Last night the Idols had to sing a song from the year they were born. So it was basically 80s night except for Allison who was born in the 90s.
Once again Adam and Danny were the top singers. Danny started the show off and Adam finished it. Simon gave Adam a standing ovation, which may be a first. But part of that could be the show ran way over time and he had to critique Adam for the group of judges.
Allison did her usual great job singing Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me“, once again sounding like an experienced 30 year old even though she’s 16. The only criticism she got was she needs to show her youthful side because she’s coming off way too old for her age.
With the weakest links gone from the show, Anoop and Matt had to be on their best footing last night and they succeeded in turning out really good performances. Anoop sang “True Colors” very movingly. Matt did a great take on Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover. He even won over Randy who is usually really critical of anyone taking on Stevie Wonder songs.
On the other hand, three of the usually dependable contestants faltered last night.
Lil Rounds disappointed with her cover of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to do with it.” It was solid but not inspired, so the judges gave her flak. She may end up in the bottom three, where she has been once before.
Scott McIntyre screeched out the Search is Over by Survivor. He decided to use a guitar this time. But most of the judges pummeled him. And he talked back a little. Bad move, Scott. He will probably be in the bottom three.
Kris Allen did a strange jazzy version of ““All She Wants to Do is Dance”” by Don Henley. That song has a serious message, but Kris made it upbeat and bouncy. It sounded strange. It didn’t go over that well with the judges. My guess is he will be in the bottom three.
The only thing that might throw it off is popularity. Anoop or Matt may be unjustly in the bottom three if they are less popular than the others. Because both Matt and Anoop really did a great job last night.
Tonight Kellie Pickler will be singing. She sure has done well for herself even though she only made 5th place (or was it sixth?). I remember the Taylor Hicks fans obsessing how popular she was when she kept staying in week after week. I’m sure the fans of the other contestants this year are obsessing over Adam’s popularity wit the judges. Not that I’m comparing him to Kellie, but I think most of the final six or seven contestants this year (if not all of them) will put out CDs. It’s a very solid bunch of singers.