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  1. I know, right? I loved her choice of favorite groups until I realized that she probably likes Nirvana and the Peppers for the same reason I like The Who and Queen--great groups that my parents love. That said, Casey has replaced Hannah as my favorite of the season. It was nice while it lasted, Hannah.
  2. Hannah's my new favorite for this season. Something about those Mississippi girls, I guess; I was a huge Skylar stan back in Season 11.
  3. Cold open on someone making it to Hollywood, and then we get two siblings, Ammon and Liahona Olayan of Waiahia, HI. They’re 17 and 16, respectively, and the two oldest of 8 siblings. They sing a song they wrote together. They’re not bad—Liahona’s definitely better, and the judges agree, though Katy says that as songwriters, they’re already worthy of being signed. Lionel says yes to both, and then so does Katy, and Luke too. The siblings’ parents come in, carrying baby number eight. Anthony Guzman of Santa Clara, CA is a "modern-day Viking", coming into the audition in some sort of
  4. We’re back for another season! Fireball is the drink of choice for night one. “Just in case you didn’t know it’s me; it’s me.” Lionel with the mask with the name of one of his best-known songs. We see a bunch of discombobulated previews, and Luke says someone is like “the Kelly Clarkson audition, the Jennifer Hudson audition.” Didn’t Kelly’s audition not even get aired? And J-Hud was unpolished enough at the beginning that she was actually a VFTW pick in the early going. Benson Boone of Monroe, WA, is our first contestant. Seacrest has a beard! COVID does strange things to people. Benson’s fai
  5. Ah, yes, that. I even noted on the previous page that the jump between preliminary and final ratings brought him from "not even able to edge out Grace Leer for 5th in the event that Just Sam gets cut at Top 20 (which was doubly possible because prior to normalization, she was tied with Cyniah)" to "able to beat out Sophia James for 5th even in the event Just Sam does make it." But with the decay curve dropping like crazy, I was wrong on two points: Jonny couldn't beat out Sophia, and Grace wouldn't have beaten out Kimmy in Top 11 anyway.
  6. Whereas Lauren Spencer-Smith would've become the first CSAB winner to not make the real finals. Except probably not really because it looks like Johnny would've made the finale?
  7. Beautiful. Went back and listened to her performance of this song on Idol for comparison, and while it was of course good, it wasn't one of her best, and I feel like she wasa trying too hard to imitate Janis. And then this cover sounds like pure Haley, no one else. She knows who she is, and she's a treasure.
  8. And CSAB is off! The counselors did ultimately rule that they'd be taking 11 contestants, not 10, which means I think the final punchline may involve the U.S. and Canada at war.
  9. American Idol hasn't been "buzzworthy" for years. The pandemic put a huge damper on the season; we literally had fewer total performances this year than seasons 4-7 and 9 had semifinal performances (also 12 if you count its "quarterfinals" and 15-17 if you count the celebrity duets). Count that up; that's 9 out of the 17 seasons that preceded this where we saw more live(ish) performances before we even had the Top 10/12 than we got from this entire season (not that they were really live, either.)
  10. And we've got gold! The s.d. for the season was so low that they said that a "proper" normalization would put the top performances of the year in range of the all-time record, and the bottom performance of the year at a negative 4. So they literally "flattened the curve". As for CSAB, we do have a conclusive 11th place finisher for the Top 20, and it is indeed Just Sam (still at a 49; Cyniah's dropped to a 48.) So yeah, the decision whether to go with 10 or 11 coming out of that episode will literally decide the winner. And if Sam is cut there, it would indeed be LSS, her lone perf
  11. I think you've captured it perfectly. I was surprised at first because of how minorities rarely do well on this show, but there were a lot of things working in her favor. Yes, her "feel-good story" factor was being cut into by Dillon, but she stood out in a lot of ways in the Finale. Lone female contestant, lone black contestant, and yes, there's the New York City factor. Funny thing about NYC; when there's a crisis, the whole country puts aside its usual attitude towards them. Just look at 2001, when the country that loves an underdog instead deemed an overbearing dynasty a "sentimental favor
  12. So ratings for the Finale have gone silver...If Just Sam makes the Top 11, she wins CSAB, too. If it's Cyniah who makes the Top 11, or if there's only a Top 10... I think it's Lauren Spencer-Smith. The fact that there was a reprise round means she does get a leg up on Makayla, and Francisco's performances were 50 and 37. Her reprise would be right around 50 as well, and her last projected rating would still be in the 40s. Edit: Oh, huh, I still have a tab with the bronze-star ratings. Here's the changes: The big movers were Arthur's "I Don't Want To Be" and
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