We’re down to the final 3 on season 8 of American Idol! Just one more week until the big finale, where we will be reunited with the Idols from episodes past. Can’t wait to see Carrie Underwood, Allison Iraheta, and Megan Joy again! On tonight’s show:
Wow, according to Ryan this is the 300th episode? That’s insane! Most shows don’t last anywhere near that long.
In case you didn’t know the theme, it’s the judges’ choice and the contestant’s choice. Starting off tonight’s show is..
Danny Gokey singing “Dance, Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby. You know what I just realized? I’ve been ragging on Lambert all year for the incessant screaming, but Gokey really deserves it more. His screaming is more of yell or “holler”. Like he’s got something lodged in his windpipe. This performance is just bland and typical Danny, which is not a compliment. Generally he gives a fair-to-good vocal, but this week is not good at all. I think his voice is losing steam. Randy thought it was dope, Kara didn’t like the dancing, Paula loved it (Of course, she picked the song!), and Simon thought it was vocally good, but desperate in every other way. Next up is..
Kris Allen singing “Apologize” by OneRepublic. With Allison gone, I’m pulling for Kris. He’s the only one of the remaining contestants I’d listen to after the show. I think “Apologize” suits Kris well, as long as he can get those higher notes he sometimes struggles on. Kris is pulling out the piano for tonght’s song. As expected a few of the falsetto notes are a little weak, but he nailed everything else! That was a solid performance. Randy thinks this is the kind of artist Kris can be; Kara thought it was competant but at this stage he’s got to hit it out of the park; Paula thought it was at the right place in his voice, but there was a bum note that was “loud”; Simon called Kara out for her comments since she picked the song, but said it wasn’t as good as the original. I actually thought it was better. Next up is..
Adam Lambert singing “One” by U2. This is one of my favorite songs, but I don’t know that it will suit Adam’s voice. It doesn’t really go anywhere as far as range goes, so I’m sure he’ll change it up. Ooo, I am not a huge fan of this one. I know I am never really a “fan” of Adam’s performances, but I think this is one of his weaker performances. I don’t like how he changed the melody up in the middle; it just didn’t really work. Great big note towards the end. Randy says he’s “One of the hottest 3 in the competition”, dang Randy there are only 3 left!; Kara thought it was unbelievable; Paula thought it was superb and pretty much predicted the inevitable win of Adam; Simon thought it was a brilliant song choice. That’s funny because he picked it. Next up is..
An update on Idol Gives Back with Saint Carrie Underwood. Ms. Underwood is not only a great singer, but she is a great person, which is quite rare in celebrities these days. Carrie made a trip to Angola, Africa, to check up on a village that received insecticide treated bed nets to help prevent Malaria. Idol Gives Back has provided Angola with over 300,000 bed nets over the past 2 years. This made me realize how much I missed Idol Gives Back this year. That episode was great, especially last year’s. Next up is..
Danny Gokey singing “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker. Interesting song choice. The beginning wasn’t great, very gaspy sounding. The middle got better, and towards the end it was good. Much better than the first song. The only problem is, this isn’t relevant at all. Can you see this on the radio? No. Randy thought there were “mad vocals”, Kara thought it was stunning, Paula said they were all breathless, Simon said it was a vocal masterclass. I guess they liked it? Next up is..
Kris Allen singing “Heartless” by Kanye West? Wow, what an ambitious song choice for Kris. If Kris takes this and changes it up WELL, this could be big game changer in his benefit. I really like this acoustic version of this song actually. Much better than the original. That’s probably Kris’s best performance on the show, and my favorite of the night by far. Great performance. This is why Kris deserves a spot in the final over Danny; THAT could be on the radio. Randy thought it was better than the original; Kara thought it was bold, brave, and brilliant; Paula said it keeps him relevant; Simon had written him out of the competition after “Apologize”, but now that has all changed. Glad they liked it! Next up is..
Adam Lambert singing “Cryin'” by Aerosmith. This is more along Adam’s comfort zone than “One”. I’m sure this will be good, though just more of what we’re used to. He said he’s not going to change it up as much as his other stuff because it’s already amazing. Great vocal, but some weird facial expressions going on. You don’t have to actually cry while singing the song. Randy says he’s a rockstar, Kara doesn’t know how he hits those notes, Paula says we’ll be seeing him next week and for years to come, Simon warns against voter complacency, and tells everyone to be sure and vote hard for Adam. That was a smart one Simon. Adam gives a shoutout to Kris and Danny at the end, also a smart move.
That wraps up tonight’s top 3 peformance of American Idol. Be sure and check back in later for my prediction of the top 2.
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