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3.31 American Idol Recap

Tonight’s Idol was centered around American Radio’s top 40 hits. This gave the nine contestants ample opportunity to choose something fresh and current among a vast array of songs.  Surprisingly, all but a few of them chose older tunes to sing.

First to go this time was Anoop Desai singing Usher’s “Caught Up”. He was trying to portray a pop star image, add an edgier vibe to himself but didn’t dance or add anything new to the song. His voice was decent but he played it safe.

My Verdict: Bottom Three

Personal favorite Megan Joy went second and sang Bob Marley/Lauryn Hill’s “Turn the Lights Down Low.” Her voice does not go with this song, its not her style and she comes across as awkward performing it. Kara remarked that “she was in trouble” and I agree. Out of all the contestants, I feel as though she’s the most unique to hear on an album, on your iPod or in the car. An easily identifiable voice that could score a hit with a retro Amy Winehouse type record. She already has the look down. Unfortunately she continues to make poor song picks and this week will probably be her last.

My Verdict: Bottom Three

Potential final two contestant Danny Gokey sang Rascall Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most” and nailed it. He did an emotionally invested performance that seemed to connect with both the judges and the audience. His soulful voice was in good form and the songs lyrics were subtly directed at a lost loved one of his. He’ll continue to make it through each round if he keeps this quality up.

My Verdict: Safe

Sixteen year old Alison Iraheta took on No Doubt’s classic “Don’t Speak”. She came out and played a few chords on the guitar but then it fell to her side much like a prop throughout the rest of her rendition. She slurred some of the words, she tried to make a pop ballad a rock song when it shouldn’t of been and at times she was ahead of the music. The judges mainly stuck to commenting on her style of dress instead of her vocals but they weren’t her best. She came across as trying too hard.

My Verdict: Bottom Three

Blind pianist Scott MacIntyre did one of his idols’ songs, Billy Joel’s “The Way You Are” and it was easily his best yet. He’s been very same-y over the last few weeks, this changed it up a bit and the song really suited his vocals. He’s still nowhere near the best singer in the competition but he’s making the best of what he has.

My Verdict: Safe

Matt Giraud ignored the judges previous comments of going in a Coldplay sound direction and sang The Frays “You Found Me”. Surrounded by the crowd he took to the keyboard and gave an imitative version of the original. He used his falsetto, did the motions but even with his pick of a current song the style doesn’t suit him. He wouldn’t be much different then any other piano based bands if this was his sound on record. He should listen to the judges and stick with what he’s good at: riffing blues.

My Verdict: Safe

Lil’ Rounds sang Celine Dion’s “Surrender” which at this point seems like a requirement for every singing show to ever grace a television screen. She sang the song well, showed off the ability of her voice but it felt long in parts. Next week she should do an upbeat song and actually pick something that’s current.

My Verdict: Safe

Probable final two (with Gokey) and possible winning contestant Adam Lambert went a little crazy and did Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music.” He completely switched up the arrangement of the song, his voice changed tones so many times it was hard to believe a person was capable of doing so. He has a voice the likes of Freddie Mercury. He was in theatre and that shows in a Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque way. Even though the original was better his take on it vocally ties for best of the night (or at least a close second). Kara said it was like “Studio 57 in here.” Funny, all I remember of the biggest disco clubs in the 70’s was Studio 54. She may have to go check into that. Needless to say Adam will be soaring through into the next round.

My Verdict: Safe

Ending the night was Kris Allen who swapped his guitar for a keyboard and changed the arrangement of “Ain’t No Sunshine”. He was the best of the night, bringing a fresh new contemporary twist to an old song. The judges liked it, the crowd liked it. He doesn’t have much to change and he’ll be back next week for sure.

My Verdict: Safe

So if the bottom three are Anoop, Alison and Megan (Matt could slip in there but I’ll reserve that prediction) my vote from last week carries over and it will probably be Megan who goes home. The judges were not feeling her and her voice in the long run doesn’t suit the style of the show. It doesn’t help that her song choice was poor and that she continues to pick bad songs for herself vocally. How will the results pan out? Check back in the night of April 1’st. The post will be here, no joke.

Kyle Bulai 3/31 ’09

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