The Wednesday, April 29, 2009, elimination episode of American Idol proved to be a real shocker. Although it was no surprise as to who would be making the route back home, you’d never guess who was named to be in the bottom three American Idol boat. Musical guests on the American Idol stage celebrating the Rat Pack era week were Natalie Cole, Jamie Foxx and Taylor Hicks.
The group performance of the week featured the five remaining American Idol hopefuls singing a mixture of “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “I Got Rhythm.” The American Idol pack performed well, except for Allison Iraheta who was, once again, sloppy with enunciation of the lyrics. Please quit doing that, Allison, you’re beginning to get on my nerves.
The lackluster Ford video of the week for the American Idol players was “Energy,” which took place in the desert. See the American Idol Ford video of the week here. The five remaining American Idol contestants attempted to celebrate the birthdays of Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta by baking a cake, which turned into a relentless food fight. It must be nice to have someone else clean up your mess after creating a disaster area. Ryan Seacrest jokingly presented Danny Gokey a $6,000 bill for the maid service. $6,000? What?
The American Idol powers that be had a heck of a time coming up with musical guests who would represent the Rat Pack era theme of the week. First on the American Idol stage was Natalie Cole performing “Something’s Gotta Give” from her album “Still Unforgettable.” See Cole’s web page here. Former American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks, sang “Seven Mile Breakdown” from his latest album “The Distance.” You can find the website for Hicks here. The last musical guest on the American Idol stage was Jamie Foxx, who sang “Blame It” from his album entitled “Intuition.” Find the website for Foxx here. In a humorous jesture, Foxx couldn’t resist the temptation to pimp his latest movie “Soloist” before the American Idol camera cut to a commercial.
After much teasing from Ryan Seacrest, the American Idol bottom three was finally revealed. It was no surprise that Matt Giraud and Kris Allen were part of the bottom three, but everyone’s jaw dropped to hear that Adam Lambert was the third American Idol hopeful to fill the bottom three boat. Lambert’s bottom three score was a shocking blow to the American Idol judges, contestants and the audience. With all the Adam Lambert hype surging through the internet, Lambert has been chosen as the front runner to win American Idol. Could it be that America is counting their chickens before they hatch? If America is that gung ho for Lambert to win American Idol, they had better start dialing Lambert’s digits. Hold up. On second thought, could this be an American Idol ploy to further their monopoly of the internet and water cooler conversations? Hmm, I wonder.
When all was said and done, Matt Giraud was the American Idol contestant who would be leaving the Idol pack due to voter turnout on April 29. While trying desperately to hold back his emotions, Giraud gave an eloquent repeat performance of “My Funny Valentine.” But, this time around, Giraud finally delivered a near perfect performance with no pitch problems. Surely, nerves and pressure to perform have been to Giraud’s detriment all along. Reassurance of better days to come were offered to Giraud by Foxx and the American Idol judges. This writer has no doubt that Giraud will be making a big splash on the music scene. Now that the pressure is off, Giraud is finally free to be himself.
Rock and Roll week is fast approaching for the remaining four American Idol contestants. Who will be next to leave American Idol? Stay tuned to find out. To find all the info about American Idol, including itune downloads and all that stuff, click here.