Wow … what a miserable 90 minutes.
Granted, there were probably three notable performances on “Top Downloads Night” – Kris, Adam and Danny — but outside of those it was painful. More about that in a minute.
Without question, the highlight of the night had to be the new ‘dos donned by some of the Idols:
Allison: If you crossed Lucille Ball and Rod Stewart, that might give you an idea. I loved it. It was far better than her recent Mary Ann Mobley look.
Adam: Three different looks in as many weeks. On this night, we had the next generation of his “Motown Night” look. That shock of block hair was all slicked straight back. Think Pat Riley with a shot of Rogaine.
Lil: She went for the Natalie Cole wig … and I’m not sure it worked.
Scott: A definite improvement on his recent dandelion frizz. He moussed the sides back and gave the top a curly version of George C. Scott’s crewcut.
BREAKING IT DOWN
It appears some blogytes have been confused over the season rankings and how the weekly performances figure into the mix.
All you need to remember is the season rankings take all the finals performances into account, plus who is currently hot and who is not.
To make things run a little smoother, I’ll also start listing how I ranked the Idols on each performance night, starting with Tuesday:
Good: 1. Kris, 2. Danny, 3. Adam.
Mediocre: 4. Allison, 5. Scott, 6. Matt.
Boring: 7. Lil.
Bad: 8. Anoop.
Really bad: 9. Megan.
Last week’s rankings in parentheses
1. (1.) Danny Gokey
Song: “What Hurts The Most,” by Rascal Flatts.
My comment: Great song choice for him. Danny’s at his best when he stays away from too much of the R&B influence.
Paula: “This where you thrive. You leave me wanting more.”
Kara: “You moved everyone in this room emotionally.”
Randy: “You brought it crazy. Keep your swagger moving.”
Ryan: “You were on a mission.”
2. (3.) Kris Allen
Song: “Ain’t No Sunshine,” by Bill Withers
My comment: Has any artist grown more before our very eyes? Kris abandoned his guitar for a keyboard, and it worked. He has that uncanny knack of “making the song his own.” Let me be the first to say it — he could win this whole thing. He may wind up having broader appeal than even Danny.
Simon: “Your best performance so far. Well done.”
Paula: “That could the first cut from your album.”
Kara: “That is artistry.”
Randy: “Last couple of weeks you’ve been slayin’ ‘em, dude.”
3. (5.) Adam Lambert
Song: “Play That Funky Music (White Boy),” by Wild Cherry
My comment: From my era (1976), so I was very interested to see what he would do with this song. To be honest, it wasn’t as good as his “Black and White” or “Tracks of My Tears” efforts in recent weeks, but it was easily one of the best of this mostly horrible night.
Paula: “True geniuses … Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler … and Adam Lambert.”
Kara: “Every week I cannot wait … to see what you will do next.”
Randy: “You are definitely in the star zone.”
4. (2.) Allison Iraheta
Song: “Don’t Speak,” by No Doubt
My comment: Not a great week for Big Red. A strange outfit, complete with a guitar. Great voice as usual, but I question her presentation. But the girl had great hair. It was like Lucille Ball met Rod Stewart.
Simon: “The outfit is like something out of the Addams Family. And you shouted the song.”
Kara: “The rock in you comes out, no matter what you’re wearing.”
Randy: “What are you wearing?”
5. (4.) Matt Giraud
Song: “You Found Me,” by The Fray
My comment: I love this band, but not Matt’s interpretation of this song. It was all over the place. No direction.
Simon: “I didn’t get it at all.”
Paula: “You aborted the things we love most about you.”
Randy: “It’s not you.”
6. (6.) Lil Rounds
Song: “Surrender” by Celine Dion
My comment: Lil’s slump continues. She’s fading fast.
Simon: “I found it quite similar to a wedding performance. Your personality is being sucked out of you.”
Paula: “I want to see the joy you brought before.”
Randy: “Not a good choice, but you sang it well.”
7. (8.) Scott MacIntyre
Song: “Just The Way You Are,” by Billy Joel
My comment: It’s been several weeks, but I can honestly say I enjoyed one of Scott’s performances again, especially when compared to some of the efforts on this night.
Simon: “Your best performance by a country mile so far. And you’ve got the Ryan Seacrest hair.”
Kara: “I love the new look.”
8. (7.) Anoop Desai
Song: “Caught Up,” by Usher.
My comment: A disaster, and to top it off, Anoop decided to disagree with the judges. I thought he was smarter than that.
Simon: “It was a complete and utter mess.”
Paula: “I loved the fact you went back to the playful side.”
Kara: “You kind of just played it safe.”
Randy: “You definitely picked up your swagger, but I’m not sure it was the right song.”
9. (9.) Megan Joy Corkrey
Song: “Turn Your Lights Down Low,” by Lauryn Hill
My comment: What has happened to this girl? Has she gone tone deaf? Another miserable performance.
Simon: “The song was boring, indulgent, monotonous.”
Kara: “I think you’re in trouble.”
MOST LIKELY TO BE VOTED OFF: Megan should be, but Anoop could also get the boot.
I think Paula has been fertilizing her eyebrows.
Can you believe Prince is doing commercials for Target?
Did you see Mandisa in the house?
It’s nice to hear the audience boo some of the other judges besides Simon.
Simon: Our favorite Brit seemed to be getting a bit put off by some of the night’s forgettable performances. Score: 8.
Kara: She looked like Morticia Addams in that black dress. Score: 6.
Paula: Really, could you interpret any more than about one third of what she was saying? Score: 2.
Randy: Throw the Dawg a bone. I think he was suffering from Paula-itis. Score: 5.
Finals standings: Randy 33, Simon 32, Kara 25, Paula 18.
Season standings: Simon 166, Kara 133, Randy 113, Paula 111.
Hollywood Week: Simon