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3/26: American Idol recap, top 10 Motown night – Adam Lambert tracks to the top

Motown night proved how great these songs are, no matter how overplayed. And several folks rose to the occasion (Adam, Allison, Matt, Kris) while others stumbled (Michael, Lil Rounds, Megan).

It’s easy to pin the bottom three tonight (before I check dialidol.com)

Biggest surprise: Adam Lambert

Biggest disappointment: Lil Rounds

Who will be in the bottom three: Michael Sarver, Megan Joy Corkrey, Scott MacIntyre

Who will go home: MIchael Sarver

My ranking: 1- Danny Gokey 2- Allison Iraheta 3- Matt G. 4 – Adam 5 – Anoop 6- Kris 7- Megan 8- Lil Rounds  9 – Scott 10- Michael

Tonight, they didn’t introduce the contestants in order so we don’t know the “pimp spot” person up front. I guessed halfway through that Allison (who was unfairly placed in the bottom three last week) would get it cos she hadn’t had the shot yet. And I was right. 

First up: Matt Giraud (”Let’s Get It On” Marvin Gaye). He has Justin Timberlaked it. He pours on the sugar a bit heavy. I’m not sure his suit and tie/vest get-up works with this song. He ends strong. Randy: “You worked it out baby.” Kara: “You’re coming out of your shell.” Paula: “You showed a sexy cool vibe.” She thinks his riffs are respectful and not over the top. (I don’t necessarily agree.) Simon: “It was a brilliant choice of song… it was a cool performance. Your voice suits that type of song.”

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Second: Kris Allen (”How Sweet It Is” Marvin Gaye) – He brings out his best John Mayer vibe. He’s alawys going to a boring personality but he is a fine vocalist and emotes well. Strange shirt choice. Overall, it was pretty darn good. Kara: “You didn’t do james Taylor. You didn’t do Marvin Gaye. You did Kris. You had different phrasings and rhythms. You did everything right.” Paula: “It’s nice to see you come on your own.” Simon: “You have to start believing in yourself. You don’t have that swagger and confidence. Right now, you could be at a bus-stop.” Randy: “It’s all good, baby!”

Third up: Scott Macintyre (”You Can’t Hurry Love” Supremes). What’s up with the, um, pink pants? Smokey Robinson says he makes the song sound up to date. Huh? It sounds again like 70s AM radio, a bit like a piano player you’d hear at a bar. It’s good but not exceptional. Paula: “When you feel it, the audience feels it.” Simon: “It wasn’t a great version of the song… it was the honky tonk piano. The backup singers were a mess. I thought it was completely the wrong song for you. It was a bit cheap to me.” Randy: “It was a very hotel type of performance.” Kara: “You brought some tempo. But you did take liberties with the melody… you have to nail it. You had some good ideas but the execution was not perfect.”

Fourth up: Megan Joy Corkrey (”For Once In My Life” – Stevie Wonder) It was a bit cheesy but her jazzy vibe worked fairly well. Her vocals were a bit all over the place. Randy: “It was so bizarre… you needed to slow it back. It was so rushed and hectic.” Kara suggested “My Guy” as a better song. “This was all over the place. You hit bad notes… you weren’t dominating the song. The song dominated you.” Paula: “The camera loves you…this was not the right song for you.” Simon: “Bad news is it was horrible.”

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Fifth: Anoop Desai (”Ooh Baby Baby” Smokey Robinson) – Anoop is going for the ladies’ heartstrings by going all ballad-y and expunging that MJ “Beat It” performance 15 days ago. Kara: “That was very hard to do and you did a pretty good job. You have a skill set.” She wants him to change up the melodies a bit more. Paula: “Your phrasing, your delivery and your falsetto is mostly spot on.” Simon: “It was a great vocal. But you looked half asleep. It was a little bit someone singing within a musical.” Randy: “Next week-get the party on!”

Sixth: Michael Sarver (”Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” Temptations) He will always strike me as a solid bar singer but a star? I just don’t see it. Tonight, he pulls out all the vocal stops and isn’t half bad but doesn’t really add anything to the song that’s going to make me remember the performance in 10 minutes. Paula: “It felt Las Vegas lounge-y.” (She sounds pained being critical.) Simon: “No idea what you just said… I couldn’t wait for it to end. Here’s the problem: you are taking part in this competition. You have no chance of winning it based on that type of vocal. It’s a reality.” Randy: “The song is a little too big for you.” Kara: “Who are you as an artist? That’s what I didn’t feel this week.”

Seventh: Lil Rounds. (”Heatwave” Martha & the Vandellas) Vonzell Solomon and Jennifer Hudson have sung this before. She starts a bit rough. She’s hitting some strange notes, even in the chorus. It does feel a bit rushed. Make that very rushed. It’s like she can barely keep up with the arrangement. It was not her best performance by any stretch. Randy: “The front of the song was a little tortured for me. It wasn’t the right kind of song for me for you.” Kara: “You got this voice with melodies that breathe more. We need more from you. It was screaming at certain points.” Paula: “You owned that song.” Simon: “It was too fast. If you had chosen something like ‘I Heart It Through the Grapevine,’ you could have had a moment.”

Eighth: Adam Lambert (”Tracks of My Tears” Smokey Robinson) – He evokes Elvis (or is that k.d. lang?) in looks and dials back his usual theatrics. He’s virtually unrecognizable. Smart move on his part. I think his vocals are good but his voice isn’t as distinctive on a quieter scale than when he rocks it out. Nice final note. Kara gives him a standing O. She says: “I have six words for you: one of the best performances of the night.” Oh, that’s eight. “You showed artistry on that stage.” Paula: “You have that gut instinct of the element of surprise. I love the clean look.” Simon: “It was the best performance of the night.” He credits him for his originality. 

Ninth: Danny Gokey (”Get Ready” The Temptaions) – He looks sharp tonight in black. A great song pick. Upbeat, fun, showcases his growly voice. He again proves why he may just win this competition. Paula: “A first-class performance.” Simon: “A bit amateurish.” Randy: “You remind me of the great Levi Stubbs. I love the energy of it.” Kara: “I loved your personality. It was good, not great.” 

Pimp spot: Allison Iraheta (”Papa Was a Rolling Stone” The Temptations) – Amazing. She has looked like she sings like a 35 year old. She sings like a 35 year old, too. And that’s a compliment. She shows amazing mastery of a difficult song. I also appreciate her genuineness and her stage presence. Randy: “That was blazin’ hot.” Kara: “You were in the bottom three last week. Are you kidding?” Paula: “You kept your rocker edge. I just want to say, you are awesome!” (As she covers up her crayon mustache). Simon: “You are a survivor… that was one of your best performances.”

555 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
6:06 pm

Rodney…please join us tonight if you can! We like having you around.

Songluvr

March 25th, 2009
6:08 pm

Hey Deirdre — Been having computer problems so I prolly won’t be on tonight, but I had a minute on another computer so I wanted to pop in and say hey ~ and hopefully see some spoilers! Heard any?

ironlady29

March 25th, 2009
6:39 pm

I have to work tonight so keep me updated…I’ll be checking the blog.

JTesla

March 25th, 2009
6:50 pm

I don’t know how Rodney has any time to blog. Between parties, Mahjong lessons, tennis, and movie premiers I’m surprised he has anytime for the people that really matter (that’s us)

Mike S

March 25th, 2009
6:52 pm

Joe’s Place Blog has someone at rehearsal, so we should have song spoilers shortly.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
7:04 pm

Hey Songlvr! Spoilers have been few and far between this year. Rehearsals last long and sometimes the spoilers don’t show up until just before showtime. Not sure what they’re doing differently this year but it’s working if their purpose is to stop early spoilers.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
7:04 pm

Last year we would have known what everyone was singing by 5 or 5:30.

harriett

March 25th, 2009
7:29 pm

Finally here! Can’t wait for see the song choices. I went on my Pandora radio today and created a Motown station. There were songs I had completely not considered while just looking at the list, but hearing them was different.

Mike S

March 25th, 2009
7:32 pm

hot off the presses

Finally! I’ve been trying to get on my site for like 20 minutes….ol

Matt Giraud – “Let’s Get it On”

Kris Allen – “How Sweet it Is” by

Lil Rounds – “Heatwave”

Adam Lambert – “Tracks of my Tears”

Megan Joy Corkrey – “For Once in My Life”

Anoop Desai – “Ohh Baby Baby”

Michael Sarver – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

Scott MacIntyre – ”You Can’t Hurry Love”

Danny Gokey – “Get Ready”

Allison Iraheta – “Papa was a Rolling Stone”

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
7:33 pm

Don’t know if Mike has this yet so I’ll just post what I found:

Matt Giraud – “Let’s Get it On”

Kris Allen – “How Sweet it Is” by

Lil Rounds – “Heatwave”

Adam Lambert – “Tracks of my Tears”

Megan Joy Corkrey – “For Once in My Life”

Anoop Desai – “Ohh Baby Baby”

Michael Sarver – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

Scott MacIntyre – ”You Can’t Hurry Love”

Danny Gokey – “Get Ready”

Allison Iraheta – “Papa was a Rolling Stone”

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
7:33 pm

Double your fun!!! :-)

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
7:34 pm

OK..what is Scott going to do with You Can’t Hurry Love?

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
7:35 pm

Do you suppose Adam will have tear tracks painted on his face? :-)

harriett

March 25th, 2009
7:36 pm

Ok, I am already having trouble with Anoop doing that song, and Scott choosing “You Can’t Hurry Love?” How bland!

harriett

March 25th, 2009
7:39 pm

Michael’s song will be too safe, IMO. The only one I really love as a choice is Allison’s. Matt might be ok with “Let’s Get It On,” but wasn’t that the song that Von did so well in the preliminaries? I really requires a terrific vocal.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
7:39 pm

This is apparently the correct order as well. Notice Allison has the pimp spot…No one wants to lose another female, especially a good one!

Mike S

March 25th, 2009
7:41 pm

According to MJ – Allisopn and Adam were the best. Lil did not do a good version. Danny used his “growly” voice. Scott was “very AC”. Megan was Jazzy. Kris did the james brown version. Matt was very good. Michael used a deep voice and it worked.

Performance order
Matt
Kris
Scott
Megan
Anoop
Michael
Lil
Adam
Danny
Allison

Mike S

March 25th, 2009
7:44 pm

Kris did the JAMES TAYLOR version.. not james brown OOOOOWWWWWW

War Eagle

March 25th, 2009
7:47 pm

Thanks for the info Mike and D.

harriett

March 25th, 2009
7:54 pm

So, MJ didn’t say a word about Anoop’s performance?

harriett

March 25th, 2009
7:55 pm

Yes, thanks for the info.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
7:56 pm

What does “very AC” mean?

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
8:01 pm

Why is Paula wearing a tutu?

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:01 pm

AC=Adult Contemporary perhaps?

Cadre

March 25th, 2009
8:01 pm

what the hell is Paula wearing, looks like a tutu

harriett

March 25th, 2009
8:01 pm

PMG, Paula looks like the fairy godmother!

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
8:02 pm

Thanks Exit!

Nana

March 25th, 2009
8:02 pm

Everyone here and ready?

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:03 pm

You’re welcome Deidre. My best guess.

harriett

March 25th, 2009
8:03 pm

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:03 pm

darn just remembered to turn tv.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:03 pm

Paula tells them to mix it up. hopefully she told them this last week or yesterday. bit late now.

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:04 pm

Let’s roll!

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:04 pm

lil has a whole new look. is she doing gladys knight

harriett

March 25th, 2009
8:04 pm

She also told them to challenge their artistic integrity. Huh?

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
8:04 pm

I don’t even recognize Adam. Looks like he’s toned it down to about Elvis level.

Woodpappy

March 25th, 2009
8:05 pm

Bring it on Motown !

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:06 pm

oops just saw the list.

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:08 pm

How many face lifts has Smokey had?!

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:08 pm

can you forward past all of this and just get to the singing

harriett

March 25th, 2009
8:08 pm

The pac man is here in force tonight

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:09 pm

I was just noticing that myself Harriett.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:09 pm

if you look closely, matt and smoky’s forehead looks pretty similar if not the same.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:10 pm

yeah matt!! I am rooting for him at this point. Speed it up a bit for me matty dear.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:10 pm

is he wearing straight man pants?

Nana

March 25th, 2009
8:10 pm

Don’t know about the face lifts, but he looks good given his age.

War Eagle

March 25th, 2009
8:11 pm

Not bad but I’m just not feeling it.

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:11 pm

wow, matt. good job

Cadre

March 25th, 2009
8:11 pm

This is the 1st time I have really liked Matt. that was very good

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
8:11 pm

Nice job, Matt!

Eclecticdiva

March 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

Hey everyone. That was a little pitchy for me but pretty good.

Nana

March 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

Matt did have the Motown sound in his voice. I liked it.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

that wasnt bad. I didnt get a marvin gaye vibe but it wasnt bad at all. just didnt like the pants.

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

call me crazy, but there’s a little bit of justin timberlake in matt, i think

harriett

March 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

Sorry, but Von did a better job on that song. Matt was good, but not great, IMO.

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

I like Matt. He’s now getting his fair share of press and that helps.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

No one over the age of 35 is saying yeah lets get it on Kara. no way

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:13 pm

yeah he is justin timberlake for sure. darn i am missing the tutu. i want to see the whole dress.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:14 pm

i may just vote for matt. just may.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:14 pm

1-866-4365301 is this correct?

Eclecticdiva

March 25th, 2009
8:14 pm

If you work on the acne and get the stylist working, he could be the next American Idol – “Justin Jr.”

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:14 pm

its gonna be interesting to see if kris comes up to the plate this week

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
8:15 pm

I see Kris has a military look tonight.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:15 pm

lil should feel bad to not get the pimp spot tonight but i am just gushing that adam didnt get it.

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:15 pm

I voted for Matt last week. Oh, and Alexis. Twice. Oh, well.

Mike S

March 25th, 2009
8:16 pm

Great start to the show. Matt was awesome. I am a huge blues fan, and he gave that a great bluesy smoky feel.

Wow, Paula looks like she is on the good stuff tonight, very glassy eyed… I say 3 more performances and she is totally incoherent.

Nana

March 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

Why does Paula always have trouble repeating herself?

Eclecticdiva

March 25th, 2009
8:18 pm

Mike S you are right. Paula does have that ’special look’ tonight.

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:19 pm

and while we’re on a break, can i just say how impressed i am with lil kim on dancing with the stars?

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:19 pm

nana- its cause she’s on pain pills

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:20 pm

aww, i really like kris

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:21 pm

Matt Kris and Danny are my top three guys.

Nana

March 25th, 2009
8:21 pm

Decent enough, but didn’t wow me.

Eclecticdiva

March 25th, 2009
8:22 pm

I don’t know ya’ll about this one.

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:22 pm

Cadre

March 25th, 2009
8:22 pm

Kris is good but Matt was just a little better

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:22 pm

maybe not the best performance, but fan fave for sure

War Eagle

March 25th, 2009
8:23 pm

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
8:23 pm

Kris continues to grow on me. His voice doesn’t have much power and I’m not crazy about the tone…but he did a really good job with that song!

Nana

March 25th, 2009
8:23 pm

tnecvolfan2001 – I agree with you about lil kim. She is awesome.

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:23 pm

Kris is good but Matt was just a little better

i agree

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:23 pm

i think they have been told to pimp someone other than adam and danny. kris was just okay to me. matt better

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:24 pm

laughing at simon cause he’s right

Eclecticdiva

March 25th, 2009
8:24 pm

Kris was just ok for me too.

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
8:25 pm

I don’t see anything wrong with some Kris and Matt pimping. They were both good.

harriett

March 25th, 2009
8:25 pm

I think Kris’ pace is going to help him. He’s getting better every week and showing growth.

Eclecticdiva

March 25th, 2009
8:25 pm

I am watching Top Model too. So if I am delayed you know why…

Cadre

March 25th, 2009
8:26 pm

Wow, Scott is going to be at the piano, who would have thunk it?

Rodney Ho

March 25th, 2009
8:27 pm

Sorry. I purposely started a few minutes late so I could fastforward through commercials!

This is his girlfriend: Thanks ya’ll for recognizing how hard he works. . .at socializing. :)

Nana

March 25th, 2009
8:30 pm

Kris has improved……….

Deirdre

March 25th, 2009
8:31 pm

You’re welcome Rodney’sgirl!

Is Scott wearing pink?

Cadre

March 25th, 2009
8:32 pm

who was it that said this song would sound like last weeks, and the week before, and the week before?

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:32 pm

Yes on the pink. Lord I have so many jokes running around in my head but I’m trying to be more PC.

Rodney Ho

March 25th, 2009
8:32 pm

Both Matt and Kris were very very good. Solid start!

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

anyone here doing the ING Georgia this sunday? I am doing the half. I am reading about a girl who just finished her first marathon in Anarctica. there was a guy there who was finishing racing on his 7th continent. Must be an awesome feeling!!

Exit Now

March 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

The song is too fast for him I think.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:33 pm

scott this is so not good.

tnecvolfan2001

March 25th, 2009
8:34 pm

i love blind scott, don’t get me wrong, but i’m just not feelin’ this performance, given the two strong performances before him

Nana

March 25th, 2009
8:34 pm

Not sure if I like this one. Scott is okay.

Judy

March 25th, 2009
8:34 pm

he should not be in the top 10. but who wants to vote a blind man out?