Disco fever. Yeah, it’s Disco Week for American Idol 8 but some of the contestants did not make my feet move to dance, even just a little bit. Three of them tried to change the song to suit their styles and one failed. The other two really surprised the hell out of me with their own interpretation of disco classics. Besides inviting us to dance with them this week, I saw stubbles with the guys, except Adam.
Lil Rounds – I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan)
I thought Lil is better modeling for wigs. She opened the show and yes, it was nice not until you’ll hear the rest of the contestants. I think I forgot her after the show. That’s how forgettable her performance was And she’s pitchy from beginning to end which I think stemmed from the fact that she did not connect with the band. She’s heading home tomorrow. Simon was correct – we lost her.
Kris Allen – She Works Hard For The Money (Donna Summer)
This was brave. Kris does not stop in surprising most of us. We know he did some magic in the arrangement of his songs week after week and this time, he managed to create something new to a popular disco tune and a Summer song at that. Expectedly unexpected! The soft, cool groove he brought out from his acoustic version is so Kris Allen and a sure hit on the dance floor. And OMG! Would you like Kris to “shop around ladies’ underwear”?! Or Simon’s? lols
Danny Gokey – September (EWF)
I thought Danny would sing September and he did! He was growling from start to finish. I love the song with its clean vocals and growling most of the lyrics did not make me jump dance. Nevertheless, the performance was okay and as always, more pimping from the judges, especially from Paula. But Simon has a good punch – he did not get any star power out of the performance. Haha!
Allison Iraheta – Hot Stuff (Donna Summer)
Another Summer cover. Allison did slow down the song a little bit to create a rock edge out of it. I thought she failed on that. I feel there’s something lacking in the performance of Allison since last week. She’s beginning to be bland in contrary to what the judges have been saying about her. She might be in danger to be in the bottom 3, but she’s definitely be the only girl standing after tomorrow.
Adam Lambert – If I Can’t Have You (Yvonne Elliman)
Is the original a swing tune? But Adam turned it into a ballad instead. He pulled it off, for the most part, showcasing his vocal range but I really would like him to stop screaming. That scream in the middle of the chorus is a pain in the ears. He should have reached his notes clean, no screaming, which I think would give him another ‘unexpected’ moment and more vulnerability. Overall, it was brilliant and I really like the blue ray lights.
Matt Giraud – Stayin’ Alive (The Bee Gees)
I thought his song choice this week is a response to his save the last time. He made the song sound more funky and he still has those signature R&B runs especially at the end. He sounded good but I guess it was just an okay performance for me. The voters might put him again in the bottom 3 tomorrow. I should think so.
Anoop Desai – Dim All The Lights (Donna Summer)
A third Summer cover. Pimp spot. But I’ll just put my comment this way – his performance is okay but I like his facial hair more. His stubble might attract more voters to keep him from going home tomorrow.
My ranking –
1. Adam Lambert
2. Kris Allen
3. Danny Gokey
4. Allison Iraheta
5. Anoop Desai
6. Matt Giraud – will be eliminated
7. Lil Rounds – will be eliminated