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American Idol: A Five-Pack of Idols

This is why I love "American Idol." Where else will you find Jamie Foxx, a full orchestra and the music of the Rat Pack all in one place? Nowhere! "Idol" is the most musically diverse stop on television and I dig it!

Tonight's episode channeled the classic standards from the Rat Pack era, which includes songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Coming in to this week, I was slightly worried for Allison, but felt it was going to be a strong night for everyone else. And as it turned out, everyone was good, just in different degrees. So, as we head into the home stretch for Season 8 (the final episode is in three weeks!), here's how the Fantastic Five performed:

Kris Allen- After several weeks of wowing the judges and audience with increasingly innovative performances, Kris needed to have a night that would bump him above either Adam or Danny. And after watching his rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight," I'm pretty convinced he could make it to at least the Top 3. He sang a very cool version by changing some of the vocal runs, all the while exuding his classic Kris confidence. Jamie Foxx said Kris was his "number one," while Kara said he was a dark horse in the competition. I'm still not sure what Simon met when he called the performance a "little bit wet," but Kris should be safe for another week.

Allison Iraheta- This was the first time I've ever seen Allison all glammed out, but it definitely worked for her. This was also the first time I've ever heard her tackle a ballad, the standard "Someone to Watch Over Me," and it turned out awesome! Dare I compare this moment to Kelly Clarkson's break-out moment in Season One during Big Band Week? Why yes, I do dare! Much like our first American Idol, Allison belted out a perfect performance. Randy said it best when he said she was "like Pink, but with 9,000 more octaves." But I guess Simon didn't hear that it was her 17th birthday, because he said she was in danger of going home. Hopefully the audience will be watching over her, and keep her for another week.

Matt Giraud- Wearing his funny hat (the latest in a series of odd, slightly titled head coverings that Matt has sported this season), Mr. Giraud sang "My Funny Valentine." I'm not sure how I feel about this particular performance. Jamie Foxx told him to switch up the notes, but it started out sounding flat. But as soon as he got to the middle of the song, he started to break out with some nice notes. And by the end he was jamming on stage like some amalgamation of Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake. But, all in all, it didn't quite gel together. (As a side note, do you think Simon uses his comments to sway the audience? I've never seen him as a Matt fan, but he praised him up and down for being the only believable contestant. Meanwhile he called Kris's performance "not incredible." Is it possible he's calling on the hordes of "Idol" fans to call for Kris and not for Matt? Weigh in below!)

Danny Gokey- Who knew the secret to singing well was having Jamie Foxx "all up in your grill?" Well, it may not work for everyone, but it seems to have brought out the funky side of Danny Gokey. Singing "Come Rain or Come Shine," Danny seemed restrained at the outset, but quickly let the song build. Then, by the end, he had turned into Hulk Gokey, smashing all the notes in the song in a musical rampage. I mean this in a good way, though, as Danny finally broke out of his safe little karaoke box and sang the heck outta that song! The judges said he had "swagger" and was "stellar," and Simon said he was here to win. I guess this is the "moment" everyone kept saying that Danny needed to stay in the competition.

Adam Lambert- There are certain things I know about Adam Lambert. For one, he has a HUGE fan base. There are always people screaming for him, and there's even a large group of Adamaniacs who post on this very blog. Something else I know is that the judges will always praise him for his originality and flawless technique. And while I agree that he's an awesome singer and that he's consistently original, haven't I already seen this performance before? Adam sang "Feeling Good," but the only thing that was different was his walk down those neon stairs. Everything else seemed to be recycled from previous performances. Let's take a look at the check list, shall we? Did he sing tenderly while gazing into the camera? Check. Did he hit that crazy high note and scream for five to ten seconds? Check. And hasn't he raised that eyebrow and smiled coyly at the audience in every other song he's performed? Check and check. He may be good, but I'd like to see something different at this stage of the game. Have no fear, though, he's going to continue his roll into the finals. (By the way, I loved Kara's comment: "That was sleazy and over the top, but I like you.")

BEST GUESS: It's not really about the worst singer anymore, since all the remaining singers are really good. Now it's just about who's not quite as good. And I think the bottom three will be Allison, Matt and Kris, with Matt going home.

How do you think the Top 5 performed tonight? Who was your favorite? Was Matt as original as Simon thought, did Allison hit a home run and is Adam still the frontunner, or are Kris and Danny hot on his heels? Post your comments below and tune in to the results show Wednesday night with special guest Jamie Foxx! -Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on April 28, 2009 11:36 PM
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Haven't we seen all of these performances before, from each of these contestants? Kris and Danny are the worst of the lot, all the way down to the vocal and physical affectations they apparently feel they must force into every ballad.

Allison was the best tonight.

-- 1. Posted by: SJ at April 29, 2009 12:20 AM

Kris is still my favorite followed by Allison. But based just on performances last night the top 5 has to look like this:

Danny - he finally did something that impressed me, no more Rueben'itis.

Adam - I still am tired of him, but I thought he sang great. Isn't it unfair how many times he's been the last singer this year?

Kris - Not stellar, but still great.

Allison - I still love her, and this wasn't bad. The others were just better.

Matt - I thought he sounded pretty bad. Too bad they didn't let him get behind the piano for jazz week.

Bye Bye Matt.

-- 2. Posted by: Andy at April 29, 2009 4:16 PM

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