April 21, 2009

American Idol - Top 7, part deux

Oh, the drama of DISCO NIGHT.  I'm just going to go ahead and say up front that if there is any week of this show that has the potential to be trainwreckian, it is this week.  Disco.  People could crash and burn.  This is a very narrow genre regarding the realm of greatness.  And for the love, can Lil please sing some Donna Summer?   

01 Lil Rounds - "I'm Every Woman" Okay, Chaka Kahn is the next best thing to Donna Summer.  Remember when Mandisa sang this?  That was fun.  I'm glad to see that Lil has some of her sass back this week.  I still don't think it was pitch-perfect, which is unfortunate.  She did have fun but it didn't rock for me...I agree with the judges, though, she's been all over the place.  I AM sad about it, for what it's worth. 

02 Kris Allen - "She Works Hard For The Money" Y.I.K.E.S.  I'm scared for my little boyfriend... And immediately, I am on board.  Number one, I can finally say for certain that he is playing the guitar.  Number two, THANK YOU KRIS for giving us something unexpected with your arrangement.  Once again, I love him.  

A lot of women are known to shop in the men's department, but not many men are willing to shop in the women's.  What the?!  Further proof, ladies and gentlemen, that I should be fast forwarding through everything Paula says. 

03 Danny Gokey - "September" I love this song, first of all.  Nothing new with the arrangement, and it's exactly what I would have expected of the Gokey.  I really loved the bridge, but that was mostly the backup singers' fault.  (:  Y'all, he is one of the best vocalists.  Ever.  KARA!  FINALLY MAKING THE NOTE THAT HIS PITCH IS ALWAYS RIGHT.  It is, people.  It IS.  I do agree with Simon - at "this stage of the competition," he'll have to do something surprising soon.

04 Allison Iraheta - "Hot Stuff" NICE hook at the beginning.  I had to remember what song this was at first.  I like that she gave this a rock anthem vibe.  I think it was pretty great.  It totally made me laugh at the end when the band didn't cut off on her cue.  It feels like me in church band practice, because I am always doing that and no one ever pays attention to me.  (:   

05 Adam Lambert - "If I Can't Have You" I do enjoy the low-key Adam.  Maybe I just love a faux-hawk.  I think he made a good choice, as I actually do believe that he is emotionally connected to the song.  I think it was great, as it always is.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I never know what to expect from him.  It felt a little reminiscent of a Steve Perry/Journey ballad - just me?  (I love Journey)

06 Matt Giraud - "Stayin' Alive" How apropos.  I'm actually having fun with him this week!  I think he did exactly what he wanted to do. I'm not super-crazy about the end, but I think for the most part he hit his notes!  It was pretty decent.  

07 Anoop Desai - "Dim All The Lights"  I like the beginning, since I think Anoop is at his best when he doesn't over-work things.  I really like how he sang it.  Even the second half, bringing back the disco beat, I think it was really smooth.  I'm not sure that it was exciting enough to keep him out of the bottom three, but I liked it.  

For my money (which would be exactly $0.02) I still think Matt and Lil are (and should be) going home.  I will also renege and say that these kids did a lot better with the disco than I expected.  Good times!


Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Thank you for mentioning my pretend BFF Mandisa.

Smoochiefrog said...

I didn't even think about how apropos Matt's song was. Funny!