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American Idol: Staying Alive

Allison-Iraheta2.jpgOne week after the "most shocking Idol moment ever," Matt Giraud is still in the running, the "judges save" is no longer an option and apparently, all the good musical themes were taken. That's right, this was Disco Week on "American Idol." And our surviving seven all had disco fever.

To say I was expecting much out of tonight's episode would be like saying Danny Gokey hates love songs or that Adam Lambert can't hit high notes; I'd be lying. But leave it to "American Idol" to go and shatter all my expectations. As it turns out, by the end of the hour, I was left wanting just a little bit more disco, albeit not from every contestant.

Here's the rundown for our Top 7:

-Lil Rounds: Kicking off the show with little buzz and almost no support from the judges was Lil. She's been verbally kicked and punched for weeks by the judging panel, for everything from picking the wrong songs to failing to be true to herself. She sang Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman," and it seemed like she was trying to pull out all the stops. She was much more energetic and displayed some killer stage performance, but her vocals were just so-so. The judges all said she needed more "artistry" and "originality," and by the time they got to Simon, he noted that she "looked sad." I'm guessing she'll be pouting tomorrow when she gets the boot.

-Kris Allen: And the award for "Most Original Performance" of the night goes to...Kris! This guy is quickly becoming a contender for the finals with Danny and Adam. Plus, his song was my favorite tonight. Showing his ability to change songs similar to what David Cook did last year, Kris slowed down Donna Summer's "She Works Hard For the Money." On paper that doesn't sound like a good idea, but it turned out to be a great idea. Paula said it best when she likened it to Santana in its jazzy coolness. Simon thought it was "fantastic" and I have to agree. Who else, besides Adam, could've pulled this off? We'll see you in the Top 3, Kris!

Danny Gokey: Singing "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire, Danny laced his vocals with his usual soulfulness. But what made this week's selection better was the fact that it wasn't yet another sappy love song. (Not that I dislike any of his other performances, but speeding things up made it more interesting.) The judges had some mixed emotions. While they all thought his pitch was perfect, Simon said he needs to work on his performance. Maybe next week he could try something dramatic, like playing a piano or just sitting in a chair, something the other contestants have already tried to a good degree of success.

Allison Iraheta: Besides Lil, I figured Allison was going to have a rough week. At first listen, her gruff vocals didn't sound like they would be good during Disco Week, but she flipped it all around. Singing "Hot Stuff," Allison slowed it all down in the beginning, making the first few lines sound like the mash-up of Joan Jett and the 1930s. Then the song picked up and it was even more awesome. She hit most of her notes and made the song very interesting. With a sly wink, Simon told her it was a "brilliant performance." With performances like this, Iraheta should stick around for a couple more weeks.

Adam Lambert: Dressing up for the occasion, Adam sported another coat and tie as he belted the slowest version of "If I Can't Have You" I've ever heard. Like most weeks, Adam was the reigning champion of the night by a long shot. He hit some crazy notes and put a heaping helping of emotion into the lyrics. It looked like Paula was about to cry or swoon (not sure which), and then later Ryan commented saying Adam had turned Paula into 'Pools of Abdul.' (Get it? Because she melted!)

Matt Giraud: You'd think with his new lease on "Idol" life, Matt would have chosen something a little less ironic as "Stayin Alive." Instead we get this classic, served up with some karaoke-esque inflections and Justin Timberlake's hat. I agree with the judges that Matt has an incredible voice, but I'm not sure that one song was enough to keep him out of the Bottom Three.

Anoop Desai: Having seen how great the competitors are this year, it appears that Anoop may have a slight disadvantage already. Plus, this week he picked a boring song, a horrible arrangement and sported some unwanted scruff. Randy and Kara said he can still hit his notes, but he didn't get the Dawg's Seal of Approval. Anoop-Dogg needs to figure out how to be an entertainer (or at least smile while he's singing).

BEST GUESS: The bottom three will be Allison, Matt and Lil, and I think both Matt and Lil may need to go.

After sitting through an hour of disco, who do you think deserves to go home? Will Matt escape elimination for another week, or is his time up? And did Lil do enough to show her "artistry" or will she be exiled as well? Post your comments below and tune in to the results show Wednesday night with special guest David Archuleta and a double elimination! -Chris Sardelli


Posted by Chris on April 22, 2009 1:34 AM
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Matt and Lil go, Lil especially. I also do not care for Allison that much.

-- 1. Posted by: Anonymous at April 22, 2009 8:30 AM

Lil - time to go, sorry.

Kris - awesome performance, and quite frankly my pick to win it all

Danny - I like the guy, but he seems to be getting a case of Rueben'itis (sounds the same each week)

Allison - I love this girl, I hope she makes the finals, shes more rock than Adam, and much less annoying.

Adam - I like this song, but he completely bored it down. I just don't understand why this guy gets so much more attention by the show producers than the others. He's okay, but not awesome by any means.

Matt - Didn't like his arrangement at all. I really only like this guy when he's behind the piano singing soulful stuff. Sorry Matt.

Anoop - I'm still amazed he's made it this far. He seems like a nice guy, but its time for him to go.

My bottom three this week - Lil, Matt, Anoop.

My two leaving - Lil, Anoop

-- 2. Posted by: Andy at April 22, 2009 4:28 PM

Well done! I learned some interesting things for me)

-- 3. Posted by: Heather at January 30, 2013 7:00 PM

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