I'm more than willing to admit when I am wrong, and I was completely wrong about Lil. Thrilled to be so, but wrong none the less. It still marks only my third miss of the season but to be honest with as close as this final 5 is I don't expect to get many more right. I would expect Giraud to be odd man out when all is said and done, but anything could happen when it's ratpack night and Jamie Foxx is in the house.
Kris Allen, "The Way You Look Tonight" - That's it, I'm flat out rooting for this kid now. That was spectacular, understated, but spectacular. I hope people can remember this performance after the night has wound down. Amazing. (A)
Allison Iraheta, "Someone to Watch Over Me" - Another great performance. At the end of the day this is a pretty great group of 5 and Allison has just as much a shot as anyone else at this point. (A)
Matt Giraud, "My Funny Valentine" - Matt is certainly the only remaining contestant that at times appears out of his league (I still can't shake what he did to Coldplay and The Fray) but that performance was really pretty great. Compared to the other two so far, just a tick below, but still very nice. Wow, what a night so far. (A-)
Danny Gokey, "Come Rain or Come Shine" -Wow, Gokey is back! I kinda slept through the beginning thinking here is the same old Danny. The end of the song though, oh... my... goodness. I rewound it... twice. (A)
Adam Lambert, "Feeling Good" - That was certainly an incredible note and an amazing performance, but to be honest, I feel like Lambert at this point is a known commodity and that can breed boredom even with excellence. (A-)
T1. Kris Allen
T1. Adam Lambert
T1. Danny Gokey
4. Allison Iraheta
5. Matt Giraud
Who should go home:
Who will go home:
Wow, on what must be the best singing night in Idol history, I really think it's anybodies suitcase that could be in use. I'm going to say Giraud because I think that's the way it should shake down. If it's anyone else it would be a shame, especially after what everyone laid out there tonight.
So here's the question, do I get credit for picking Matt to go considering he stuck around based on the judges' whim? Whatever the case, tonight is the most treacherous night of the show, and if fan bases get lazy we could see any one of these seven hit the road. Whoa, Lil's already started singing, don't wait for me or anything Seacrest, I'm just blogging here. The Disco is on!
Lil Rounds, "I'm Every Woman" - She gave it her best shot, I'm just telling you she doesn't have the pipes. The energy was there, but the notes weren't even close at times. Lil is a textbook example of someone who is simply out of their league. (C-)
Kris Allen, "She Works Hard for the Money" - Kris may actually have the most commercial appeal of any of the Idols left. Adam's a bit over the top, Danny's a bit boring, but Kris is an amazing singer, adorable, and has a sound that is dead center of modern and cool. I don't think he wins (in fact he may go home tonight) but he may have the most successful career of all of them. (A-)
Danny Gokey, "September" -Gokey looks very George Michael tonight (that would be the 80s singer, not the character from Arrested Development) but I think that may have been his worst performance yet. It wasn't awful, he hit the notes in typical Gokey fashion, but he just seems stuck in what he does, he needs some variety to spice it up. (B-)
Allison Iraheta, "Hot Stuff" - Great vocal performance as far as I'm concerned. Excuse the pun, but I'm warming to Allison quite a bit the last few weeks. I'm not the biggest fan of her style, but she can certainly sing. My only issue with her is tonight is that her performance tonight was a little showy for me (bordering on Lambert if you will). Overall though, pretty amazing. (A-)
Adam Lambert, "If I Can't Have You" - I'm simply slack jawed stunned at this man. He is a performer in every sense of the word. His vocal ability is by far greater than anyone who has ever been on this show (yes I'm looking at you Misses Underwood and Clarkson). I still think he should be a stage actor and not a pop singer, but dude, wow! (A)
Matt Giraud, "Stayin' Alive" - Hey look, someone actually decided to do disco. Not very well albeit, but at least it sounded discoish. (C)
Anoop Desai, "Dim All the Lights" - Yuck. You know what the word for Noop is? Poser. Someone who is doing their best to play the part but feels completely false and transparent. None of these guys are awful singers but compared to the others of the night he and Lil stand out like sore thumbs. (B+)
Who should go home:
Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai
Who will go home:
I'm not sure if they will do a bottom three tomorrow considering two are going home. But here is the order I think the votes will land them. I hope this isn't true, but I'm telling you tonight's show is a straight up highway to the danger zone and Maverick is nowhere in sight.
1. Adam Lambert - Large fanbase, and gets a bounce from best performance of the night. Count on seeing Adam in the final two.
2. Lil Rounds - I know you think I'm crazy, but the more the judges dis her, the more votes she will get.
3. Danny Gokey - Gokey has the middle America vote on lock down and I think it will get him at least to the final four.
----I believe these next four are all in danger and way too close to call----
4. Kris Allen - Kris has the advantage of building momentum right at the exact right moment. I still worry about him on a night like tonight, but I think hes developing a fervent fanbase.
5. Matt Giraud - I think the emotion of the save may just pull him enough votes to escape once again.
6. Anoop Desai - It's just time and I think his fans have waned.
7. Allison Iraheta - The shocker of the night. Her fans are complacent, her performance was great but forgettable and with two people going home those are two very dangerous things.
OK, so much for the perfect season. Kris not only managed to stick around, he wasn't even in the bottom 3! Let's just say I've never been happier to be wrong. Time to get back on the nostradomic track and it looks like we will be doing it with the help of Mr. Quentin Tarintino. This could be an extremely interesting evening as I absolutely love QT's sense of music and moment, and there are some great movie songs to choose from. I'm longin' for some songin', so let's get to it.
Allison Iraheta, "Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - OK, so tonight the commentary may be as much about film as the singing. At this point we know these guys anyway right? So, Armegeddon. I know people get sick of the showy blockbuster, but Affleck and Willis are really pretty amazing in that movie and it's a lot of fun. And who doesn't love a good Animal Cracker love scene? This movie has become unfairly maligned, it's actually pretty good. Allison was also pretty good, not spectacular, but pretty good. (B+)
Anoop Desai, "Everything I Do" - Noop keeping it in the wheelhouse, staying smooth and slow. Prince of Thieves was the movie that I think woke people up to the fact that Costner isn't actually an actor, but more of a character type. If it wasn't the atrocious accent, it was the lack of verve that Robin Hood just has to have. Let Kevin play a baseball player or a farmer and he's good, but when he stretches, it's painful. The only exception, Clint Eastwood's "Perfect World" Noop like Costner plays to his type and does very well. (B+)
Adam Lambert, "Born to Be Wild" - OK, so I've never seen Easy Rider, so let's focus on Mr. Lambert, shall we? Not his best performance, a little spastic and surreal, not as much so as the Arabian Cash, but still just a little out there. But seriously, this dude can PERFORM and takes it to the nth degree every single show. If he manages to put some reigns on the over acting and weirdness he may just run away with this thing if he's not careful. (A-)
Matt Giraud, "Really Loved A Woman" - Another movie I haven't seen, but I think Giraud was off tonight. It's our first poor performance of the evening and it may cost him . This is a pretty stellar final 7 now that Scott is gone. It will be very interesting to see who goes home tonight, but Matt may have put himself in danger tonight. (C+)
Danny Gokey, "Endless Love" -Maybe the movie talk is over for the night as I haven't seen this film either. Gokey brought me back a bit tonight by slowing it down and showing a little range. But he still needs to throw a knockout punch soon or Lambert will sweep the floor with him. (A-)
Kris Allen, "Falling Slowly" - I agree with Quentin on this, this is a fabulous song choice. Though many haven't seen the movie Once, the songs are the best part of it. I actually thought the movie itself was a bit slow and dreary, but the emotion of the music was extremely powerful, and Kris did amazing with it (not sure what Randy was listening to). (A-)
Lil Rounds, "The Rose" - No, not good enough, just not. She just can't do it, I'm sorry, she doesn't have the vocal acuity to pull this stuff off and I'm not impressed. Unfortunately her voters are going to be super motivated because of Simon's comments and she went last. Grrr. (C-)
Who should go home:
Who will go home:
I think the girls are safe again, even though Lil is easily the most out of her league up there. And I can't see Lambert or Gokey hitting the bottom three for at least 2 more weeks. Which leaves Noop, Matt, and Kris as our bottom three. It's pretty much a three sided coin flip at this point and of the three Matt probably had the most forgettable performance. I'm going to hope that Kris' song choice doesn't backfire and say that tonight we say goodbye to the boy who butchered Coldplay (that'ld be Matt).
Songs from the year they were born, aka songs of the 80s, takes center stage tonight with two very distinct groups of 4 in my mind. The fearsome foursome of Danny, Adam, Matt, and Kris and the inconsistent foursome of Lil, Noop, Alison, and Scott. Is it possible we will see another girl go home tonight? Can you imagine a final 7 with only one girl left? My gut says that this is Scott's week to go home, but let's let them actually sing before making that call, shall we?
Danny Gokey, "Stand by Me" - Another stand out performance from Mr. Gokey sets the stage for a great night. The oldest person to sing tonight was born in 1980, sigh... (A-)
Kris Allen, "All She Wants to Do is Dance" - What a lame song. Seriously, that was a hit song? Kris did fine, but that was just an awful song. And the worst part about it is that this is the exact week that he had to be on his game to keep his voters motivated. I fear for my new boy, he could be in trouble. (C+)
Lil Rounds, "What's Love Got to Do With It" - Hmmm. I think I've decided that Lil just isn't as good as we all thought. She fooled us with one decent performance in her group of 12 and since then has been nothing but mediocre. Maybe she's nervous, maybe she just doesn't have the pipes, but she's missing that strength or voice, and she even falters on a lot of the notes. (C)
Anoop Desai, "True Colors" - If I were Noop I would never sing a fast song again. He's undefeated when he does the ballads, and unlistenable when he cranks up the tempo. Even in this song when he tried to notch the beat up in the middle he lost it for a bit. I repeat, keep it low and slow my friend, it's your only chance. (C+)
Scott MacIntyre, "The Search is Over" - There really is nothing left to say about Scott. Every week he stays is another week that is unfair to the person who goes home. He is a decent singer, nothing more, nothing less, and there are, without exaggeration, thousands of people who deserve to be on that stage more than based on talent. (C-)
Allison Iraheta, "I Can't Make you Love Me" - The good news for Allison is that her recent appearance in the bottom three should keep her safe this week. The other good news is that she dropped another great performance. A little boring but still great. (B+)
Matt Giraud, "Part Time Lover" - Stevie Wonder is perfect for Mr. Giraud. He needs to live in this genre. When he can let the soul and funk out he shows himself as a force to be reckoned with. Even thought there were moments in this that were a bit shaky, overall it just feels so right for him. (B)
Adam Lambert, "Madword" - First, I LOVE THIS SONG CHOICE. I first heard it used to great effect in the film "Donnie Darko" and was immediately in love. It was more recently used a couple years ago in a powerful add for the video game "Gears of War". And now Lambert owns it. This kid is incredible. (A)
Who should go home:
Who will go home:
Adam Lambert and Danny Gokey: Safe via their sheer awesomeness.
Lil and Allison: Safe via their femaleness (no way a girl goes tonight)
Matt: Slight Risk via forgettable performance but should be safe by the Bottom 3 bounce.
Noop and Kris: Major Risk via forgettable performances and supposed safety (especially Kris)
Scott: Major Risk via being out of his league.
This is a tough one. I really was thinking Scott would be gone tonight, but I can't tell if it's my heart over ruling my logic because honestly, Kris is in the exact same place that sent Alexis home just a few weeks ago. Never been in the bottom three, had an amazing week the week previous, so he feels as secure as Danny or Adam but without the rabid fanbase. Add to this a performance that is neither great nor awful and you have a recipe for nobody feeling the need to pick up the phone for Mr. Allen. I hope I'm wrong but my official prediction is that Kris says goodbye, while Scott and Noop live another day.