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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