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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 Allison. Danny 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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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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Tonight’s episode begins with some guy in his apartment, with the news on in the background. The newscaster is talking about a murder that was quite gruesome. He then goes to a club, where he sees a girl that he likes. So, they go back to his (or her) apartment and begin hooking up. While their all over eachother, the woman slashes the guy across the face and he is dead. His wife calls his phone, and it can be seen ringing next to where he is lying dead on the bed. Apparently, the girl is the killer.
When the show returns, Olivia (Anna Torv) is at a little get together with some friends. She meets an odd couple that are together but live completely separate lives. Olivia’s sister then reveals her husband is filing for divorce. Agent Dunham is then called away from the gathering to examine the murder that occured earlier. In one of Walter’s hilarious remarks he compares the victim to a good shrimp cocktail because he is perfectly deveined. Walter then suggests that someone ate his spine. Well, that’s interesting.
Agent Dunham reports back to the office to give her boss the findings. He also gives her a good divorce attorney for her sister. Back at the lab, Walter is examining the body. He finds that the lady that killed the man has an extinct form of syphilis. The CDC explains that someone in a residential area requested a sample of that strain of syphilis, as well as other bacterium. They make a trip to the house where the items were delivered and find a man named Dr. Boone. They take him into custady for questioning.
They know Dr. Boone is associated with ZFT, the organization responsible for a lot of the craziness that goes on on the show. Dr. Boone says he’ll give them all of the info as long as they get his wife back from ZFT, who has taken her hostage. They find that the address Dr. Boone gives as the location of his wife is a restaurant in Chinatown that is using 5 times as much power as they should be. They then go check it out.
Back at the lab where Dr. Boone was found, Walter believes he may have figured out what was going on in the house. At the same time, Agent Dunham and the crew are on their way to the restaurant where Dr. Boone’s wife is allegedly being held. His wife is nowhere to be found, so they call Dr. Boone. He reveals that his wife, Valerie, was not kidnapped, but was infected with the virus that is being stored at the Chinese restuarant. His wife is the killer.
We then see his wife in a car with another man. They also start hooking up. She gets very warm and starts shaking, apologizes to the guy, then forms sharp teeth and bites him in the neck. The crew arrives to gather evidence for testing. Back at the office, they show Dr. Boone the video of he and his wife in the park. He is not in a wheelchair then, which he explains by saying that he fed his wife his spinal fluid as long as he could, which took away his ability to use his legs. Dr. Boone reveals that ZFT creates these viruses in order to show off their skills to other scientists. Dr. Boone says he can make an antidote as long as they bring his wife to him.
Back at Walter’s lab, he is discussing with Dr. Boone. Charlie and the crew finds a victim’s vehicle, but it was stripped of all of it’s insides, including the GPS. They go to one of Peter’s friend’s “chop shops” and he tells them where he found the vehicle. At the lab, Walter and Dr. Boone are still talking. Dr. Boone says he knows very well who Walter is, to which Walter replies, “That makes one of us”. Once Peter and Agent Dunham arrive at the scene where the car was found, they discover another body that has been de-spined by Mrs. Boone.
Walter and Dr. Boone are still hard at work to make an antidote. The authorities deliver the most recent victims to the lab. Astrid (Jasika Nicole) finds that one of the bodies smells like alcohol. Using a blacklight, she sees an entry stamp on one hand of each of the victims. They now know that she is finding her victims in bars and clubs. Peter makes a trip to a club in order to find Mrs. Boone.
The antidote is not working on the lab rats they are testing it on. Dr. Boone says the antidote needs real spinal fluid to work properly, and says his own will be compatible. He demands that Walter remove some of his spinal fluid to get the antidote working properly. Astrid is strongly against it, but Walter knows it must be done. Back at the club where Peter and Agent Dunham are, they locate Valerie but eventually lose her. Charlie is standing guard at the door, and shoots Valerie with two tranquilizers. They’ve got her now.
Back at the lab, Dr. Boone is suffering immensely from the missing spinal fluid. Walter knows that he lied about having more spinal fluid to use.
Valerie wakes up slowly in the patrol car being driven by Peter and Olivia. Peter and Olivia began discussing Dr. Boone’s sacrifice for his wife when Valerie wakes up completely and lunges forward on Olivia. Peter shoots her with a tranquilizer again, which knocks her out of her violent state. They arrive at the lab with Valerie to find that Dr. Boone has had a stroke due to the lack of spinal fluid. They give Valerie the antidote, which causes her to scream and lash violently. When she’s done, however, her frighteningly blue eyes fade to a more natural green. Valerie is now cured, but Dr. Boone has died. Walter gives Agent Dunham the tape that Dr. Boone made for her, complete with all of the answers regarding ZFT and his projects. Agent Dunham meets with Phillip (Lance Reddick) and reveals that, according to Dr. Boone’s video, the cheif funder behind ZFT is William Bell.
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+
Anoop Desai- C+
Matt Giraud- C
Lil Rounds- C-
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The spoiler’s are in! Thanks to mjsjbigblog.com and those that attended dress rehearsals for the inside scoop.
These are in the order they performed in during dress rehearsal.
Allison Iraheta – “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith Anoop Desai – “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams Adam Lambert – “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf Matt Giraud – “To Really Love a Woman” by Bryan Adams Danny Gokey – “Endless Love” by Diana Ross Kris Allen – “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard Lil Rounds – “The Rose” by Bette Midler
Thanks to mjsbigblog.com for the song spoilers. For those that are big idol fans, bookmark/subscribe to that blog. She finds out everything.