The dreaded disco night on American Idol did indeed turn out to be dreadful for some contestants but certainly not all. Here is a brief recap of the evening’s performances and some predictions about what’s going to happen on Wednesday night’s elimination program.
Lil Rounds – “I’m Every Woman” Simply put, Lil’s performance tonight was a train wreck. It was lifeless and utterly lacking in originality. Beautiful and sweet though she is, in my view, Lil just doesn’t have what it takes to sell millions of records, and, truth be told, I’m astonished she’s made it this far in the competition. All the judges have been waiting for Lil to do some Chaka Khan and when she finally did, Kara said that she wasn’t sure it was worth the wait. I really do think Simon was right when he said this is going to be Lil Rounds’ last week on Idol.
Kris Allen – “She Works Hard For The Money” This was another superb and original performance from Kris Allen. Paula said it had a “classy Santana feel.” Simon said it was original, well thought out and overall a “fantastic performance.” Indeed it was. I predict Kris Allen will make it to the top 3.
Danny Gokey – “September” This was an excellent song choice for Danny and he did the tune justice. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: Danny has the most soulful and resonant voice of all the contestants on season eight of American Idol. Paula paid Danny a wonderful compliment when she said, “I think you have one of the sexiest voices ever.” Many have ripped into Danny for his less than stellar dancing skills. Whatever. I think he dances just fine, and he demonstrated that tonight. I can assure you, dear reader, that Danny will find himself in the top 3.
Allison Iraheta – “Hot Stuff” Damn, this girl can sing! Not surprisingly, Allison Iraheta injected this disco classic with some rock and roll, and, as a result, rocked the house. While Kara wasn’t crazy about the performance – she thought that slowing down the tempo weakened the performance – Simon thought it was brilliant.
Adam Lambert – “If I Can’t Have You” I’ve come to expect nothing short of brilliance from Adam Lambert and he didn’t let me down with this gorgeous rendition of “If I Can’t Have You.” Kara said it was “brilliant and inspiring.” Paula said she felt Adam’s “pain and vulnerability,” and Simon noted that the vocals were “immaculate.”
Matt Giraud – Stayin’ Alive Poor Matt. Having to follow Adam must have put a lot of pressure on him. I like this kid, but he just doesn’t have enough star wattage to make it into the top 5. I hope I’m wrong, but I think we’ll be saying goodbye to Matt on Wednesday night. It was a good performance with some originality, but it paled in comparison to what Adam, Kris and Anoop came up with.
Anoop Desai – Dim All The Lights I thought this was an excellent song choice and that Anoop sounded amazing. Randy, Kara and Paula loved it, but Simon begged to differ. He thought the performance was “mediocre at best.” Huh?
I predict that Lil Rounds and Matt Giraud will be voted off the show on Wednesday night. I believe Anoop’s strong performance will place him just ahead of Matt and keep him in the running for another week or two. But, then again, you just never know what to expect on results night. I could be all wet.