We’re getting down to the wire folks. Last week, in somewhat of a shocker, we got to say goodbye to the last remaining girl, Allison Iraheta. She was also the youngest remaining contestant, which is what my biggest complaint was about her from day one.
After she’s had a few years to get her heart broken, drink too much, take one too many pills, and crash several cars cars, she will be a much better artist and performer. Yes, that’s right, I’m totally suggesting that Allison go out and overdose on heroin once or twice to make her a little more authentic. Does that constitute contributing to the delinquency of a minor?
It’s not like I’m giving her the heroin, or showing her how to cook it, draw it into the syringe, find a vein, inject it, and shit herself…
Anyway, I digress.
It’s down to the Top Three, which means it’s time for the contestants to go back to their hometowns for the inevitable ceremony where they are handed the “key to the city.”
I’ve been in hundreds, perhaps thousands, of small towns and cities on multiple continents and have never ever, not once, seen any lock that looks as though it might need the “key to the city” to open it. Do you think it’s possible that the keys open special “batcaves” under city hall?
Tonight is also the night that the judges pick a song for each contestant.
Danny Gokey is taking the stage first with his selection from Paula Abdul, “Dance Little Sister” by Terrance Trent D’Arby. So, yeah. this song is so far nothing much but alot of shouting and growling. There isn’t much melody, and what there is, Danny is basically shouting in a monotone. I did not love this at all. Randy called it “dope.” Kara didn’t like his dancing. Paula thought his dancing was “really good.” And thought he did fantastic with it. Simon thought it was vocally very good, but wished he had picked a different Terrance Trent D’Arby song.
Kris Allen is up next. Kara and Randy picked “Apologize” by OneRepublic for him. He’s staying pretty close to the original arrangement and melody. He is doing a great job with this song, though. It’s a great pick for him, perfect style, great range and he’s nailed it. Randy thinks this shows exactly who Kris could be as a recording artist. Kara called it “competent” but didn’t didn’t think he interpreted it well. Paula heard a “bum note” that was loud and she’s disappointed that he didn’t change the song up more. Simon and Kara argued about the interpretation. The only thing he said was that he did a fine job on the song, but not as good as the original.
I am obviously at odds with the judges already.
Adam Lambert was given “One” by U2 by Simon. This is a brilliant song. Except. I absolutely hate Adam’s interpretation of this song. The opening verse was beautiful… but when the band kicked in and the chorus started, it took a turn into this really weird side street where drag queens wearing banana leotards and Freddy Krueger masks are playing craps with the entire cast of “West Side Story.” What I mean to say is the song became utterly and totally unrecognizable. The judges will likely love this. Randy called it an “unbelievable” vocal, but didn’t like the melody changes. Kara called him an amazing strategist. She called it “unbelievable.” Paula called it “one brilliant performance from one american idol.” Simon called it a “brilliant song choice.” He called it a brilliant performance and said that if Adam isn’t in the final, it will be the biggest upset in Idol history.
Wait, what’s this? Idol Gives Back? Thought we scrapped this year, even though it was my favorite night of the Idol season. Carrie Underwood is running around handing out malaria nets in Angola. Sponsored by ExxonMobil. Must be oil under Africa.
The contestants are back to sing their choice for the week. The second chance to “sing for their lives.”
Danny picked “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker. This song just bugs the shit out of me. The lyrics are too simple, too repetitive, and of course there’s that horrible note at the end of Joe’s version that makes me want to claw my ears off my head. Danny is making up new lyrics and melodies. Seriously, those lyrics do not exist in the song… wonder how they get around publishing issues with that? It was just an ok performance. It was safe, boring (as we’ve come to expect from Danny), and consistent, sort of like white bread. Nothing special. Randy says, “You can really really really sing.” Kara called it “stunning.” Paula was left “breathless.” Simon didn’t like the arrangement, but since it is a singing competition, he called it a “vocal master class.”
Kris picked “Heartless” by Kanye West. What? Come again? Ok, I’m pretty sure this song doesn’t start with an acoustic guitar, but Kris’s version does. I’m suddenly reminded of that guy that did the acoustic cover of “Hey Ya” by Outkast a couple of years ago. It’s just Kris and his guitar. No band accompaniment. And he might have just saved his spot in the finale with this song. It was cool, it was different, the vocals were spot on pitch. Kris is certainly the dark horse who I truly believe deserves a spot in the finale over Danny. Randy likes Kris’s version better than Kanye’s. Kara called it bold, brave, and fearless. Paula called him the bravest artist and called him “relevant.” Simon had “written Kris out” after his first performance, but has completely changed his mind. The performance was fantastic.
Adam’s back for his last performance, “Cryin” by Aerosmith. Here’s the deal, that song, and Steven Tyler, are already pretty theatrical and flamboyant. To take that song and amp up the theatrics and push the song a few notes higher seems a bit corny to me. That being said, there is absolutely no denying that Adam has an incredible vocal range and it’s hard to take your eyes off him when he’s performing. Randy called him “one of the best we’ve ever had on this stage.” Kara wants to know how he hits those high notes. Paula says we’ll be seeing Adam next week in the finale. Simon says he deserves to be in the final based on his talent.
This is truly one of the most difficult seasons to predict. The votes are going to be extremely close.
Here’s my pick:
- Kris Allen
- Adam Lambert
- Danny Gokey
How I think the voting it will go:
- Adam Lambert
- Danny Gokey
- Kris Allen
Danny has never been in the bottom three this season. Not once. He’s also consistently delivered safe performances that were totally stroked by the judges; plus he’s got that whole “sensitive young widower” thing going on, which is going to give him the edge over the other cute churchy boy, Kris.
Though, I hope America realizes that Kris will make a much better artist with a much bigger range and a much better chance at being a longterm success.
So what do you think? Who is going to be in the finale?