I've not been doing so well on my predictions, so maybe this is the week I get back on track. After all, there's sure to be a train wreck this week, right? Of course, with Vote for the Worst pulling for Megan, who knows what could happen...
As always, refresh after every performance to read the latest.
Oh, goodness, what has Allison done to her hair? And why are they all standing like robots? Like everyone else, I don't get the new judge introductions; they just look awkward walking out there. Oh, and SO SICK of hearing Kara talking about artistry. It's American Idol after all.
And if you thought Allison's hair was awful, check out that dress!
Theme: Songs that are popular downloads on iTunes.
Anoop is first!!!
Anoop Desai, "Caught Up" (Usher)
Huh? I'm older than dirt, so I've never heard this song. Maybe he's doing well, I just don't know. I guess this is supposed to be Tough Anoop. I just think he sounds silly saying "homies." Randy said he picked up his swagger but isn't the right song for him. Kara said he played it safe and sounded like a frat guy. Paula said the vocals sounded really good but that he needs to work on his stage presence. Simon said it was a complete mess and that he came off as a wannabe.
Oh, good Lord in Heaven, Megan is going to sing BOB MARLEY!
(Hey, Tom Colicchio, could you show a certain other Top Chef host how to make a classy commercial?)
Megan Joy Corkrey, "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (Bob Marley)
I hate to be hard on her, 'cause I like her personality. But geez, she was bad last week. Again with the hands, girl. Put. Them. Down. Okay, she's actually doing okay with this song, and it fits her quirky voice a lot better than the stuff she's picked lately. And my Plurk buddies will be glad she didn't do the creepy half twist this week. Kara said it was a bad song choice, but at least Kara isn't singing a song for her this week. Paula said she needs to take them by surprise and called her on the freaky movements. Simon said the song was boring, indulgent, and monotonous. Randy said it was like watching paint dry.
(The Beyonce movie looks beyond awful. And who's idea was the big URL across the top the entire commercial?)
Danny Gokey, "What Hurts the Most" (Rascal Flatts)
My husband just got home, and the beginning of this song stopped him in his tracks. I'm getting goosebumps. This is one of my favorite Rascal Flatts songs, and he did well. I think maybe the emotion of the song got to him. Paula said he did well and she'd definitely listen again. Simon said it was his best performance so far. Randy said tonight show really started with this song and he did really well. Kara said he moved everyone emotionally, and she got goosebumps, too.
Allison Iraheta, "Don't Speak" (No Doubt)
Well, this explains the crazy hair and clothes. Allison is breaking out the guitar, too. Hey, did she just get the words wrong?! She's okay, I guess. Okay, what's the point of bringing out the guitar if you're only going to play five notes and then hold the thing? Randy said she rushed the band a little bit, but he mostly wants to know WTH she's wearing. Kara said she was dressing the part but that she was trying too hard. Paula thought the guitar added an edge but the rest of what she said made no sense. Simon said her outfit was something out of the Addams family and she shouted the song.
(I wonder how much bailout money went to making that Bank of America commercial...)
Scott MacIntyre, "Just the Way You Are" (Billy Joel)
Scott is going unplugged, just him and the piano. This is the best he's done is a few weeks, and his piano skills are on target tonight. His voice is still a little shaky, and who can blame him. Kara said it was a moving performance from an honest place. She loves the new look, too. Paula said he makes her forget that he faces challenges. Simon said it was his best performance by a country mile. He also likes the hair. Randy said he was one of the best tonight. BTW, the person that did Scott's hair should be beaten...a lot.
(Will the Fox April Fool's show involve everyone getting a bad net worm on their 'puters?)
Matt Giraud, "You Found Me" (The Fray)
Matt did not deserve to be in the bottom three last week, and, if believe Dial Idol, he wasn't. Oh, no, not a good start. He's off key, and his lower register just disappeared. This is not the song that's going to keep him out of the bottom three. He's mostly singing the same three words. Paula said he did not pick a song that showed off his strengths. Simon said he didn't get it at all and seemed like someone trying to be someone else. Randy said he picked the wrong song that didn't have enough soul. Kara said that he needs to stop going between the rock and R&B sides of pop but doesn't deserve to go home.
Lil Rounds, "I Surrender" (Celine Dion)
She looks very classy, but why did she pick this song? It sounds like something from Celine's Vegas act. Her big notes are going a little flat, and she's still coming off a shrieky. Randy said it wasn't a great song choice but she did it well. Kara said her performance was effortless and wowed her. Paula said she doesn't want to see an adult contemporary Lil Rounds. Simon said it was a safe choice that was old fashioned. Randy got a hug from Lil's daughter, who originally said she wanted to sock him.
(Was that Russell Brand in a KID'S movie?)
Adam Lambert, "Play that Funky Music" (Wild Cherry)
One question: who's downloading this on iTunes? Really, come on. OMG, I just realized who Adam looks like this week: Sylar on Heroes. What's he doing now, the Funky Chicken? Not a fan of the falsetto or whatever that is he does. Paula is salivating and said he was true genius. Yep, she's stoned out of her mind. Simon said it was brave and original. Randy said he worked it out and was in the star zone. Kara said it was like Studio 57. Um, yeah, that's Studio 54, dummy.
(You could order a free medium pizza at Domino's today if you used the coupon code BAILOUT. By 10am, all the Domino's here stopped accepting the coupon.)
Kris Allen, "Ain't No Sunshine" (Lots of people)
This can be a great song, or it can be bad. And this ain't bad. I really like the string quartet accompanying him. The "and I know" bridge was very original, and the entire performance is great. I think the last note, however, was anti-climactitc. Randy said it was creative and cool. Kara can count words this week and said it was artistry. Paula said it could be his first single and was his best performance to date. Simon said he brought confidence and the arrangement was great.
Okay, if there's any justice in this world, Megan will be history. However, she still has the Vote for the Worst peeps in her corner, so, I think it will be:
It pains me to say it, too, but, after a bottom three performance last week, he just picked a horrible song to try to save his butt. We'll see tomorrow!