The eighth season of American Idol is here, and the excitement continues!The Top 36 have been reveled by Simon, Paula, Randy, and the newest fourth judge - Kara DioGuardi.I'll be writing a blog after every episode, staying up-to-date on all the scoop, to keep you posted on the hottest American Idol news!Now, it's up to America to decide who advances each week - bringing us closer to our next American Idol.Let the voting begin!
1) Anoop Desai is a 21 year old from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.I love his voice; he's very soulful.Anoop has been solid throughout the entire competition, which says a lot.
Watch the moment of truth, when Annop finds out he's in the Top 36.
2) Von Smith is a 22 year old from Kansas City, Missouri.I have to give a shout out to my fellow alumni at Mizzou!Go Tigers!Anyway, Von's parents are both singers.He has an incredible voice, but he looks so young!I guess that doesn't matter, considering how popular David Archuleta has become with the tweens.I love his song "Crush" by the way!As far as Von Smith goes, Simon called his songs during Hollywood week, "indulgent nonsense and childish."However, I think his performance, vocal wise, was fantastic.His real problem comes with how overdramatic his facial expressions are during a performance.He's just too over the top when he's singing.He blamed his song choices during Hollywood week on his parents, so we'll see where he goes from here.
Watch the moment of truth, when Von finds out he's in the Top 36.I cried.
3) Alex Wagner-Trugman is a 19 year old from Studio City, California.I love his voice, and I love him!However, the judges were unsure, so Alex had a "sing-off" against Cody Sheldon.When Cody lost, Alex didn't really celebrate because he felt so bad for Cody.I think this really showed Alex's character.I think he's genuine, sincere, and the "nerdy" underdog that's going to pull through!
Watch the "sing-off" between Alex and Cody.
4) Adam Lambert is a 26 year old from Hollywood, California.I love his style!He looks like a rock star.Adam has performed in hit Broadway shows, including the famed Wicked.His voice sounds very much like a Broadway star, so I'm not quite sure what he would sound like as a recording artist.I'm very interested in seeing his range and different styles of music.During Hollywood week, Adam did an unbelievable remake of Cher's "Believe."I was so moved.It was a big risk on Adam's part, but it sure was a great one!
Watch the moment of truth, when Adam finds out he's in the Top 36.
5) Taylor Vaifanua is a 16 year old from Hurricane, Utah.This girl can really sing!She has a great voice, and it's very powerful!She forgot some of her lyrics in Hollywood, but the judges still put her through into the Top 36.
6) Jasmine Murray is one of my favorites! I've met this girl, and she's adorable.She's a pageant girl, like myself, and a former Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen from Starkville, Mississippi.The year I judged the Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen Competition in 2008, Jasmine was giving up her title.I could not take my eyes off of her when she was performing!She's only 16 years old, but she is beautiful, talented, a little reserved, and very marketable!
Check out her fan site!
Top 36 Revealed
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