American Idol Live on One21music- Wednesday, Feb 25

Who does this Barack Obama think he is?  I have heard he thinks he has a mandate from the American people, but let me assure you Mr. President that your mandate does not extend to interrupting American Idol.  Deliver the State of the Union on Thursday night.  Survivor is a tired franchise and Grissom has left CSI.

This week, Wednesday is American Idol night and One21music will be live blogging the second semi-final episode of American Idol Season 8.

Last week, two contestants we have identified as Christian music artists, Danny Gokey and Michael  Sarver, were voted through to the Final 12.  Read our coverage here. To recap, American Idol Season 8 started viewer voting with 36 contestants.  For three weeks, they perform in groups of 12.  Each week the top male and female vote getters, along with the next highest vote getter go straight to the finals.  After those three weeks are completed, the judges will select a group from the remaining 27 to compete one more time for the final three spots in the Final 12.

At One21music we are covering Christian music artists who are competing on American Idol’s Season 8.

Wednesday night our live blog will feature Matt Giraud, Mishavonna Henson and Kris Allen.

Kris is a worship leader from Arkansas.  He has not received much airtime but he was part of the group White Chocolate from Hollywood Week that performed the rapping, beatboxing version of “I Want You Back”.  Kris is a college student who leads worship at his church, for his on-campus ministry organization and on mission trips around the world.

Matt is the dueling piano player and singer/songwriter from Michigan.  He has released two R&B recordings with strong Christian messages.  He was part of White Chocolate as well and seemed to take leadership in arranging their performance.

Mishavonna is an 18 year-old singer, songwriter and actress from California.  We have not seen much of her so far, but she made it to Hollywood week in Season 7.  She has won awards at national youth group conferences and sings for her local church.

All three face some tough competition. Jasmine Murray is a terrific singer who seems to be the “it teenager” this year. Adam Lambert is a very theatrical singer with a great voice.  And of course there is the most interesting contestant I have ever seen on American Idol, Nick Western (a.k.a. Norman Gentle).  Western seems to be a good singer but who really cares.  This guy makes me laugh.

I like the new format, it makes each of these four shows seem like the final.

I hope the contestants learned from last week’s show.  This is the first time America wil really see you.  Don’t try to show “another” side of yourself as a performer.  Bring the best you got and worry about versatility later.

Christian music artists performing on Wednesday’s American Idol

Kris Allen



Matt Giraud



Mishavonna Henson



 The remainder of the Final 36 on American Idol’s Season 8:

  • Adam Lambert
  • Allison Iraheta
  • Jasmine Murray
  • Jessica Langseth
  • Kai Kalama
  • Matt Breitzke
  • Megan Corkrey
  • Nick Western (a.k.a. Norman Gentle)
  • Jeanine Vailes

This is a tough group so it should be an exciting show.  Join us while we live blog on Wednesday.


  1. Matt blew it with his song unfortunately

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