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Reality Roundup 3/15/10 Including a Vegas Interview, “Idol” Thoughts, & an Anniversary

American Idol Top 12

For Simon’s last season, they’re certainly going out with a bang, huh? Or more like a dud. The consensus seems to be this is the worst final 12 this show has ever had. We are down to the finals, and for the first time in what seems like forever, there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut favorite. Sure, Simon anointed Crystal as the one to beat but, well, more on her in a bit. The only hope is, at this point last season, not one person thought Kris Allen would end up being the winner, and he just seemed to get better and better every week. Hopefully that happens to someone this season, because so far, not only do we not have a front runner, there hasn’t been a “wow” performance since probably Andrew’s “Straight Up” rendition during Hollywood Week. Which has essentially turned into the kiss of death for him since he hasn’t even belted out an average performance since then. Here are my thoughts on the final 12 contestants. And as is the case every year, I’m sure my opinion will change about each of them on a weekly basis. But as we stand right now, here is what I think:

Didi Benami: My favorite female vocalist this season. Has a good look, can see her putting out a contemporary album, and has a huge likeability factor about her, despite her crying every week. One of the few people I could actually see winning this season, although, she needs to improve since she hasn’t done all that great since she sang Kara’s song during Hollywood week. Huge potential though.

Crystal Bowersox: Not a fan. Don’t know what it is. The fact she looks unshowered and dirty every week. The fact she never seems to smile and seems like she’s too good for this show, I don’t know. Totally comes across as a music snob because her music is more Indie-like, whereas this show produces more mainstream stuff. Hence this being the #1 reason why she won’t win. She won’t appeal to enough of the middle aged women and teenie boppers who vote on this show. With that said, probably is the most polished performer of any of the 12. She just won’t win. Not mainstream enough. Don’t believe me? See: Adam Lambert.

Lacey Brown: I don’t dislike her as much as most people do. Will she win? Not a chance. But she’s got the likeability factor going for her and has a decent voice. Song choice is huge for her. Don’t know how she’s going to pull off a Rolling Stones song this week. Might be tough.

Siobhan Magnus: Ummmmm, where do I start? The positives: Probably is the 2nd most polished performer out of the females. Negatives: She is flat out just a weird character. Comes across as socially awkward and the only time she looks comfortable is when she’s singing. Has zero personality and her likeability factor is at about a negative-5 right now. And if someone can explain how in the world you pronounce “S-I-O-B-H-A-N” as “Shauvon”, I’d really appreciate it. However, I think she’ll stick around a while because she can sing.

Paige Miles: Shocked she’s even still here. She was terrible for three straight weeks during the live shows and we don’t know much about her. Especially when they had it down between her and Katelyn Epperly, I thought for sure Paige would be gone. I think she lasts one, maybe two, weeks tops.

Katie Stevens: The “enigma” as I like to call her. Why? Because she’s my second favorite female on the show behind Didi. I think she has an incredible voice for 16 years old, but, hasn’t done well in three weeks of live shows and has yet to pick the right song. With that said, I think she has final four potential. She’s likeable, she appeals to teenie bopper voters, she sounds like Katherine McPhee used to sound, and if she ever picks the right song and gets some confidence, watch out. If she doesn’t, she could be gone early. Jordin Sparks was more polished at 16 which is why she won, but Katie has the potential to be really, really good. I just don’t know if she’ll reach that potential in time on this show.

Lee Dewyze: The one major problem working against Lee is that nobody knew who the hell he was until the live shows started. Don’t think we ever saw his audition and barely saw him on Hollywood Week. He is the guy I could see being this season’s Kris Allen. Has a distinct voice, very good performer, but as of now, has zero personality. He needs to improve on that if he wants to win. Nothing about him screams “the next American Idol” – right now. That could change though. I think he’ll be around a while.

Andrew Garcia: Probably has the highest likeability factor of any of the remaining contestants, and it’s all based off his “Straight Up” performance. As long as that’s still fresh in people’s heads, he’ll stick around. I liked what he did with the Christina Aguilera song, I just think he picked the wrong one. Just to hear him singing “I’m a genie in a bottle, come and rub me the right way” seemed awfully awkward. Talented artist, could be really good, but might be hurt down the road by the “Straight Up” performance if he can’t top it.

Casey James: Ok, can we please stop acting like he’s the hottest guy walking the planet? Good Lord, calm down people. There’s a 100 Casey James walking around in Fort Worth right now. I can’t believe how stupid Kara acted on that first live show. That was over-the-top and utterly ridiculous. Really? This guy is that dreamy? Please. He’s a dime a dozen. Just because he’s better looking than the other five guys left doesn’t mean he’s some heartthrob. With that said, one of the other few I could see winning this thing. Good voice, good stage presence, and doesn’t come off as some country bumpkin.

Aaron Kelly: Don’t get him at all. Sounds like he’d win a high school talent show maybe, but this stage is much, much too big for him. Feel like he’s straining so hard to sing every song and is completely uncomfortable up on stage. Just like I said during the David Cook/David Archuleta final: Would you honestly pay money to go watch David Archuleta headline a concert for an hour and a half? Of course you wouldn’t. Same with Aaron Kelly. He has zero stage presence and looks twelve years old. Aaron Kelly has both of those things, but also not nearly as good a voice as Archuleta. I hope he’s not the one this season that the teenie boppers keep around longer than he should because they want to ask him to their prom. Lets put him out of his misery early.

Michael Lynche: One of the other few I can actually see winning. Has the backstory of his wife being in labor during Hollywood Week on his side. The downside is he comes across as a little cocky and too full of himself sometimes. I get that he’s a big guy with a big personality, but at times, it might rub people the wrong way. Plus, if he’s a personal trainer, shouldn’t he weigh less than 300lbs? Just saying. Great stage presence, really good voice, and we’ve already seen a large black man win this competition before, so it wouldn’t be unheard of.

Tim Urban: Has the “Jonas Brothers” vote going for him. I guarantee he’ll last probably a little longer than he should based on his moppy hair and the fact that teenage girls get all mushy when he’s on stage. However, he’s actually gotten better during his live shows, which kinda surprised me considering how awful he was in the first week. Once he made it through that, I knew he was getting the female vote. Could be a sleeper though, depending on if his vocals continue to improve. Can he win? No. But he will make females across America forget Aaron Kelly awfully quick.

On Wednesday, I’ll give my overall thoughts on the season so far before breaking down tomorrow night’s Rolling Stone’s performances. From Randy’s lack of vocabulary, to Kara’s hotness, to Simon’s engagement, to Ellen’s, well, whatever she’s doing there, to Seacrest’s insistence of poking and prodding Simon on a weekly basis, to the God awful lip synched group performances which need to stop, like, yesterday.

One final note: As I mentioned in the first paragraph, today is somewhat of a special day. It’s the two year anniversary of when I adopted my dog Maddie. Easily the best purchase I’ve ever made. It’s amazing it’s been two years. The weird thing is, I don’t even remember what it was like when I didn’t have her around. She’s the only female in my life that doesn’t talk back to me, doesn’t question my motivations, doesn’t bring in unnecessary drama, and is always happy to see me. So once again, if my future wife is reading this, then just know we are a package deal. If you can’t get along with Maddie, or if getting dog hair on your clothes is annoying to you, or you are not a dog person, then we are going to have problems. You are the best, Maddie. Now quit peeing on the rug. That’s what the potty pads are for.

Be back Wednesday with a new column covering tomorrow’s “Idol” performances, the 20/20 piece on the “Bachelor” tonight, “Survivor”, and “Celebrity Apprentice”. For those that want to follow me on Twitter, go to I’m almost maxed out on the 5,000 Facebook friends and have 2,000 currently waiting to be added. I’ll be starting a fan page soon and will let you know when I do. So if you’re wondering why you haven’t been added, that’s the reason. Any questions, comments, emails, praises, criticisms, suggestions, email me at See you Wednesday…

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  1. aimeenp

    March 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    I too like Didi the most…she is gorgeous and has a very current voice. I really also liked Lilly Scott, bc i dig the indie vibe. Bowersox is not indie, she is trapped in the Melissa Etheridge, Four Non Blondes, 90’s! Ugh, if she sings “What’s Up” I am gonna die. I can’t stand her. Oh well.

    Siobhan is an old Irish Name. It’s not very common, but it isnt some made up name or anything. I think it looks beautiful, but it sounds like a lady who works in a diner.

    Andrew Garcia is awesome, but he needs to do better than Genie in a Bottle…i couldn’t help but think he was asking someone to polish his knob….on live TV…sick! He needs to sing his style of Hit Me Baby One More Time. My friend used to do a version of that song with a guitar that was really good.

    I am sorry, but Casey James IS hot. I need to get to Ft. Worth if every guys looks like him there. When i was in Ft. Worth, the only thing I noticed was that EVERY girl had at least 1 Bump It in her hair. That and you can smoke in the bars there still…i am not used to that anymore.

  2. JenniferC

    March 15, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Thanks for the updates Steve 🙂

    I thought you would of mentioned Nicki being at Jason and Molly’s wedding… didn’t you have a crush on her??? How sweet about Maddie… congrats to you both!

  3. indifferent

    March 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    About your dog Maddie, my husband always says….if you lock your wife in the trunk of a car, or your dog, which one is happy to see you?

  4. bigpoppaevil

    March 15, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Steve I’m gonna call you to task on one thing. When TMZ broke the ‘sex tape’ story, they didn’t outright claim it was Rozlyn. They said there was someone claiming it was Rozlyn, and they were investigating. Then they came out and said it wasn’t. Don’t just read the headlines, dude.

  5. Caroll

    March 15, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    I noticed Nicki was sitting beside Kipton at the wedding. And the white covered seats made the scene look like a graveyard when it was first photographed! The most interesting part was seeing the former Bachelor/ette couples in attendance!

  6. macturner

    March 15, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Gender: Feminine
    Usage: Irish
    Pronounced: shi-VAWN [key]
    Irish form of Jehanne, a Norman French variant of JEANNE.

  7. kathimcgraw

    March 16, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    Wow! “every Asian dealer”?! Was that comment necessary – sounded racist to me!

  8. dori

    March 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Nice to see you back Steve!

  9. Bachelorfake

    March 16, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Steve, did you use Purell after leaving the blackjack table with the two male whores at it?

    I agree 100% with Steve that the bride and groom should spend their bachelor and bachelorette parties SEPARATELY for crying out loud. You’ll have more than enough time to learn to hate each others faces from spending time together forEVER.

    Keep up the great blog! This is one of a handful of sites that I visit regularly.

  10. realityaddict

    March 16, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Siobhan is a great traditional Irish name. I love that her family kept the Gaelic spelling rather than Americanize it to “Shavonne.”

  11. jessica1

    March 16, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Congrats on 2-years-of-Maddie!

    I can’t remember what was so “special” about Charlie & Sarah’s finale? Anyone remember?

    Will be interesting to read your post on the 20/20 special. Completely as you predicted; a self-love fest. But omg, that Mike Fleiss is creepy when he comments how great it was for TV for them to “let Brad blow those two girls out of the water”. And especially hilarious how they profiled Ali as this simple, small goals girl who just fell into reality tv.

  12. lemon-lime

    March 16, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Don’t you know that American Idol is just as staged as the bachelor/ette? I’m sure you’ve heard of the site they are sort of like you and the bachelor/ette: vftw exposes AI for the farce it is, as well as poke fun at the contestants. Crystal is the least fake contestant this year, as well as the best.
    Not surprised that the Roz sex tape turned out to be a big hullaballo over nothing. I just wonder why all the Roz haters that usually troll this site suddenly have nothing to say.

  13. bigpoppaevil

    March 16, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    No, lemon-lime, VFTW encourages people to vote for the worst contestant. They only “expose” the flaw in the voting system. If it was ‘staged’, they wouldn’t give people the power to vote, and leave the decision up to the judges.

  14. longing

    March 16, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Reality Steve

    Glad you had a nice break in Vegas. After all of the Celebrity Drama you encountered with The Bachelor this season – you deserved a break.

    Although I do feel sorry for you – having to come back from a wonderful time – to Jason and Molly’s wedding……….who cares??? The guy is a schmuck and she is no better for becoming his wife. Certainly was not on my television that night. I fear for that little boy…………..what will his father instill in him with regards to values?

    Now on to other things.

    Do you happen to know of any web sites where the Intelligent Public can comment on the debacle that is now known as Jake and Vienna?


    I have searched the net and cannot find any sites where the viewing public can tell ABC how disgusting the outcome of this season was. Believe me, I have tried.

    Oh how I wish I had the technological skills to create a web site for those of us who are totally disgusted with this season of The Bachelor. Vienna is a skank and for ABC to allow Jake to choose her……… it is going to be the networks downfall.

    And then, too add insult to injury – they put him on Dancing With The Stars.

    Ah, HELLO! Since when is he a STAR!!

  15. lemon-lime

    March 16, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Bigpoppaevil: peruse vftw’s archives regarding AI’s cattle call, and plants. The site has much more than you say.

  16. lemon-lime

    March 16, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Never mind bigpoppaevil. After rereading your post, I’ve come to the conclusion you’ll never believe the truth about AI. But to the others, if vftw puts you off, simply google american idol auditions and read the thousands of horror stories. Only a very small fraction gets to the celebrity judges, the process in each city takes days. The worst, most embarrassing ‘singers’ will be put through, while talented people aren’t let past the first 1st round. Because think about it, how funny are those first few episodes where people who think they can sing but cant- isn’t it so funny to watch those people make fools of themselves? There are numerous rounds before you make it to the celebrity judges. Meanwhile, producers make crowds of auditioners perform dozens of takes for those stupid group montages you see. Anybody who shows the least amount of fatigue is sent home. Through this, a few plants seemingly skip through several rounds of auditions. These are the people with friends and family in high places. All what I just said and more. But don’t take my word for it.

  17. akey3912

    March 16, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Casey James is HOT HOT HOT. super HOT!!!! I could look and listen to him all night 😛 I hope he wins but if he doesn’t then Crystal is my second choice. Diddi is boring!!!
    wierd girl is my third choice. She can sing and she is cute even tho she is a bit wierd. the only reason paige and Tim are still in, is because of VFTW. Tims fake surprise is getting on my nerves !!

    Gooooo Casey!

  18. lemon-lime

    March 16, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Chrystal is too good for AI; she’s in a class by herself. I hope she can write songs as good as she can sing. Really she has no business being on a show as mainstream as AI, hopefully it won’t tarnish her too much.
    I can picture her being picked up by dylan on his rolling thunder tour way back in the day…

  19. liz897

    March 16, 2010 at 7:59 PM


    Loved the entire season of your blog. Totally funny, laugh out loud, and on the mark. Can’t wait for the next one. Might even have to start watching Idol for laughs in between. Keep up the great work. You are an excellent writer, and I have worked as a writer and managing editor for years. Totally great!

  20. jcrew617

    March 16, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    I’m curious if Rozlyn would be willing to sue anyone who defamed her. She might not be able to sue ABC or the producers, but she would definitely be able to sue any individuals who defamed her, such as Jessie or Chris H.

    On other shows, such as Real World, one contestant sued another one for throwing her suitcase in a pool and ruining her property. If you lied about another person and damaged their reputation, that should be grounds for defamation, so I think Roz should file some lawsuits if she really wants to prove she is innocent.

  21. lemon-lime

    March 16, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Jcrew: I’m no lawyer, but as bigpoppaevil said, TMZ said that someone claimed it was Roz, not that it actually was her. It seems tabloids oftentimes insinuate and will not just outright say a claim is true..
    And then there’s that famous larry flynt ruling, which basically said anybody who is a public figure is open to ridicule and insinuations, and I do know judges don’t normally go against precedants

  22. Ibenjamin

    March 17, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    I missed the 20/20 special – does anyone know if there will be a rerun (and when) or if it’s available to watch somewhere online? I can’t find anything. Thanks!

  23. jorgiegirl

    March 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Casey hot? Sure. But if he starts to think so, it’s all over. Part of his appeal is his believeability. Good enough to stay in the game? Nah, but it’s fun to fantasize, ooops…I mean “watch” him every week. As for Tim, he doesn’t have to fake surprise because he knows he needs to be in the shoes of whomever goes out ahead of him! But then he’s in the same pot with about 7 others.

    As for Siobhan, I read, I think on VFTW that she should have been called on her last high note screetch and voice breaks. I thought it was my TV signal breaking up but I see at least ONE other person heard it. And a listen back showed pitchiness. I like her weirdness, but, c’mon. Could have been MUCH better. And Simon should let up on Crystal. When you’re good you know it, just like when you’re bad (a.k.a. Tim) you know it. I liked the sign “Mama Sox”. Reminded me of another “Mama”…..Cass.

    Every season someone who you may think should be the winner has to go home early, but by no means does that mean their career is over. Just look back on the past seasons, and where are some of the winners and “losers”.

  24. Nobody

    March 18, 2010 at 3:01 PM

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