It's anybody's game tonight, I'm thinking. They're performing two songs tonight - one chosen by the judges, one by the contestant.
Danny Gokey - Dance Little Sister (Paula's pick)
I don't know this song either. This could work for him or against him. People tend to like familiar songs. Interesting that Danny is first tonight. He might be pitchy on the chorus. It's not a particularly hard melody and he's kind of yelling at us up until the sax solo. I didn't love the song or the performance. Randy likes it. Kara doesn't like the dancing. Paula is irrelevant here. (She's always irrelevant. What am I saying...) "Sign Your Name" would have been a much better choice for him. Good call, Simon. And though Danny is singing a ballad later (which was Paula's excuse for choosing this song), "Sign Your Name" has enough of a beat to it that it would have worked I think. I digress...
Kris Allen - Apologize (Kara & Randy's pick)
NICE. Excellent choice for him. Hope he kills it. He's sitting at the piano - excellent. I like that he's doing the chorus in falsetto and full voice. That's a cool little change. He's full voice through the second chorus and second chorus. Liked it a lot. Randy likes it. Kara was underwhelmed and wanted him to change it up. Paula - you aren't allowed to comment on bum notes or poor vocals. Simon calls Kara out for giving him the song and then criticizing him for singing the song the way it was originally recorded. It would have been cool on acoustic guitar. They should have suggested it. Wow. Kara is a little bit crazy tonight.
Adam Lambert - One (Simon's pick)
Again, I think it's unfair for Simon to pick for Adam. Simon got clearance from Bono for him to sing this. Pared down with just piano. Diggity doesn't take kindly to people messing with U2 songs, but I think he might even like this. Holy crap. That was amazing. Fantastic arrangement, great vocals. Fantastic. Randy likes it. Kara says it was unbelievable. Paula throws down some more analogies. I don't think I've heard this much of Paula all season. Diggity usually zips through her comments. Simon thought his song choice was brilliant. I love Simon.
Danny Gokey - You Are So Beautiful
He did a fantastic job with that song. Great liberties with the melody. Great vocals. He really did a good job. Simon called it a vocal masterclass. That's a pretty great compliment.
Kris Allen - Heartless
Not sure about Kanye West as a choice for Kris. Never mind. I like it. I love it! That was great. I can see why he went with piano on the first song. Randy and Kara are gushing. Paula is stupid, but she liked it. Simon likes it too. Kris is a total stud. That's why he's still here, kids. That performance right there. 1-866-IDOLS-02 or 08
Adam Lambert - Cryin'
This is a great choice for him. We'll see how he does. Okay. He ROCKED that out. Especially after Danny atrociously screamed Aerosmith last week. That was great. Everyone loved it and Simon reminds us to vote for Adam.
Watching the video recap back, here's who did the best job (in my humble opinion):
I don't know who will actually go home. I really have no clue. I hope it's Adam and Kris. I like Danny a lot, but I really think Adam and Kris were the best tonight.
Who did you like?