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American Idol Roundtable – Top Three Performance Recap Performance Recap Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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We draw ever closer to the end of the season.  The final 3 is usually fun because they get two songs, including choosing any song they like (provided it gets cleared for use)  Join us after the jump to find out how the three amigos did


Hometown Heroes are different from Higgleytown Heroes, just to be clear.  This is the week of the most fluff of all,

Danny Gokey – “Dance Little Sister” by Terrence Trent D’Arby
In his home stint, Gokey admitted to not knowing this song which Paula chose for him, but he performs it like most every other Gokey stint along the way.  He his high energy, and seems to be feeling the music, but it seems he is forced to dance – as if I was going to be performing Bobby Brown or something (there’s your Kara-relevancy comment for the night).  For some reason, he has the large man with a saxophone do a solo, and skats along with it.  His singing was spot-on, as he almost always is (save for last week).

Simon is copping a feel on Paula and Kara has an Alexis Biedel look going.  Just a normal week on Idol.

Kris Allen – “Apologize” by One Republic
Randy and Kara chose it for him to give him the “moment”, which he may have been lacking this year.  He is behind the piano to open, and it does not appear to be his ideal setting for him.  Come the chorus, the background singers almost take him over.  but he comes back in the second verse.  Solid performance, and the slowness is iffy for him – he feels sapped of the energy which has made him endearing.  I didn’t love it, and neither did Kara – which hurts since she picked the dang thing.  Simon calls her out on it, too, which was awesome.

Do you think he feels awkward when he sees “Kiss Me Kris” signs in the crowd when his wife is in the front row?  Or is the YouthPastor smile enough to melt her heart and forgive him?

Adam Lambert – “One” by U2
Simon selected it since it is one of his favorites, and Bono himself cleared it.  He is bathed in the Blue Screen of Death – oh, just bad lighting all around him.  He played the open perfectly, melodically and letting his pure singing carry the song, but then, of course, got a little screechy in that Adam Lambert-way.  I seriously don’t get this.  If he had stayed a little lower in his range, it would have been absolutely perfect, but he just HAD to throw the squeal.  Randy voiced a similar displeasure, and Simon actually booed him.  Paula’s witticism of “It is one brilliant song, one superb performance, and one American Idol I am staring at right now” was a bit much even for them this year.

Carrie Underwood is just hot.  And stuff about Idol Gives Back.  Now we’re into the Artist Choice performances.  Everything is fair game, so let’s see how they do.

Danny Gokey – “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
Gokey is rocking the stool, surrounded by five members of the band on string instruments.  Quiet, simple, stripped down performance.  It was pure vocals, and the judges all loved it.  The problem is as a voter, I don’t think I am going to feel that overwhelming urge to vote for him based on it.

Kris Allen – “Heartless” by Kanye West
Wow.  This is going to be… different.  This time, he does what the judges wanted – a stand-up, guitar performance.  Acoustic Kanye – unique.  He was way into the song, and it was good.  Definitely more memorable than Gokey, and while in the same vein as the Fray’s version, I’d call it a little better sounding (though not as good as Sam Lloy’d s Hey Ya on Scrubs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXGqfmUsE7M).  I am kind of crushing on his wife, also.  He definitely boosted his case after the flat version of Apologize.

Adam Lambert – “Cryin” by Aerosmith
Crap, I think my DVR is going to cut out again.  Does Kara know where the song comes in the Aerosmoth chronology now?  For once, Adam’s shriek will be in line with the original… and of course, he throws it in there plenty of times.  Gawd, I get tired of writing about this guy.  Charismatic, performance-driven, shrieky at points, lather, rinse, repeat.

Simon tossed in some comments about how not everyone should assume Adam is through and vote.  Gee, driving the votes, folks?

Predictions –
In my opinion, it should be Kris and Adam through to the Finals, but the voting may turn into Danny and Adam.  The judges were especially annoying this time around, as well


We’re down to the end so lets just jump into it.
Danny – I have to admit, I’m not too familiar with this song either.  The sax bit was distracting as was the dancing.  Like JB* said, it was a Gokey performance through and through.  If you like him, you liked this.  I’m not a Danny fan, so I didn’t.
Kris – Randy and Kara basically said, we want to manufacture a cheap moment for Kris incase he does make it to the finals and throw a wrench into the Adam/Danny pairing that everyone thought it would be months ago.  Apologize is a trite terrible song, but Kris did fine with it.  I could see him doing quite well with either as a Jack Johnson/John Mayer type or with a band like The Fray.  He does have that soft rock appeal
Adam – Simon made sure to point out that he ringed up Bono and got the OK for the song.  So not only is Bono pretentious, but so is Simon.  And its a great choice for pretentious Adam.  I am not a U2 fan, but not bad from Adam, he showed some restraint when he could have shrieked through the whole song.
The judges were absolutely awful tonight.  I got a chuckle when Ryan had to remind them the show is about the contestants, not them.  They definitely made themselves the center of attention last night, with the bickering and talking over each other.  I think they’re as tired of this season as the rest of us.
Danny part 2 – Of couse Danny picks a schlocky ballad.  So predicatable, and so boring.  Of course the audience and judges loved it.
Kris part 2 – Heartless by Kanye?  Now we are talking.  When he first said that, I cringed, but you know what?  It was pretty damn good.  I like the accoustic remakes of hip hop songs (see Marie Digby’s cover of Umbrella) and Kris did a good job.  He deserves to go through to the finals just for that.  He went out on a limb and not only did he manage to do a song that came out in the past 10 years, he did one that came out last year, put his own spin on it and did it well.
Adam part 2 – He goes with Cryin’ by Aerosmith.  I wonder if this is supposed to be an insult to Danny?  Typical Adam performance.  And Simon’s vote pandering for Adam was gross.
My hope is for a Kris/Adam final, but unfortunately, I think we’ll get the two divas, Adam and Danny.  But hey, Katy Perry is performing tonight.  Giggity.


Danny X 2: I liked the idea of a Terrance Trent D’Arby song. And I
like to idea of lesser known catalog tracks. Together though, not so
much. Not much to really comment on here, just a typical loud Gokey
performance. The judges keep pimping a Gokey/Lambert finale in their
own little way, but this seems like a bit of song sabotage here
against a favorite son. The less said about his leaving pieces of “You
Are So Beautiful” in his stool, the better. As my fellow tablemates
have said, it’s exactly what you’d expect from Gokey at this point –
glasses and schlocky midwestern appeal. And, as a former-Midwesterner,
this irks me.

Kris X 2: At least they did my fellow Arkansan a solid by giving him a
recognizable song that was actually successful in the past few years,
even though OneRepublic is just a studio chief’s version of “Like the
Fray – BUT EDGY! We’ll use beats!”. This was a competent version of a
shitty song. The judge’s choices, predictably, are weak thus
far.HOWEVAH – my God did Kris make use of his own choice. Picking
“Heartless” was pretty much this season’s version of David Cook’s
version “Always Be My Baby”. This was the first real memorable
performance that I would actually download this season. I’m not sure
if it’s enough to put him in over the Gokey-bot, but it should be.

Adam X 2: Big shrieky note. Rinse. Repeat. I am convinced that Adam’s
true calling is that of world famous drag queen rather than soon to be
forgotten pop singer. Dude coulda been RuPaul famous instead of Taylor
Hicks famous. I just don’t see the mainstream pop appeal here. He is
very talented, yes. But this just seems like the wrong arena. I’ve
said it before, I know, but I just don’t get the fascination and
belief that he can be an actual commercial success. I’ve been wrong
about a lot of things before though.

So, we all agree that it SHOULD be Kris/Adam. It’s PROBABLY
Danny/Adam. Guess we’ll find out…….AFTER THE BREAK.



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