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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

Who do you think will be leaving us tonight on American Idol?  Leave your comments below or send us an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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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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Parks and Recreation “Boys’ Club” Recap, Review, and Video

Recap

In tonight’s opening scenes, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) are called out to a hiking trail because of complaints that teenagers are taking dog poop out of the trash and having a war.  When they arrive at the scene of the crime, Tom immediately bails to go sit in the car.  Leslie, however, is diligent in her efforts and ventures out into the poop field.  She uses the trash can lid has a shield as the teens continue to pelt her with bags of dog poop.  After a little bit of a struggle, Leslie concedes that poop wars are actually “rather fun”, and then procedes to throw a little poop herself.  The opening credits role and the fourth episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ is underway!

At the start of the episode, the Parks Department staff recieves a nice gift basket from a local construction company.  As Tom and another staff member are splitting up the contents, Leslie quickly enters to tell them that for “corruption purposes” they can’t except gifts over $25.  That’s also the reason, she says, that she goes to two towns over to rent movies with nudity in them.  Tom says that he would never use his government power to cheat the system, though the video playing of him getting a free hot dog for “park business” seems to show otherwise.

Leslie unveils the social network profile she set up the for the pit project, and it already has several friends.  One of which is Mark (Paul Schneider).  They look at his profile only to find several picture of Mark and various women that they have never seen.  Leslie suggests they could be relatives, which Ann (Rashida Jones) quickly shoots down.  “Right, maybe fake boobs run in his family,” says Ann.

Leslie and Ann decide to barge in on the meeting of the “boys’ club” meeting that’s going on outside.  While she’s chatting with the guys, she leans and the table which knocks it over and breaks several beer bottles.  “You hear that?  That’s the sound of a glass ceiling being shattered,” says Leslie.  When they run out of beer and everyone wants to leave, Leslie is determined to keep the “good feelings alive”.  She heads and said looking frantically for more beer when she sees the gift basket she confiscated earlier.  There are 3 bottles of wine inside, and she decides keeping the party going is worth being corrupt.

The following morning, Leslie is very disappointed in herself.  So disappointed, in fact, that she decides she must apologize to EVERY female politician (in alphabetical order) because she “let them down”.  She also must confess to the office that she opened the basket.  She also confess to Ron (Nick Offerman).  Ron, of course, tries to convince her not to worry about it and blow it all out of proportions.  “No Ron, I will this IN proportion…  This may not be a big deal to you, but you’re a white protestant man with a full, rich mustache.  I’m a woman and I must hold myself to a higher standard.”  Again, Ron explains that she is punishing herself more than anyone else would.  However, she is persistent.  She then e-mailed everyone in the Pawnee government a confession, but not without a link to the pit’s webpage.

The next morning, Leslie discovers that April (Aubrey Plaza), the 19 year old intern, put a video of herself on the pit’s website.  The video contained footage of April seeing what would make her drunker: Wine or spinning around in a chair.  Now that all of the government in Pawnee had seen the video, Leslie has to attend a disciplinary hearing.

To prepare for the hearing, Tom asks Leslie some practice questions.  All of the questions are completely irrelevant to the hearing, but Leslie answers anyway to the best of her ability.  “Have you ever had a sexual fantasy about our boss Ron Swanson?” is one of my personal favorites.  At the real hearing, Leslie has prepared a full essay-like speech to let the committee know exactly what happened.  The lead committee member points out during the little speech that drinking on government property is prohibited in any instance, but Ron says that’s not his department, so they continue.  While this going on, Andy (Chris Pratt) is still working on ways to please Ann while she is at work.  He decides to bathe himself in the front yard in a kiddie pool.  While he’s bathing, the neighbor steals his boombox, which prompts him to chase him down the street naked.

Back at the hearing, Ron and his government-hating self is starting to get frustrated with the intense questioning.  “This is not communist China!  You cannot make her whip herself, you cannot make her wear a hair-shirt.  You wanna live in North Korea, live in North Korea.  This is America!”  Ron continues his little rant and declares the hearing over.  Ron says he took up for Leslie only because he hates bureaucracy and his ideal government is “one guy in a small room.  The only decision he gets to make is who to nuke.”

Leslie reveals to Ann that she opened the gift basket for a guy, Mark.  She tells her of the affair they had in February…. 2004.  In the end, everything ends happily:  Ann is pleased with Andy’s cleaning, and Leslie learns that getting a letter in her file isn’t all bad; Mark says she’s now a member of the “boys’ club.”

Review

Tonight’s episode was hilarious!  One of the highlight’s of the season so far for me was Ron’s little rant during the disciplinary hearing.  I think he’s got tons of potential to be hilarious.  Tonight’s episode also avoided the spots of boring that have been in each episode so far, though they have never been a huge deal.  Tonight’s episode of ‘P&R’ was one of my favorite shows I’ve watched all week!

5 Elephants

5 Elephants

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Fringe “Midnight” Recap

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.

That’s all for tonight’s episode!

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Rick

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Fringe “Bad Dreams” Recap

This week, I’m adding a new show to the list of shows that I recap, and it’s a good one: Fringe!  Fringe is one of my favorite shows that airs on Fox at 9 PM Eastern on Tuesdays following American Idol.

A young lady is strolling her child down the subway tunnel to catch the next train, while she is reaching for the balloon her daughter accidentally let go of, she is pushed into the oncoming train by one of the main characters of Fringe, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv).  Agent Dunham wakes up from her dream, but sees the young lady from her dream on the news while she is having breakfast.  Apparently, she had committed suicide by jumping out in front of an oncoming train.

Agent Dunham asks her superior at the FBI if she can have special privileges into the case because it’s of special interest to her.  While there Agent Dunham and her partner and friend Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) find the red balloon still floating in the ceiling.  The young lady’s husband tells Dunham there is no way it’s a suicide, though the video tape from the subway tunnel clearly shows the young lady throwing herself in front of the train without the help of Agent Dunham.  Dunham is still convinced she played a part in her death, and Walter, Peter’s father and a scientist (John Noble) assures her that if so, it will happen again.

That night, Agent Dunham dreams that while she is eating supper, a woman grows angry with her husband and holds a knife to him.  Agent Dunham walks up behind her, grabs her arm, and forces the knife into her husband’s stomach, dropping her glass in the process.  Dunham wakes up and alerts the authorities of the murder.  She talks to the woman the next day and finds out the details of her dreams were accurate once again.

On a trip to the restaurant where the crime occurred, Olivia finds the same cup broken on the floor and asks the manager who was sitting in that seat.  He describes a man with blonde hair and a scar on his face, who Dunham recognizes from the subway surveillance video.  Back at the lab, they find the man that was described in the subway video.  Walter thinks that Olivia is dreaming as if she were the scar-faced man, and that in reality she had nothing to do with the crimes.

When the head of her division of the FBI hears of the feud at the restaurant, Agent Dunham requests permission to investigate into the mysterious man.  Agent Dunham and Peter travel to the mental hospital where the man, named Nick, had been staying.  The director of the mental hospital tells the agents that Nick was convinced he had been recruited as a child for a battle against a paranormal universe.  Upon further analysis, they find that Nick has the same birthday as Agent Dunham.

Agent Dunham believes that Nick has a “contageous” mood.  For example, when he walked down the platform, he may have been feeling suicidal, which may have prompted the young woman to throw herself in front of the train.  Agent Dunham reveals that she may have been treated with Cortexiphan as a child, the drug that Walter believes has a lot do with the problems.

Agent Dunham is put into a machine induced sleep, where she is able to walk in Nick’s shoes.  Olivia (who is really Nick in the coming scenes) takes a dancer from the club into his apartment or hotel room.  His ability to transfer his feelings in an extreme way allows him to make the dancer feel miserable and depressed, just as he does.  This prompts her to break a glass and slit her throat with it.  Agent Dunham (who is still walking in Nick’s shoes), then walks home, which allows the FBI to know the location of his home.

The FBI visits his home, where they find a wall of articles about the testing of drugs on children.  At the same time, Nick is walking down the streets of the city.  People walking down the sidewalk are drawn in by his emotions, and they follow him as he walks.  Nick leads the pack of followers to the roof a building, where they will all jump to their deaths.  Since Olivia was also treated with the drug as a child, she is resistant to Nick’s extreme emotions.  On the rooftop, Nick expresses joy in seeing Olivia, or “Olive”, as he calls her, but she can’t remember her time with him.  Nick pulls a gun on Agent Dunham, but turns it around to face him.  He demands that she shoot him to end all of the deaths he is causing.  To show that he means it, he “pushes” (with his mind) a woman off the ledge where she lands on a car with a loud bang.  This prompts one of Walter’s signature, funny-in-a-weird-way lines, “I sure hope she meant to do that”.  Olivia shoots Nick at his request, which saves the lives of all those that followed him to the roof.

It is then revealed that Nick is in a drug induced coma “indefinitely”.  In the final scene, Walter is shown watching a video with his voice playing through the speakers.  In the video, there is a smll girl in the corner of the room.  Walter is trying to console her (but it’s all just creepy) and then addresses her as “Olive”.

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4 of 5 Elephants

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American Idol Top 10- Recap

Allison Iraheta NAILED her song tonight!  My favorite of the night.

Allison Iraheta NAILED her song tonight! My favorite of the night.

Alright, so finally we can get this inaugural not-political post rolling tonight!  It’s about time.  Basically how this is going to work is every week I’m going to post my recap of the show.  It’s not going to be in-depth recap by any means, just a short summary of the song, how a think they did, and maybe a smaller little tidbit.  I’m probably just going to do it in real-time; updating the post as each contestant sings.  It’s kind of like a play-by-play of sorts.  Also, the Poll of the Day is going to be American Idol related.  And without further ado, here’s the show:

Tonight’s theme is Motown (Oh gosh, this is going to be eventful, I’m sure.) and Smokey Robinson is mentoring.

Starting off tonight’s show is Matt Giraud, who occasionally sounds like he’s singing on top of a washing machine.  He is singing “Let’s Get it On”.  My first question is “Is that American Idol appropriate?” :).  He starts out sitting at the piano, but then rises up for the ending.  Overall, I thought it was good, but I’m not a huge fan.  I am still a little hesitant with Matt because his audition was not good, and neither was his first Semi-final performance.  All the songs that he sings are the same kind of thing, so I think he might be a one trick pony.  The judges loved him and I’m sure he’ll be back next week.

Second is Kris Allen singing “How Sweet it Is”.  Kris is a likeable guy and I imagine he is going to go quite far in this competition.  He did a good job on his song and brought out the guitar again.  Really upbeat, entertaining performance.  I like this much more than Matt.  The judges love this one too, though Simon says he should become more conceited.  No Simon, no more ego is needed on this show.  You use it all up.  Thank you.  I know he’ll be back next week.

Next up is Scott MacIntyre, who is nearly blind.  He’s singing “You Can’t Hurry Love”, and I’m not going to lie.  He’s not good at all.  He’s almost kind of horrible.  I admire him for overcoming his obstacles and persevering, but I don’t know that American Idol is the best thing for him.  America’s Got Talent, however, is something that I think he would have no problem with.  I think at this point, the considerable majority of his votes are coming from people voting based on his backstory, which is compelling.  He’s just a bad singer in a singing competition, which doesn’t jive.  The judges didn’t really like it, and Simon said he could do better.  I doubt he’ll go home at this point, but I could be wrong.  His backstory alone can get him to probably Top 8.

Next up is Megan Joy, the artist previously known as Megan Joy Corkery.  She sings “For Once in My Life”.

Unfortunately, Megan Joy was not at her best.

Unfortunately, Megan Joy was not at her best.

Megan is interesting to me.  She’s a gorgeous girl, and her voice is very original.  However, this vocal is not really good.  It’s kind of all over the place.  Actually it’s very all over the place.  BUT, let me say this:  I like it regardless.  I think Megan is one of the most enjoyable contestants that have ever been on the show and I really would hate to see her go.  It would be a shame.  The judges rip her to shreds, but she takes it smiling and laughing all the way through.  Good job, Megan!  Simon says she’s in trouble, but I might vote for the first time in my life to make sure that doesn’t happen.

After Megan is Anoop Desai, who is still on the show by sheer luck.  He lost out in the Semis, but was put back in on Wildcard.  He then had the worst performance, in my opinion, of the Top 13 show, but lucked out and made it through.  I don’t like Anoop at all.  He just seems like he takes himself entirely too seriously.  His song is “Ooh Baby Baby”, and he did okay.  Parts were good, parts were dreadful.  His falsetto notes sound like forks scratched across a plate at some points, which is never good.  The judges think Anoop did great, though Simon said to liven it up.  He’s likely not going anywhere.

Next we have Michael Sarver, who, in my opinion, has no business being on American Idol.  Not at the stage, at least.  He said he’s been sick, and he is singing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”.  Oh man, this just proves my point about his not deserving to be here.  He is not good.  Not at all.  The performance hurt my ears in places.  I think Michael is just a likeable guy that would be good at a karaoke party.  His voice cracks and he is just not doing a good job.  The judges attacked him like they did Megan, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go.

After Michael is Lil Rounds, or “Little Rounds” as Simon would say.  Lil chose “Heatwave”, which was a mistake.  She did not work it out, as Randy would say.  I expected Lil to blow it out on Motown night but this is lame.  I think she is trying to see if she yell loud enough to not require a microphone.  My lil problem with Lil (Had to) is that she is not at all original.  Her sound can be found in hundreds of other artists, and, quite frankly, there is no need for more.  The judges weren’t crazy about it, but I don’t imagine she is going home.

Next we have Adam Lambert, who weirds me out with his banshee wailing.  This week, however, he chose to change it up and is, for the first time, without nail polish.  For the first time this season, I kind of like Adam’s performance.  He toned down the wailing, and actually sang this like a normal human with a killer range.  Some of those notes were RIDICULOUS.  He did great.  Honestly, if I had to pick a winner at this point, it’s Adam.  He got the praise he deserved from the judges and he is CERTAINLY not going anywhere.  Hopefully next week he’ll bring back the less eccentric, more *conservative* Adam.  And there is my political refernce for the night.

After Adam is Danny Gokey, who is my least favorite contestant to ever be on the show.  For those that don’t know his backstory (I don’t know how you could miss it), his wife passed away before his audition, and I feel like he’s used that a little too much for his advantage.  I think his late-wife deserves a little more respect.  But anyway, about his performance:  He sang “Get Ready”, and It was okay.  I don’t like it really at all, but it wasn’t terrible.  I’m just horribly biased.  Simon said it was not good, the others liked it (I think.  I phased out during the critque).

Finally, is Allison Iraheta, who is my favorite.  This girl is incredible.  Her song is “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and though she had lyrics trouble during rehearsals, she NAILED this performance.  This was my favorite performance of the night by far.  Allison has a truly amazing voice, and she sounds years beyond her young age of 16 (Which the judges are more than happy to remind us of EVERY WEEK.).  I will definitely be buying this one on iTunes tomorrow night.  Can’t wait.  The judges loved it, and then the show is over.

Tomorrow night’s show is going to be FULL of special performances:  In addition to the group meddley (Meh.) we will get to see Ruben Studdard, Smokey Robinson dueting with Joss Stone, and Stevie Wonder.  What a night!  That wraps up our American Idol recap for this week; hope to see you tomorrow for our results show follow-up recap!

What did you think of tonight?  Who was your favorite of the night?  And who do you think will go home?  Don’t forget to leave your comments below or send us an e-mail at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Also, look for the American Idol “Poll of the Day” in just a bit.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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