American Idol: Top 13 perform

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 11th 2009 12:24AM
alexis graceYou guys, American Idol is getting serious. That opening with the judges walking out onto the stage and Seacrest lording over all of them? that was intense. It's the Top 13, and we're in the Kodak Theater. It's the big show, guys.

The audience is completely psyched, but Simon quickly brings everyone down in that special way of his by announcing that tomorrow's show is going to be double-elimination. This makes sense, since we have the same number of episodes to find this year's Idol, but we have one extra contestant.

My favorite thing about this episode is that the theme is the music of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson, as you may recall, is one of those artists that the judges have said should just never be touched. So despite the fact that they have told Kris Allen, among others, that they should not sing Michael Jackson songs, we have an entire night devoted to just that. Sounds like a good idea to me!

American Idol' Season 8 Results

    Feb. 26, 2009: Adam Lambert Makes the Top 12
    "I like this guy more than [David] Cook, he is just more energetic and he owned the night."

    -- Lindahbird


    Feb. 26, 2009: Nick Mitchell Is Eliminated (For Now)
    "We all know that Norman will not win 'Idol,' but I'm glad that he was in the Top 36, and he does have a good voice! He was very entertaining and funny, and I'm glad that he was chosen for Top 36! He will probably get some gigs in Hollyweird! I actually voted for him, ha ha!"

    -- PinkSunset77


    Feb. 26, 2009: Allison Iraheta Makes the Top 12
    "She is just awesome ... there is so much talent in that 16-year-old ... just amazing!! She really is my favorite so far. But it has been a tough couple of weeks as far as song choice!!!"

    -- DEBBIE8863


    Feb. 26, 2009: Kris Allen Makes the Top 12
    "He's cute and I liked him but I thought that Matt had more potential."

    -- BESTBUNNY10


    Feb. 26, 2009: Nick Mitchell Is Eliminated (For Now)
    "I honestly don't think Norman is the least bit funny. I think he is making a huge joke out of 'American Idol.' There are 35 other contestants that are being serious and really trying and then there is Norman."

    -- Bpadra


    Feb. 26, 2009: Megan Corkrey Is Eliminated (For Now)
    "I knew I liked this wild card thing. Megan will be back."

    -- PETCRAB


    Feb. 26, 2009: Adam Lambert Makes the Top 12
    "I didn't care for him at all. I thought he was way over the top and way too theatrical for that song. I'm sure he'll get through. I'll be interested to see what he does when they have themes. Maybe he'll grow on me, but right now I would put him second or third behind some of the other ones I've heard."

    -- JandeCBS


    Feb. 18, 2009: Danny Gokey Makes the Top 12
    "When [Danny] and Tatiana were called up, he had the cockiest look on his face.
    Like he's a really good singer, but whenever I see him, I just think about how cocky he looks."

    -- RoshanMcG


    Feb. 18, 2009: Alexis Grace Makes the Top 12
    "Alexis is the whole package! So cute ... with such a big voice."

    -- clammy1954


    Feb. 18, 2009: Michael Sarver Makes the Top 12
    "I don't really get the appeal. I mean, he's a likeable guy, but as a performer, he just doesn't seem that good to me. I definitely thought Ricky and Anoop sounded better."

    -- TGirl1045


Lil Rounds "The Way You Make Me Feel"
Lil is wearing the top half of a prom dress and some really terrifying pleated pants. She's also in the first slot, which is the very opposite of the pimp spot. But whatever, she's totally getting through. She did a good job with the song, but I wasn't completely blown away. I've always been hot and cold on her, and tonight was a little cold for me, for some reason. Simon pretty much agrees with me and, of course, gets booed.

Scott MacIntyre "Keep the Faith"
My boyfriend loved this performance and likened Scott to a young Elton John. Maybe it's just the fact that I hated the song itself, but the performance underwhelmed me. He's a great piano player and has good showmanship, but it just didn't do if for me. But kudos to him for learning that song on the piano so quickly. That's pretty impressive. Simon has the best quote ever: "It's fine being artistic -- just not on this show."

Danny Gokey "P.Y.T."
I'm kind of creeped out by the fact that he matched his glasses to his shirt, but I find his crazy dancing hilariously entertaining. His performance was fun, and I quite enjoyed it. Simon thought the dancing was hideous, which it was, but once again: hilarious. This is my favorite performance that I've seen from him so far.

Michael Sarver "You Are Not Alone"
I guess it makes sense that the Roughneck wants to show his sensitive side, but come on. Does he have to sing the schmaltziest song ever written? This is a terrible song choice, and thus I am completely turned off by his performance, although he does a fine technical job with it.

Jasmine Murray "I'll Be There"
It must be said that if nothing else, Jasmine is brave. Not only is she taking on Michael Jackson, but Mariah Carey as well. She does a really good job with it, though. The only thing is I think it could have used a bit more "oomph." I'm also curious as to why she's wearing a nightgown.

Kris Allen "Remember the Time"
I liked Kris's version of "Man in the Mirror," but this is way better. He's adorable and likable, and while I'm not sure how necessary the guitar really was on this song, it serves as a nice prop for him and allows him to do some cute Jason Mraz-y dance moves. (For the record, I totally wrote that before Randy called him "Jason Mraz-y." Also, I am a genius!).

Allison Iraheta "Given to Me"
Allison needs a serious image overhaul, but I love her voice. She's got a great raw, natural talent, and with some work, I think she can definitely be another Kelly Clarkson type. The judges love her.

Anoop Desai "Beat It"
Okay, I'm going to admit right up front that the vocals were a mixed bag. There were some nice moments, but there were others where he got a little lost in the song. With that said, I love this guy. His attitude in the song was great, and he's just fun to watch. Can't you see him as an actor? I could definitely see him in a Judd Apatow-type comedy. The judges hated his performance though, so I'm pretty sad.

Jorge Nunez "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Jorge is a very talented singer, but this performance bores me to tears until the very end, in which it gets somewhat interesting. It's not a great song choice, and I'm underwhelmed. The judges pretty much agree with me on this one.

Megan Joy Corkrey "Rockin' Robin"
I get what she's trying to do here: kind of a cute rockabilly-type thing. It just comes off as corny. To be fair, the song improves tremendously after a horribly shaky start, but the "Caw! Caw!" at the end? That's a little Gob Bluth, but not in a good way.

Adam Lambert "Black Or White"
It's funny, because I can take neither this song nor Adam Lambert seriously in any way. I find him so off-putting. I cannot figure out why people are so drawn to him. Is it because of those damn sparkly vampires the kids are so into nowadays? Anyway, the entire performance is screechy, over-the-top musical theater. Paula nearly has a love stroke, though, so clearly she disagrees with me. Hell, even Simon liked it, so I guess I'm completely alone.

Matt Giraud "Human Nature"
He always looks like he's trying to dress like Justin Timberlake, so it's funny that this performance immediately reminded me of Justin Timberlake's impression of John Mayer on last week's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. However, as it went on, I like the performance more, and he hit some pretty impressive notes at the end.

Alexis Grace "Dirty Diana"
Poor Alexis Grace is the one who gets the unlucky "not number 13." Hopefully, it doesn't completely screw her, because her song choice is brilliant. This song is badass, and so is she. It's a sassy performance, and I really like it. She's IDOL 36, and Seacrest reminds you to "dial carefully."

I have a bad feeling that my beloved Anoop may not be long for this world, which makes me sad. However, if I had my druthers, it would be Jorge and Michael who would be going home on Wednesday. What about you? Who do you think is going to get eliminated?

Who is going to get eliminated?
Lil Rounds8 (0.4%)
Scott MacIntyre48 (2.7%)
Danny Gokey15 (0.8%)
Michael Sarver170 (9.4%)
Jasmine Murray265 (14.7%)
Kris Allen34 (1.9%)
Allison Iraheta14 (0.8%)
Anoop Desai408 (22.7%)
Jorge Nunez497 (27.6%)
Megan Joy Corkrey240 (13.3%)
Adam Lambert48 (2.7%)
Matt Giraud21 (1.2%)
Alexis Grace32 (1.8%)

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Get a good hearing aid..he isn't real and he strains his vocal cords. He will ever make it in the real world!

March 12 2009 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show has become so contrived. Passing on Ricky Braddy for the final 12/13 was a brain dead decision by the producers and it showed by seeing some of the lackluster performances this week. What has happended to American Idol? I don't like the rule changes and selection process. They need Nigel Lythco (sp?) back or this show is history!

March 12 2009 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This season of AI SUCKS!!! Not one of these contestants have ANY TALENT!! They ALL SUCK!! Every minute is excruciating to listen to! Adam Lambert thinks he's ALL THAT!! He sucks also! Let's start over and find some REAL Singers! I am also sick of listening to the same judges comments over and over and over again. How about new judges?

March 12 2009 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
saint libido

Adam friggin ROCKS!!!! That dude has the most amazing pipes I've heard in a really, really long time. I'm a singer in a rock band and could only wish to have the range and dynamics of his voice. Each performance is unpredictable based on how many directions he can go in.
He'll have to control his dramatics abit, but no one can tell me this guy isn't talented. Hoping he wins the whole darn thing!!!!

March 11 2009 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The speculation (*by no means a spoiler, but if it's true, I told you so. And if you actually believe everything you read and would rather be surprised, then don't read this comment*) around the "twist" is actually not as big as people think.

According to mjsbigblog, Ken Warwick, the producer, said he tried out the twist in Nouvelle Star, France's Idol. It essentially gave the judges the power to veto an elimination one time in the finals. So a shock elimination like Daughtry could be prevented.

This basically means Danny or Adam, judges' pet, will infuriate the haters even more when they get a reprieve. Could be interesting if used right. And luckily, it doesn't give too much power away from America, just enough to cause water-cooler talk.

March 11 2009 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Wasn't the "twist" the 13th finalist instead of just going with 12?

March 11 2009 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Adam Lambert ROCKS. He's definitely the best thing on Idol this year. That amazing voice and vocal range, and his stage presence blows everybody else away. I'm so tired of Danny Gokey though - I wish he'd get voted off next. At least they didn't mention his deceased wife this week (that I saw... or did they?), so we're moving in the right direction.

March 11 2009 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Danny and Lil Rounds - final 2

I hate Anoop and Scott MacIntyre. Both are bad singers and should be gone. They should never have been there in the first place. Junot and Von were much better singers.

March 11 2009 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks Adam is screechy and annoying. Also, it may be his vampire/Jonas Bros look that people like, especially the young people. I usually agree with the judges (best by a mile?!), but on this one, I was very dissapointed.

March 11 2009 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dan's right, this Adam vamp goth thing was cool in the late 90s but lets turn the page, that's not what current top 40 is aobut anymore. Also, anyone else notice how in the blind guys story vid how they kept using the phrase "visual imparement" and refused to say "blind"? So the word blind is now un-P.C. too? Welcome to the new America. From this day forth, those of us that CAN see demand to now be called "visually unchallenged"

March 11 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have you noticed that the only people who like Adam are also the ones who like Danny? They are the two most pimped out by the Producers on the far. Any real musicians (myself, most of my closest friends) all realize how lame those two are and especially how fake Lambert is. Just like Archuleta (whoever forgets the words is supposed to be gone, right?) before him, the producers see something in him (that wont translate to record sales...) and they have the show prop him up as much as possible. Their talent is nowhere near what the judges say and it will eventually show as his "I'm playing Steven Tyler on American Idol" act gets old...

March 11 2009 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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