American Idol: Top 7 Perform
by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 15th 2009 12:16AM
Tonight's theme is songs from the movies, so we have Quentin Tarantino. Come on! That's pretty awesome in a completely inappropriate way. As my boyfriend said when I turned it on, "I wasn't going to watch this, but it's Quention Tarantino!" It may not seem as though he fits on this show, but as pop culture-obsessed as he is, it's only fitting that he'd be completely in love with this show (because you know he totally is).
This week is weird. Because the judges couldn't shut their mouths last week (and it wasn't just the girls, as Simon accused) and they went so over their time, only two judges are critiquing each contestant. What this means is that Simon won't be critiquing every contestant, which sucks, because come on. As much as I don't want to feed his ego any more, Simon's critique is the one that matters the most, because if you strip away his crap, he gives solid advice 9 out of 10 times -- which is at least 6 times more than any of the other judges. Real talk.
-- Linda Williamson
-- Lisa Maras
Allison Iraheta "Don't Want To Miss a Thing," from Armageddon
This started out really well, and then because of the arrangement or something, got dicey in the middle. She quickly recovered, however, and finished strong. Allison's great, because of her age, she can be molded. She has a ton of raw talent, and all she needs is the polish. Some good producers and a real stylist, and she's good to go. Paula says that she has the same "special sauce" as Adam, which sounds horrifying, and Simon says she's the "girls' only hope left in this competition."
Anoop Desai "(Everything I do) I do it For You," from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Come on, Anoop. You know I love you, and I defend you every week, but this song sucks. It's one of the cheesiest songs ever made, and it's impossible to not think "tacky wedding" when listening to it. Quentin Tarantino's advice to "roughen it up" is good -- but Anoop doesn't take it. So what we end up with is a technically proficient and horribly boring song. Randy, however, tells him that he did a really good job, and Kara says that he found his place. I just really, really hate this song.
Adam Lambert "Born To Be Wild," from Easy Rider
This is another song that's done to death, so I'm not looking forward to it. Aside from the fact that I would really like for him to stop pointing his junk at me, he actually makes this song, which I have heard fifty bajillion times, sound new. As much as he still isn't my cup of tea, I will say this: when he is on stage, it's easy to forget that we're watching American Idol and not The Adam Lambert Show. Paula tells him that he's one of the bravest contestants ever. Simon says that it was vocally incredible, but it was a bit like watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Matt Giraud "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," from Don Juan DeMarco
Man, what is up with all the Bryan Adams tonight? These people are depressing me. This starts off well, but kind of loses it at the end. Once again, I also hate this song. It's boring, but he gets the job done. Unfortunately, people won't remember this performance at all. Randy tells him that he made the song too complicated, while Kara says that he showed his vocal chops, but that he took away from the basic melody of the song.
Danny Gokey "Endless Love," from Endless Love
Okay, I must be confused. I thought it was "movie song" night, but apparently it's "crappy wedding song" night instead. I must have my dates messed up. From what I gathered, Danny did a very nice job singing this song, but I fell asleep at least three times throughout, so I can't be sure. Paula calls him unique and unforgettable, while Simon is disappointed in the fact that it was such a traditional version of the song.
Kris Allen "Falling Slowly," from Once
Finally, something original! I haven't seen Once, so I'm actually not familiar with this song, and it's completely new to me. Kris, who is my favorite in the competition, does a great job with this song, but it does seem slightly too maudlin for him. It was really nice, but not my favorite performance. Randy seems to agree with me, saying "it never quite caught on" for him. Kara, however, thought it was one of his "best moments ever."
Lil Rounds "The Rose," from The Rose
Lil Rounds needed to kill it tonight. She hasn't turned in a decent performance in weeks, and this could very well be her last one if she doesn't switch things up. Luckily for her, she gives one of the best performances of the night. She starts off with a traditional version of the song and then goes gospel halfway through. It's interesting, well-sung, and one of my favorite performances of hers ever. Paula says a lot of incoherent nonsense, but ends it with, "congratulations." Simon says the song is too soft and too middle of the road. It's really surprising. Lil stands up for herself, though, and for once, I disagree with Simon completely.
Overall, this week was really disappointing for me. Instead of watching a fun group of performances, I felt like I was stuck at a boring wedding for an hour. The contestants were all over the map, and I think that Adam and Lil turned in the best performances, and I don't like either of them that much! That's how weird this episode was, and now I'm afraid this may be Anoop's last week. What do you guys think?
|Allison Iraheta||21 (1.3%)|
|Anoop Desai||246 (15.5%)|
|Adam Lambert||32 (2.0%)|
|Matt Giraud||324 (20.5%)|
|Danny Gokey||31 (2.0%)|
|Kris Allen||47 (3.0%)|
|Lil Rounds||882 (55.7%)|