Tonight just wasn’t as good as I’d thought it would be. In years past, the show where the contestants and judges got the most freedom to pick songs has proved to be the most innovative and unexpected. This year? It was just… more of the same crap…
Round 1 – Judges Picks
Danny: Danny’s first song was pretty good. I thought it was a very good song choice for him to just kind of do what the original was. Didn’t see any major creative change to the song, which was OK for me. He did his think and started the show off right – getting everyone dancing – albeit awkwardly. 🙂
BEST QUOTE OF THE SEASON THEN OCCURS
Seacrest (referring to Simon and Paula’s interactions at the judges table.) “That’s either second base or harassment!” Nice one, Seacrest!!!
Kris: Well, I thought he did a reasonable job with it. Was it a ‘top 3’ performance? No. Was it great? No. Was it better than Danny and Adam? mmm… it was on par with them.
Adam: Ugh. He slaughtered this song… in the bad way. U2 should be ashamed. Bono should never allow amateur hour with his songs again. The first part was actually really cool, but when he tried to get all rock-n-roll and intense about it, it went off the rails.
I thought that they all messed up the Judges picks. They were all good, but there was something wrong with all of them for me.
Round 2 – Contestant’s Picks
Danny: “A vocal masterclass” says Simon… and he’s right. In the masterclass, someone demonstrates an incredible array of vocal techniques. He did show all his colors and range. I think he really left it all out on the table. It was all Danny could do to get into the finals, I think.
Kris: This was the best of the night by a long shot! It was intense and connected. It was unique. It was arranged well. It was spot on, vocally. It was comfortable and fun. This one deserves a video:
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Adam: Another pretentious performance. I feel like he really let this one fly off the hook even more than usual. Yes, he is 110% committed to the peformance, and I will give him MAJOR props for that… but he’s bridging on completely out of control! He really needs to keep that tongue in his mouth. He’s even needlessly brandishing it now. And you all know how I feel about Adam’s tongue…
OK.. so who will go home?
In the back of my mind I’m hoping that Danny goes home. I think Kris is different enough from Adam to really make a run at him. I think when you put Danny and Adam together, Danny just doesn’t have a chance.
One thing is for sure, this is a HOT top 3. They can all really really sing, which totally puts some of our previous finalists (Season 6 – HELLO!) to shame!
So good on you, American Idol, for keeping the game stepped up!