Last night was dreaded movie night on “American Idol.” I say “dreaded” because I’ve never liked movie night – it’s always full of clunky, overwrought, usually Diane Warren-penned ballads. Thank goodness for Kris Allen…
Director Quentin Tarantino was the show’s guest judge. And, since last week’s show ran over its time limit, the producers only allowed two judges to give their remarks…which, come to think of it, why haven’t they been doing this all season?
Anyway, on to the contestants…
Allison Iraheta was first, singing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” I have a deep, fiery hatred for that song – come on, you know you’ve heard it a million times too – so not even Allison could save this song for me.
Paula said: She has the same special sauce as Adam (and, no, I can’t make that up) and she’s a “remarkable, talented young lady.”
Simon said: She’s the girls’ only hope in the competition and she could go through to the finals.
Anoop Desai sang “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” and again, that’s a pretty lame song, but Anoop actually did it beautifully.
Randy said: He did a really good job.
Kara said: It was one of his best performances.
Adam Lambert sang “Born to be Wild.” There were parts I liked and parts I hated…but, overall, he didn’t do anything really outrageous with the song.
Paula said: I’ll be honest – I really have no idea what Paula said. Something about dancing the path of braveness? Something about rewarding the brave? Whatev.
Simon said: Vocally it was incredible but it felt like a musical – some folks will love it, some folks will hate it.
Matt “Sheena’s Mama’s Favorite” Giraud sang “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” I watched last night’s show with my mama, and even she didn’t really care for her favorite. Uh-oh.
Randy said: It was interesting – he shouldn’t have done so much with the melody.
Kara said: He didn’t need to do so much with the melody.
Danny Gokey sang “Endless Love.” He started out pretty, then he screamed it…just like he does every. week.
Paula said: He pulled it together in the end and it was a “beautiful rendition.”
Simon said: He can’t fault Danny in how he sang the song, but it was a very traditional arrangement.
Ah! And finally! A breath of fresh air! Kris Allen sang “Falling Slowly” from “Once.” I love this song and I was afraid he’d bomb, but he actually did a really nice job of this song. He can’t compete with the original, but he at least picked a really different type of song and seemed to really feel the music/lyrics.
Randy said: It was pitchy.
Kara said: It was one of his best moments.
Lil Rounds sang “The Rose,” but she put a cool gospel-y spin in the middle of it. It was OK, but not really amazing.
Paula said: It was a beautiful song.
Simon said: There aren’t any excuses anymore – “you’re not the artist we met seven or eight weeks ago.” Lil kind of fought back with him on that, saying she put her own spin on the song.
What say ye, Scene Now readers? I think Lil and Matt will be in the bottom two, with Lil probably heading home. What do you think?