American Idol's Megan and the name game

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 29th 2009 3:00PM
Megan Joy Corkrey name gameWere you as shocked as I was that when the results of the American Idol Top 10 Motown performances were announced that the blonde with the tattoo on her arm was safe?

Her enthusiastic, but lamentable, version of Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life" was a "train wreck" according to Randy Jackson (and he's rarely that critical), while Simon Cowell labeled her singing "atrocious." So, yes, I was stunned when she wasn't in the bottom three. By the way, I'm not being insulting by not calling her by her name, I'm just not sure what it is.

When she started the competition, she was Megan Corkrey. Then she was Megan Joy Corkrey. Then just in the last week or so, she's been Megan Joy. I think this week, her name tag might read pretty blonde with the Bjork fixation (yeah, she's a Bjork fan).

If she sticks with Megan Joy, she'll be forced to share Google search space with another Megan Joy, the porno star of Desperate Housewhores 7. Hmm...does she have a tattoo on her arm?

I don't think it's going to matter much longer, though, because if Megan -- M.J. -- gets through another round it'll be a minor miracle. She's not a Sanjaya, but she does seem to be overstaying her welcome, especially since there are quite a few stronger singers still raising their game (Adam, for one).

Here's a word of advice for Megan before the American Idol Top 10 tour, however. Settle on a name. If you don't want to use her ex-husband's last name Corkrey, make Megan Joy your official moniker if you can imagine it on marquees and CD covers and you like what you see.

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Suze

Megan has a style that is unique, and is in the category of many singers who may not have "perfect" voices or technique, but is special because she is different, and not trying to fit into a mold. Her quirky dance is on purpose..she is moving in a way that is meant to again be unique and fun, and not trying to be the usual slinky sex goddess or rock and roll queen so popular in these times. She has a lot of appeal and I find her entertaining to watch, and her voice would be recognizable anywhere...

April 01 2009 at 2:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SANDEE

OK MEGAN FANS, NOT ABOUT LOOKS OR DANCING, IT'S ABOUT SINGING AND SHE CAN'T. NOT ONLY MY OPINION, BUT FROM THE JUDGES WHO ARE THE PROFESSIONALS. HER COMMENTS ABOUT THE FACT THAT NO MATTER HOW BAD SHE SINGS HER FANS WILL VOTE FOR HER ANY WAY, ARE DISCUSTING. THIS IS A SINGING COMPETION SHE NEEDS TO GET OVER HERSELF.

March 31 2009 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Preston

I think that the viewers/voters want to keep Megan in to keep the girls to guys ratio even when it winds down to 6 contestants left. There are more guys than girls this time, but I don't think that Megan can survive another week if she keeps doing mediocre performances like the last few weeks. She has an Amy Winehouse/Lily Allen style with her singing. but I'm just not feeling it!

March 31 2009 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy

I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but the reason there are always surprises at the bottom end of the results is because those are the people who got the fewest #1 votes (not the most #10 votes). Megan was the only choice available for those who prefer perky blonde chicks. The three guys who were at the bottom were in a 3-way battle for the votes of those who like overweight male crooners with limited charisma so they all were in the bottom three.

March 30 2009 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dawn50

I think Megan has shown glimmers of what is a different, but talented sound (I Go Walkin' After Midnight).

The problem is, her sound is not Main Street Pop. There's no way it can succeed.

Having said that, she's no Sanjaya. She is a gifted performer; she just fits only into a limited niche.

March 30 2009 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leah

Megan is my favorite other than Adam. She is interesting and yes, quirky. But that's what makes her fun to watch and I love her voice. It's different and fresh. All the others are very talented but boring. I would buy her cd today.

March 30 2009 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NightOwl

I dont hate Megan either, but I still think she has hung around longer than the quality of her performances warrent. Alexis was much better and so was Jorge. If people want to vote for her because she is attractive, that's their business, as for myself, I dont particularly enjoy watching pretty people sing and perform poorly.
While you have to admire Megan for having the guts to go out there on a stage as big as American Idol and sing with no previous experience, at the same time, it doesnt appear to me that she puts much thought or effort into her songs. If she does,it certainly doesnt show. And by effort, I dont mean she should go out there and gyrate and flail around, like Taylor Hicks. Just that her performances are so lifeless and lacking in energy and that she doesnt seem to really know how she wants to sing her songs, so it comes out lackadaisical.

March 30 2009 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

People are only shocked by Megan's survival because they underestimate her appeal. Once she's gone, this season turns into snooze city outside of the two minutes per week Adam is on stage acting weird.

March 30 2009 at 3:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JBob

i LOVE votefortheworst.com

March 30 2009 at 1:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bettye Strader

I don't hate Megan. I just think she it totally without talent. Two weeks in a row she stood up there and looked like a parady on some sitcom. I was embarassed for her and then she was not in the bottom three. The only one who belonged there was Michael. I love him but he is not up to the talent of the others. Adam blows them all out of the water. I think Paula said, he is in a league above the rest. And that's an understatement.

March 30 2009 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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