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4.7 American Idol Recap

Tonight’s Idol shortened its length to pack in the final eight contestants into an hours time. This week they had to pick a song from their birth year. They didn’t appear to follow an order but going from oldest to youngest would’ve made things interesting.

Danny Gokey took the stage first, doing a cover version of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”. His soulful gospel vocals outdid the arrangement which the judges noted was weird, and he made a good start to the show.

My Verdict: Safe

Kris Allen played to the “groupie circle” on electric guitar, singing “All She Wants to do is Dance”. He seemed to be really into it but the music was louder then his vocals. You couldn’t hear his electric guitar among the arrangement but it was a welcome change of pace coming from him since he did an upbeat song this week.

My Verdict: Safe

Lil Rounds took on one of Tina Turner’s staple songs  “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, even going so far as to come out onto the stage imitating her walk. She performed an inferior version of the song that the judges noted was akin to poshed up karaoke. Lil didn’t break out into her own here, though she looked good. Instead she copycatted the original and didn’t make change anything about it. She can sing but lately her song picks and performances have been questionable.

My Verdict: Safe

Anoop Desai did his take on Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors”. He injected a little soul into it and tuned it to his style while staying true to the melody. It wasn’t great but it was slightly above average. I feel that this days at Idol are numbered now as the numbers are getting slimmer. He’s already been in the bottom three before and if not next week, he’ll be leaving soon.

My Verdict: Bottom Three

Scott MacIntyre sang “The Search is Over” and surprised the audience by playing along on electric guitar. He gets some respect for stepping out from behind his piano and playing guitar, however his voice cracked on some of the high notes. The song wasn’t that memorable and he seemed to be all over the place. He’s easily the weakest in the competition right now. Above all that he has a great spirit.

My Verdict: Bottom Three

Allison Iraheta gave arguably her best performance yet with “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” She rebounds back from last week with notes I didn’t even think her sixteen year old voice could hit. She was one of the best of the night and deserves to make it through. Whether or not that will come to fruition based on her being in the bottom three the past few weeks will all be determined by the voters. When she has it going she really has it going, and like Simon said it’s her personality that’s keeping her from being at the top. Ever since the “emo” comment she made a few episodes back she’s seemed to have gone downhill with the public.

My Verdict: Bottom Three

Matt Giraud was next to take the stage and ditched his piano to belt out Stevie Wonder’s classic “Part Time Lover”. He was the best of the bunch vocally, using his falsetto, riffing vocally throughout the song. Compared to last week, you could tell he took all of the judges comments to improve himself. He was suave, confident and at the top of his game this week.

My Verdict: Safe

Adam Lambert was the eighth and final contestant to take the stage and as usual, gave his unique and interesting take on his song pick “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. He went with the more current Gary Jules version and finished the show off with the best performance of the night. The blue spotlight shining down on him, he sat on a chair and gave a haunting rendition of the song. This guy needs to record an album pronto. For weeks now I’ve said that Adam and Danny will be the final two. He’s going to win this competition. He is in a different league then everybody else, and was the first contestant I’ve ever seen Simon give a standing ovation to (besides X-Factor’s magnificent Leona Lewis).

My Verdict: Safe

So if Alison, Scott and Anoop are in the bottom three, I’m betting on Anoop going home this week. Regardless of my picks, we’ll find out tomorrow what happens.

Kyle Bulai 4.7 ’09

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