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American Idol Season 8 Top 7 #2

Published April 22, 2009 in Television
By J Rodgers | Image property of Fox
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Tonight the Top 7 tackled Disco. The show opened and went straight to the first performance (no running over tonight?). And since the first performer was Lil Rounds, let’s shake it up this week and break it down from WORST to FIRST.

American Idol: Top 7 Part II


Lil Rounds – “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan – crowd got into it, most disappointed I have been in an Idol contestant, did not live up to what I thought she would be, her time here is done – Randy said definitely got the party started, sounded wild, didn’t show what kind of vocal control you have; Kara said you’ve been every woman on that stage, I agree with Randy we don’t know who you are as an artist; Paula said good recovery after being on complete vocal rest yesterday, hot but didn’t hit the boiling point; Simon said glad you had fun, think this will be your last week, not original, copy cat.

Matt Giraud – “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees – nice nod on the song choice, JT/Robin Thicke/Bee Gees, false good, better than last week but just an ok performance – Randy said didn’t love the song choice, didn’t love the arrangement, you can really sing; Kara said you brought disco back, solid performance; Paula said pick songs like you bowl sometimes a gutter ball sometimes a strike, that was a strike (she has completely run out of sane things to say), you are ‘stayin’ in the competition; Simon said didn’t like that performance, came over as desperate, didn’t think vocals were great, no originality.

Danny Gokey –“ September” by Earth, Wind and Fire – tried to make it more soulful, screamy and growly in parts – Randy said check it man you turned this into something that worked for you tonight; Kara said you are an incredible vocalist, your pitch is right on (does she really think this? always?), another solid performance; Paula said did not change the arrangement but showed your vocal agility (once again said he’d be in the finale – see the importance of voting); Simon said can’t fault vocals or arrangement, performance awkward and clumsy, no star quality (thank you Simon, finally maybe you are coming around to see he is not ‘all that’).

Anoop Desai – “Dim All the Lights” by Donna Summer – nice arrangement, sweet vocals, ran out of steam at the end – Randy said rough last note, didn’t love this, you can sing, Top 7 so talented vocally, Anoop nice baby nice; Kara said great song choice, sounded like it could be on the radio, last two weeks your best performances, nice work; Paula said real men know how to wear pink, like growth (sporting some face stubble), no one can deny how beautiful your voice is; Simon said mediocre at best, I prayed tempo wouldn’t come in – it did, your worst performance by a mile



Allison Iraheta – “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer – turned into rock ballad, kickin’ vocals – Randy said got two things, for me personally (what?) didn’t love the arrangement, overindulgent, one of the best singers in the competition don’t care what age you are; Kara said one of the best singers, vocals 9-10; Paula said word compromise not in your vocabulary, hit last note off the charts; Simon said came into this week as an underdog, brilliant performance.

Adam Lambert – “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman/Bee Gees – made it into a torch song, emotional, beautiful vocal – Randy said so dawg you are ready right now, he is a hot one tonight America; Kara said you are brilliant, most memorable, the emotion the way you connected is inspiring; Paula said never questioned my visceral response, felt your pain and vulnerability, tore your heart out and left it on the stage (Paula and Adam were wearing similar pinkie rings)(said he too would be in the finale); Simon said you did something we weren’t expecting, vocals immaculate.

Kris Allen – “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer – played his guitar (think acoustic with bongos), cool arrangement, perfect vocals, goose bump moment – Kara said you took a risk and it paid off big time, so impressed got to give you props; Paula said classy Santana feel, original, a contender, (then we went off the deep end here with a comment about women shopping in the men’s department but few men will shop in the women’s department – ok, I understand she is referring to him choosing a song by Donna Summer but yikes – Matt and Anoop sang songs by female artists too – and when she goes off on whacky tangents like this it just makes Simon crazy); Simon said complete polar opposite of Lil’s performance, original, well thought out, not karaoke, fantastic performance; Randy said you know who you are, you are ready for the big time dawg, amazing.

Which 2 Idol’s will be going home? Will we see an accidental elimination of a front runner?

A performance tomorrow night by AI Season 7 runner-up, David Archuleta – American Idol results show Wednesday night on Fox.

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