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4/21: American Idol recap: top 7 performance, disco night

Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight!

This night was not the trainwreck we expected because most of the contestants avoided the cliches inherent in the genre. There were no utter disasters tonight. And yes, as Randy said, this is probably our strongest vocal top 7 in the show’s history.

And they finished the show on time! (Like that should even be noted but it has to after the past two weeks.)

Who should go home: Lil Rounds Matt Giraud

Who will go home Wednesday: Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud

Bottom three: Lil Rounds, Allison Iraheta, Matt Giraud (because Anoop should be okay given his pimp spot locale. But I’m getting busy signals for Allison at 9:07 p.m. That’s a good sign for her. Then again, Lil is getting busy signals, too.)

Ranking: 1- Kris 2- Danny 3- Anoop 4- Allison 5- Matt 6- Adam 7- Lil Rounds

Note that Dialidol has tended to underestimate Kris’s support (no text messaging) and overestimate Lil Rounds. Very tight on dialidol in the early minutes.

Which two WILL go home tonight? (Pick up to two)

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First up: Lil Rounds (”I’m Every Woman” Chaka Khan). She decided to play it safe by taking on a nugget that several Idols have already sung, most notably Vonzell Solomon. I considered suggesting this song last Friday on my blog of song choices but figured it was too well worn. Ultimately, it’s been her smartest move so far. It hits the best part of her vocal range and she does it with aplomb and confidence. This is a strongest day since God knows when but is it enough with two eliminations tomorrow? Randy: “You can definitely can sing but didn’t show us what kind of artist you can do at this point of the competition.” Kara: “You’ve been every other woman except yourself.” Paula: “You didn’t quite hit the boiling point but it was a remarkable recovery.” Simon: “I think this is going to be the last week we’re ever going to see you. There was no originality.” Lil Rounds: “I had fun tonight.”

Second up: Kris Allen (”She Works Hard for the Money” Donna Summer). Huh? Okay. I did suggest a Donna Summer song last Friday (”Dim All the Lights”). Let’s see what he can do. He does it in John Mayer-ish style with his signature guitar. It’s actually not bad. Exciting? No. But he definitely, ulp, made it his own. Love the bongos! I prefer this version over Donna Summer’s and I love Donna Summer. Kara: You took a real risk with that arrangement. It paid off big time.” Paula: “It showed your originality.” Simon: “It was well thought out. That was not karaoke.” Randy: “You are ready for the big time. Amazing!”

Who SHOULD go home tonight? (pick up to two)

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Third up: Danny Gokey (”September” Earth, Wind & Fire). Yah! This was the first song I thought he should do and he picked it! It just fit him. He’s doing his George Michael thing with that three-day growth and the leather jacket. Lots of energy and a great vocal as always. He puts his gospel feel to it and it works. Better than Anwar’s version four years ago. Randy: “You turned this into something that worked for you.” Kara: “Your pitch is always right on.” Paula: “You have one of the sexiest voices ever.” Simon: “As a performance, I didn’t get any star power. At this stage, that’s what you have to do something special. It was a bit awkward and clumsy.”

Fourth: Allison Iraheta (”Hot Stuff” Donna Summer) - Yes! This was the first song I suggested for Allison. Two for four! I thought this one could be “rocked up” and she’s doing it. Her fashion sense is questionable, even for disco. She does a good job as always. Transcendent? No. But good enough, I fathom. Randy: “You’re one of the best singers in the competition. You always prove my point. You can really sing. I didn’t love the arrangement but I love you.” Kara: “Making it slower hurt it. Donna won a Grammy for the rock performance… from a singing perspective, that was a 9/10.” Paula: “The word compromise does not fit in your vocal vocabulary, blah, blah, blah.” Simon: “That was a brilliant performance.”

Fifth: Adam Lambert (”If I Can’t Have You” Yvonne Ellimon) – I didn’t suggest this song to anybody because I thought it didn’t have enough vocal dynamics. I did suggest “Stayin’ Alive,” off the same soundtrack for Adam. He goes back to his ballad mode. He slows it down big time. It’s a bit overwrought and indulgent. Randy: “You are ready right now. Here’s a hot one tonight America!” Kara: “You’re brilliant.” Paula: “You chose a disco and not make it cliche. I felt your pain.” Simon: “I was going to put $10,000 you’d do Donna Summer. You did something we weren’t expecting… it was original. I had never heard that song like that. You’ll remember it. The vocals were immaculate.”

Sixth: Matt Giraud (”Stayin’ Alive” Bee Gees) -I picked this song for Adam Lambert. But maybe Matt needs the title more. He doesn’t bother working the falsetto (much). Smart. He does his weekly Justin Timberlake soulful/rock thang. It’s pretty good. He’s very vocally dextrous. Randy: “Bad stuff first. Didn’t love song choice. Didn’t love the arrangement. But you can really sing.” Kara: “It was a solid performance.” Paula: “You pick songs like I bowl. Sometimes you throw gutter balls and you throw strikes. You threw a strike… You’re staying.” Simon: “I’m sorry to put a damper. I didn’t like that performance. You’ve got to get out of Idol land and get in real world. It came off as a bit desperate.”

Pimp spot: Anoop Desai (”Dim All the Lights” Donna Summer) I suggested this one for Danny but Anoop can handle it, too. This is right up Anoop’s alley. A bit soulful, has some slow points and a faster point. He looks better and less fratboy like with a bit of hair growth, too. Randy: Not a fan of arrangement again but he loved the vocals. Kara: “I thought it was a good song choice. It sounded like it could be on the radio. Last two weeks. Best performances. You’re hitting your stride.” Paula: “The look tonight. You look fantastic. Real men know how to wear pink.” Simon: “That was mediocre at best. A horrible version of that song. In my opinion, that was your worst performance by a mile.”

436 comments Add your comment

Mike S

April 21st, 2009
6:21 pm

First on Disco night… OOO OOOO Get down get funky!!!

Mike S

April 21st, 2009
6:22 pm

Well it looks like it is turning out to be Donna Summer night.

Anoop doing “Dim all the Lights”
Kris singing “She Works hard For the Money”

I see nothing good coming from that, and a definate BYE BYE NOOP NOOP.

Mike S

April 21st, 2009
6:26 pm

MJ is saying that the Kris rumor is false, Joe’s Place is sticking by it.

JTesla

April 21st, 2009
6:29 pm

Should be an interesting night, hopefully the producers don’t screw everything up. I will probably watch it back on DVR as Idol for some reason didn’t want to push the show back to Wednesday to allow for the Blazers playoff game tonight.

Mike S

April 21st, 2009
6:40 pm

Should have gotten the Chosen One to come to the game, then it would have been on every network.

Deirdre

April 21st, 2009
7:04 pm

Joe’s Place is reporting that an unknown person has given these song spoilers:

Matt-”Can’t Get Enough of Your Love”

Allison-”Knock on Wood”

Anoop-”Dim All the Lights”

Adam-”Funkytown”

Lil-”Last Dance”

Danny-”Celebration”

Kris-”Saturday Night”

Deirdre

April 21st, 2009
7:08 pm

I probably won’t be blogging during the show. I’m recruiting my in-laws into the cult…um I mean club! :-)

offkey

April 21st, 2009
7:14 pm

Lil’s choice seems like it could be prophetic. Good one for Danny, hand clapping, get the audience involved. Not crazy about Adam’s selection, but you know he’ll camp it up. Anoop can go ahead and start packing. I really have no opinion at this point about the others. Have to wait until they sing.

Nana

April 21st, 2009
7:54 pm

If the above are accurate choices, we should have a very pleasant evening of disco.

harriett

April 21st, 2009
7:59 pm

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love? Knock on Wood? Disco?

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:01 pm

Hello all. Question for the Atlanta country fans who listen to Kicks 101.5 – Have they dropped the country top 40 with Kix Brooks? I was over Easter weekend and tuned in and it wasn’t airing. : (

harriett

April 21st, 2009
8:01 pm

Ok, the Brit version of Knock on Wood.

harriett

April 21st, 2009
8:03 pm

So much for the list.

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:03 pm

Amii Stewart was a one hit wonder with Knock on Wood and Barry White did Can’t get enough…I’m sure there was a “dance” mix that circulated.

offkey

April 21st, 2009
8:04 pm

Oh, great. Matt G gets the wardrobe malfunction award and Adam thinks he’s one of the Munsters.

offkey

April 21st, 2009
8:05 pm

Lil? Every note has sounded flat so far.

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:05 pm

No back stories this week? Wow. Right to the ac-shone (so to speak).

Cadre

April 21st, 2009
8:05 pm

I will not comment on this performence. I would hate to ruffle a feather or two.

How is everyone tonight?

harriett

April 21st, 2009
8:05 pm

She just cannot pick a song.

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:06 pm

Cadre – LOL

offkey

April 21st, 2009
8:07 pm

OK. Paula explained the vocal problems. Too bad, but bye bye.

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:08 pm

EN: I haven’t heard the top 40 in a few weeks and that’s the only station I listen to.

Didn’t like Lil – What happen to the list? Simon is plain and right to the point with her.

harriett

April 21st, 2009
8:08 pm

She’s taken this as far as she can.

Cadre

April 21st, 2009
8:08 pm

Has she been on vocal rest every week?

offkey

April 21st, 2009
8:09 pm

Put a sock in it. Fade gracefully, dear. You have a lot to learn about tact.

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:09 pm

Maybe Lil and Noop will be the two going home.

Katy

April 21st, 2009
8:09 pm

Why has no one told Lil to stop talking back??? :P

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:10 pm

Thanks Nana.

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:10 pm

You notice that Lil says the same thing every week – She wasn’t that bad and she had fun. Takes more than that to win.

WatchingIdol

April 21st, 2009
8:11 pm

Lil’s lack of musical training shows more and more each week. She’s incapable of arranging the song, so unlike Adam, Danny, Kris, Matt, Allison, or Anoop, who each have either training or experience, she cannot take control of the song and redo it in a way that will suit her voice. If she could hit notes, she could depend on others’ arrangements.

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:11 pm

You’re welcome.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:11 pm

it wasnt that bad to me and adam;s outfit doesnt say 80’s. looks more like Frank Sinatra.

gg

April 21st, 2009
8:11 pm

Darn! I was hoping that she would come with ther A game tonight. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t out-of-the park. I remember when Fantasia was competing and she stepped up her game with “Summertime”. I think that song and performance won her the competition. She went outside of herself and brought it on.

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:12 pm

IMO, Alexis was much better than Lil and should still be on.

WatchingIdol

April 21st, 2009
8:12 pm

Is Kris doing the Bay City Roller’s “Saturday Night” tonight? Please tell me there is another Saturday Night.

Rodney Ho

April 21st, 2009
8:12 pm

It was the best Lil Rounds has done in weeks. But our expectations have been way down over time so she finally exceeded them.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:13 pm

i almost didnt recognize kris

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:13 pm

KRIS! She works hard for the money was on the money!

WatchingIdol

April 21st, 2009
8:13 pm

OMG – he is doing “She Works Hard for the Money”

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:13 pm

what a choice

Mike S

April 21st, 2009
8:13 pm

not impre4ssed at all. I am sorry of her voice is tired, but the back ground singers out sung her in that performance. On the positive side, she looked amazing this week

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:14 pm

do you all really think ryan has a girlfriend? that was one of the week-end stories Rodney gave us.

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:14 pm

Killin’ it!!!!

Rodney Ho

April 21st, 2009
8:14 pm

She might not necessarily be a goner depending on how Anoop, Kris and Matt do tonight…

WatchingIdol

April 21st, 2009
8:14 pm

I’m liking this version, but it might have been a mistake to do this on Disco Week.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:14 pm

well this is a totally different and unexpected version of this song.

WatchingIdol

April 21st, 2009
8:15 pm

Rodney, I’m very confused why week after week you indicate Kris is in trouble when he’s never been in the B3.

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:15 pm

FANTASTIC arrangement!

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:15 pm

Like his arrangement. He made it his own.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:15 pm

he could really put that song out now. i think i would actually listen to it on the radio

offkey

April 21st, 2009
8:16 pm

Coffee House Kris. This is the reason why Lil is done. Nice one, Kris. Stock rising again.

Poohette

April 21st, 2009
8:16 pm

I agree with Simon, this is Lil last night. I didn’t like the song for her. Who are picking these songs?

Cadre

April 21st, 2009
8:17 pm

I really liked Kris’s arrangement of that song He definately made it his own.

Katy

April 21st, 2009
8:17 pm

Paula is a nut!!!

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:17 pm

Was that something witty and coherent from Paula?!

Andi

April 21st, 2009
8:17 pm

Hi all! Wow, Kris really brang it tonight. Nice arrangement, good for him!

Rodney Ho

April 21st, 2009
8:17 pm

Surprise, surprise! This feels absolutely nothing like disco but it’s definitely Kris Allen. He’s defined himself as an artist (unlike Lil) and that will keep him alive another week.

harriett

April 21st, 2009
8:18 pm

I did not love it. Liked it ok, but did not love it. I thought the guitar overwhelmed his vocals. He’s good, though.

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:18 pm

her comments confused me!!!

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:19 pm

Kris has the same stylist as simon this week. now we see where the wasted comments come from. i know everyone voted paula. kara has a new look tonight.

Lori

April 21st, 2009
8:20 pm

Verrrrrrrrrry impressed with Kris tonight. He just blew Lil away, for sure!

linny@home

April 21st, 2009
8:22 pm

Well. Kris was incredibly innovative and clever and it WORKED. Niiiiiice job, kiddo!

Mike S

April 21st, 2009
8:22 pm

NOw that is how you show originality! Absolutely loved that arrangement. Great job Kris!

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:22 pm

I think Paula meant that women sing songs originally recorded by male artists more than the guys sing songs originally recorded by female artists.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:22 pm

what is kris’ background in music? does he have a band? etc

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:23 pm

Danny makes one want to get and dance.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:23 pm

danny is boring

WatchingIdol

April 21st, 2009
8:23 pm

One of my favorite songs, but Danny is craptastic tonight.

llats

April 21st, 2009
8:24 pm

OMG I love this song! Not sure he can live up to EWF… its okay though.

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:24 pm

IMHO Kris is starting to eclispe Danny.

Katy

April 21st, 2009
8:24 pm

Kris was great! :)

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:24 pm

he would be george michael with contacts

WatchingIdol

April 21st, 2009
8:24 pm

This is pretty cheesy and not well sung. This is his worst performance. He’s usually pretty on, but this is baaaaad.

War Eagle

April 21st, 2009
8:24 pm

Never cared for Danny and still don’t.

offkey

April 21st, 2009
8:25 pm

Got to give props to Danny. He’s doing a fine job on one of my favorite songs.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:25 pm

that was not that good at all

Andi

April 21st, 2009
8:25 pm

I thought his voice was a bit weak and strained on this.

offkey

April 21st, 2009
8:25 pm

Still not a Danny fan, but I think Randy is right.

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:27 pm

Another DS song!

gg

April 21st, 2009
8:27 pm

I agree with Simon. I’m looking for the “Wow” factor.

gg

April 21st, 2009
8:28 pm

Allison is singing what I was hoping Lil would have sung.

Rodney Ho

April 21st, 2009
8:28 pm

Loved Danny’s “September.” Thanks for picking the song I suggested.

llats

April 21st, 2009
8:29 pm

I agree with Simon on Danny. It was okay, nothing fantastic.

Exit Now

April 21st, 2009
8:29 pm

Interesting arrangement. Beats Lil by a mile.

offkey

April 21st, 2009
8:29 pm

Not sure I like the rocked up Donna from Allison, but that’s her thing, and we are seeing three reasons so far why Lil doesn’t belong here now.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:29 pm

so pretty much everyone took 80’s songs and made them whatever. i didnt like this one at all

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:29 pm

Think Allison is good. Still needs a stylist, but she looks better. Her performance was good.

Poohette

April 21st, 2009
8:29 pm

Kris has it going on

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:29 pm

she seems so one dimensional to me

harriett

April 21st, 2009
8:30 pm

WatchingIdol

April 21st, 2009
8:30 pm

Judy – like Danny, Kris is a church music director. He has a college degree in music, and has recorded an EP. He plays many musical insturments, and the judges have previously credited him with arranging the songs for the band and working with the other contestants during MJ week.

harriett

April 21st, 2009
8:31 pm

Paula is right.

harriett

April 21st, 2009
8:31 pm

So is Simon!

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:31 pm

i hope she is bottom 3. oldest 16 year old ever on this show. so not a fan

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:32 pm

so we get a new pimp spot? has matt or anoop ever been last?

Andi

April 21st, 2009
8:33 pm

I know I’m biased here, but I really liked it. She was definitely better than last week and I don’t agree that the slowed down beginning hurt the arrangement at all.

Mike S

April 21st, 2009
8:33 pm

oh Lord Adam has the Elvis hair going tonight!

Danny – Awesome vocal, but ummm was that dancing?

Allison – Absolutely fantastic. Loved it loved it loved it

So far
1. Kris
2. Allison
3. Danny
7. Lil

Nana

April 21st, 2009
8:33 pm

If Allison is in B3, she won’t go home.

Judy

April 21st, 2009
8:34 pm

gg

April 21st, 2009
8:34 pm

Deidre, you have to get them on this blog too! That’s part of the cult, I mean, enjoyment of watching AI.