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American Idol Season 8 Top 7

Published April 15, 2009 in Television
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
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The theme this week was ‘Songs from the Cinema’ and who else would have been chosen to mentor our Idols other than Quentin Tarantino. What? He’s a director right? He tried to get the contestants to bring more drama and emotion into their songs. I know Tarantino is a huge AI fan and was a guest judge on Season 3. (He handed Diana DeGarmo her hiney in a sling.) But I too am a huge Idol fan – am I qualified to be a mentor?

Simon blamed Paula and Kara for the show running long last week. Therefore, the decision was made only two judges would comment on each performance. But, we all know a good review from Simon is what each of the contestants wants. Now only half had the opportunity for that to happen. (Please note which of the contestants Simon assessed.)

Now let’s break it down from the worst to the first.

American Idol: Top 7

Matt Giraud – “Have you Really Ever Loved a Woman” by Bryan Adams from “Don Juan DeMarco” – QT said don’t lose the lyrics, if he does tonight what he does here it will be one of his top 3 performances – on piano, a lot of bad notes, parts out of his range, probably his worst performance – Randy said interesting, hit rough patches at bridge, pitchy, for me for you you can’t do all that stuff without it falling down and this fell down more than you wanted, wasn’t one of your best; Kara said struggle between rock or soul, when you flip a song like that it has to be a masterpiece.

Lil Rounds – “The Rose” by Bette Midler from “The Rose” – QT said I’m a big fan it should be awesome – did not like arrangement, sort of schizo, pitch problems, some strong moments, hated end – Paula said the road is really long but worthwhile, when you made it this far (blah, blah, blah); Simon said getting this completely wrong, too soft, too middle of the road, some nice moments, getting frustrated, you are not the artist we met 7 or 8 weeks ago.

Danny Gokey – “Endless Love”, by Lionel Ritchie & Diana Ross from “Endless Love” – QT said want to see him deliver with band on stage – no glasses, seated on stool, some pitch problems, but mostly clean vocal – Paula said thought at the opening key should be lowered but mid way through your magic in the timbre of your voice, you grab us in the beginning wow us in the middle and slay us at the end; Simon said disappointed, had harp with traditional version, last year David Cook made Lionel song into his own, bored with your version, song means a lot to you personally I congratulate you for that (not fair!).

Anoop Desai – “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan Adams from “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” – QT said you’ve got to kill us with a big vocal – ballads are his strength, beautiful, his best performance – Randy said you have found your zone, in tune, emotion jumping off, really good job, congrats; Kara said pop songs and adding your soul to it, one of your best vocals, felt connected, changes in melody were right, came from your heart.

Allison Iraheta – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith from “Armageddon” – QT said think she’ll belt it out and do a great job – great song choice, well performed, nice vocal – Paula said you possess the same sauce as Adam, don’t compromise your authenticity, remarkable talented young lady; Simon said the sauce Paula talked about is BBQ sauce (hot and spicy), you are the girls’ only hope left in the competition, getting stronger, tough song to sing, don’t think I’ve ever heard a girl or someone your age sing that song that well, more confident, could see you all the way to the end, you believe you can win (At least he is finally giving her the props she deserves).

Adam Lambert – “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf from “Easy Rider” – QT said look forward to your version, this show is looking for a rock star and he’s the real deal – interesting song choice, make-up and nail polish does not appeal to everyone, sick vocals – Paula said dare to dance in the path of greatness, fortune rewards the brave and you are one of the bravest contestants (what?); Simon said got to learn to express yourself (he was kidding people), vocally incredible, reminded of Rocky Horror Picture Show in parts, performance won’t be as popular as last week.

Kris Allen - “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from “Once”- QT said lived up to the spirit of the competition, playing with the casino’s money, great either way with or without instrument – little known song always a risk, but wow, beautifully done, sweet pure vocal, brilliant – Randy said for me for you never quite caught on, for me pitchy from note one (What were you listening to Randy?); Kara said one of your best moments ever (Paula chimed in Yes!), difficult to pick obscure song that not everyone knows.

Which of the Lucky 7 made songs of the silver screen shine? Who will end up on the cutting room floor? Performances tomorrow night by “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus - AI alum and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Results Wednesday night on Fox.

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