'Idol' judges cool to Crawfordsville singer

There are 39 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 5, 2008, titled 'Idol' judges cool to Crawfordsville singer. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Luke Menard, 29, originally from Crawfordsville, led off Tuesday's "American Idol" on Fox.

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In The Know

United States

#1 Mar 5, 2008
I have liked watching Luke, but I don't think there is any chance he will advance tomorrow after last night's performance. There were a lot of good 80's songs...that was not one of them!
nobody

Lake Zurich, IL

#2 Mar 5, 2008
This guy sucks. I mean in a singing group possibly, which he traveled with, he would blend in, but as a stand alone artist no way. I see nothing whatsoever about him that makes him stand out. Sorry Luke, thats the truth.

And for the love of God, tonight the chick from Mulberry better have a good performance. The last 2 weeks shes been pretty bad. I think that her range is just so limited that weve seen all she can do and the "different" factor has worn off. And lose the skunk stripes in from please.
Good Grief

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Mar 5, 2008
nobody wrote:
This guy sucks. I mean in a singing group possibly, which he traveled with, he would blend in, but as a stand alone artist no way. I see nothing whatsoever about him that makes him stand out. Sorry Luke, thats the truth.
And for the love of God, tonight the chick from Mulberry better have a good performance. The last 2 weeks shes been pretty bad. I think that her range is just so limited that weve seen all she can do and the "different" factor has worn off. And lose the skunk stripes in from please.
While Luke has a good stage presence and singing voice, I agree, he is meant to be in a group, not as a single artist.

As for Nurse Ratchitt from Mulberry, I'm glad she has a career to fall back on - she is so limited in her repertoire.
Randy Jackson

Kokomo, IN

#4 Mar 5, 2008
Luke needs to get in my "Dog House" but he just hasn't connected with the right song. Let's hope he gets by this week and shows us what he's got.
Take my word, Amanda will shine tonight.
Jerry

Marysville, OH

#5 Mar 5, 2008
Step it up Luke. Rooting for you.
In The Know

United States

#6 Mar 5, 2008
nobody wrote:
And for the love of God, tonight the chick from Mulberry better have a good performance. The last 2 weeks shes been pretty bad. I think that her range is just so limited that weve seen all she can do and the "different" factor has worn off. And lose the skunk stripes in from please.
I really liked her before the top 24. Last week was just horrible...she can't hold a tune in a bucket. She does great when doing Joplin and would probably do well with Grace Slick, but I don't want to hear that all the time! Unless she really pulls it out this week, I think she will be going home. Luke will probably be gone as well.

That being said...she seems like she'd be cool to hang out with!
Card

Carmel, IN

#7 Mar 5, 2008
He is, comparatively, not that great. It's too bad because I was rooting for the hometown team.

He's a great looking guy who may sing well in a group, but not as a solo artist. Perhaps he should explore acting as an artistic outlet...he certainly has the looks for it. I mean, I think as an actor you can be mediocre and still have a modicum of success in Hollywood (sadly) because it's more about the looks than anything else. I mean, Zac Efron? WTF?
Idol Fan

Columbus, OH

#8 Mar 5, 2008
How many get voted off tomorrow? If it's just one guy, Danny will be the one to go. He was worse than Luke by a long shot. If two have to go, Luke may be gone.
In The Know

United States

#10 Mar 5, 2008
Idol Fan wrote:
How many get voted off tomorrow? If it's just one guy, Danny will be the one to go. He was worse than Luke by a long shot. If two have to go, Luke may be gone.
Two guys and two girls will go.

I would say that Luke and either David Hernandez or Chikezie will go.

David did well, but with the whole gay strip club/gay bartender scandal, I would say he lost some fans.

Chikezie is boring. He has a better voice than Danny, but I think a lot of young ones will be voting for Danny.
idol lifer

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 5, 2008
Idol Fan wrote:
How many get voted off tomorrow? If it's just one guy, Danny will be the one to go. He was worse than Luke by a long shot. If two have to go, Luke may be gone.
In my opinion, Danny will not go. He has too much stage presence and a decent voice. In the famous words of Simon, Luke is "forgettable". However, I do root for Luke and Amanda, GO INDIANA!
Who Cares

Anderson, IN

#12 Mar 5, 2008
It amazes me that people have nothing better to do than get caught up in some idiotic singing contest. Think about how much time each week you spend watching this crap! I think I'd shoot myself if I had to watch more than 10 minutes of this ridiculous show.

Since: Feb 08

Whiteland, IN

#13 Mar 5, 2008
I don't think it was his best performance. I really like the guy who did his own version of Hello. That is talent. And I really like Amanda. She is very different and it is a nice change form the norm.
Innocent Observer

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Mar 5, 2008
Who Cares wrote:
It amazes me that people have nothing better to do than get caught up in some idiotic singing contest. Think about how much time each week you spend watching this crap! I think I'd shoot myself if I had to watch more than 10 minutes of this ridiculous show.
But you'll spend your time reading about what people have to say about it?
carmen

United States

#15 Mar 5, 2008
was paula high last night??? simon looked disgusted with her behavior.
Crazyoldman

United States

#16 Mar 5, 2008
I think Luke is probably done after last night and I hope to God that Danny is gone as well. If I had a son who acted like him I would castrate him......
My Mama always said

Chicago, IL

#17 Mar 5, 2008
Innocent Observer wrote:
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But you'll spend your time reading about what people have to say about it?
Stoopid is as stoopid does. He's just a troll.
BIll

Colfax, IN

#18 Mar 5, 2008
Who Cares wrote:
It amazes me that people have nothing better to do than get caught up in some idiotic singing contest. Think about how much time each week you spend watching this crap! I think I'd shoot myself if I had to watch more than 10 minutes of this ridiculous show.
Glad you have time to check in here and run down people who watch a certain show. Better get back to curing cancer, ending world hunger or whatever super important work you do that is so much more important than those who watch a television show. God forbid anyone be entertained by something you deem unworthy!
Who Cares

Anderson, IN

#19 Mar 5, 2008
Innocent Observer wrote:
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But you'll spend your time reading about what people have to say about it?
Yeah, when I need my laugh for the day from how seriously people take this crap!
Patrick

Louisville, KY

#20 Mar 5, 2008
carmen wrote:
was paula high last night??? simon looked disgusted with her behavior.
My wife noted that Paula looked "high" as well, but you know she is on pain meds from her injuries a few years ago. Sometimes I think she overmedicates.
Kelly

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Mar 5, 2008
Who Cares wrote:
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Yeah, when I need my laugh for the day from how seriously people take this crap!
LIGHTEN UP!! No one is taking it seriously; we're just interested. I like American Idol, but it's not like I'd be devastated if the show ended. It's just entertainment -- what's wrong with that?

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