Finally, the week we have all been waiting for.  American Idol Season 9 officially kicks off and the viewer voting begins.  If you haven’t heard, Idol producers are allowing the TOP 24 contestants to have twitter, myspace and facebook accounts so look them up and follow your favs.

This week we have 3 nights of idol instead of two and 5 hours worth of singing to look forward to.  Tuesday and Wednesday we have two full hours each night of listening to the hopefuls sing and Thursday is the one hour results show where two guys and two girls will be eliminated.

I have heard the contestants will choose songs from Billboards Top 100 so it is a great opportunity to hear everyone in their own styles and decide which genre of music they would like to record.

At last the focus comes off the judges, except to see how Ellen handles herself and of course to hear Simon spat out his tirade of insults, because let’s face it, no one pays much attention to Kara and Randy.  It is all about the singers and if they have what it takes to make us pick up the phone.

I’m going to be honest here and say someone has to be absolutely spectacular for me to pick up the phone.  Before Adam Lambert last season, I couldn’t tell you the last time I put in a call for someone.  What about you guys?  What does a contestant have to do to get your votes?  Is it only the singing or do other things like their background story or stage presence come into play?

Update:  Joe’s Place has the inside scoop on what some of the contestants may sing in the upcoming episodes.  Here is the list, don’t read if you want to be surprised.

“At Last” by Etta James (John Park)
“Happy” by Leona Lewis (Ashley Rodriguez)
“It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls (Siobhan Magnus)
“Oh Darling” by The Beatles
“Wonderful World” by James Morrison (Alex Lambert)
song by Ingrid Michaelson (Didi Benami)
song by Michael Buble (Katy Stevens)
song by The Beatles
song by The Beatles (Jose Munoz)
song by The Who/The Guess Who (Tyler Grady)

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