Dem boys…dey love…dese open toes.

From AM New York:

Unfortunately, on “Katharine McPhee” (RCA), the “American Idol” runner-up’s debut, she ends up with way too many songs that she can’t quite handle. So it’s a tribute to her winning personality and powerful voice that her album turns out to be one of the best post-“Idol” debuts yet, in the same league as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood…McPhee’s comfort zone is the big ballad and she does wonders with the wrenchingly soulful piano ballad “Better Off Alone” and the showstopper “Ordinary World.” She is at her best on the Babyface-written R&B ballad “Everywhere I Go,” which could provide the prototype for her future, one that merges pop’s current sound and her obvious strengths. (Grade: B-)

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What the kids are sayin’



"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."



"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."



"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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