American Idol, Top 10

Tonight’s theme on American Idol is 50 Years of Motown, and I’m really excited about that because it means that we’ll get to hear some solid, well-written songs. But SO HELP ME if Adam Lambert (who, I grant you, is deeply talented) tries to do some weird, Goth-ish version of “Heard It Through The Grapevine,” I’m going to be forced to fly to LA and hunt him down and follow him around for four days straight while incessantly singing my very monotone version of the Amy Grant classic “Stay for Awhile.”

That’ll teach him.

Anyway. Here we go.

Matt Giraud – “Let’s Get It On” – Oh, people. Oh my word. That was stinkin’ brilliant and probably one of my favorite Idol performances of all time. I cannot quit smiling. Totally memorable. LOVED IT.

Kris Adams – “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” – I didn’t love the bop-che-was from the background singers, and I think it is mighty tough to top James Taylor’s version of this song because it’s oh-so-classic. But I thought Kris’ version was fab, his voice sounded awesome, and I will love him forever for that ending. Really well done.

Scott McIntyre – “You Can’t Hurry Love” – I think the main disadvantage Scott had tonight was that he had to follow two super-strong vocalists. It also seemed like he stayed at the same volume throughout the song, and by the end of it I felt like he’d been screaming at me a little bit. It seemed a little talent show-ish, especially in light of the first two performances.

[PAULA. STOP INTERRUPTING.]

Megan Joy – “For Once In My Life” – I love her, and there were parts of this performance that I thought were fun and quirky and endearingly original. There were also parts that were a pretty rough around the edges, and it seemed to get shrieky when she went for the high notes, almost like she was oversinging. If she had slowed it down and made it a little jazzier, I think it would’ve been a whole lot better.

Anoop Desai – “Oooh, Baby, Baby” – This one was mixed for me. I really liked the lower parts, but when he went into his falsetto it went all wrong. Plus, he seemed like he was bored. So he wasn’t as strong as last week, but he was definitely better than two weeks ago. I think he did enough to stay in this thing for another week, but it wasn’t my favorite performance of his by any stretch of the imagination.

Michael Sarver – “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” – I like that he did in fact “church it up,” but is it wrong that it drove me crazy that he kept leaning over the stage to shake hands? IT DROVE ME CRAZY. He had the same trouble as Anoop – when he went up high it fell apart. This performance didn’t give me any sense at all of what he would do if he got a record deal – it just helped me understand what it would be like to see him headline at the Lido Lounge on a cruise ship. And I think he’s better than that.

Lil Rounds – “Heat Wave” – I’m not sure what’s going on with Lil these last two weeks – because it seems like she’s slipped into karaoke mode a little bit. I wish that she’d done something totally surprising with this song, but instead she ran with the original version. And like Megan, she got in that screaming mode, so by the end of the song she had nowhere to go. She is a phenomenal singer, but this song was wrong for her. It’s like she’s trying to please everybody but not singing the stuff she really wants to sing. I hope she gets another chance to show us what she can do.

Adam Lambert – “Tracks of My Tears” – I have to say: he can camp out in that upper range all the livelong day and not hit a false note. I really enjoyed the understated arrangement, and it was nice to see a more laid-back version of Adam this week. Not to mention that I’m really grateful that he didn’t do a Goth version of “Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Well done.

Danny Gokey – “Get Ready” – No doubt about it: the boy can SANG. And there were pockets of originality in there – I just wish there had been more. With Matt and Kris and Adam nipping at his heels, Danny needs to set himself apart and start to give us some idea of what makes him unique. Yes, he can sing absolutely anything, but we’re two months into this deal and I still don’t really have an idea of what “his” kind of music is. He’s gonna have to step it up.

Allison Iraheta – “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” – She flat-out belted it, no question. The only thing I didn’t like was that I had a hard time understanding the lyrics – the words were a little muddy. But dadgum – sixteen years old. Unbelievable.

My favorite of the night was Matt (I’ll be watching his performance again just as soon as I post this, thankyouverymuch) – no doubt about it. Scott was probably my least favorite. What did y’all think? Who’s in danger of being voted off tomorrow night?

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Comments

  1. You nailed Michael’s performance- perfectly suited to a cruise ship! Right down to the neck chain and the hand shaking.

  2. I think it’s Kris Allen? I loved, loved Matt and Allison. I’m a big Danny fan, but the other two stood out to me more tonight. I’d buy Matt’s album today.

  3. I am a Danny fan…but Allison can sang! I am guessing the bottom three are Anoop, Scott and Megan. I guess Scott or Anoop are headed home.

  4. For me the bottom 3 are Lil, Megan, and (Oh I know this may make me the most hated person in America) Danny. I think Megan is the one that will go home.

    I LOVED Adam this week, and I am still loving Scott. Matt, Kris and Anoop were also super for me.

  5. My favorites were Adam and Allison. And I still love Danny. And I think Matt was brilliant tonight. The others – eh. I hope Lil can find herself again. She is SO much better than she did the last two weeks.

  6. zoiks. I didn’t mean to leave my full name. I wouldn’t mind at all if you deleted that. Pesky Mac computer and auto fill.

  7. I haven’t watched it yet but let me just say…

    I will GLADLY sponsor that trip out to LA as well as the monotone singing.

    Bring. It. On.

  8. Micheal and Megan were the weak links this week. He just isn’t going to win this…and her dance moves remind me of a washing machine. Scott is very talented at the piano, but he isn’t really a strong vocalist either.

    I think Lil should have done much better than she did. I think Anoop is a good vocalist, but he is a boring entertainer. Adam weirds me out…although this weeks look and performance did show some versatility. Kris is sweet, but he really needs to shine on stage or he’ll be left behind by the ones who really work it.

    Matt is giving Danny a run for the money. Allison totally rocked this week.

  9. I’m afraid I have to agree with you about Danny boy and I really like Danny boy. He will have to step it up because Matt… he is fabulous! Loved tonights show!

  10. I have no idea at all how to do the Mr. Linky thingy.

    All I can say is that prior to tonight, Adam flat out gave me the creeps. I don’t know why……I just thought he was strange.

    Tonight, his was the only performance I actually rewound and watched again. I REALLY loved his song.

    So now I’m conflicted since Mr. Strange was so, so, so good tonight.

  11. Faves were Adam and Allison…go “A’s”! Not so faves were Scott and Michael…their end is near. Hopefully Lil will be back in her groove next week.

  12. Did you notice that Adam BUTCHERED Johnny Cash last week but looked like him this week?
    Weird.

    My faves were Matt, Adam, Allison. Top 3?

  13. Yeah for the Top 10!! I loved Matt, Kris and Allison tonight.

  14. So, I read “monotone version of the Amy Grant classic ‘Stay for Awhile’” and thought it said “metronome version of the Amy Grant classic ‘Stay for Awhile.'” And I had this incredible vision of you chasing Adam Lambert around Hollywood with the old metronome that used to sit on my grandmother’s piano going tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick as you sang to him.

    You should totally do it. Even if he wasn’t so bad.

  15. I totally think that Megan will go home – or needs to go home. She was a former favorite of mine. Adam and Allyson are my favorites so far!

  16. I think the bottom three are Megan, Scott and Michael, with Megan or Michael going home tomorrow. Loved Matt’s performance tonight, Danny is still my Fav!

  17. I’m with you-Matt was the best!

  18. Seemed like there was a LOT of screaming going on tonight.

    Personally, I love to watch the new hairdos come out each week. Lil with the extensions (I guess), Adam with the 60s slick-back.

    Down with Scott and Megan. It’s just painful.

    Michael isn’t going to last much longer either, but the thing I like about him is that he has class and maturity.

    I continue to be an Allison fan. Her hair was better tonight. Calmer.

    And I’m glad Danny does NOT sound like Maranatha Man. :) But would someone, ANYONE please clear up the whole, “where does he get the money for all those glasses” question.

    That is all.

  19. For me, the two weakest are Megan and Scott. Seriously, I have no idea how Megan made it this long in the competition….she gets off and goes flat and her sound reminds me of something from the 50’s…like something out of a Dean Martin or Bing Crosby movie. Everyone thinks she’s quirky….I’m sorry but the poor girl has no rhythm and it’s painful to watch. She is beautiful though!

    My favorites tonight were, Matt, Adam, Allison and Danny. I can’t believe Adam’s range and not many guys can sing in their high register like that! He really made it his own and showed how talented he is! I am so impressed with Allison, I mean where did she get that big voice? The girl can SING! I loved Kris’ ending…it really showcased his voice. As for Michael, he should have chosen a slow song like, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart or something like that to really connect with the audience and show what he can do. It’s a great competition this year!

  20. No joke, Adam’s hair tonight = exactly how I had my hair in high school…IN THE 90’S.

    sh. sh. shhhhh.

    not a word.

  21. Matt was amazing tonight and my absolute favorite of the evening. Kris and Adam were great too. I wish Lil Rounds would do her own thing; she is very talented, but not so good tonight. I really like Danny, but he has struggled the last two weeks. I’m hoping he comes back too.He just hasn’t looked very comfortable on stage either.

    Bottom three: Megan, Michael, and maybe Scott?

  22. Oh, just wanted to add how pleased I was that Adam wasn’t creepy tonight like last week. That was scary, but tonight was so much better.

  23. My favorites are Matt, Danny and Kris! Matt was by far the best of the three last night. Loved it and can’t wait to watch it again!

    I thought that Adam looked like Zach Efron from Hairspray tonight. Anyone agree?

  24. I think the bottom 3 will be Megan, Scott, and Michael. They were really harsh on Michael so, if he doesn’t get a sympathy vote, I see him going home.

    Allison, Danny, ADAM, and Matt rocked it last night. I love Motown week. That is like all of my songs right there. lol

  25. Very true…Matt and Adam were on FI-YAH last night!!! HOT baby. Still a Danny fan though…gotta be true, be agree he needs to bring it. My bottom 2 are Michael and Scott.

  26. Southern Gal says:

    I would like to see Scott go home this time. I know he’s good, but he’s not that good. The others are head and shoulders above him in the singing department.

    Megan Joy…I’m still not a fan. She’ll be there for a long time cause like she said, she has the fans.

    I loved Kris and I can’t believe I’m saying this, Adam. He cleans up nice.

  27. Favorite singer – Allison. Least favorite singer – Scott. Least favorite anything – Paula.

  28. It’s funny how the talent starts to separate itself out at this point in the competition. There are a few who are coming to the surface as really talented and a few who are sinking to the bottom as not-so-good. Last night’s not-so-good were Scott, Michael, and Megan (what is with her voice?!). Any of those three could go home and the competition would not suffer.

    I thought the best of the night was (and I hate to admit it) . . . Adam. Wow, what a performance. We went back and watched it twice, it was so good.

    But there’s always Danny, and he’s definitely coming out on top too. Love him!

  29. Kris Allen was one of my favorites. I also loved Danny. I like Michael’s story and his heart, but I think he might be heading home…

    I still miss Alexis Grace.

  30. Jennifer says:

    Megan and Scott are definitely in the bottom. Matt and Kris are my favorites. I think Adam is talented but gives me strange vibes.

  31. I missed it this week so I enjoyed your recap! You should replace Paula ;-)

  32. “Stay for a While.” LOL.

  33. Gee. Thanks for rubbing in how great Matt was. Our DVR didn’t start recording until right AFTER him for whatever reason (Charter’s been on a rampage as of late), and so we totally missed just his performance.

    Why couldn’t we have missed Michael Sarver? Or Megan Formerly Corkerey (or Quirkery, as we call her)???

  34. I forgot to watch it last night (I was knee deep in organizing Daughter’s closet for the 100th time this spring). Your recap was better than listening to Paula. She drives me nuts.

    Thanks for the update!

  35. bottom 3
    micheal
    anoop
    meagan

    going home anoop

    I love Meagan still so I will be so sad if she goes home.

    Best of the night Matt, then adam then chris

  36. Bottom 3 – Scott, Megan and Anoop

  37. I just wanted to let you know that I blogged about my OWN experience trying to find your $2 dress, if you’re interested:
    http://sturgmomingeneral.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-need-life.html

  38. Paula’s dress was really pretty, and her eyes were not quite as scary. Her hair was also combed, and that helped with her not looking like mental patient escapee.

    But, sweet mercy, please get to the point! Some weeks she seems a little more unstable than others.

  39. Is it just me, or did Adam still look like he was wearing makeup last night? Oh well, he still sings pretty. The guys are so much better than the girls this year, at least in my opinion!

  40. Hearing “Let’s Get It On” always reminds me of my wedding day. As it does for all women, I’m sure. The ceremony was all about Jesus, but when it came time for my hubby to go for the garter, it had to be Marvin Gaye.

    I don’t have the patience to watch AI what with all the nonsense filler, or even to fast-forward through said filler on DVR, so I caught some highlights on YouTube. Matt did a pretty good job with “Let’s Get It On,” but I loved Adam singing “Tracks of My Tears.” And wow, did he look different. I seriously couldn’t have picked him out in a lineup. Unless the lineup was of ear lobes. The earrings HAS GOTS TO GO. For a woman to over-accessorize is one thing, but a man wearing ugly earrings is unforgivable. Is he trying to match them to his hair? Or nail polish? On both counts I would have to tell him, “James Avery has some nice alternatives to your ugly earrings, and OPI comes out with a range of lovely nail polish colors – FOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND.”

  41. I have to admit that during Megan’s performance I actually stuck my fingers in my ears like I was 5 years old! Ugh! Enough already! She was my least favorite obviously. Matt, Kris and Adam were my faves from last night and I’m wishing they had done the Ipod recordings of their songs and NOT with the original music. It’s time for Megan, Michael, Anoop or Scott to go home.

  42. Matt = the best
    Kris = my favorite

  43. I love Danny…but you are right, he is going to need to step it up a couple notches to stay ahead of the pack. I was quite impressed with Adam too…and allison…OMGosh that girl CAN sang….oh my…

  44. Hey how did I get a smiley next to my link?

  45. Loved your recap of the contestants. I feel like half of them are really great and half just need to go on and go.

    anyhoo – I especially love Kris (although for some reason it bugs me that he spells it with a K – too girly I think) He is just so cute with his cute little wife and he would sell millions of records because hello? he’s cute.

    and Matt and Danny I love too. I dislike Adam (a lot) normally but he was so much less over the top tonight and he sings real good. . . .

    :-) I hate to say it because, well, he’s blind and i feel bad, but Scott is not anywhere near the same level as the rest of them. I feel like he’s just in there because he’s blind and people feel bad. I even feel like the judges dont want to be mean to him when he’s just not all that great . . . .

  46. Alright – just caught up on my DVR and watched both shows last night. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!!! Matt in the bottom 3???!!!!! OH, America: Shame on YOU!!!! AAAACCCHHHHGGGGG!!!!!

  47. Scott needs to leave. Michael Sarver is SO much better than Scott. I’m afraid he’s got the sympathy factor going for him. There, I said it. And I know it’s kind of mean, but I really think it’s true.

    Matt was my fave, too. As he was singing, I kept saying, “Is it hot in here?”

    Dang.

  48. they saved the best three for last — Adam, Danny and Allison