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American Idol Recap: The Top Seven Sing Songs From the Movies with Quentin Tarantino

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OK, I'm officially annoyed with American Idol. After last week's Lambert-eliminating overtime debacle, the producers decided that this week, to get the show in on time, they'd only let two of the four judges talk for any performance. Then, about five or six performances in, they started to run late and cut even those comments down to single sentences — and the show (not the performances, just Lil and Simon's bickering and the recap) still ran into Fringe. Know what? It's the eighth season of doing live shows. How do they not have this figured out by now? Cut the pre-taped segments and the couch babble, not the actual feedback!

Another thing that bugged me on movie songs night with Quentin Tarantino: the song choice. Overall, it was an hour of blah and Bryan Adams. Nothing against Bryan Adams — I mean, he's got some good movie songs — but an hour of the same power ballads and love songs we hear nearly every Idol season anyway doesn't make for great TV. Even Adam Lambert was relatively tame. Were you also less than thrilled with this episode, or did you find some gems in the seven performances? Don't forget to vote for which singer you think is going home, and to read my thoughts, just

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Allison Iraheta — Allison's "rocker girl goes to the movies" pick was the now totally obvious "Don't Want to Miss a Thing." She has the growl for Aerosmith, and she's definitely got the stage presence. The arrangement played it a little safe in terms of letting her sing notes in her comfort zone, but still, another solid outing. Paula said she's vocally distinctive, while Simon said she's the girls' only hope to win.

Anoop Desai — Anoop just sounds the most solid on romantic ballads. Whether he wants to be a crooner or not, the dude totally is, and "(Everything I Do) I Do For You" was another good example of the soulful stuff what he does best. Plus, he looks less awkward and more romantic, which has to help the voting. Randy said Anoop has finally found his place, and Kara was happy to be feeling a connection with him again.

Adam Lambert — Ohh, the punk/electronica version of "Born to Be Wild." That's something I never thought I'd hear but I guess that's what Adam Lambert is for. After last week's quiet "Mad World," he amped things up, worked the stage, flirted with the band, and reminded us of his rocker side. It actually wasn't my favorite vocal of his, but does it matter? Paula said some psychobabble, while Simon said it was a bit too Rocky Horror.

Matt Giraud — "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" could have been a sexy, breakthrough moment for Matt, but here's the thing: The flip side of him being good at riffing is that he's not great at picking a note and sticking with it, and on this song, that came off warbly, not soulful. Randy and Kara both said that when he chose to change the melody, he also had to make every note perfect — and that didn't happen.

Danny Gokey — I'm harsh on Danny from time to time, but he does have a nice, rich tone to his voice, and "Endless Love" was a smart choice for demonstrating that. I wasn't in love with the harp, gotta say; that made it Disney-cheesy. And it wasn't the most exciting performance. But, again, solid. Paula again praised his unique voice, while Simon was bored by the arrangement but couldn't fault the singing.

Kris Allen — Well, I love this song, and I was so happy to hear a song from a recent movie that I might be utterly biased. But I thought Kris did an admirable job pulling off "Falling Slowly" — especially considering the original is a duet. Randy thought the whole thing was pitchy, but Kara thought it was Kris's best moment on the show.

Lil Rounds — "The Rose" seemed perfectly calculated to show off Lil's vocal range, and it . . . did, but something just seemed off about it. I didn't hear as much of the gospel flavor as Lil had when she sang for Tarantino, and she doesn't seem to be performing with a lot of attack right now. Paula said some unintelligible but positive things, but Simon said Lil's going about this all wrong and isn't the artist they met at the start.

Best of the night: Adam, Anoop, and Danny — and I'm on Kara's side about Kris.

In trouble: Lil and Matt for sure, and I could see Allison ending up there — or even Kris, if the voters agree with Randy and not Kara.

Going home: I have a feeling it's Matt.

Photos courtesy of Fox

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PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
Poor Kris...he just never seems to get the judges on his side. I really like him and I don't think he gets enough credit for how good he is. And can we please talk about Allison's stlyist for one moment? She's the rocker. We get it. But why do they keep sending her out looking like an absolute train wreck? Lil needs to shut her trap and go home.
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 7 years
Poor Kris...he just never seems to get the judges on his side. I really like him and I don't think he gets enough credit for how good he is. And can we please talk about Allison's stlyist for one moment? She's the rocker. We get it. But why do they keep sending her out looking like an absolute train wreck? Lil needs to shut her trap and go home.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
Kris was awesome. I would totally buy his CD.
emalove emalove 7 years
I completely disagree with Randy's assessment of Kris's performance--he was by far my favorite of the evening. I thought he was fabulous. Adam is my overall fave, but he was too over-the-top and theatrical last night. It just felt contrived, and I hate that.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
Happsmjc - you're not the only one. I am BEYOND tired of Danny. I liked him at first, but he hasn't wowed me recently. I think he's still getting pity votes (not that I don't feel sorry for the guy).
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY BUZZ!! I said to my friend--IF they had the same problem as last week with ONE less singer, AND two less judges speaking (and cutting them down to one sentence) then it CANNOT BE THE CRITIQUES! If we can figure that out why can't they!?!? I personally want to hear from all four judges--so I thought this sucked! The song choices were LAME was well. Old, old, and older. Kris was the only standout, with a current and moving song. I loved it! The rest just blended together for me. I still like Matt though, and still don't like Danny (am I the only one??) he sounds the same (which is mediocre at best) to me every week...so over it.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY BUZZ!! I said to my friend--IF they had the same problem as last week with ONE less singer, AND two less judges speaking (and cutting them down to one sentence) then it CANNOT BE THE CRITIQUES! If we can figure that out why can't they!?!? I personally want to hear from all four judges--so I thought this sucked!The song choices were LAME was well. Old, old, and older. Kris was the only standout, with a current and moving song. I loved it! The rest just blended together for me. I still like Matt though, and still don't like Danny (am I the only one??) he sounds the same (which is mediocre at best) to me every week...so over it.
jgulli3 jgulli3 7 years
Well said Buzz! I do love Adam tho!
jgulli3 jgulli3 7 years
Well said Buzz!I do love Adam tho!
annebreal annebreal 7 years
I was glad Simon was back to be quasi-critical of Adam. Seriously, everyone else but Adam gets the "you're indulgent" and "we don't know what kind of record you'd make" criticisms, but Adam gets a free pass and he deserves that the most. Talented, sure, but over-the-top and I can only see him doing Broadway. Can't see him on the radio at all.
care0531 care0531 7 years
lemuse20 I am with you I don't think Matt was that bad either. I voted for him for over an hour!
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
I guess I must have been watching a different show because I didn't think Matt was "that" bad, and Danny was so borrrring to me. I agree with princess_eab, the song Kris sang was nice and he did a good job, but the original was just better.
princess_eab princess_eab 7 years
I thought Adam and Anoop were the best this week. I love that song that Kris sang, but honestly, it was better in the film - so much better! Lil sucked as usual - I don't think she's very good.
zeze zeze 7 years
"Cut the pre-taped segments and the couch babble, not the actual feedback! "Heck YA! Ryan just needs to shut up - "hot Paula" "yellow stripe Randy" "Provacative Kara" seriously!This episode was BORING, could not agree more with you Buzz.Oh and favorite moment, when Paula said something really weird and I said to my sister "I have no idea what she is saying" and then Simon turns to her and says "I have no idea what you just said" - it is sad when that is the best moment of the night!
zeze zeze 7 years
"Cut the pre-taped segments and the couch babble, not the actual feedback! " Heck YA! Ryan just needs to shut up - "hot Paula" "yellow stripe Randy" "Provacative Kara" seriously! This episode was BORING, could not agree more with you Buzz. Oh and favorite moment, when Paula said something really weird and I said to my sister "I have no idea what she is saying" and then Simon turns to her and says "I have no idea what you just said" - it is sad when that is the best moment of the night!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
I think its time for Lil to go home...and I didnt really like Allisons song and its my fav movie song of all time it was just eh.Anoop did really really good, I was happy for him.Fav quote of the night was Adam mouthing 'I love that musical' when Simon said it was Rocky Horrorish
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
I think its time for Lil to go home...and I didnt really like Allisons song and its my fav movie song of all time it was just eh. Anoop did really really good, I was happy for him. Fav quote of the night was Adam mouthing 'I love that musical' when Simon said it was Rocky Horrorish
Courtney82 Courtney82 7 years
I never heard the Kris song before but quickly added the movie to netflix and bought the CD on amazon. Loved it but I am a big Damien Rice fan and it very much reminded me of him.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
Adam's self-indulgence annoys me to no end.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I watched it live and then watched it all back on my dvr and EVERYONE except for Adam had pitch problems. It was a horrible night overall. Adam was good but seeing how different he was the last couple weeks I don't think he was as orginal this week. It was the first week that I knew right away what song he was singing and could sing along with it.Dial Idol has Allison, Matt and Kris in the bottom with Kris going home. I can see them using the save for anyone of them. The only bad things is that 2 will go home next week.I think that both Matt and Allison are good but they keep finding themselves in the bottom 3. Lets face it Anoop and Lil should be there before them!I don't like having the 4 judges it eats up time. i like hearing what Simon has to say because he tells it how it is. Paula needs to go she makes so senses what so ever! Kara should take over for Paula and go back to 3 judges.Simon talks of leaving but he loves himself and his opinions too much to leave.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I watched it live and then watched it all back on my dvr and EVERYONE except for Adam had pitch problems. It was a horrible night overall. Adam was good but seeing how different he was the last couple weeks I don't think he was as orginal this week. It was the first week that I knew right away what song he was singing and could sing along with it. Dial Idol has Allison, Matt and Kris in the bottom with Kris going home. I can see them using the save for anyone of them. The only bad things is that 2 will go home next week. I think that both Matt and Allison are good but they keep finding themselves in the bottom 3. Lets face it Anoop and Lil should be there before them! I don't like having the 4 judges it eats up time. i like hearing what Simon has to say because he tells it how it is. Paula needs to go she makes so senses what so ever! Kara should take over for Paula and go back to 3 judges. Simon talks of leaving but he loves himself and his opinions too much to leave.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 7 years
Kris was my favorite of the night, I love that song and thought he did a great job with it. I can kind of see how it might not have gone over that well though, because unless you've heard the song before or know the movie it might not have been something people like.I also liked Adam, I think he's a rock star.
Curlywhirl Curlywhirl 7 years
Kris was my favorite of the night, I love that song and thought he did a great job with it. I can kind of see how it might not have gone over that well though, because unless you've heard the song before or know the movie it might not have been something people like. I also liked Adam, I think he's a rock star.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
Good. Lord. Matt sucked. A lot. I usually really like him but he was way off his game. I'd give him the benefit of the doubt and keep him another week, but whoa that was bad.Lil was terrible as usual. She deserves to go since she hasn't had a good week since this thing started.Danny didn't annoy me as much as usual. The rest were okay.I was a bit bored by this week too. And I'm with Buzz about keeping it to the time slot. They need to cut a few commercials and keep their viewers happy. I do NOT like missing out on entire performances OR judges' comments.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
Good. Lord. Matt sucked. A lot. I usually really like him but he was way off his game. I'd give him the benefit of the doubt and keep him another week, but whoa that was bad. Lil was terrible as usual. She deserves to go since she hasn't had a good week since this thing started. Danny didn't annoy me as much as usual. The rest were okay. I was a bit bored by this week too. And I'm with Buzz about keeping it to the time slot. They need to cut a few commercials and keep their viewers happy. I do NOT like missing out on entire performances OR judges' comments.
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