American Idol producers can’t be too happy with Kris Allen, after he said it may be time to pull the plug on American Idol. It is surprising that he would say that, considering that without American Idol he probably would be singing at grocery store grand openings. It wasn’t that long ago that Lee DeWyze sang at a bowling alley opening, which is not saying much for how the career of Allen and DeWyze is going.
To his credit Allen’s latest album Thank You Camellia has 12 reviewers giving it a 5 star rating out of 15 reviewers.
The following article and video from TMZ.com includes a poll at bottom, that is showing that 74 percent of the voters think American Idol should be canceled, which has to be troubling for American Idol producers and may signal more losses in viewership in Season 12. This is a fairly large sampling of over 51,000 voters, so this tells me there is still some backlash, after Phil Phillips became the fifth guy in a row to win American Idol.
After viewing the video, am not sure that Allen said what he reportedly said in the article, unless he made some remarks, not shown in the video. Anyway, the alarming poll results have to be a huge concern.
We can’ t help but wonder if X-Factor and The Voice are killing the American Idol reality star.
Josh Ledet seems to be the front-runner as the voting tonight will determine who the final two remaining contestants will be.
Josh Ledet almost looks like he is sure to be the next American Idol. However, there are no locks when it comes to American Idol voting. Ryan Seacrest will announce the voting tonight and I have a feeling the final two will be Joshua Ledet and Phil Phillips,but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Jessica Sanchez competing against Josh, to be the next American Idol next Tuesday night.
There is even a chance that Josh could be leaving the show tonight, if his fans don’t take the time to vote for him, thinking it is a done deal that he will be the next American Idol.
I was only able to see the last half hour of the show last night, after coming home from church. We don’t have a DVR so there was o way to record the whole show.
Anyway, we saw all three singers sing the songs, that Jimmy Iovine had picked for them during that half hour.
Josh Ledet did his usual great job of singing No More Drama and the judges continued to praise his singing and his performance.
Jessica Sanchez sang I’ll Be There as the song Jimmy had chosen for her. I thought she did a good job, but Randy Jackson said it was OK for him and the song didn’t have a “moment, moment” . For me that song doesn’t have a “moment, moment” in the first place, but that is only my opinion and nothing more.
Phil Phillips sang We’ve Got Tonight, the first song of Phil’s that I really liked. I like the classic ballads, so may be why I liked it so much.
Josh still looks like he should be in the final two, but with American Idol you never know till the votes are announced. I have a feeling that Phil has a huge fan base that may keep him from going home tonight. It could even be a Jessica and Phil finale next week, if the fans of Josh didn’t take time to vote for him last night.
We will know who the next American Idol will be in six days. I can see Josh Ledet selling millions of albums, but not so well for Jessica and Phil, when it comes to record sales. Album sales for Phil should not go well, if he is the next American Idol nor for Jessica. I can’t see either of them selling enough albums to go gold or platinum.
Personally, I will be rooting for Josh as long as he is in the competition, since he lives so close to our house. In addition to that though, he is clearly the best singer on American Idol this season.
The Voice is seeing its rating slip as it drew the fewest viewers of the season last night with 11.7 million viewers. Nobody expected them to match the 37.6 million viewers, with the Super Bowl lead-in, but the ratings have dropped almost every week from the 17.8 million viewers of the second show.
14.8 million viewers tuned in for the last blind audition shows, but then the viewers returned for the first week, of the battle rounds with 16.8 million viewers. The ratings dropped to 14.5 million, 11.9 million and the 11.7 million last night. I am sure they have lost some of those viewers to Dancing With The Stars. The Voice has lost 6.1 million viewers since the second show.
Battle Rounds Fiasco
It took four weeks to finish the battle rounds and when they finished last night, there were still 24 singers remaining in the competition. Only the most ardent fans could give you the name of any of those 24 singers.
The main problem is that there were so many singers at the beginning of the battle rounds, that the fans forget the singers when they don’t see them week after week. Some of the singers haven’t even been seen on the show for over a month.
Even after whittling it down to the final 24 singers, there is not enough continuity on the show, to remember the names of the singers. Singing eight songs in two hours means there is 24 minutes of singing, assuming the average song is three minutes. That leaves NBC with one hour and 36 minutes to tell about the singers and run their commercials. It is almost a relief when the show is over, after watching so many commercials.
The worst thing about the battle rounds is that the judge/mentor seem to be more interested, in staging a great battle between the contestants than anything else. It is almost a given that the flashiest and loudest singer of the battle rounds, seems to invariably be the winner.
Another problem is that the judge/mentor are favoring one singer over another, like when country singer Jordan Rager was forced to sing a Jason Mraz song, which fit better the style of Naia Kete. This is where the battle rounds hurt one singer or the other, forcing them to sing out of their genre.
Why not just have live performances the entire season, instead of having battle rounds. Hopefully, the producers saw how the ratings dropped during the battle rounds and will rework the show, before it returns this fall.
Ratings Could Drop This Fall
I am worried that when the show returns in the fall, the ratings will continue to drop, since by then the new television season will have begun and television fans may want to see the new and returning shows of the fall season.
X-Factor will be returning also, which could cause more problems for the singing competition industry. It will be disastrous for X-Factor to go head-to-head with The Voice. That probably won’t happen, since they might just split the audience in half.
There are still 12 more shows of The Voice to be seen and I am wondering if the ratings will continue to drop, week after week or will the live shows bring back some of the lost fans.
The Voice needs a winner that is a household name and don’t want another winner who would be a trivia question, only one year later. Who did win The Voice last year anyway? Not many people could give you the answer.
Simon Cowell is so desperate to elevate X-Factor winner, up to the same playing field as American Idol and The Voice winners, that he is proposing a sing-off between the winners of the three shows.
For instance if was held between the winners last year, it would pit Scotty McCreery, Javier Colon and Melanie Amaro against each other with Cowell being the host.
American Idol producer Nygel Lythgoe has stated that the American Idol winner would have been a star, before the competition and is opposed to the idea.
To further complicate things for X-Factor, there are rumors circulating that The Voice will have another season this fall, which would give them two winners the same season, not to mention possibly competing directly against X-Factor, depending on the scheduling of the two shows.
X-Factor is in third place in ratings among the three shows, since even The Voice has bettered the X-Factor ratings so far in 2012. American Idol is showing signs of weaker ratings, but when they get into the live shows it will be the real test, since some fans don’t really follow the show until they know the 12 finalists.
The Voice doesn’t have the mass auditions, like American Idol and X-Factor, so they can have a second season this year, which would be Season 3 of the singing competition.
The way I look at it is that the singers have competed enough by the time they win one of the singing competitions and are ready to start their career, instead of appearing in yet another singing competition.
If The Voice does have a second season this calendar year, we could see even more erosion in the ratings. There is such a thing as overkill and The Voice and X-Factor could see falling ratings if they go head-to-head this fall.
Tiah Tolliver advanced in the X-Factor singing competition, but not before Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger feuded over her talent or lack of talent.
When Tiah Tolliver sang without a backing track, on the third X-Factor show of this season, it precipitated a battle royal, between Simon Cowell and the two female judges, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.
Nicole said Tiah was singing in too many keys, then she and Paula voted no, on advancing Tolliver further into the competition. However, Simon and L.A. Reid thought they saw something about Tiah that should allow her to advance. It was one of the few times if ever, that I have seen Simon almost beg for a judge to change their vote.
Tiah is given one more chance to sing and this time Nicole votes yes and Tiah is on her way. to wherever X-Factor contestants that win go.
The question is if this drama between the judges was manufactured by the producers, or was it the real thing and that we will see more contentious behavior Simon and the two female judges. It wouldn’t be the first time a reality show, created a situation to draw ratings the next week.
The more I watch X-Factor, the more I like it. I like that the singers usually bring music with them, unlike the American Idol contestants who don’t use music in their first auditions.
X-Factor is purposely avoiding using American Idol type drama, like when on American Idol, one contestant is chosen to be the last one auditioned by the judges, after telling their back story.
Tonight will be the last auditions, before the show starts paring down the contestants to a reasonable number, so we can learn the names of the singers.
It will be interesting to see how far Rachel Crowe, the first contestant on the first X-Factor show will go, as the show goes on till the Dec. 22 finale.
Rachel Crowe was the first contestant, on the American version of X-Factor and she wowed the judges. Now she will have to show starting next week, that she can compete with the other singers.
X-Factor may never reach the popularity of American Idol, but Simon Cowell would like to see it come as close as possible, to the ratings drawn by American Idol.
One thing for sure in my book, is that X-Factor is much better than The Voice. I liked The Voice best when the coaches, spun around in their chairs to see the person, that belonged to the voice they were hearing. I was not a fan of the battle rounds, because it became more of a shouting contest, than a singing competition.
How many people can even tell you who won The Voice in its first season?
This poll asks, now that American Idol, The Voice and X-Factor have been shown, which show is their favorite.
Jordan Lloyd was evicted from Big Brother 13 when Porsche Briggs sent her home last night.
Porsche Briggs made an incredibly stupid game move last night, by sending Jordan Lloyd home. Why send home the worst competitor moments before the HOH endurance competition began?
Porsche’s reasoning was that Jordan had already won the half million dollars two years ago, on Big Brother 11. However by sending her home, she let a fierce competitor in Rachel remain in the game.
Then the HOH endurance started and Adam dropped after only 25 minutes. Porsche dropped before Rachel, who didn’t drop until 40 minutes into the endurance competition.
If Porsche had kept Jordan in the game, she probably would have won Part 1 of the three-part HOH competition, if Rachel had been evicted. She was so intent on evicting Jordan for winning the half million two years ago, she forgot that she was hurting her own chances of winning this year.
Porsche and Adam Play Part 2 of HOH Today
Now Porsche and Adam will play in Part 2 of the HOH competition today, with the winner playing against Rachel in the live finale on CBS, at 8:30 PM Central time next Wednesday. There will be no show on Sunday, so only one show remains in the Big Brother 13 season.
Rachel can take it easy till the live show, so has five days to study for the finale, assuming Part 3 will be questions, but that is not a certainty.
Veterans Took Control Early
The veterans took early control of the game after Evel Dick walked off the show on the sixth day. Keith, Cassi and Dominic were evicted in successive weeks, then Danielle evicted Brendon in the fourth week. Then Danielle evicted Brendon the first time on Day 34. However Brendon re-entered the house on Day 41, battling Lawon for the chance to re-enter the house and Brendon won, which sealed Lawon’s fate, evicting him from the game.
Danielle was evicted the following week, while Jeff, Shelly and Kalia were evicted in order, then Jordan was evicted last night, leaving only Porsche, Rachel and Adam, in the final three.
Porsche Makes Huge Mistake
Porsche made one of the biggest mistakes of the season, by opening Pandora’s box. She received $5,000 and gave another $5,000 to Kalia, but she unleashed a return to the duo twist for the veto game.
Jordan or Rachel would have gone home that week, but instead Rachel won the veto and removed Jordan and herself, from the block.
Producers Manipulated Game
When the duo twist was brought back into the game to save Rachel and Jordan from going on the block, it was a move by producers to keep the TV ratings high. If Rachel had been sent home that week, the ratings would have tumbled with little or no drama in the house.
The producers did a great job of manipulating the game to garner the highest ratings. It was a given that Rachel would win the donut competition for HOH, considering the competition, since Porsche the outgoing HOH couldn’t play. Her 20 donuts doubled Kalia’s total of 10, showing that Kalia doesn’t do well in competitions that involve movement.
Five Days to Finale
The last five days will be very boring in the Big Brother house except for Part 2 of the HOH competition today. Once that is over there will be only one competition left. Rachel has already insured that she will participate in Part 3 next Wednesday.
Right now Rachel is in a great place and if she wins Part 3, she will insure that she wins either the half million dollars or $50,000. Rachel played a better social game in the last few weeks and has dropped her catty attitude, which may help her receive more votes from the jury house.
Today’s poll asks who you think will win the $500,000 this season?
The Voice debuted last spring while American Idol was nearing the end of Season 10. It is safe to say that more people know that Scotty McCreery was voted the American Idol, than those that know that Javier Colon was the singer to win The Voice competition.
The Voice had the gimmick of the coaches hearing the voice of the singers, without seeing the singers.
It was an interesting concept that made the coaches evaluate the singers strictly by the sound of their voice.
Each coach chose four singers to be on their team, with Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton being the coaches.
There is no doubt that Javier Colon was the best singer of the group seen on the television show. He had previously had a recording contract and lost it, so he is having another chance to make it. The television exposure may be the difference this time that enables him to sell more albums.
Still he is not nearly as well-known as Scotty McCreery, who won Season 10 of American Idol.
This is just my opinion for what it is worth, but I thought the battle rounds became more of a shouting match, then a singing competition.
It was like both singers were trying to sing louder than the other singer.
A ballad singer singing an up tempo song, during a battle round is at a distinct disadvantage, since they are not used to singing songs that have to be sang loud to make a better impression on the viewers.
My personal favorite of the singers in the finals was Vicci Martinez, who had a band with her name, before she appeared on the show.
The Voice will return on February 5, 2012 after the Super Bowl ends. By then the X-Factor would have finished their first season and we will know how X-Factor fared in the ratings.
X-Factor has Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul as judges which should help in the ratings, with Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid will also be judges. Steve Jones who lives in London will be the host of the show.
The winner of X-Factor will receive a $5 million recording contract which far surpasses the worth of recording contracts given by American Idol and The Voice.
The show will debut on September 21 and end on December 22 on the Fox network. It will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM ET.
Now that American Idol and The Voice have completed their seasons, this would be a good time to see which show viewers prefer in this poll.
Brendon Villegas shown with his fiancée Rachel Reilly has a chance of re-entering the Big Brother house next Thursday night after America votes for who they want to re-enter the game.
Brendon Villegas was evicted from the Big Brother house by a 5-2 vote last night. However, with the latest twist revealed by host Julie Chen, he may be back in the house as soon as next Thursday.
The new twist allows Big Brother viewers to vote on whether to bring back house guests who have been evicted. Among those possibly returning to the house are Keith Henderson 32, of Bollingbrook, Illinois, Cassi Colvin 26, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee, Dominic Briones, 25 of San Mateo, California. Brendan the latest evictee is 31 and from Riverside, California.
I look for Dominic to be the top vote getter, but it would be interesting if Brendon were to lead in votes, thereby forcing a situation, where he would face Rachel (likely evictee next week) in a battle to see who re-enters the house. It probably won’t happen, but it would be fun to see who won.
The return of Dominic would make Danielle feel better, about her horrendous mistake, of trying to backdoor Jeff. Even her dad Evil Dick said on the show last night, that he thought Danielle had acted too soon to make a power move.
With Kalia as HOH, Danielle should be safe for this week. Porsche made a bad mistake of voting for Brendon to stay, which may backfire on her if her vote becomes known. After the vote Porsche sensed that Rachel was acting like she was mad at Porsche. Maybe this will lead Porsche to team up more closely to Jeff and Jordan, since Rachel is probably headed home next week.
Shelley is hard to figure, since she is on friendly terms with the newbies and the veterans. I have a feeling the whole house is ready to send Rachel packing. Rachel is probably the most dramatic player ever in Big Brother history. She will always be remembered for crying in the bushes, after losing a Power of Veto competition. Rachel could have some serious mental problems, since she is not thinking logically in her gameplay. She has made the game personal and players that play that way usually don’t win the $500,000.
Lawon probably has the least game of any house guest this season. He is just there floating around with his life vest. However, if he were to win HOH next week, that would take him two weeks deeper into the game.
Kalia may put Jordan up as a pawn, for the second week in a row. It is a no-brainer that the house guests would vote out Rachel before Jordan.
Jeff and Jordan need to start doing some politicking, since Rachel’s departure would leave them as only two veterans in their alliance, unless Danielle makes a move to keep them safe for another week or two. They definitely need to talk to Porsche, Adam and Shelley to see if they are still on their side. I look for Rachel to be evicted by a 5-0 vote, if she doesn’t win the Power of Veto competition.
It will be interesting to see how Dominic plays the game if he is the returning houseguest. Will he rejoin Danielle again in her alliance or will he join Jeff, Jordan, Shelley and Porsche to give them control of the house. It would be the best move for him rather than
That scenario would only leave Danielle, Kalia and Lawon (no telling who he will side with) on the other side. For all of this to happen, Jeff and Jordan will have to cement their relationships, with Shelley and Porsche. If veterans win HOH next Thursday, they would put two up from the other alliance, which would mean Danielle and Kalia would probably be nominated for eviction.
It looks like Shelley may be switching from side to side, depending on which alliance has the power for that week. So all of this is conjecture, but it is interesting to see what actually happens, between now and next Thursday and what happens after the next HOH is crowned.
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!! DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHO WON THE HOH ENDURANCE CONTEST ON BIG BROTHER 13 LAST NIGHT
It was no surprise that the Big Brother 13 program last night focused on the fight at the house meeting on Wednesday. The meeting exposed Danielle to behind a move to backdoor Jeff. Danielle called Rachel an idiot and Brendon didn’t take kindly to the attack on his fiancée.
Parts of the fight were shown on the live show last night on CBS. That drama made the upcoming HOH endurance competition even more important for Danielle to win. If a veteran won HOH, she would be out of the game next week,so it was imperative that she win the endurance. Something told me she would win since she looked determined to win it. She had lasted about 8 or 9 hours in an endurance competition during Big Brother 8, so knew she was likely to win.
The house guests were on a wall with skis on and holding on to a peg in the wall. The wall began to move to a downward angle, making it more difficult to stay on.
Alex and Lawon fell off in the first 15 minutes.
Brendon fell off 15 minutes later at 7:30.
Jeff was the last man to fall at 7:45 leaving Jordan, Shelley, Kalia, Porsche and Danielle in the competition.
Jordan fell five minutes after Jeff at 7:50
Porsche lasted 20 minutes longer than Jordan falling off at 8:10
Shelley was the last of the house guests linked to the veterans to fall at 8:20 after 80 minutes
Kalia gave it to Danielle at 8:30 with Danielle lasting 90 minutes.
Jeff Wins $10,000
While Jeff was on the wall, he said he was jumping off if Brendon didn’t get the snowball with $10,000. So he jumped off the wall and won the $10,000. Jeff probably didn’t win any points with Brendon and Rachel by taking the money, instead of trying to win HOH, leaving the veterans subject to eviction.
Adam’s snowball was not so good. Now he will have to wear an elf suit. Brendon won a have-not card, which apparently will keep him from being a have-not the next time he is on the losing side of a have-not competition.
Men Lasted Half As Long As Women
The men lasted only 45 minutes, while Danielle stayed on the wall for 90 minutes. It is almost like the veteran men weren’t worried about winning. Shelly lasted 35 minutes longer than the men.
It seems like the endurance competitions don’t last as long as they used to. Kaysar worked out a deal with Jenny in Big Brother 6 during a 13 hour endurance that backfired when Jenny didn’t keep her word.
Nobody Cheered For Danielle and Kalia
Danielle and Kalia were not being cheered on during the endurance competition, which tells me they may be up for eviction the next the time veterans win HOH, since currently Porsche and Shelley are still with the veterans. That leaves Kalia and Danielle in the opposing side and maybe Lawon. Adam and Lawon seem to be floaters, so no telling how they would vote.
The bad thing for the veterans is that two of them won’t be able to vote with the two on the block. Adam and Lawon hold the key to how the next vote goes, depending who they side with.
Danielle Tells Jordan That Jordan and Jeff Are Safe
After the endurance ended Danielle told Jordan in the house, that she was not sending Jeff and Jordan home next week. She had also asked Jeff to keep her safe the following week, in return for her not putting them up for eviction later today.
I am sure a lot of the house guests will be happy if Brendon-Rachel are nominated for eviction. He can’t seem to have a conversation with anyone, without calling that person a liar. He does not have a good social game or he would have not launched into the attack on Kalia, when Kalia was still on their side. His behavior pushed her over to the other side, even if she did vote with the veterans last night.
Rachel and Danielle Apologize To Each Other
Rachel and Danielle had a talk after the endurance competition, with them apologizing to each other. I doubt anything that Brendon and Rachel say or do now will save them from being nominated today.
Rachel and Brendon talk to Porsche, wondering if Danielle would put up with Kalia. That would be a stupid move and doubt Danielle would even consider that, since Kalia seems to be solidly in with Danielle now. Why should she nominate her closest ally in the house, now that Dominic is gone?
Rachel Threatens Danielle
Rachel talks to Danielle and tells her that if she puts up Brendon and Rachel, that she won’t vote for Danielle if she is in the final two. Danielle does not like being threatened, saying she would vote for the better person in final two, not for the one she liked the most.
After the meeting with Danielle, Brendon is furious that Rachel talked to Danielle without him being there. While they are trashing Danielle, Danielle is hearing every word, which probably insured they will be nominated for eviction later today.
Lyndon B. Johnson shown with Jackie Kennedy taking the oath of office after President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated earlier that day in Dallas, Texas.
The long list of enemies assassinated President John F. Kennedy had at the time of his death showed he had made a host of enemies, while in office in two years and ten months of being president.
The following list may leave out someone unintentionally, because it is not easy to remember all of his enemies. Some people may not regard some of these people or organizations as JFK’s enemies, but to me they had reasons to have him assassinated.
President Lyndon B. Johnson – When Lyndon B. Johnson was defeated in the 1942 race for the U.S. Senate, he was losing in the vote count. However, 202 votes mysteriously turned up in alphabetical order with all the votes being for Johnson. The election judge admitted 35 years later in 1977 that the 202 votes were fraudulent. The voters whose names were on the fraudulent ballots were all deceased.
The reason I even mentioned the 1942 Senate race is that LBJ was not that happy being a second banana to the Kennedys, when he accepted the nomination to run for Vice President in 1960. The 1942 race also shows that LBJ would do whatever it takes to win an election.
I am not saying that LBJ orchestrated the assassination of JFK, but he had the clout to make it happen if he wanted. One obvious fact is that nobody profited more from the assassination of JFK than LBJ. He went from being a pawn in the Kennedy administration with little or no power, to becoming the most powerful man in the United States.
The following paragraph may or may not be true, but if it is true LBJ was in the middle of the planning of the JFK assassination:
There is no doubt that of all the individuals who personally benefited from the Assassination of JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson was highest on the list. Johnson is the answer to the proverbial question Cui bono or who benefited? Johnson is known to have attended a final pre-assassination meeting on November 21, 1963 at Dallas oilman Clint Murchison’s home. Two separate witnesses have independently verified that LBJ was present at the meeting including his former mistress Madeline Duncan Brown who stated on multiple occasions and in various venues that LBJ told her on the night of November 21, 1963 “after tomorrow those Kennedy boys will never make a fool of me again.” – JFK Assassination Conspiracy Update
Cuban Freedom Fighters – The invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Cuba was doomed from the start because of news articles like this being printed:
JAN 10, 1961: The New York Times publishes a front page story entitled “U.S. Helps Train an Anti?Castro Force at Secret Guatemalan Air?Ground Base.” Written by Paul Kennedy, the article reports that “Commando?like forces are being drilled in guerrilla warfare tactics by foreign personnel, mostly from the United States.” – National Security Archive
This is tantamount to printing in the New York Times that the Allied Forces are preparing for an invasion at Normandy, France. This must be the fault of the CIA to have leaked this sensitive information so Cuba would be aware of the impending attack.
It must be noted that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was still in office when the plan to invade Cuba was instituted. Despite JFK”s eagerness to blame the CIA for the crushing defeat of the invasion force, the president is ultimately the one that must accept the blame.
By his failed invasion, JFK infuriated Fidel Castro and the Cuban Freedom Fighters who abandoned them as they fell into the clutches of Castro’s henchmen and many of them were executed.
Fidel Castro – It was a huge coincidence that on the same day JFK was assassinated, Rolando Cubela Secades an employee of Fidel Castro was handed a poisoned pen by CIA agents in Paris, for Secades to use to kill Castro.
Castro had to know of the assassination plots against them, so naturally he would assume that JFK was behind the plots. It was clear that Castro had caused JFK to go through the October missile crisis of 1962. The Russians finally blinked, but it was Castro who allowed them to set up their missiles, just 90 miles from our shore.
His ex-lover Marita Lorenz smuggled a cold cream container with poison pills inside. However, Castro discovered the plot and gave her a gun to shoot Castro, but she couldn’t pull the trigger.
Those were just some of the assassination attempts against Castro. If there was anyone that had reason to assassinate JFK, it would be Castro.
American Mafia – There were many angry mobsters not happy with the way Robert F. Kennedy was prosecuting Mafia chieftains. The two names I have heard mentioned the most were Sam Giancana and Carlos Marcello as the masterminds behind the JFK assassination.
Judith Exner was reportedly the mistress of President Kennedy and the girlfriend of mobster Sam Giancana.
Judith Exner was introduced to President Kennedy by Frank Sinatra. Exner’s activities were being watched closely by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who was using his knowledge of the affair to potentially blackmail the president to protect his job security. That explains why he was FBI director for so long, since he had blackmail material on every president he served.
Exner was a girlfriend of Giancana, so her affair with JFK may have been one more reason that Giancana reportedly conspired to kill JFK. It was 12 years after the assassination before Exner was publicly linked to JFK, but apparently Jackie Kennedy knew about the affair while JFK was still alive. The following paragraph from anusha.com infers that Jackie knew what was going on:
Exner has been treated unfairly by history. She never sought to capitalize off the fact that she was JFK’s mistress. She kept this hidden for years. Jackie knew about her, of course. Once, when Jackie found a woman’s pink panties in her pillow case, she turned to JFK in bed and said, “Would you find out who these belong to, because they are not my size?”
Louisiana mobster Carlos Marcello had a huge motive for assassinating JFK, since JFK’s brother Robert the attorney general, had Marcello deported to Guatemala.
Marcello made the following statement which shows that he was serious about having JFK assassinated:
In September 1962, Marcello told private investigator Edwin Nicholas Becker that, “A dog will continue to bite you if you cut off its tail…,” (meaning Attorney General Robert Kennedy.), “…whereas if you cut off the dog’s head…,” (meaning President Kennedy), “… it would cease to cause trouble“. Becker reported that Marcello, “clearly stated that he was going to arrange to have President Kennedy killed in some way“. Marcello told another informant that he would need to take out “insurance” for the assassination by, “…. setting up some nut to take the fall for the job, just like they do in Sicily”. – Wikipedia
The above statement shows that Marcello wanted JFK dead so his death would deter his brother from pursuing his vendetta against organized crime figures in the United States. The assassination played out just like Marcello mentioned in that a patsy named Lee Harvey Oswald took the fall, while the ones planning the job celebrated.It is just too much of a coincidence for me that Oswald was killed by Ruby who had close connection with the Chicago mobsters.
The FBI investigated Marcello after the assassination and came to this conclusion:
After Kennedy’s assassination, the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated Marcello. They came to the conclusion that Marcello was not involved in the assassination. On the other hand, they also said that they, “… did not believe Carlos Marcello was a significant organized crime figure,” and that Marcello earned his living, “… as a tomato salesman and real estate investor.” As a result of this investigation, theWarren Commission concluded that there was no direct link between Ruby and Marcello. – Wikipedia
It is ludicrous that the FBI would state that Marcello was not a significant organized crime figure. Even more preposterous is that they said he made his living as a tomato salesman and real estate investor. Then to cap it off the Warren Commission said that Jack Ruby and Marcello had no direct link.
FBI – The FBI may not have fired the shots that killed JFK, but J. Edgar Hoover had information about a plot to assassinate JFK just 13 days before the assassination, but apparently did nothing to act on that information. Retired FBI agent said that Joseph Adams Milteer had told William Somersett, a FBI informant on tape that the best way to kill JFK was to shoot him from an office building with a high-powered rifle. It is not surprising to me that Milteer is not even mentioned in the Warren Commission Report.
The FBI agent asks if there were plans to assassinate JFK and Milteer replied that they were in the works. Milteer was shown in the crowd at Dealey Plaza, the day of the assassination. Why would he be there to see JFK since he hated JFK? It tells me that he wanted to see for himself that JFK had been assassinated.
Adams also says he has information from FBI reports verifying that Lee Harvey Oswald, not only didn’t fire any shots from the Texas Schoolbook Depository Building, but was seen in the break-room at the exact time of the shooting.
Knowing that the FBI director Hoover, who was no fan of the Kennedys, had this information and sat on it tells me he was not intent on stopping the assassination. Why didn’t Hoover pass on this information to the Secret Service so they would be extra cautious on November 22, perhaps going so far as to leave the roof closed on the presidential limousine?
Hoover almost certainly knew about JFK”s connection with Judith Exner and Marilyn Monroe, but with Kennedy dead he didn’t have to use that information, since his job was safe.
CIA – The CIA had motive to assassinate JFK or let someone else assassinate him unimpeded, because only two years earlier JFK had vilified the CIA after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. The president had said the air strikes were not vital, which doomed the invasion. However, he was intent on blaming the CIA, saying he wished he could shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces. Several high level CIA officials handed in their resignations, including CIA director Allen Dulles.
So now the CIA has the motive to assassinate JFK, because he showed he was mad enough at the CIA to possibly even dismantle the most secretive intelligence organization. If the CIA was involved in trying to assassinate Fidel Castro, it would not be surprising, that they would entertain thoughts of assassinating the president who had dissed them publicly.
Secret Service – There are some that think that the Secret Service was involved in the assassination and Roy Kellerman in particular. Kellerman reportedly turned around to the front after looking back and seeing JFK had been shot, rather than responding immediately. Conspiracy theorists also say Kellerman took JFK”s body from Parkland Hospital by force.
William A. Greer the Secret Service agent driving the limousine, slowed down and then brought the limousine to a stop. It is thought that the stopping enabled the killer or killers time to make the fatal head shots.
It is difficult to believe that the men hired to protect the president would play a part in his assassination. I can’t see why any of the Secret Service agents would have motive to assassinate the president. It is because of this fact, that I rule out any involvement of the Secret Service in the assassination.
KGB – Any list of possible conspirators would have to include the KGB, since Russia had been more or less forced to withdraw their missiles from Cuba only 13 months before the assassination. This had to be the main motivating factor for them to be a participant in his assassination.
There was no doubt that Khrushchev was angered at JFK for placing him in the position, where he had to withdraw Russians missiles from Cuba as can be seen in the following portion from scientciapress.com.
According to Ion Mihai Pacepa, at the time deputy director of foreign intelligence for Gheorghe-Dej’s Romania, in his book Programmed to Kill: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet KGB, and the Kennedy Assassination , Dej was visiting Moscow at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Pacepa writes:
“According to Dej’s account, when Khrushchev finished reading that cable [from the KGB in Washington saying that Kennedy had ordered a naval quarantine of Cuba], his face was purple. He looked inquiringly at [KGB chief] Semichastny, and, when the terrified general nodded, Khrushchev ‘cursed like a bargeman’. Then he threw Semichastny’s cable on the floor and ground his heel into it. ‘That’s how I’m going to crush that viper,’ he cried. The ‘viper,’ Dej explained in telling the story, was Kennedy.
Goading himself on, Khrushchev grew increasingly hysterical, uttering violent threats against the ‘millionaire’s whore’ and his CIA masters.” – Scientiapress.com
Lee Harvey Oswald reportedly gave the Soviets the intelligence they needed to down the U-2 plane of Gary Powers in 1960. Powers himself said Oswald could have been the one that gave the Russians intelligence they needed to down his plane.
The KGB more than likely knew that Oswald intended to assassinate JFK, but did nothing to inform Washington of the impending assassination, since it removed JFK from the scene after JFK had shamed Premier Khrushchev the year before during the Cuban missile crisis.
Summary: This November 22 will be the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It will be six more years till the last files pertaining to the JFK assassination will be released.
It is amazing that President Kennedy could have incurred the wrath, of so many enemies in less than three years after being elected.
The Warren Commission took the easy way out and concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone on November 22, 1963, to kill the president of the United States.
Oswald’s own statements after being arrested, if they are considered to be truthful, imply that he was only a patsy, which inferred that there was at least one other person involved if not an entity like the CIA or FBI. Evidently, the Warren Commission did not think Oswald was being truthful, because they ruled out any conspiracy theory.
If Oswald was a patsy, he was perfect for the job. He had moved to Russia after being discharged from the Marines, which could have gave him access to the KGB. Even though the KGB was suspicious of Oswald, they knew he could be used to further their plans of assassinating President John F. Kennedy.
The fact that Oswald was in the Texas School Book Depository Building, by itself doesn’t mean he was the one that pulled the trigger that day. With the shooter surrounded by boxes, it was not likely the shooter was ever seen while shooting. It has been assumed all these years that Oswald killed Officer Tippett. He may have but after reading the following article, I am not so sure it was Oswald:
48 years have passed since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, but there are many who are not willing to accept the Warren Report conclusion that Oswald acted alone.
The fact that Allen Dulles, the former CIA director was on the Warren Commission, skewers the report beyond recognition considering he was there to steer the commission from probing too much into CIA documents related to the assassination.
Even President Lyndon B. Johnson said in this statement, probably without thinking that he was saying the Warren Commission Report was not completely truthful about Oswald acting alone.
Lyndon Johnson, president:“I’ll tell you something about Kennedy’s murder that will rock you…..Kennedy was trying to get Castro, but Castro got to him first.” - from How CIA Plot to Kill Castro Backfired, 2 Aug 1976, by Harry Altshuler, quoting Howard K. Smith interview of LBJ.
That statement tells me that he thought Oswald did not act alone, if he was blaming Castro for JFK’s assassination, since Fidel Castro wasn’t in the Texas School Book Depository Building the day of the assassination. LBJ is insinuating that Castro was involved and by doing that he is saying that some of Castro’s people may have planned the assassination of JFK with the Cuban government making sure Oswald had what he needed to assassinate President Kennedy.
The following Warren commission members later rejected the lone gunman theory:
Richard Russell, Senator and former Warren Commissioner:“We have not been told the truth about Oswald.” - Whitewash IV, by Harold Weisberg, p. 21.
Hale Boggs, Majority Leader and former Warren Commissioner:“Hoover lied his eyes out to the Commission – on Oswald, on Ruby, on their friends, the bullets, the guns, you name it…” - Coincidence or Conspiracy?, by Bernard Fensterwald Jr. and Michael Ewing, p. 96. The quote comes from an unnamed aide to Congressman Boggs. The book also quotes Bogg’s wife Lindy, through a colleague, as saying “He wished he had never been on it [the Commission] and wished he’d never signed it [the Report].”
John Sherman Cooper, Senator and former Warren Commissioner:“On what basis is it claimed that two shots caused all the wounds?…..It seemed to me that Governor Connally’s statement negates such a conclusion. I could not agree with this statement.” - The Zapruder Film, by David Wrone, p. 247. Cooper was commenting on a draft of the Warren Report. Wrone is citing the papers of J. Lee Rankin, wherein Cooper’s written comments appeared.
This website has a wealth of information about the many different conspiracy theories:
This page also from History-matters.com shows how the government and non-government witnesses differed on how many heard shots from the grassy knoll with non-government witnesses outnumbering government witnesses 143-73. However the non-government witnesses who thought there was gunfire from the grassy knoll was 44, while the government witnesses only 8 thought the gunfire came from the grassy knoll.
There are so many conspiracy theories that we know that we know they can’t all be true. We may never know what actually happened on November 22, 1963 other than President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. However, we can formulate in our minds, from what we read, that we think happened.
This article has too much information to read at one time, so might be a good page to bookmark for future reference, especially to the links at the end of the article.
It seemed like to me that Nancy Grace went overboard with her criticism of the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial.
I can understand her disappointment in knowing that Casey Anthony who probably did kill her daughter Caylee is going to walk free, maybe as early as this week.
However, the American justice system still specifies that a juror must not vote guilty if there is a reasonable doubt. There was more than enough reasonable doubt to not send Casey Anthony to her death.
The prosecution erred in asking for death penalty, given the fact that there was no slam dunk evidence presented to the jury.
If the prosecution had asked for a life sentence, the jury may have even come back with a guilty verdict.
Not Enough Evidence
The jury simply did not have enough concrete evidence to support a death penalty.
If the jury had rendered a guilty verdict and a death sentence was given and carried out, there would be no recourse, if it later became known that Ms. Anthony had not committed the crime.
Grace Went Overboard With Comments
The reaction of Nancy Grace to the verdict went way overboard in my opinion. It was like she was waging a personal vendetta against Casey Anthony. I can understand why she would emphasize that Caylee Anthony’s killer went unpunished. The one thing both sides can agree on is that Caylee Anthony is dead.
It didn’t take long yesterday to tire of hearing Grace call Casey tot mom. She has a name and it is Casey, not tot mom. When Graces says tot mom, it has a derogatory sound to it.
No Fingerprints Or DNA Linking Anthony
It is one thing to want justice for a murderer. However, it is another thing to want justice so much that someone like Nancy Grace would send Casey Anthony to death row, with no fingerprints or DNA linking Casey to the crime.
Grace may be correct in saying that Casey’s lies may have led to the not guilty verdict by the jury. If she had told the truth to the detectives, she would likely either be on death row now or serving a life sentence.
Lying May Have Kept Anthony Off Death Row
The Miranda law says Casey had the right to remain silent, but by lying she may receive a four-year sentence, instead of the death penalty or a life sentence.
There was an abundance of circumstantial evidence presented during the trial by the prosecution. However, you can’t send someone to their death on circumstantial evidence.
Wanted to Stay on Good Side of Grace
It was evident that the reporters and legal analysts on the program with Grace, were being careful to not get on the wrong side of Grace with their comments,
except for Dr. Drew saying that the prosecution did not prove motive, which I don’t think Grace agreed with.
A professional reporter and legal analyst like Grace are entitled to their opinion, but yesterday we think the professionalism gave way to a personal vendetta by Grace, against Casey Anthony.
Personally, I think the jury made the correct verdict, when considering the physical evidence didn’t link Casey to the crime. If one person is sent to death row because of circumstantial evidence, it is one person too many.
The following polls ask if the jury made the correct decision and if Nancy Grace went overboard with her comments after the verdict.
The American Idol Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina recently appeared on the Today show on the NBC television network. Scotty was interviewed by Meredith Viera before singing his debut single I Love You This Big.
Scotty McCreery being interviewed and singing his debut single on Today show last week.
Lauren Alaina singing Like My Mother Does on Today show with her mother watching her sing.
Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery singing I Told You So.
Those who were lucky enough to see Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina sing in their mini-concert, outside the NBC studios in New York City not only got to hear some great singing, but also were able to see how humble both of them are.
Both of them should never be affected by their fame, because they are too down to earth to let fame and fortune change them.
They have something some of the recent American Idols don’t have. This is nothing against Lee DeWyze but he has almost been an anonymous American Idol. Few people could even tell you who won Season 9 of American Idol.
I look for Scotty and Lauren to far exceed Lee in record sales and concert receipts. Scotty’s bass voice and Lauren Alaina’s tone should be selling records for years to come. Whether they will ever approach the sales of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson remains to be seen, but right now it looks like they both have bright futures.
It seems like the summer tour is slowing down the start of the career by American Idols, by keeping them too busy to finish albums.
The summer tour is apparently a huge money maker for the American Idol franchise, plus it pays the singers who participate well, but it slows down those singers who have recording contracts. Traveling from city to city for two months is not conducive to starting a career.
When the American Idol typically doesn’t release their debut album till November most years, it robs them of the chance to release an album during the summer and probably selling many more albums before so much time passes.
For instance right now Scott McCreery is as hot as a firecracker on the Fourth of July, but by the time the summer is over and November comes around the hotness diminishes over time.
By November, the next season of American Idol is only two months away and fans start anticipating the new season and by then have tired of waiting for an album to be released.
Scotty McCreery may be the exception, but it can’t help his career not having an album in the stores and available for download six months after the last confetti has hit the floor on finale night. Then there is another three month wait after the tour is over.
Pia Toscano could possibly have an album ready much sooner since she is already working on an album and should be the first American Idol contestant to have an album released.
The only way to take advantage of the new American Idol’s name recognition is to cancel the summer tour and release their debut album sooner, but can’t see it being canceled since it is too much of a money-maker for American Idol’s corporate ownership.
So American Idol fans will likely have to wait six months before actually having a CD of the new American Idol in their hands.
Tony Bennett singing I Wanna Be Around at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 20,2002.
This video shows Tony Bennett at his best singing one of his standards that has been around for years. Those wanting to see more of his videos during the Newport Jazz Festival will be able to see Tony singing many of his hits including his signature song I Left My Heart in San Francisco in other videos also available at Wolfgang’s Vault website.
Tony is still active nine years later as he sang last Wednesday night, August 25 with Haley Reinhart of American Idol. He will be 85 years old later this year.
Voters are welcome to add their own favorites to list if they are still singing today, not necessarily recording music today.
This is just my opinion but the battle rounds idea was not a good one for The Voice. Out of the 12 battles, not more than two could really be called battles, since most contestants have not embraced the idea of the battle except for Tarraylyn Ramsey and Frenchie Jones who clearly did not like each other.
It would have been better to go straight to the live shows and eliminate contestants that way instead of pitting singers against each other.
However, the producers are trying to avoid being too much like American Idol so are grasping at gimmicks, hopefully to sustain their initial high ratings.
The idea of the blind auditions was was a good one and had the suspense factor as the viewers waited to see which of the four coaches would turn around their chair, to see the one they hoped, would choose them to be a judge.
The worst part of the battle round is that there are four songs being sung in each battle round, which take up three or four minutes at the most. The singers are only singing about about 15 minutes a show leaving 45 minutes for commercials and filler.
It would be better in my opinion, to see the coaches work with the singers individually rather than plan a song for a competition in the boxing ring.
Today’s poll question is if The Voice should have avoided the Battle Rounds and went straight to the live shows.
First, before any Lauren Alaina fans bash me for being anti-Lauren, I can honestly say I have no favorite going into tonight’s finale and would be equally happy with her winning as much as I wouldn’t mind seeing Scotty McCreery winning.
Scotty Pushed To Background From The Start
My complaint is that the show last night pushed Scotty McCreery out of the spotlight from the first minute. Ryan Seacrest opened the show talking about Lauren Alaina having a problem with her voice. Then he dramatically called a doctor onstage to give his diagnosis, which was that Lauren had been treated and would be able to sing and sing well.
Why even bring this up unless there was a medical crisis in which she couldn’t sing at all? It was evident during the show that Lauren was singing as well, if not better than she had all season.
Scenario If A Finalist Couldn’t Sing
The situation though if it ever happened that a singer couldn’t sing on finale night, raises questions of how American Idol would handle it if one of the finalists couldn’t sing on the final performance night. Would the other singer still sing or would they stop the competition that night and fill the show with guest singers and then extend the finale night to a third night? Or would they go ahead and have the fans vote after the show as always, even though neither singer had sung that night?
Falling In Place For Lauren Alaina
Meanwhile, back to the situation last night, it seemed like everything was falling into place for Lauren Alaina. The judges seemed to favor her over Scotty for the most part. Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson clearly thought Lauren Alaina performed better than Scotty. Jennifer Lopez avoided saying who was best on the third and final song of the night.
Song To Mom Might Be Moment Lauren Alaina Won
The emotionally charged moment when Lauren Alaina hugged her mom and sang to her may be the moment she won American Idol. Since that song was concocted by those in charge of the show, it seemed unfair that Scotty couldn’t have had a song that he could have sung to his mother. I don’t want to take away from how special that moment had to be for Lauren Alaina and her mom.
Unless, I am totally mistaken Lauren Alaina will become the Season 10 American Idol tonight. If she doesn’t it won’t be because the American Idol producers didn’t do all they could in their power to have her win the coveted title as the next American Idol.
Haley Reinhart Lost By Millions of Votes
This may be the first year I don’t have a favorite, since my favorite Haley Reinhart was voted out of the competition a week ago and didn’t even come close to staying on the show losing by millions of votes, having only 25 million votes out of 95 million votes cast.
Having followed the show all season, from the earliest auditions to finale night tonight, it has been a great season.
Several Record Deals For Contestants
This season should produce record deals for seven or eight of the singers by next spring. There were some shocking developments earlier in the season with Casey Abrams voted off the show and then saved by the judges. That save prevented them from saving Pia Toscano being voted off in one of the most shocking votes of all time.
However, American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe told reporters that Pia was not doing well in the voting anyway, so even a judge’s save may not have kept her from being sent home. I still am having problems digesting why she was sent home since she had it all, the talent, the looks, but for some reason the voters weren’t enamored with her.
In conclusion, let me wish the best to whoever wins tonight. May they sell albums in the millions, not the hundreds of thousands, like the last two winners Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze.
Lee DeWyze Dissed by American Idol Producers
Speaking of Lee DeWyze the American Idol producers, for some strange reason as of yesterday hadn’t invited DeWyze to even be in the building for the finale tonight. I can understand their disappointment in his poor album sales, but come on, he did win last season and deserves to be on the show out of common courtesy.
Today’s poll asks if American Idol intentionally or unintentionally set up Lauren Alaina to be the next American Idol?
There was no clear cut winner last night on the last performance night for American Idol in Season 10. I thought both Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina sang very well in all three of their songs.
The judges had nothing but praise for the two singers that will find out tomorrow if they are the next American Idol. Randy Jackson seemed to lean more toward Lauren Alaina, but Jennifer Lopez refused to say who sang better after they all had sung. Steven Tyler gave the night to Lauren Alaina.
I think Lauren Alaina may have helped herself by singing so well even with throat problems before the show. She had the most sentimental moment of the night when she sang to her mother during her last song. That very well may have won American Idol for her.
However, Scotty did fine and may have been given a better song by George Strait, since the judges didn’t seem to like it as much as I thought they would. Check Yes or No just isn’t the kind of song that shows how well Scotty can sing. If Scotty had chosen the same song, he would have been accused of playing it safe.
Despite the judges giving a slight edge to Lauren Alaina, I think the voting will be too close to call.
The poll question asks who you will think you win based on last night’s competition:
Lee DeWyze who was the American Idol for 2010 has not been asked to appear on finale night and won't even be in the audience according to DeWyze.
Update after the finale: It is being reported that Lee DeWyze was in the audience during the finale and that Ryan Seacrest stood where he was blocking DeWyze which may have been intentional since producer Nigel Lythgoe seemed to be angered at DeWyze for not presenting the winner’s trophy to Scotty McCreery. Read this story for more details:
It is like the producers don’t want to be reminded that the show has failed to produce a big selling record artist in the last two seasons with neither DeWyze or Season 8 winner Kris Allen doing well in sales.
Still it seems like common courtesy to let the previous year’s winner perform on finale night. Shows what I know about the cutthroat world of show business.
I can’t recall if a previous year’s winner has not been asked to return the following year, but have a feeling this is a first for American Idol and one that Ryan Seacrest won’t be mentioning during the finale.
UPDATE AFTER FINALE
It was clear that Crystal Bowersox was the better singer last season, but for some reason she didn’t draw enough votes to be the American Idol for Season 9.
Poll question is should DeWyze been invited to at least appear, even if not perform on finale night.
I don’t want to take anything away from Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina and am very happy for both of them, but am wondering if readers thought they were the most talented of the 13 singers in Season 10.
Personally, I thought Pia Toscano and James Durbin were the most talented singers this season. However, neither one made it to the final three, with Pia leaving many weeks ago.
The American Idol franchise has had a great season ratings wise. The show seamlessly changed from a judging lineup of Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Simon Cowell and the worst judge ever in Ellen DeGeneres (who deserves credit for admitting she was out of her element) to a lineup of a returning Randy Jackson and new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
I have to admit that I was thinking that with the loss of Simon Cowell, that the show would jump the shark with his departure. Fox proved me wrong by picking judges that brought the strongest lineup of singers in the ten year history of the show.
As much as the show focuses on talent, popularity is a huge part of who wins and loses from week to week. Pia Toscano can attest to that fact. Producer Nigel Lythgoe stated that Pia had not been getting that many votes so it may have been a shock to most of us, but he could see it coming since he knew the exact vote count.
Naturally everyone is going to vote for their favorites, so if their favorite isn’t the most talented but still polls more votes than the other contestants, we will see less talented singers winning the competition.
For example, Haley Reinhart is a much better singer than either Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina, but she won’t be competing tonight because she only drew approximately 25 million votes out of 95 million votes cast. She wasn’t even close to being in the final two, but she didn’t have the backing of the voters like Scotty and Lauren Alaina.
Unless voting procedures are changed we will continue to see more talented singers fall by the wayside during the season while the more popular singers, whether as talented or not are the ones still standing for the final competition.
The last thing the American Idol franchise wants is another Kris Allen or Lee DeWyze type winning American Idol. How often have we heard about anything either of them has done since winning the coveted title of the American Idol? Neither is breaking any albums sales records.
Scotty McCreery probably could sell a million records, the first month after releasing an album and Lauren Alaina could probably do as well also.
With all respect to Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood is the best American Idol prior to Season 10. Producer Lythgoe, mentioned earlier in this article, stated that Carrie led the voting all of her season. She not only had the talent, but also had the voters behind her the entire season. Despite all the drama on finale night that year, she probably won by millions and millions of votes over runnerup Bo Bice.
So tonight’s vote will be more of a popularity contest than a talent contest. American Idol is in a risky situation if they tinker with the voting process, since it may alienate their fans if they are only allowed to vote one time, as has been mentioned recently.
It all comes down to what is more important, for a singer to have a huge fan base voting for them in large numbers or for the most talented singer to be sitting in the audience watching a less talented, but more popular singer become the next American Idol.
Today’s poll asks if the two most talented singers of Season 10 are the ones competing tonight to be the next American Idol. This poll question has nothing to do with favorites or popularity, but about if the most talented singers are still standing tonight.
Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood shown together on stage in this photo from a CMT blog.
Carrie Underwood is now the biggest selling American Idol ever after surpassing Kelly Clarkson and has sold 12,296,000 albums since winning Season 4 of American Idol.
Clarkson who won Season 1 has sold 10,674,000 albums which is 1, 622,000 less than sold by Underwood despite having a three year head start.
Underwood also leads in digital track sales with 18,482,000 while Clarkson has sold 15.6 million digital tracks with Underwood selling almost three million more digital tracks than Clarkson.
When it comes to gross earnings from concert tours, Underwood holds a commanding lead over Clarkson, earning $66 million in concert revenue compared to $32 million earned by Clarkson.
Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks didn’t even make the list, while fourth place finisher that season, Chris Daughtry is third on the list at Hollywoodreporter.com.
However, Kellie Pickler the sixth place finisher in Season 5 also is tenth on the list of top American Idol earners.
It is ironic that the American Idol of Season 5, Taylor Hicks didn’t even make the Top 10, while the fourth and sixth place finishers both made the list.
I can’t see Season 8 winner Kris Allen or Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze making the Top 10 list anytime soon, as they haven’t done well in album sales and probably are not booked in the larger arenas, which limits their revenue.
Scotty McCreery should sell well if he is voted the American Idol, while Lauren Alaina probably will sell less albums than McCreery if she is voted the American Idol of Season 10.
For more complete details of the Top 10 money earning Idols and contestants who have sold well, despite not being voted the American Idol.
The eleven American Idol finalists will be $49,000 richer at the end of their 49 concert tour this summer, with each singer being paid $1,000 a concert. The singers alone combined will earn a combined $539,000.
The Idols will also receive a cut of the merchandise sales during the tour.
Concertgoers will be able to see Pia Toscano sing with her fellow American Idol singers for the first time since leaving the show early in the season.
The ticket prices will be affordable for only the most affluent American Idol fans or those fans who have saved up for the tour for several months.
For instance the concert at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas will range from $94 for the cheapest ticket to $631 for the most expensive ticket not counting the meet and greet tickets at $1,649 each.
A family of four buying the cheapest tickets would be setback $376, not including any trips to the concession stands or memorabilia purchases.
Paying the orchestra assuming there will be a traveling orchestra, stagehands, concession workers and roadies to unload and load the trucks and whoever else is needed to stage the shows will amount to a huge amount of money.
It is a shame that so many fans who would want to see the concert tour, simply can’t afford the money it would take to see the shows. American Idol is a huge cash cow, that may make a lot of money for the ownership of the company, but the average fan working for a living will find the tickets are too pricey for them to attend.
The tour was cut short in 2010, but don’t expect that to happen with the wealth of talented singers on the tour this year. Sadly Ashton Jones and Karen Rodriguez who were the first and second singers to be eliminated, thus disqualifying them from the tour will not receive the $49,000 the other 11 will be receiving.
I personally would love to see one of the concerts, but financially the tickets are too expensive for me to see the concerts.
Haley Reinhart polled over 25 million votes Thursday night.
Haley Reinhart apparently didn’t even come close to being one of the two finalists of Season 10 on American Idol.
Producer Nigel Lythgoe tweeted that Reinhart had garnered over 25 million votes, without giving hte exact number.
If she did receive 25 million votes that would leave a total of 70 million votes divided by Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.
Even if those votes were divided equally that would give McCreery and Alaina 35 million votes each, so Reinhart would be 10 million votes behind the leading vote-getter.
She could be even further behind if the leader picked up a lot more votes than the 35 million votes.
At least Reinhart knows that she is still the third place finisher in Season 10 but in no way was she a threat to win it all.
She was my personal favorite since I like the kind of music she sings except for the more current songs she sang this season. Her music has a bluesy feel that should sell well, but doubt that she will sell in the multi millions like Scotty McCreery might do.
Jimmy Iovine of Interscope-Geffen-A&M played a song for Lythgoe that might be on Reinhart’s debut album.
Something tells me we haven’t heard the last from Haley Reinhart.
Season 10 of American Idol should produce the most albums of any season. Most of us know Pia Toscano, Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk, Paul McDonald, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin and of course, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery should have albums by the end of the year.
However on the other hand it is unlikely that Naimi Adedapo, Karen Rodriguez, Ashton Jones, Thia Megia and Stefano Langone will make an album this year. It will be interesting to watch if any of these five singers make an album even in the next two or three years.
Now to the contestants who should have recording contracts in the coming months:
It is almost scary that Scotty McCreery will release his first album as a teenager, making me wonder if he can sustain his popularity over many years. The record business is an up and down business and a singer is only as good as his last album, so in a way hate to see Scotty start at such an early age. Having said that, he has the talent to succeed and his likability factor is through the roof, so he could very well have a career that lasts for many decades.
It is interesting to try to figure out what niche Lauren Alaina will find herself in in when it is time to record an album. She has the ability to sing both country and pop so she and her record company will have to decide which direction to go. She may not have the success of Carrie Underwood but could still be a top seller in whatever genre she lands.
Even though James Durbin could only make the final four, he could sell albums very well, because of the energy he brings to his music. Scotty McCreery should be a huge seller, when he records his album.
I look for him to be one of the best selling heavy metal artists almost immediately. Knowing his back story, makes me hope he is a huge success in the music industry and that he can show the world that Tourette’s syndrome is not going to keep him from achieving his dreams.
Haley Reinhart probably will record an album that focuses on blues and jazz. She definitely can sing a blues song or a jazz vocal with the best of anyone. She may not be a mainstream artist, but that depends on how her record company wants to sell her music, and what direction they want her to take.
There is no doubt that Pia Toscano will have the first album among the American Idol contestants, since while they were still engaged in the competition, she was free to start work on her debut album. Being the most technically correct of all the contestants this season, she should easily fall into whatever niche her record company wants her to be locked into.
It will be very interesting to see what kind of album Casey Abrams releases later this year. The multi-talented singer/musician is by far the most talented musician ever to appear on American Idol. He is the only singer to sing while playing the upright bass, in my memory. He may have been eliminated early because the voters didn’t realize how talented he is.
Jacob Lusk may have peaked too early during the competition. He seemed to become discombobulated ,by all the advice from mentor Jimmy Iovine and the judges. However, he should be signing a recording contract to sing as a rhythm and blues artist and/or a gospel artist sometime this year. Whether his albums sell well remains to be seen.
If ever a singer had a distinct sound, it is Paul McDonald who sounds more like Rod Stewart than Rod Stewart. Whether his unique sounds helps sell albums is a question mark that will be answered when his album is released. McDonald didn’t particularly like singing cover songs like he was required to sing on American Idol, so now he will likely sing a lot of his own songs. The big question for McDonald is whether music fans buy the albums of a singer that sounds like a famous singer, like Rod Stewart.
This is not the best time to be in the music business since downloading is such a big part of the music business. We could be seeing less and less music issued on CD’s in the coming years.
The American Idol contestants may have struggled for years before getting a chance to record an album, without their exposure on American Idol. There is no way a Scott McCreery or Lauren Alaina would be recording albums as teenagers without being on national television for the last three or four months.
We want to wish the best to all of the American Idol contestants who record albums this year and hope they continue to sell albums for many decades.
However, we have seen many contestants lose recording contracts over the years, so there are no guarantees for any of them. For the most part, only Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry have sold albums by the millions and millions.
So we could see many careers launched this year when they record their albums or it could be the beginning of the end for those that can’t sell their albums.
The poll asks the readers which American Idol contestants will sell the most albums:
It was a sad night for Haley Reinhart as she was voted off of American Idol. She had went home last weekend and now she will be going home again unless she will hang around till the finale next week.
I have to admit Haley was my favorite this season, but I am happy that Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery will be in the finale next week. Unless there is a major mistake by either singer next week, I expect Lauren to be the next American Idol, but would not be surprised at all to see Scotty win.
It is a time a girl won American Idol after the last two males who won, have not exactly set the world on fire, when they released their album. It takes a second to even remember Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze were the last two American Idols.
COULD TELL SCOTTY AND LAUREN ALAINA WOULD BE IN FINALE
There was a general consensus that Lauren Alaina (who has dropped her last name Suddeth for the show) and Scotty McCreery would wind up; in the finale after James Durbin went home.
HALEY SLIGHTLY BETTER SINGER
Haley Reinhart may have been a slightly better singer, but just didn’t have the popularity of Lauren and Scotty. I feel like the judges may have turned the voters against Haley, even though it may not have been intentional. Her fall last night probably did help her in the voting.
SCOTTY VERY EMOTIONAL DURING VISIT TO GARNER, NORTH CAROLINA
Scotty’s return home last weekend showed how emotional he is, which is a good thing in my book, but some may think of it as a weakness. To tell you the truth, it was several weeks into the show before I thought Scotty was a serious contender to be the next American Idol. When he stayed out of the bottom group for most of the season, then I knew he was as Randy Jackson likes to say, in it to win it.
LAUREN MOST LIKABLE OF AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANTS
Lauren who also stayed out of the bottom group until one of the very last shows, kept getting stronger and stronger. There was no doubt Lauren was the most likable of the 13 American Idol finalists.
When she visited her hometown of Rossville, Georgia and and viewed the devastation of the recent tornadoes that his Rossville, it touched my heart and those of many other American Idol fans. The most touching scene was when she talked to a young boy who had been thrown 200 yards by the tornado, then looked out for the safety of his family members.
EQUALLY HAPPY FOR SCOTTY OR LAUREN TO WIN
In past years, I have rooted for one of the finale singers, but this year, I will be equally happy for either to win since Scotty and Lauren are so likable.
Scotty will probably sell more albums than any of the other singers this year, because of his immense popularity with the country music fans. Lauren is not locked into one genre as she showed when she sang an Aerosmith song with Steven Tyler after being told she was going to Hollywood.
We want to salute Haley Reinhart for her fighting back against all odds, to wind up in the final three. She was in the bottom three week after week, before gaining momentum in the last weeks of the competition.
Haley seemed to be in a state of shock when Ryan Seacrest announced she had been voted off the show. Guess that is normal though, when you want something that bad, only to lose it in the next to last week of the competition. This is not the last we will hear of Haley Reinhart as she is too good of a singer to fade away.
When her album comes out this fall, it should sell well if it features her singing the songs she sings best. If she growls, that is alright because that is how she sings and nobody needs to change it.
The final poll this season is obvious as we ask who will the next American Idol be, Lauren Alaina or Scotty McCreery.
Nigel Lythgoe an American Idol producer has stated that there could be a change in the voting next season.
It is not a sure thing yet, but voters next season, may be limited to one vote instead of voting repeatedly for the same candidate which is currently allowed.
This may prevent another travesty like Pia Toscano being voted off the show in the early weeks of the Season 10 competition.
There is no way in my book that Pia is a worse singer than Naimi Adedapo and Stefano Langone, but that is what happened earlier this season.
Pia should have been in the finals, if the voting had been done solely on talent. The problem is that some voters are voting for the best singers, while others are voting for favorites even though they know they are not the best singers.
The voting changes need to be made if it will prevent even one singer like Pia from going home so early in the competition.
Now that the Voice has been on for two or three weeks, this may be a good time to compare it with American Idol.
Casting director Michelle McNulty of The Voice didn’t necessarily look for singers similar to those who appear on American Idol. Instead she has focused mostly on singers with a past history of success in the entertainment field like former American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis.
The youngest contestant is Raquel Castro at the age of 16, but she appeared in the movie Jersey Girl with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, so she is not new to the entertainment scene.
It was a surprise to see her on the show since the last I knew she had appeared on Broadway, but apparently she must have hit a rough patch and wanted to rejuvenate her career. Tarralyn Ramsey was similar in that she used to sing for Ray Charles who died seven years ago, so it could be even more than seven years since she sang with Charles.
Tim Mahoney is 39 and was on The Voice till he lost a battle round against a younger Casey Weston, who will advance to the live shows portion of The Voice.
NO OVER THE TOP SINGERS LIKE AMERICAN IDOL
Unlike American Idol, The Voice only focuses on good to great singers, while overlooking the American Idol types, that will dress up in crazy over the top costumes, just to be seen on national television. You will never see those type of singers on The Voice, because the producers want it to be known as a serious singing competition.
CHAIRS TURNING AROUND GIMMICK
The Voice had an unique concept in that the coaches Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton would sit in chairs, not facing the singers. This was done so the coaches would not to be able to focus on the looks, but instead were hearing the singers without seeing them.
This portion of the competition gave everyone an equal chance to advance in the competition.
BATTLE ROUNDS STARTED LAST WEEK
The first battle round last week pitted two singers singing the same song in a boxing ring. Some may like the battle round concept, but to me it was in some cases a shouting contest, in which you can’t really enjoy the song.
Since only four of the 32 singers advanced last week, it makes me wonder how long this portion of the competition will last. The four singers who lost the battle round have gone home leaving 28 remaining in the show.
Each coach still has seven singers remaining on their team. If The Voice wants to pare down the contestants to 16 for the live shows, giving each coach four singers, that would make a total of 16 singers on the live shows. That is all conjecture, though since as far as I know NBC has not announced how this will all play out.
The Voice is as far removed from American Idol as possible with the chairs turning around, the battle rounds and using coaches instead of judges.
Host Carson Daly is more lowkey than Ryan Seacrest and lurks in the background for the most part. Now that the auditions are over, the producers hope the battle round concept catches on with viewers. The show did lose two million viewers from the previous week.
Once American Idol finishes their season the week after next, the show may move back up in the ratings, or the ratings may continue to tumble the rest of the season.
COMPARISON OF AMERICAN IDOL AND THE VOICE
For me the American Idol concept of having 13 finalists, without having battle rounds is better than the battle round concept adopted by The Voice. At time the battle rounds have been more of a shouting match than a singing competition.
I am rooting for Vicci Martinez to be The Voice at the end of the season. She has her own band and has many You Tube videos to watch.
The poll question is if The Voice and American Idol came on at the same time, which show would you choose to watch live?
This is the first week that there is no clearcut answer to the question of who will go home next week. Casey Abrams went home a week early in my book, but did gain some extra weeks after being saved by the judges earlier this season.
It was almost a foregone conclusion that Jacob Lusk would be going home last night. On my little poll 74 votes said that Jacob would go home out of 94 votes cast.
Next week we could see Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina Suddeth go home depending on how the competition goes next Wednesday night. Unless Haley Reinhart or James Durbin stumble badly on Wednesday night, we may be headed to a Haley and James Final Two.
James is in the only contestant to not have been in the bottom two or bottom three this season. Haley seems to have really turned her chances in her favor after being in the bottom three earlier in the season.
I am not sure if Lauren can handle the pressure coming up in the last three weeks of the show, if she is still there at the end. She will be watched closely by the mentors and judges to see if she backs off high notes, like she did last Wednesday night. As I have stated before, whoever goes home first between Scotty and Lauren will leave their votes to the other for the most part.They are both young and both are from the south, so either one of them should pick up a lot of votes, once the other leaves, unless they both wind up in the Final Two.
Right now, like Randy said James is the one that is most likely to win American Idol. It is unclear who will get the votes of Jacob Lusk, since none of the remaining singers sing his kind of music.
Personally, I am still rooting for Scotty and Haley, but Scotty could be gone when the votes are counted from the next results show.
The only total surprise would be for James to be voted off the show, but think his followers are very loyal, since he is the only contestant singing heavy metal music.
Now is the time for the singers to not let the mentors, Jimmy Iovine and Lady Gaga pick their songs. Otherwise they may lose because they didn’t go with their gut feeling, as to which song to sing.
The poll question asks which of the final four is most likely to go home on Thursday night.
Ryan Seacrest said we might be surprised at the voting results, but think most Idol fans expected Jacob Lusk to go home and he did on Thursday night’s show.
We might have been surprised that Lauren Alaina Suddeth was in the bottom two, her first time to be in the bottom group. She took it really hard, but she should be back as strong as ever next week. Jimmy Iovine who has been mentoring the Idol contestants this season, said she held back on a high note, during her rendition of Unchained Melody.
Scotty McCreery was put on the spot by Ryan Seacrest and did the right thing by refusing to join the group that he thought was staying, so Seacrest led him to the right group. I thought he did great on Wednesday night, but it was a case of Haley Reinhart and James Durbin singing a little better.
Haley who was constantly in the bottom three earlier this season seems to be gaining momentum. She seemed to be on the verge of going home every week there for awhile, but now she just might be in the final two.
Iovine criticized Durbin for being too emotional during his 60′s song, but I think his emotions made his version of Harry Nilsson’s Without You even better. Durbin has gone through a lot, having battled Tourette’s syndrome for many years, and being taunted for his uncontrollable movements. So if anyone deserved to sing with emotion, it is Durbin and he didn’t deserve the criticism of Iovine.
It was almost anti-climatic when Jacob was sent home, since it was totally expected. Jacob should make a living as an artist, but he wasn’t the best singer on American Idol this season.
And then there were four after the departure of Jacob. Anyone in the final four could be in the final two on Finale Night on May 25. The contestants will have to impress the judges and America more than ever next week, since James is in it to win it as Randy Jackson says.
I am afraid that Lauren Alaina Suddeth could be the one going home next week, unless she has the confidence to reach the highest notes in a song and goes for it, instead of backing off like she did Wednesday night.
Personally, I would like to see a Final Two of Scotty and Haley, but have a feeling right now it could James and Haley in the Final Two. James in my book is the best overall singer and will win American Idol barring any monumental mistakes the next three weeks.
If Lauren goes home next week, I look for Scotty to pick up a good portion of her votes. The worst case scenario for Scotty would be to have a Scotty and Lauren final, preventing him from picking up some of Lauren’s votes.
Casey Abrams asked his fans to vote for Haley and apparently that helped her avoid the bottom three this week.
The critiques of the judges will be more important than ever next week. A negative comment by all three judges could send someone home.
This time next week there will only be three contestants left.
Today’s poll asks again who will be the American Idol among the Final Four remaining contestants:
After next Thursday’s night results show, there will be only four contestants left in Season 10 of American Idol.
Assuming the show will have a bottom three this week, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk and Scotty McCreery should be there this week.
Lauren Alaina Suddeth surprised me when she was safe and Scotty was in the bottom three last Thursday. I think Lauren is a very good singer, but have a feeling she was safe last week, due more to her popularity than her singing ability. She has never been in the bottom three and James Durbin is only other contestant to not have been in the bottom three this season.
Unless we are in for a shocking elimination on Thursday, I see Jacob Lusk or Haley leaving the show. Scotty may have showed he slipped a little last week in the voting, but I look for his fans to vote in large numbers next week to insure he stays on the show.
There is no way of knowing, but it will be interesting to guess on who will get Casey’s votes next week.
Since American Idol isn’t releasing the vote totals, we can’t be sure that Lauren Alaina Suddeth or James Durbin haven’t been the leading vote-getters since the show started.
James has knocked it “out of the box” (Randy’s catchphrase) every week and should be safe on Thursday. Jacob keeps hanging in there, despite being in the bottom three.
The poll question asks who will be going home this week: