For the first time, the American Idol stage became a ‘horror’ platform. It is supposed to be ROCK night and not a HORROR show. Led Zeppelin for the first time on Idol and DUUUUUEEEEETSSSSS?!!! Now that is a very bad idea! It’s just not right at this stage of the competition.
Adam Lambert – Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin) First time for the song and definitely more screaming from Adam. He also has a more valid reason to darken his eye make-up. I really hate metal rock or hardcore rock. It is just annoying for me and bad for the ears. But Adam made it so simple and ushered us to what I should call, a SCREAM night. And Randy, that performance was definitely Broadway! Very calculated and Adam seemed to be counting the measures.
Allison Iraheta – Cry Baby (Janis Joplin) She looked 10-15 years older with her make-up. And man, every high note is a struggle for her. Cry baby Allison, cry! Let it out! Sorry there…I was carried away. Definitely not original, trying hard Joplin.
Kris Allen/Danny Gokey – Renegade (Styx) Again, the duet is a bad idea. Anything like this in the finals will just put down one of partners. It’s a competition. That’s how it is. Although I like the blending of Kris and Danny, Danny’s raspy voice seemed not to stick close with the band. It’s like watching the musical Jekyll and Hyde’s scene where Dr. Jekyll is transforming to Mr. Hyde, a battle between the good and evil – Kris’s pleasant, ‘alternative’ voice versus Danny’s unnecessary growling. And wait till you hear his solo performance.
Kris Allen – Come Together (Beatles) This might be a lame choice of song as compared to the other three but Kris got his own groove into the arrangement. He is not a rocker and his voice is definitely not attuned to the screaming fest. The performance was good, more on the safe side. And Simon, nobody in his right mind would eat ice at lunch, even if it’s made of mineral water.
Danny Gokey – Dream On (Aerosmith) I think Michael Johns sang this last year, right? Hungry for glory notes? Danny might have thought he got it right just for you but OMG, what was he thinking? It’s pure scream, way different than Adam could have done it. Kara is right – he took it TOO FAR and I’d say he FAILED. It was awful. That scream might be the reason why there was an accident during the dress rehearsal LOL.
Adam Lambert/Allison Iraheta – Slow Ride (Foghat) The duet was great and I thought Allison was confident enough with her parts. Adam sounded better than his solo performance. And the obvious pimping this whole season goes to these two.
So what do you think of the performances? I have never seen such “horror” in American Idol as tonight.
My ranking (including the duets):
1. Adam Lambert
2. Kris Allen
3. Allison Iraheta
4. Danny Gokey
Who should go home: Allison Iraheta
Who will go home: Kris Allen/Allison Iraheta (I’m still crossing my fingers there for Kris)
Shocker elimination: Danny Gokey