Sorry I couldn’t live blog last night as I usually do, I was extremely busy and didn’t get to watch until late last night. Anyway, without further ado, here is my (abbreviated) recap of last night’s episode of American Idol.
The highlight of the latter half of Season 8.
First up is..
Adam Lambert singing “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin. This week is his week. Even though I’m not a fan, there’s no denying he’s got the ability to really knock it out of the park. Wow, this is quite a production! Some seriously killer high notes throughout that whole thing. Overall, it was probably my favorite Adam performance because it actually called for those (in)famous high notes. Songs like “Ring of Fire” are not complimented by incessant wailing, this, however, worked. The judges drool over and Simon says that no one can top it now. Next up is..
Allison Iraheta singing “Cry Baby” by Janis Joplin. Wow, Allison’s rocking a new hair do this week. This fits her (and the theme) really well. And the singing is outstanding on top of that! Man she is truly an incredible singer. This week, she not only showed off her always amazing vocals, but she had a confidence on the stage that she hasn’t really had so far this season. Very, very impressive performance. Of course, the judges have to be complicated and make comments about her song choice, arrangement, blah, blah, blah. WHAT ABOUT THE SINGING?! Why must they feel the need to hurl Allison under the bus? Why not Gokey? Oh, I’ll get to that in a mintue. Allison finally speaks up in the end and there’s a really awkward little conversation between Allison and Simon. Next up is..
THE SUPER EXTRA SPECIAL DUETS! Seriously though, I really like this duet idea. Allison and Adam couldn’t be better suited for a duet. But I guess in order to hear that one, we have to go through Danny Gokey, who’s so smug 24 hours a day he makes David Cook look humble, and Kris Allen, whom I have no fault with at this point. I actually like him second only to Allison. Anyway, they’re singing “Renegade” by Styx. Parts of this little number were really good, but many parts were horrendous, like when they engaged in a yelling match towards the end. Now, seeing as I can’t stand Danny, he initiated and was the sole contender in the screech fest. He was clearly trying to dominate the duet and Kris couldn’t keep up, but that’s not a bad thing. Danny was not singing, he was yelling with all the strength him. I was waiting on him to spontaneously combust (see, Fringe). In the end though, the judges sided with Gokey (WHAT!?!?), which could spell trouble for Kris. Next up is..
Kris Allen singing “Come Together” by The Beattles. Kris did a great job picking his song this week; this one really suits him. However, no one will match Carly Smithson’s showstopper of a rendition during the Top 12 last year. Generally speaking, this performances was really good, and one of my favorite Kris performances. There were a few janky notes in the middle-end, but it was overall a good job. Kris, in my opinion, is the most relevant contestant left, if not from the whole season. I could very easily see him having a hit on the radio. The judges were not complimentary, however. Why do they have such an agenda? Is it that hard to trully give a critique? I realize the producers are tyring to push for an Adam/Danny finale, but don’t they understand that regardless of whether they win, both Danny and Adam are under contract and 19 has first dibs? Gosh. Next up is..
“Danny Gokey the Horrible” singing “Dream On” by Aerosmith. Danny, you do not sing songs like this. You do not have the range, control, or generally ability to pull of the original version of any Aerosmith song. The beginning wasn’t horrible, but the end was absolutely atrocious. I know I lose most of my credibility since I can’t stand Gokey to begin with, but this truly was a disaster of epic proportions. The last few lines and the final screech/yell/wail/horrible noise were, quite possibly, the worst few seconds of any Idol performance in it’s 8 years on tv. Those last few cringe-worthy notes will always haunt me, and the other 20-something million views forever. WHAT THE HECK!? After that horrid display of ignorance and arrogance, the judges refused to tell him it was terrible, but instead gave him an “A for effort”? Only Simon spoke about the horrible last notes, but I don’t like him anymore so he still doesn’t get credit. Next up is..
The most incredible moment of the night, Allison and Adam’s duet of “Slow Ride” by Foghat. As I said above, Adam gets a pass for any and all screeching this week because that’s what he’s supposed to do. I heard about the duets a few days ago, and the idea of this duet has had me excited all week. There is no way this duet can be anything less than awesome. And it was incredible! They compliment eachother so well on the Idol stage it’s ridiculous. They should make an album of duets; that’s the only chance I have of ever buying a cd with Adam Lambert’s name written across the bottom. That was all that I’d been waiting for and more. I feel kind of (really) stupid getting all worked about it, but that really was awesome. Everyone deserves one of those moments every Idol season, and this is mine. The judges loved it, and Simon said that the duet could be responsible for saving Allison’s future on American Idol, and I think he may be right.
That wraps up tonight’s awesome show (Did I really just say that?), I’m a little nervous for the results tonight, but hopefully we put the “Go” in Gokey and have an awesome Top 3.
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