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Song of the Day: “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

It’s Aerosmith.  It’s awesome.  This is probably my favorite song of all time.  Listen below:

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Poll of the Day: Do You Think Danny Gokey Deserved to be Eliminated?

My recap of tonight’s results show episode is coming later, but until then, vote below in today’s poll of the day!  I must say, I’m happy with the results.

What did you think of this elimination?  Are you excited about the Adam/Kris finale?  Leave your comments below or e-mail us at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and subscribe to the RSS Feed and daily e-mail newsletter to get updates when something new is posted.

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American Idol Top 3 Prediction and Analysis

If you missed last night’s show, you can read the full recap of the episode here.

Best Performance of the Night: Kris Allen singing Heartless

Best Performance of the Night: Kris Allen singing "Heartless"

Who should go? Danny

Who will go? Danny

I have one thing to say before I begin breaking down who I think will go home and why: The show would have been better with AllisonDanny was fair/good for both of his songs, while Allison no doubt would have been great/outstanding.  Just like with Carly Smithson’s (click here to follow her on twitter) early departure last year, I’m still bitter.

Prior upsets aside, let’s get to the upset at hand; If Danny Gokey makes it to the finals in anyway, I will be upset.  And not really because he would eliminate either Kris or Adam from the finale, but because he doesn’t deserve it.  Danny is basically the second coming of Taylor Hicks, who by the way is currently playing a minor character in the production of Grease.  Last night, both Adam and Kris outsang and outperformed Danny on each of their songs.  Not only that, but Danny has next to zero commercial potential.  Sure he will sell to his fans that are supporting him on the show, but he doesn’t have the voice to receive mainstream success like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Daughty, etc.  I could see Danny taking a career path similar to Mandisa as a Christian music artist, which is certainly a great path to go down.  Hot 100 radio is just not calling Danny‘s name.

On to the results:  ultimately, I do think Danny Gokey will be leaving us tonight.  For the second week in a row Danny has been the obvious weakest link.  Last week his mysterious fan base carried him through after a wretched screaming rendition of “Dream On”, and this week he wasn’t nearly as bad.  But will they carry him through again underservingly?  My intial guess is no.  If you look back on American Idol, when performers are pulled throught to the next round after a really bad performance, the next week is usually there time to go if they don’t deliver a knockout.  Look at Brooke White last year.  Her start-and-stop dilemma pulled here through (over Carly Smithson, I might add) to the Top 5, but she was then eliminated the next week after performances that were on par to her usual.  Add with that the fact that Adam Lambert and Kris Allen outperformed him by a mile, I think the top 2 is quite clear.

Adam received numerous praise all around from the judges on both performances, and even got a little boost from Simon when he reminded everyone to vote for him because he deserves it and not just assume he will be safe.  Kris also received praise on his second performance of Kanye West’s “Heartless”, which I must say was brilliant.  I think that performance alone produced enough buzz to carry Kris through.  So when it comes down to it tonight, I feel fairly confident that Danny will be leaving us tonight.  Check back here later for a recap and reaction to tonight’s results by bookmarking The Conservative Journal or by subscribing to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter to get updates when something new is posted.

Top 3 Scoreboard

  • Kris Allen, “Heartless”-  A+ (Only one of the season)
  • Adam Lambert, “Cryin”- A-
  • Danny Gokey, “You Are So Beautiful”- B
  • Adam Lambert, “One”- B-
  • Kris Allen, “Apologize”- B-
  • Danny Gokey, “Dance Little Sister”- C

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American Idol Top 3 Recap and Review

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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American Idol Top 7 Recap

Woo, the top 7.  In my few years watching the show, I can never remember being this UNexcited about an episode.  The days of Carly Smithson are over, my friends.  Yes I’m still bitter.

Enough with the past, let’s move on tonight’s waste of an hour of my life.

The theme tonight is Idols at the Movies, and Quentin Tarantino is there.  Gah, I can’t stand him.  He takes Ryan’s job as saying “This is….. American Idol”, and it’s just obnoxious and horrible.  Ryan introduces the judges (glad to see they aren’t doing those corny walk ins) and we find out from Simon that tonight only two judges will talk after each performance.  Bummer.  But I doubt they can hold that together.

They play a stupid little video about Quentin Tarantino’s career, and I am suddenly less enthused than ever.  Can’t stand the guy and I don’t know why.  Can we just get on with the singing please?  Thanks.  First up is…

Allison Iraheta singing “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith.  How cool, she’s my favorite on Idol left and this is one of my favorite songs ever.  Except the beginning is being weird.  It’s kinda choppy sounding?  I don’t know, but the beginning is weird.  It gets a little better, but something is still off.  Wow, she just NAILED that high note.  That was awesome.  Well the end was great!  She really pulled that all together in the end.  That was great!  Paula thought it was really good and put her up there with Adam Lambert, and Simon said she has a chance of winning and is the only girl that has a chance at anything.  Awesome!  They’re finally giving her the credit she deserves.  Next up is…

Anoop Desai singing “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams.  As I said last week, these kind of sappy songs that are kind of slow are Anoop’s strong point.  And as much as like his attitude and lack of stage prescence, this is good.  I’m not going to lie.  I think if he’d lighten up and have fun he’d have a much better chance on this show.  But this performance was quite good.  He didn’t really “rough it up” like Quentin suggested, but it was good!  I don’t think the “roughing it up” would have made it better, either.  So good job Anoop!  Randy says he’s rocking the house right now and Kara thought it was one of his best.  Next up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf.  Oh gosh, this has the potential to be an utter scream fest.  And right out of the gate, Adam is being vocally absurd again.  The punk rocker look is back, too.  I have to give his range credit because I’m pretty sure he just discovered a ninth octave.  That’s ridiculous.  Some parts toward the beginning were shrieky and scratchy weird, but in the end he hit some pretty ridiculous stuff.  Folks, we have our winner right here.  I’ve never heard the audience cheer so much.  Paula thinks he is great and takes all of the risks, blah, blah, blah.  Simon thinks the audience is either going to love it or hate it, though the vocals were “incredible”.  He prefers last week’s performance.  Next up is…

Matt Giraud singing “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” by Bryan Adams.  Matt’s back on the piano tonight, which I think is where he is most comfortable.  The beginning start out pretty good, with the exception of the obligatory wonky run that marks the beginning of all of his performance.  It’s going pretty good for about the first half, but when it starts speeding up toward the latter half he starts to lose it a little.  He has a struggle getting the second part back together, and ultimately it ends with a decent little high note thing.  I think he was just trying a little too hard to infuse soul.  Randy says he lost more parts in there than won, and Kara says he took away some of the core melody when he added all that to it.  I think he may be in trouble.  I think it’s been his time for a while.  He’s just so awkward on stage that it’s almost painful.  Next up is…

Danny Gokey singing “Endless Love” by Lionel Ritchie.  Gah Danny is my least favorite contestant this year.  His personality is just horrible and he’s always so smug.  He’s a decent singer, but it’s not my style.  This week, he’d doing something a little slower.  What is that huge harp doing there?  The song is slowed down and it’s pretty good.  He’s not having to employ that rasp nonsense we usually have displeasure of hearing.  I actually kind of like this performance.  I loved it copared with all of his other crap.  His voice was a little crackly at the end, but he still pulled it together.  Good performance.  Paula thought he pulled it together from the middle to the end, and Simon was disappointed in the weird harp and thought it was boring and a disappointment, though he was a brilliant singer.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once.  Kris couldn’t decide whether or not to play the guitar, but it looks like he went with no guitar.  The beginning is nice, it’s really slow though.  Towards the middle it gets really good, though.  This is really good.  I think Kris is really relevant and has potential to be really big.  Very good performance.  My second favorite of the night, behind Allison of course.  Randy didn’t think it reallyclicked and thought it was pitchy from note one.  What was he listening to?  Kara thought it was one of his best moments on the show.  Next up is…

Lil Rounds singing Bette Midler’s sappy anthem, “The Rose”.  This is performance is going to sum up everything I don’t like about Lil.  Can she never pick a nonpredictable song?  Something obscure maybe?  That would more than likely send her packing, but I would enjoy it more.  And that’s the goal of the show.  I can’t listen to this and not think of Napolean Dynamite.  Impossible task.  I actually preferred the non-yelling beginning of the song to the second half, which is unlike me because I usually like the bigger notes.  She just really doesn’t have the voice for that.  Carly Smithson, however… Never mind.  I need to move on.  This was actually the song I like most out of Lil’s long list of over done karaoke tunes.  Paula said something I didn’t understand, and Simon though it was all wrong.  He went on to say that she is not the artist they met at her audition and that he is getting frustrated.  Lil had to have her little diva back-talk rant, that totally erased the fact that I didn’t necessarly hate this performance.

Scoreboard- Top 7

  • Allison Iraheta- A
  • Adam Lambert- A-
  • Kris Allen- B+
  • Anoop Desai- B
  • Danny Gokey- B-
  • Lil Rounds- C
  • Matt Giraud- C-

That wraps up tonight’s show everyone!  What did you think about tonight’s peformances?  Who was your favorite?  Who do you think will be leaving us tomorrow night? Leave your comments below or e-mail us at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

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