It's Grand Ole Opry week on American Idol, which meant time for everyone to bring out their best country voices — other than Adam Lambert, who decided sitar music was in order. Let's start with the low points. Michael Sarver kicked off the night in an utterly forgettable way, and while he's cute, it might be back to the oil rigs for him. Scott MacIntyre was sadly not on his game and gave a pretty mediocre performance. Also in the middle ground for me: Lil Rounds, Alexis Grace, Allison Iraheta, and cute "tender dog" Kris Allen. And then there was Adam Lambert. Whoa, Adam Lambert. The judges were split on his complete assault on "Ring of Fire." I mean, Allison rocked out, but at least she was country; his sitar-infused rendition of a classic seemed like both cheating and disrespectful of the song. Simon said it best with, "What the hell was that?"
On the other end of the spectrum was Anoop, who totally turned things around looking and sounding amazing (yay). Simon said he went from "zero to hero." Megan looked pretty and wowed the judges despite being sick. Danny Gokey is a bit too schmaltzy for my taste, though the choice of "Jesus Takes the Wheel" was well played — as usual the fans and judges were smitten. In my opinion, the best was saved for last. Matt Giraud sang Carrie Underwood's "So Small" and sounded fantastic behind the piano. Still getting a JT vibe, which is a good thing, though Simon also compared him to Michael Buble. Check out all of Buzz's thoughts on last night too. As for who will be eliminated — I'm going to have to say Michael Sarver or Alexis Grace. Who do you think is going home tonight?
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