Hello, everyone! I didn't think I was going to get to watch this tonight! I'm in NYC tonight because I have a photography workshop tomorrow morning in Brooklyn. I'm very excited about tomorrow. Hopefully the rain in the forecast doesn't materialize.
It's Motown week! The kids get to go to Detroit! Smokey Robinson is the mentor.
Matt Giraud - "Let's Get it On"
As previously mentioned, I love Matt. He's an uber-talented musician and I really like watching him perform. Paula is up dancing. I wish that was actually a good sign. He reminds me of my "boyfriend" Justin Timberlake and that is a good thing. I loved that he played the piano and I love that he got up from the piano and sang straight to the audience. I loved it. I'm very glad to hear the judges agree. That was a great song for him. I hate that he's starting the show. It's traditionally not a good thing. Vote! 1-866-IDOLS-01
Kris Allen - "How Sweet it Is"
Such a talented kid. I like him a lot too. Paula's dancing again. He was awesome. Typically, the weak performers come first. If this is a typical lineup, I'm excited to see what is coming later in the show! Because the first two performances have been fantastic. 1-866-IDOLS-02
Scott MacIntyre - "Can't Hurry Love"
This could be interesting. Love that the backup singers are right next to the piano. That's great and should make it more fun to watch. I'm not sure I love the song for him. I wish he could give us some different vocal color week to week. I'm glad this was upbeat, and I liked the piano riffs, but I'm not sure about the whole thing. Paula - don't bring props for your jokes. Not cool. Not funny.
Megan Joy - "For Once in My Life"
I thought I was going to like this when I saw her with Smokey, but I hate it. She's yelling and completely oversinging and not even close on many of the notes. I wish she had done something different with the band. If she'd slowed it down and done a different arrangement, this song might have worked with her voice. The second half of the song was a little better. I'm not sure I love her dress and hair either. Randy is right with me. Thanks, Dawg. Kara doesn't like it. Paula's leading with an appearance compliment and telling Megan that the camera loves her, so she doesn't like it either. Simon's going to ream her. The Vote for The Worsters are going to LOVE this performance.
Anoop Desai - "Ooh Baby, Baby"
Cool to hear the story of how the song was written from Smokey. He was a little pitchy at the start. He sounds good going into the chorus. It still freaks me out to hear that voice coming out of Anoop. Don't know why. It's a great voice, don't get me wrong. It just doesn't match up. Like when you hear a DJ on the radio and you think you know what they look like and then you see them and they don't look anything like that. It was great to listen to, kind of boring to watch. Thanks, judges. Glad we are in concurrence. (Is that a word? Did I make it up?)
Michael Sarver - "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
Should be a great song for his voice. He's doing about what I expected he would do, so I don't have much more to say. It's alright. I'm not sure I like it. Except at the end. He swallowed the sound and almost choked on it. I was scared for the health and well-being of his vocal cords for about three seconds at the end. Wow, the judges are really raking him across the coals more than I thought they would.
Lil Rounds - "Heat Wave"
Sorry, I was doing something else while I listened. Here's my analysis - great voice, boring performance, liked the dress. Oversinging a little bit. Agree with the judges - probably not the best song for her to do what she needs to do. Simon's critique was right on. Plus, she got Rickey's dreaded red lights...
Adam Lambert - "Tracks of My Tears"
Excited to hear this. All acoustic with the instrumentalists onstage with him. That was outstanding. Excellent changeup from last week. Love it. And it appears as though he started using Proactiv or got some better makeup this week. Standing ovation from Smokey Robinson. That says it all. (I just noticed something funny - when Paula starts to ramble, they always pull back and show Simon in her shot as well. They don't do that with anyone else.) I know you all know that I love Adam, but all love aside, that was artistically and technically amazing. 1-866-IDOLS-08.
Danny Gokey - "Get Ready"
This is a fun song. I hope he doesn't oversing again. Cute that he went to dance with the backup singers. He's got a lot of energy in his body and in his voice, but I didn't see it in his face until about halfway through. He shuts his eyes a lot. And if you'll recall, I hate eye closing. (See: Kristy Lee Cook, last season) I'm not too annoyed by the eye closing yet, but I'm now watching for it. Okay, Paula...new rule - no rhyming in your comments and no props for your jokes. 1-866-IDOLS-09
Allison Iraheta - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
This is a sweet song. She sang the crap out of that. Holy cow. She has cords of steel. I always worry that she isn't going to be able to do it, and she pulls it off. That was great. Why does Paula have a moustache? I saw Simon draw it, but I'm not sure why it happened. They're so silly. I wish they wouldn't detract from the performers like that. 1-866-IDOLS-10
In Summary -
Loved It: Matt Giraud, Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta
Meh: Anoop Desai, Michael Sarver, Lil Rounds
Hated It: Megan Joy, Scott MacIntyre
Bold Predictions -
Bottom 3: Megan Joy*, Michael Sarver, Scott MacIntyre (*She may not end up in the bottom 3 because of VFTW)
Going Home: Michael Sarver