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American Idols LIVE!

Tonight @ Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest, 7:30 p.m.

Jul. 2, 2010
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In its ninth season, “American Idol” sought studio-ready artists with the vision to rearrange songs and make them their own. Perhaps it asked too much. The season’s 24 finalists included plenty of acoustic guitarists and pianists in the Starbucks/Ingrid Michaelson/Jason Mraz mold, but few of them had the voices, stage presence or consistency to impress week after week. Even the season’s top 10—who perform at the Marcus Amphitheater as part of the show’s annual tour—were unusually spotty, including deer-in-headlights teenagers Katie Stevens and Aaron Kelly, and one-note guitarists like Andrew Garcia. At least the season spotlighted a few memorable personalities, including “Vote for the Worst” favorite Tim Urban, screeching weird girl Siobhan Magnus, bar-band blues-rocker Casey James (the shirtless guy) and, of course, the dreadlocked troubadour Crystal Bowersox, who emerged early as the season’s front-runner before being defeated by timid rocker Lee DeWyze.


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