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Rocker Saved. Allison Iraheta Has Signed with Jive!

WOOO!  I am pleased to report that Allison Iraheta from Season 8 of American Idol has officially been signed with Jive!  I think this label will do a great job promoting her and getting her singles to radio and sales for the album.

Through out the season I had my doubts she’d get picked up by a 19 Entertainment label with the judges always seeming to downplay her talents, but I’m so happy I was wrong!  I imagine we can see the debut CD out sometime this fall.  I can’t wait, I’m sure it’ll be awesome!  Let’s just hope they let her be who she wants to be as an artist.

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Music Review: Adam Lambert “Season 8 Favorite Performances” via iTunes

Continuing my American Idol Season 8 wrap-up nonsense, I decided I would also review Adam Lambert’s “Favorite Performances Collection”.  This song set is extremely popular on iTunes; it’s still #5 on top albums over one week from being released.  Here’s the review:

(The songs are in the order they appear on the track listing, and will be rating on a scale of 0 to 10 elephants)

  1. Black or White“- 8 Elephants- The live version of this “Black or White” was energetic and exciting, and I don’t think that translated very well to the studio version.  It seems much more relaxed.  Analogy: The live version is to bold, black coffee as the studio version is to a mocha frappe latte.
  2. Born to be Wild“- 8.5 Elephants- Once again, like “Black or White”, I don’t think these high-energy songs from Adam translate very well into studio recordings.  But of course it’s much harder to deliver the energy and excitement on a recording, especially an American Idol recording.  I can’t get it out of my head that this sounds like a “Born to be Wild” dance remix.
  3. Cryin“- 9 Elephants- This was one of my favorite songs from Adam throughout Season 8 because the screech/wail that he does worked so well.  It wasn’t overdone or obnoxious, it just worked.  The studio recording is similar in that it’s a great vocal and it all just works.
  4. Feeling Good“- 9.5 Elephants- I think this is one of the few songs that I enjoyed the studio recording and not really the live performance.  The studio recording is great!  Definitely one of my favorite studios from Adam.  He breathed new life to this old classic and it really worked.
  5. If I Can’t Have You“- 8.5 Elephants- The vocals in this song are great, but when I listen to it the music gives me the feeling that this an 80s pop song.  I don’t know what the people that add the backing track in are thinking sometimes.  Other than that, it’s good!
  6. Mad World“- 9.5 Elephants- I’ve got three words for you: haunting.  Take it in folks, I will never use the word “haunting” to describe a song again because it makes me feel like Kara.  Seriously though, this song is great and Adam does a great job with it every time.  It may be teetering on the edge of “performance overkill” since it’s been on every morning talk show in the U.S., but it’s still great and the definitive Adam song.
  7. One“- 9 Elephants- I expressed my complete disdain for Adam screwing up one of my favorite songs, but he fixed it all with the recording.  The little changes he made in the melody are gone and it’s back to it’s original form.  I know that I’m the number 1 proponent for changing songs up, but that’s only if it works.  If you go for it and it fails, tough stuff for you.  But like I said, he fixed it for the studio and it sounds great.
  8. Play That Funky Music“- 7 Elephants- I hate this song, and I like it no more when Adam does it.  The vocals are good, but the song is complete garbage.  That’s all I’ve gotta say about this one.
  9. Ring of Fire“-  0 Elephants- Just as frightening as the first time, I can’t even finish it.  I’m not trying to pull a Clay Aiken and say that I’m going to have nightmares and it was horrible in the vocals because that’s just not true.  The vocals are fine, the whole arrangement is just scary.  I don’t like this song really in any form though.  Oh and I don’t really give it 0, more like 7.
  10. The Tracks of My Tears“- 8.5 Elephants- I definitely liked the live version better without all the background nonsense going on, but it’s still a good song even in studio.  I wish American Idol would just leave the performances acoustic or whatever in studio because that’s the reason why American loves those performances!  Ahh, it’s so aggravating.
  11. Whole Lotta Love“- 9 Elephants- Once again like “Cryin” the screech works here.  If Adam is going to want to do the screech, then songs like these are definitely going to suit him well.  And to give the screech credit, it’s one heck of an on-pitch screech.
  12. A Change is Gonna Come“- 9 Elephants- It’s probably the most soulful track on the favorites compilation, and it definitely sounds good.  Not too much was added to the studio version (thankfully) so it keeps a lot of what was in the live version.

The Verdict

After much debate, I’ve decided that the following songs wil make the TCJ Playlist:

  • “Cryin”
  • “Feeling Good”
  • “Mad World”
  • “One”
  • “The Tracks of My Tears”
  • “Whole Lotta Love”
  • “A Change is Gonna Come”

What do you think of Adam’s “Season 8 Favorite Peformances” from iTunes?  If you disagree with my review, let us know!n  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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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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Video of the Day: Kris Allen “Heartless” American Idol Performance of the Night

My favorite performance of the night tonight was…

“Heartless” by Kris Allen.  Here’s the video:

UPDATE: As usual, Freemantle Media (The people behind Idol) removed all the actually video of the performances, but there is still audio available for the time being.  The live audio is below.

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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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Poll of the Day: Who Was Your Favorite of the American Idol Top 3?

If you missed the show, you can read the recap here or simply vote “I don’t watch”.

Who was your favorite tonight and why?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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American Idol Top 4 Analysis: Put the “GO” in Gokey

Hopefully, Gokey packs his bags tonight.

Hopefully, Gokey packs his bags tonight.

Overall, last night was a great night for American Idol. Like last week, they weakest link was quite clear after all of the performances: Danny Gokey. He proved tonight that he is not at all a versitile artist (I cringe at that word thanks to Kara “artistry” DioGuardi, but it was necessary.).  And though his voice is probably stronger than Kris’s voice, Kris brings originality and relevancy that Danny does not and cannot bring.  As I’ve said before, when it all comes down to it, Kris is the most relevant vocalist in the competition.  The other 3 are more powerful than he is vocally, but Kris’s kind of music is very popular right now.  As for who’s going home,  it’s truly a toss-up.  The only certainty, though, is that Adam isn’t going anywhere this week.  His fans surely voted in huge numbers this week after last week’s bottom two scare, plus he earned a spot in the Top 3 with his great performances last night.  Danny definitely deserves to go, but he has a very large fan base for some reason, and the judges avoided any real harsh criticism last night, though deserved it, and instead chose to give him an “A for effort”.  If it comes down to Allison and Kris, then I believe Kris will be hitting the road.  Allison may have received mediocre reviews for her solo performance, but she got to close out the show with Adam and the duet was extremely well received by the judges, and surely America, while Kris received mediocre reviews for everything he did.  However, this surely resulted in his solid fans voting even harder for him.  If I had to make a prediction on who would go, I’d say Danny, though I have horrible feeling about Kris’s fate.

Hopefully, America made the right choice and we can finally put the “GO” in Gokey!

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Poll of the (Yester)Day: Who Was Your Favorite on American Idol?

I know it’s a day late, but here is yesterday’s poll of the day:

To read the full recap of the episode, click here.

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American Idol Top 4 Recap

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.

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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American Idol Top 5 Recap

Sorry it’s late, but here’s the recap of tonight’s top 5 as I’m watching it!  Enjoy.

Tonight’s theme is songs from the Rat Pack, which means absolutely nothing to me.  So I have no expectations for this week; we’ll just have to see how everyone does.  Jamie Foxx is mentoring tonight (Not sure why.), but I’m sure he’ll have some good advice.  First up is…

Kris Allen singing “The Way You Look Tonight”.  Kris has a great voice, and as Jamie pointed out, doesn’t include all the crazy vocal stylings that make me not like Matt Giraud.  This performance is traditional Kris; straight-forward, well sang, etc.  There was only janky little high note, but overall it was a great performance.  Kris could be the upset to the preordained Danny-Adam finale.  We can only hope.  Randy thought it was his best performance to date, Kara thinks he is truly a dark horse, Paula thought it was near impeccable, and Simon said he wasn’t as enthusiastic and didn’t get the feeling he could win the competition.  Next up is…

Allison Iraheta singing “Someone To Watch Over Me”.  Allison reveals in her little chat with Ryan that she just turned 17 yesterday.  Well good Allison!  That just serves to remind us how incredible your voice is for your age.  Wow, this performance is incredible!  I think that was truly flawless.   Her final little note/run was beautiful.  Very, very impressive.  If the judges aren’t all over this, the show’s fixed.  Randy says it’s like Pink, but with 9,000 more octaves; Kara said she’s not nervous for Allison anymore after that; Paula said she’d been waiting for and was very proud of her; and Simon has a horrible feeling she is in trouble.  WHAT??  Come on, Simon!  She wouldn’t be in trouble had you not said that.  Gosh.  Next up is…

Matt Giraud singing “My Funny Valentine”.  Gosh, I just don’t like Matt at all.  He does way to many annoying runs throughout every song.  It’s absurd.  He seems pumped about this week, so maybe it’ll be good.  The beginning was rough, but it gets a little better.  Except for his voice is sounding really weird throughout the whole song; like how he’s pronouncing the words.  There are few good notes in there, but I wasn’t too crazy about the last night.  Not horrible, but not great either.  I didn’t really like it though.  Randy thought it was a little bit pitchy and didn’t all quite come together, “6 out of 10”; Kara appreciates the runs, but didn’t feel he was emotionally connected to it; Paula loved what he did with it and thought it was excellent; Simon disagreed with Randy (WHAT?) and thought it was the only believable and authentic song he heard so far.  WHAT??  If Matt makes it through over Allison, it’s gonna be bad.  Next up is…

Danny Gokey singing “Come Rain, Come Shine”.  My first thought is why on earth is Lambert getting the pimp spot again?  It’s getting ridiculous.  On to this performance.  I loathe Danny Gokey.  I have no idea why, but everything about him puts me in a bad mood.  His singing isn’t bad or anything, he just bothers me.  I have nothing to fault with his singing; it’s actually quite good.  I just don’t like him.  Nope.  But the performance, or singing at least, is good.  Probably one of his best vocals so far, though the band kind of drowns him out at the end.  Randy thought he was the only so far that could have an album of songs like that and win (win what?), Kara thought he had swag (moron), Paula said “stellar”, and Simon agreed with Kara, rambled for a bit, then said it was outstanding.  Next up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Feeling Good”.  I wonder which Adam we’ll see today?  Crazy or Relaxed?  His clothes aren’t giving any hints so we’ll just have to wait for the singing.  From the little rehearsal bit, I think it’s going to be a mixture of the two.  This is really weird just altogether.  It’s weird like “Ring of Fire” a few weeks ago.  It seemed really short too.  But once again, I can’t fault the singing.  He held that final note for a ridiculous amount of time.  He’s techinically probably one of the best singers the show’s ever had, it’s just not my thing.  Randy thought it was a little too theatrical, but said he was in the zone; Kara said he’s shocking and superb and way over the top and crazy; Paula compared him to Michael Phelps; Simon says he clearly wants to win and said that complaining abou thim being theatrical is like complaining a cow moos.  Funny one Simon.

That wraps up tonight’s show!  Tomorrow we can hopefully say goodbye to Matt Giraud, but we’ll just have to see.

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American Idol Top 7 (Again) Recap

Tonight’s wonderful theme on this grand show that is American Idol is:  Disco!  Woo!  This is going to be a night, I am sure.  And thankfully, it appears that we are back to the 4 judge format this week.  That’s good news.  Wow, they got this episode started soon.  I guess they got tired of causing me to miss the last few minutes of Fringe when I have to TiVo it.  Kicking off the show tonight is…

Lil Rounds who is singing “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan.  Oh boy Lil, this is not going to go well.  I don’t understand why she can’t pick a good song.  The beginning wasn’t that terrible, but it’s getting worse.  Yeah that wasn’t good.  Lil will no doubt be leaving us tomorrow night; it’s definitely her time.  Oooh, the judges hate this mess.  But in Lil’s defense, they are being a little too difficult with her.  They’re clearly throwing her right under the bus.  And then backing up and doing it again.  Simon thinks it’s her final night, so he’s glad she enjoyed it.  Yeah, I agree.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer.  Wow, this is going to be interesting.  As I’ve said many times, Kris is the only guy that I like left in the competition.  I also think he’s the most relevant contestant left, with the exception of maybe Allison.  And this song proves that even more.  How he can take this Donna Summer and turn it into this cool, acoustic song blows my mind.  Great performance.  Kara thinks the risk paid off big time, Paula indirectly equates him to a a cross dresser by telling him that he “shops in the woman’s department often”, Simon thought it was fantastic, and Randy thought it was great and Kris knows who he is as an artist.  Next up is…

Danny Gokey singing “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire.  Oh gosh, the first thing that comes to mind is more of those terrible dance moves.  I’m sure the singing will be overdone and I will hate it.  And of course I’m right.  I don’t know what it is, but he just puts me in a terrible mood.  He is more smug than David Cook was last year and his attitude sucks.  The performance wasn’t bad, and he has a good voice.  I just can’t stand him.  Randy thought he worked it out, Kara thought he had great pitch, Paula liked that he showed his brilliance and said he has the sexiest voice, and Simon said he can’t fault the vocals, but thought there was no star power in the performance.  Woo, Simon can’t stand him either.  Of course Paula had to remind everyone he’s still got a spot in the finals.  Ugh.  Next up is…

Allison Iraheta singing “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer.  Allison is probably my favorite contestant left.  I think after Megan left, I needed some one to fill the “quirk” void that Megan filled, and Allison does that well.  Allison has an incredible voice.  This sounds a lot better than last week, which was still really good.  I hope Allison goes far after Idol, because I think she has great potential.  Man, that last note was incredible!  Randy liked the vocals but not the arrangement, Kara agreed with Randy, Paula thought it was great, and Simon said it was a brilliant performance.  Next up is…

Adam Lambert singing “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman.  Looks like Adam has picked the calmed down version for this week, which surprises me.  This week gave him plenty of opportunities to screech through his 90 seconds.  But I could be wrong, it just started.  This is probably his weakest performance.  Because in all honesty, when you take out the screeching, high notes, wailing, he really isn’t THAT special to me.  It’s not bad, but it’s slow and I don’t think it ever really went anywhere.  Randy starts screaming at me that Adam is a hot one tonight; Kara thought it was brilliant and his most memorable performance?  I was thinking the EXACT opposite;  Paula started a sentence with “You chose to pick a disco song [pause]….” and I was like, yeah Paula, they all did;  Simon thought it was original and memorable.  Man I guess I was watching something else.  Oh well.  Next up is…

Matt Giraud a.k.a the man of many chances singing “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.  Oooh Matt Giraud.  I do not enjoy his singing in any way shape or form.  I don’t know why he continues to assault us with his terrbile falsetto.  It’s just so horrible.  Oh Matt, this is a mess.  It’s all over the place and the constant little vocal add-ons and dragging notes out for 10 minutes apeice is not working out.  Sorry, but I think you are gone for good.  Randy thought it was the best group of 7 they’ve had.  Ummm… no.Kara likes to see him move (hopefully out the door), Paula says he’s staying and something about bowling, and Simon didn’t like it.  Next up is…

Anoop Desai singing “Dim All The Lights” by Donna Summer.  Man Anoop is boring.  He managed to turn a disco song into a snooze fest.  This is a real sleeper right here, I’ve gotta say.  And just when I was starting to like him.  It improves as it goes on, and there was a really good note in there that he held for a while.  It definitely got  better as it went on, with the exception of the last night, but overall it was boring and just okay.  Randy thought his voice was awesome and replayed what he said about the top 7 being awesome, Kara thought the song choice was great, Paula said a lot that meant nothing, and Simon disagreed with everyone and said it was mediocre at best.

Scoreboard- Top 7

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

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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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Rick

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Poll of the Day: Who Was Your Favorite on American Idol?

What did you think about tonight’s episode of American Idol?  Vote for your favorite below in today’s poll!

If you missed the show you can read the recap here, watch videos of the performances here, or just choose the ‘I don’t watch option’.

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Poll of the Day: Who Was Your Favorite On American Idol?

If you missed the show, you can read the recap here.  Who did you enjoy the most on American Idol’s top 9 episode?  Don’t worry those that don’t watch, there’s a choice for you too.

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