American Idol: Top 7 (Again)

Since the judges saved Matt last week, we still had 7 contenders for this week’s disco theme. No one was truly terrible, but no one was all that exciting, either, with the exception of my man, Kris Allen. He rocked “She Works Hard for the Money” and made it sound amazing (it didn’t sound much like disco, but that’s not really a bad thing in my opinion). I really hope he makes it to the finals, since he’s basically the only remaining contestant I care about.

Click the video below to hear his performance, complete with a picture of that adorable and yet bizarre facial contortion he makes when hitting high notes.

Tonight 2 Idols will leave us for good. My predictions? Lil and Anoop.

American Idol: The Top 9

My favorite performance of the night, and probably of the season, was Kris Allen’s performance of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” He totally made it his own, and he rocked the vocals. Here it is, for your viewing/listening pleasure (the first video I had posted got taken down, so this one just has audio, but that’s really all you need):

I mean, seriously, how awesome was that??

I also liked Danny’s performance, but the rest were kind of lackluster, and Adam’s song choice was random and weird (nothing shocking there).

Who’s going home: Megan or Anoop

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American Idol: The Top 11

This week was Grand Ole Opry week, and I never have high hopes for this week because country is just not for everyone. Last night was better than I was expecting, but overall it was “just a’ight.”

My favorites:
1. Anoop singing “You Are Always on My Mind”: the ballad is a perfect genre for him, and he was excellent on this song. Hopefully people will begin taking him more seriously.
2. Allison singing “Blame It on Your Heart”: I really like this girl; she’s ridiculously talented, in my opinion, and I thought the song choice was a good one.
3. Megan singing “I Go Out Walking After Midnight”: The girl had the flu and you wouldn’t have known it had the judges not mentioned it. I know her voice is pretty limited in its style, but I can’t help but like her, weird hip gyrations and all.
4. Kris singing “To Make You Feel My Love”: Initially, I thought his performance was kind of boring, but it’s grown on me a lot. I could imagine hearing it on the radio. He has a lovely voice.

The mediocre:
1. Danny singing “Jesus Take the Wheel”: I like the gravelly quality to his voice, but the beginning of the song was a bit rough.
2. Lil singing “Independence Day”: She should have chosen a different song, as this one just didn’t work. However, I don’t think she should have chosen “I Willl Always Love You,” as the judges said, because I have no doubt that then they would have said it was a safe choice.
3. Alexis singing “Jolene”: I like her some weeks, and then other weeks I don’t. I just can’t decide. Plus, Brooke White sang this song last year, and did a much better job, I think.
4. Matt singing “So Small”: I love this song, but Matt’s voice has this nasally, whiny quality to it that I can’t get past.

The below average:
1. Michael singing “Ain’t Going Down Til the Sun Comes Up”: I had a hard time understanding the words, and he needs to open his mouth more when he sings.
2. Scott: I like his piano playing and his spirit, but the vocal’s just not there.

The horrendously bad:
1. Adam singing “Ring of Fire”: There are no good words to describe this performance. It was bizarre, uncomfortable, absurd, and, to borrow Simon’s word, “indulgent.” In short, it was a disaster. He deserves to go home just because of that.

The bottom 2: Megan and Michael
Going home: Michael

American Idol: The Top 13

I have to say, this season’s contestants are “just aight” for me (in the words of Randy Jackson). I am not terribly excited about any of them at this point, but there’s hopefully room for growth and added potential as the weeks continue. The judges made some poor choices during Wild Card week, in my opinion, and Tuesday’s performances made me all the more sad that Jamar didn’t even make the final cut. He would have been awesome doing a Michael Jackson song, no doubt.

All that being said, my favorites for the evening (not really in a particular order):
1. Megan: Her song choice (“Rockin’ Robin”) was horrible, but she sang it really well, and there’s something very charming and unique about her.
2. Allison: I think in a few places, her version of “Give In to Me” was hard to understand, but overall I thought she was great. It’s hard to believe she’s 16. She’s the rocker chick of this season, and I hope she sticks around for a while.
3. Lil: Even though some would say her choice of “The Way You Make Me Feel” was safe, I thought she did a great job, and her vocal skills are far and above most others in the competition.
4. Anoop: Even though the judges didn’t like his cover of “Beat It,” I thought it was fun and catchy. I’m having a hard time figuring out what kind of artist he is, though, and I’m not sure the judges’ feedback tonight will do him any favors.
5. Danny: His version of “PYT” was a little screamy, but he’s really talented and made the song fun, and I think he’ll be around for a while.

Here are the ones I thought were mediocre:
1. Scott: The guy has passion and heart, but ultimately I’m just not impressed with his vocals. I had never heard “Keep the Faith” before, but it’s all kinds of cheesy.
2. Kris: Kris’s mannerisms during “Remember the Time” reminded me so much of Jason Mraz. He’s cute and talented, but I don’t think he’s going to go very far in the competition.
3. Jorge: I really like Jorge and think he adds a nice dimension to the show, but his version of “Never Gonna Say Goodbye” was cheesy and not at all pitch-perfect. He can definitely do better. Let’s hope he sticks around long enough to prove it.
4. Alexis: I could almost put her in the first group, but I almost think she tries too hard and ends up oversinging. She’ll be around for a long time, though.

The ones I didn’t love:
1. Jasmine: In my opinion, she should not have made the top 13; I think she got through on her looks. “I’ll Be There” was a good song choice for her, but there’s a nasal quality to her voice that I could do without.
2. Adam Lambert: I won’t deny that the boy can sing, but he’s so theatrical and over the top that it detracts from his obvious vocal prowess.
3. Matt: The song ended pretty abruptly, and I didn’t like his voice tonight as much as I used to.
4. Michael: He sang “You Are Not Alone” better than I thought he would, but it was B-O-R-I-N-G.

My predictions for tonight’s elimination (but honestly, I have no clue how it will play out):
Bottom 3: Jorge, Jasmine, and Michael.
Going home: Michael and Jasmine