TV: American Idol – Motown Night

What a disappointing night last night. I figured that the contestants had it easy this week – but that was not the case at all. All I have to say is BRING BACK BARRY MANILOW. Seriously – he is hands down the BEST mentor they’ve EVER had on the show. All Smokey did was tell each singer they made it their own. Blech.

Matt Giraud, “Let’s Get It On”: HATED his sweater. Let me say that up front. As for his performance, it was good – not as great as last week, but decent. He’ll be fine though.

Kris Allen, “How Sweet It Is”: This kid is starting to grow on me! I like this Kris Allen guy! He did a fine job with this song. Again – not nearly as great as last week, but it was enough to keep him safe this week.

Scott MacIntyre, “You Can’t Hurry Love”: Oh boy. He needs to go home. Bottom three for sure.

Megan Joy, “For Once In My Life”: What’s her deal? She killed two songs in two weeks – and not in a good way. This was another trainwreck in the highest order. They keep telling her she’s current – but don’t we have enough Duffy/Adele/Nellie McKay singers out there? Do we need another one? Bottom three.

Anoop Desai, “Oooh, Baby Baby”: Not my favorite song, but he did enough to stay out of the bottom three this week. I just hope he sings a fast song next week. A GOOD fast song, that is.

Michael Sarver, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”: Denis and I kind of like this song. Sure, we talked through some of it, but we both felt it was one of the better Sarver performances in recent weeks. So we were quite surprised when the judges felt otherwise. Simon is right – that Sarver has no chance to win – but we thought he seemed more comfortable this week than he has in the past.

Lil Rounds, “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave”: The shouting! THE SHOUTING!!! Why? Why? WHY? Lil needs to get it in gear and get back to SINGING, not SHOUTING. DO YOU HEAR ME LIL???

Adam Lambert, “The Tracks of My Tears”: Okay, this makes two weeks in a row that Adam was my favorite. Heh. This was the first song of the night that I knew I’d download on iTunes. And am I the only one that thought I was looking at a brunette Kurt Russell during those closeups?

Danny Gokey, “Get Ready”: He’s safe.

Allison Iraheta, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”: This is the other song I’ll be downloading. She did a great job with this one, even if she did forget the lyrics about 3/4ths of the way through. Her voice is just amazing to listen to – she’s a power singer, but she didn’t shout. For that she’s my favorite female of the night.

Bottom three: Scott, Megan and Sarver. Before the show started last night Denis asked who I thought would be going home and my prediction stays the same: Sarver.

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  1. I agree with you about Adam Lambert. He did look like a brunette Kurt Russell. I downloaded that from iTunes just because it was such a beautiful rendition and you could tell how hard he tried. It was cool to see how proud Smokey was of him.
    Danny, he’s just kinda getting on my nerves.
    I do like Matt Giraud, but yes, the outfit…what is it with some of these people.
    Oh and I’m tired of Megan’s wierd twang she’s got going on…with every song…she’s darn cute though!
    Oh and Kris, he’s such a cutie and he’s good!

  2. I was surprised that Adam’s iTunes version was uptempo – it was fine, but I really wanted to have a copy of the downtempo version he did live on the show.

  3. They said on the show that all the downloads were recorded to the original Motown cuts. I guess that is what you heard on iTunes.

  4. I still think Danny is pretty good.

    Isn’t Kurt Russell a brunet? I mean, he’s got brown hair. Lambert’s is dyed black. He reminded me more of Elvis.

  5. Jen, I mean that PHYSICALLY he looked like Kurt Russell – as though he could be related. I’ll try and find a photo and do a side-by-side so you can see.

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