Well, I missed most of the intro, but, come on, what could I have really missed so far? You know the drill: refresh after each singer :)
Matt Giraud, "Let's Get It On" (Marvin Gaye)
Oh, this should be good. I like the snazzy sweater and tie, and he's coming out from behind the piano, too. He's singing well, but not as a complete copy cat. He did pretty well, although the backup singers were a bit off. Randy said he is a challenger for the top spot. Kara is being creepy flirty again and complimented him on coming out from behind the piano. Paula said he showed a sexy cool vibe. Simon said it was a cool performance and perfect song choice.
(One of the great things about the iPhone/iPod Touch would be CUT AND PASTE! Supposed to be in the next software version.)
Kris Allen, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" (Marvin Gaye)
Smokey's got the neatest laugh :) Aw, Kris is doing his John Mayer impression again. And, without fail, the backup singers come in and mess things up. Kris has a good voice, and he delivers a solid performance. Kara said he did everything right. Paula said he has an infectious personality and made a great song choice. Simon said he needs swagger and confidence to go along with his good song choice. Randy said it's all good, baby. My husband says Kris just needs to come out strutting next week, just for laughs.
(Butter, butter, and more butter - is it a Paula Deen commercial?)
BTW, did anyone hear about Ryan, Simon, & Randy predicting the final 3 on Jay Leno? They picked Lil, Adam *blech*, and Danny.
Scott MacIntyre, "You Can't Hurry Love" (The Supremes)
Scott just told Paula to take her no-piano suggestion and shove it. Well, not like that, but kinda. Not feeling the song choice myself, but my husband is impressed with the backup singers at the piano. He's dragging a bit, but he seems more alive going into the bridge. My husband says it's got his foot tapping, and he can't stop it. Paula said that there was more life to the performance this week. Simon said it wasn't a great version and completely the wrong song choice. Randy agrees with Simon and says it was a hotel kind of performance. Kara said he brought tempo, but she didn't completely like how he changed the melody.
Paula busted out some crayons and coloring books for Simon. Not sure why...
(As creepy as heads bursting into popcorn in the Coke commercial is, it still makes me want to eat popcorn.)
(Oh, Mos Def is the guest star on the next episode of House!)
Megan Joy Corkrey, "For Once in My Life" (Stevie Wonder)
Smokey nailed it: Megan is half jazz, half cabaret! He said she is one of the most original contestants ever. Vote for the Worst is still pulling for Megan, but she's not terrible. She oversings some notes, and she needs her hands tied down to her sides. Oh, and my Plurk buddies think her half twist dance is freaky. She's screaming too many notes tonight, and the arrangement is completely overpowering her. I feel like I'm watching Ocean's Fourteen and a Half. Randy didn't feel it and said it was a train wreck. Kara is trying to show people she can sing again and said the song overpowered Megan. Paula said she's stunning, which means she didn't like the song. Simon said it was horrible and that she should fire whoever is giving her advice. And he said the arrangement was awful.
(Hee hee hee, glow in the dark cheese crackers!)
Anoop Desai, "Ooo Baby Baby" (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)
Finally, a song by Smokey! Anoop is awesome, and I can't believe how well he's singing the higher notes. He's hitting the notes better than anyone else has so far tonight. I liked how he started out sitting on the stage and then got up. Kara said he did a pretty good job at a difficult song. She's nit picking, and I bet she doesn't call certain other singers on missing some notes. Paula said he has a new found confidence and a sweet, tender falsetto. Simon said it was a great vocal but that he was too serious while singing. Randy said it was good but he needs to "get the party on" next week. My husband said the judges keep giving conflicting advice. I wonder if he's ever paid attention before tonight ;)
My post-Anoop Tweet: hooray for Anoop! The judges can't figure out what to do with him since he wasn't one of their anointed
(Maybe it's because I'm Southern, but I can't imagine that McDonald's biscuits are any good.)
Michael Sarver, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" (The Temptations)
Smokey's telling Michael to bring it, so let's see what happens. Wow, where did his voice go on the high note? It kinda just disappeared. I think he's doing better than last week, and he's really getting into the song during the bridge. At the beginning, though, he was a little behind the beat, and I don't think the end sounded the way he attended. Paula said it was Las Vegas loungey (is that a word?). Is she crying? Simon said he was screaming and shouting the song and has no chance of winning. Randy said that song was too big for him and came off kind of corny. Kara broke out the "artistry" word again, saying he didn't have artistry. If she says Adam does, I may puke.
(Wow, Russell Crowe looks rough...kinda looks like I felt when I woke up this AM.)
Lil Rounds, "Heat Wave" (Martha and the Vandellas)
Oh, look at Lil! She got a 60s look going on. There wasn't a chance she was going wrong with this song choice, and she's doing pretty well. I think she's screaming a lot of the notes, though...or does my husband have the TV up too loud again? Either way, it's LOUD! Randy said it was the right kind of song and that she was rushing through the song. You know, he's got a point there. Kara also said it wasn't the right song and there was too much screaming. Paula said she looked unbelievable and owned the song. Simon said she did an authentic tribute to the sound of Motown but was the wrong song choice. He said if she picked a different song she could have had a moment
(Quote from my husband: "Doesn't dancing around in a Subway sound like something I would do?" Strange enough, it does *laugh*)
Adam Lambert, "Tracks of My Tears" (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)
Who's he supposed to be this week? Elvis? Well, as much a I'm not an Adam fan, at least he's not screaming for a change. It's all an octave too high, though. I think my dogs were the only ones that heard that last note. Kara thinks he's an artist - TOLD YA! Paula said he's in his own league and noted he had no nail polish. Simon said it was the best performance tonight. Randy said he showed he can do anything. Even my husband thought it was good...turncoat!
(Carrie Underwood singing to ponies...um, yeah, whatever.)
Danny Gokey, "Get Ready" (The Temptations)
Uh oh, Danny didn't take Smokey's advice. Danny is singing well, though, and, for a change, the arrangement is very good. He's got a strong voice, and the performance was lively. Paula said it was great. Simon said it was clumsy and amateurish. Randy said it has great energy, if not his best performance. Kara said it was not great, but good. I hate when they start running out of time and don't give the singer decent feedback!
(Um, didn't they make this 17 Again movie two or three times in the 80s and 90s?)
Allison Iraheta, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (The Temptations)
I like how Smokey tells the background and meaning of the songs. Sing it Allison! This girl has got some soul and sounds wiser than her age. Love how she ended the song, too! Randy said it was blazing hot. Kara said it was amazing and her singing is from God. Paula has a drawn on mustache, which made Allison laugh. Simon said she is a survivor and it was her best performance yet.
So, who do I think will be history tomorrow? I've not been right much lately, but my prediction is:
I mean, come on, she was AWFUL! The only thing that might save her is the Vote for the Worst voters. And, if Lil gets the least number of votes, the judges will just use their veto.