With five excellent vocalists left, we got five good to great performances on Rat Pack night. Having sturdy classic songs and the big orchestra helped. And Jamie Foxx was a fairly good mentor, helping Matt and Danny especially.
Tough picks tonight.
Who will be in the bottom three: Matt, Allison, Kris
Who will be in the bottom two if there is only a bottom two: Matt, Allison
Who will go home: Matt
Who should be in the bottom three: Matt, Danny, Allison
Who should be in the bottom two: Matt, Danny
Who should go home: Matt
My personal rankings: 1- Allison 2- Kris 3- Adam 4- Danny 5- Matt
Early dialidol rankings show nobody is so far off the mark to be a goner. The ranks are 1-Adam 2-Danny 3-Allison 4- Kris 5- Matt. No surprises there.
First up: Kris Allen (”The Way You Look Tonight”) – I recommended Danny sing this but Kris is just fine. He sexed it up, steamed it up. He really had control of that stage. A beaut. Randy: “This is your best performance to date.” Kara: “Tonight, you have set the technical standard so incredibly high this evening. Your impeccable phrasing, your diction, your rhythm, your timing.” Paula: “Your quiet confidence makes you this contemporary crooner.” Simon: “I think it was good but not as enthusiastic as these three. I thought it was a little bit wet. It’s like a well-trained spaniel for a walk. I didn’t think it was incredible. I don’t think I get the feeling you can win it based on tonight.”
Second up: Allison Iraheta (”Someone to Watch over Me”) She turned 17 yesterday! This song Kat McPhee sang a couple of years back – fairly well if my memory serves me correct. Going the torch route for Allison is definitely a change of pace. Although she’s only 17, she still looks like she’s about to turn 35. And vocally? She’s as mature as it gets. So it works, even if she hasn’t had a boyfriend (or so she says.). Jamie did bring up a good idea by having her think of her family. Great job! Randy: “You sing like Pink with 9,000 more octaves… that was da bomb.” Kara: “I ain’t nervous for you anymore. Let me tell you! You converted some new fans tonight. You aren’t a one-trick pony.” Paula: “It had an innocent sensibility that was alluring and tender.” Simon: “Do you think you can win this competition?” Allison: “I think I can.” Simon: “I don’t feel that belief in you still. It was a great performance… I have a horrible feeling you will be trouble tonight.”
Third up: Matt Giraud (”My Funny Valentine”) – Jamie Foxx suggests he change the key partway through. Will that help? He’s not bad but his vocal command simply isn’t there compared to the other four. I don’t think the key change got him the response he needed. It was good. But was it good enough? Randy: “That was one of the hardest songs tonight. It was a little bit pitchy. Some of the runs landed right. Some didn’t. A 6 out of 10.” Kara: “You have to be the leader of the pack. I appreciate the runs… I didn’t feel you were emotionally connected.” Paula: “I love the advice you took from Jamie by lowering the key. I felt the emotional connection. It was pure, simple and impressive.” Simon: “I’m going to have to disagree with Randy. I thought for me, it was the only believable authentic song I heard tonight. I can tell you love the music. You were absolutely brilliant.” (Randy dislikes, Simon loves? When does that ever happen?)
Fourth up: Danny Gokey (”Come Rain or Come Shine”) – This song doesn’t seem to provide enough vocal range for Danny until the very end. He does add a nice bluesy touch to it. But I’m not a big fan of this song in general. Randy: “The only one who could have an album of those tonight.” Kara: “You had swag tonight. I mean, the end to that performance was the most creative you’ve been with a melody.” Paula: “Stellar performance.” Simon: “You came out to prove a point… your performance was what I think you’re capable of.”
Pimp spot: Adam Lambert (”Feeling Good’) – I actually enjoyed it. The usual screeching. But he has such control of what he does on stage, it’s easy to get sucked into the Lambert gaze, the Lambert orbit. Randy: “It was a little too Broadway for me but you were in the zone.” Kara: “My mouth drops open every time you perform.” Paula: “You’re our Michael Phelps.” Simon: “What I get from you is the feeling that you want to win and prove a point and you want to entertain.”
And in an interview with TV Guide, Simon wishes we could see what goes on at the mansion and chronicle whatever tensions go on between contestants. He hates the kumbaya vibe. He still thinks an Adam and Danny top 2 is possible though Kris has been his most pleasant surprise. .