It's Wednesday night, time for American Idol! Because of the President speaking last night, our scheduling is a little off this week - tonight was actually performance night. We'll have a recap of the results show tomorrow. As the announcer was introducing the judges this evening, I could not help SAYING OUT LOUD, "WHAT is Paula wearing?" Good Grief! She looks like she's going to the Prom after the show and doesn't have time for a wardrobe change. My Goodness.
Tonight was a tribute to Motown. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Motown, and the contestants got to go to Detroit this week and get a tour with the Founder, Mr. Berry Gordy. The Mentor this week is Smokey Robinson. Are we in for a treat! Here is where I will do my weekly **SPOILER ALERT** Don't read any further if you don't want to know what happened on tonight's show.
First up tonight is Matt Giraud. He went with Marvin Gaye's "Let's get it on". He started out seated at the piano, and then he DID get it on! I thought it was a very good performance, and Matt is becoming one of my favorites. The judges were all in agreement that it was a great way to begin the show tonight. VOTE
Kris Allen was next with "How sweet it is" by Marvin Gaye. (James Taylor is the version I am familiar with). Smokey said that Kris "blew him away" when they were doing their rehearsal. I thought he did alright. Overall the judges thought he did well, but stressed that he needed to begin to believe in himself. I agreed with that thought, and I think he is safe again this week.
Scott MacIntyre chose Diana Ross' "You Can't Hurry Love". He was at the piano again, and I think that is how we will always see him. He's comfortable there, and it works for him. Didn't care for the pink-ish pants the stylist chose for him. The performance was okay for me, the judges felt like he chose the wrong song. I think he'll be safe for now, but the end is in sight for Scott. No pun intended, and No Vote.
Megan Joy I dropped my last name was next. She went with "For Once in my Life" by Stevie Wonder. She was obviously feeling much better tonight. The dress was cute, but the whole time she was singing I couldn't wait for her to be done. I kept thinking "HOW is she still in this?" And then the judges basically agreed with me. I think she's in trouble. No Vote.
Anoop Desai was next. Noop Dawg went with some Smokey Robinson "OOH Baby, Baby" GOOD Move Noop Dawg! Fire your stylist, but I loved the performance. VOTE
Michael Sarver, our Oil Rig guy was next. He really turned me off last week with his talking back, so I have a bit of an attitude myself before his performance begins. He chose "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by the Temptations. Appropriate. But not so good. The judges didn't like it either. No Vote.
Lil Rounds was up next. I had high hopes for Lil tonight. This should be her week to shine. She chose "Heat Wave". Lil got very emotional during the trip to Detroit. She really wants to do the music proud tonight. She looked HOT in the dress tonight (pun intended!) The emotions got the best of her in my opinion. I've heard her sing SO much better than she did tonight. I hope she is safe another week to prove she's in it to win it. The judges were disappointed too. I completely agree with Simon, she could have had "a moment" tonight, had she chosen the right song. No Vote.
The big surprise of the night for me was Adam Lambert. No black nail polish, stylish suit and tie, hair greased back like he was channeling his inner Elvis. He actually looked nice. He went with another Smokey Robinson song, "Tracks of my Tears". And he did a GREAT JOB. The judges thought it was the best of the night. I think I would have to agree, but I still couldn't vote for him. Just can't do it.
My FAVORITE, Danny Gokey has the unenviable job of performing after that. No small task.
Danny went with "Get Ready". I thought it was great. Very high energy, he showed us he has a few dance moves. Awesome. The judges were split, Randy and Kara thought it was good, not his best. Paula rattled on, but I think she liked it. Simon did not. I Did. VOTE.
The last Contestant tonight is 16 year old Allison Iraheta. I am constantly amazed that this girl is only 16. Probably why I bring it up every week. Allison SANG "Papa was a Rolling Stone" SANG IT! OWNED IT! By far the best female performance tonight, and one of the best overall in my opinion. She got a VOTE from me!
My Top picks tonight are Matt, Anoop, DANNY and Allison
Bottom three are Megan Joy, Michael Sarver and probably Scott. I think either Megan or Michael go home tomorrow.
What were your thoughts? Let's Discuss!