and, most definitely, 3rd semi-final show, he showed his true artistic and vocal colors and won over thousands of viewers before the show announced the Top 12 Finalists.
Also, repeated live Top 24 semi-final performances over a three-week-period are extremely beneficial to the singers, as it affords them the opportunity to become accustomed to the live format of the show prior to the first Top 12 live telecast.
This season’s group of singers appear to be vocally strong, diverse and extremely marketable. In fact, at this point in time, I am hard-pressed to select several early favorites (with the exception of Lilly) - although, I strongly suspect that this year’s winner will be a female. Overall, the girls appear to be more distinctive in style, but, there are some very good male singers who may just surprise all of us!
I love the addition of Ellen DeGeneres as judge – she is witty, she is honest, without being cruel and she is extremely likeable as a person. However, Kara DioGuardi is very bright and technically and musically sound – she knows what works and what doesn’t in the music industry and her comments should be highly regarded as sound and beneficial for the singers.
I love Randy – he just loves what he loves, doesn’t he? Although he doesn’t always contribute a vast amount of advice for the singers to take home each week, he knows the “biz” and seems to support those singers whom he feels will be most marketable in the music industry.
Ditto for Simon – although, he operates without a filter and that sometimes works and then doesn’t. However, he has been successful for a reason – he cuts through the BS (pardon my language) and knows – just knows – who the “next big star” will or should be. And this is what he looks for in the future of the next American Idol.