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American Idol 8 Recap: Group Two with Adam Lambert, Megan Corkrey, Allison Iraheta

American Idol Rundown: The Second Group of 12

If this year were a typical year of American Idol, I'd say nearly all the singers in Wednesday's second group round were good enough to make it through. There weren't a ton of outright terrible performances (though also few outstanding ones), and — especially in the second half of the show — most of the contestants proved they deserved another chance.

Unfortunately, in this wild card year, second chances aren't going to be very easy to come by. To move on for sure, you've got to knock your performance out of the park. As far as I'm concerned, two people did that on Wednesday — one I expected, one I definitely did not — and beyond that, it's kind of anyone's game. Which three contestants do you think are making it through tonight? To see my thoughts on each of the 12 singers and my guesses for who's moving on, just


Jasmine Murray: She's a cutiepie with a good voice, but "Love Song" was all kinds of wrong for her. She had to start way too low, and in general her voice has too much attack for a gentle song like this. Randy would have rather had her sing Rihanna, Kara said it was all over the place, Paula said she worked to sing around the song, and Simon was disappointed.

Matt Giraud: I was excited to see this year's Timberfake take on an actual modern song, but his "Viva La Vida" was a letdown. All through the first verse, I maintained my hope that he'd bring it home, but the chorus was wobbly and off-pitch and — worst of all — largely monotone. Paula said it was better than his rehearsal (ouch), while Simon said it verged on horrible.

Jeanine Vailes: Speaking of monotone, I think picking "This Love" for the first showcase performance of her Idol experience was a mistake. The background singers overpowered her at times, and she seemed to be working way too hard, especially during an odd wailing part. Paula wouldn't even give a critique; Kara said she's pretty but the song was overdone.

Nick "Normund Gentle" Mitchell: Can a joke contestant ever win Idol? If so, Nick/Normund will be the one. I mean, the guy practically made love to a light-up sign during "And I Am Telling You." The funny thing is, he's actually done better vocal performances before; this one wasn't great. Simon called it horrific comedy, but the other judges seemed entertained.

Allison Iraheta: Something about her personality rubs me the wrong way, but that doesn't matter when she opens her mouth to sing. She absolutely killed "Alone," with a stage presence and awareness that we haven't seen on this show in a while. I could imagine her in concert. Kara said she's serious, while Simon called her the night's best at that point "by a clear mile."

Kris Allen: With "Man in the Mirror," Kris gave us our second Michael Jackson song of the semifinals. The start of this seemed out of his range, but it picked up on the chorus; it's what I expected from Matt Giraud, actually. It's not exactly full of personality but definitely decent. Kara liked him better soulful, but the other three thought he nailed it.

Megan Corkrey: She's a font designer, and she knows how to pick a song? I couldn't possibly like her more. "Put Your Records On" was a great choice because it worked with, not against, her unique vocal style. Girl's gonna be awkward if she ever has to move around the stage, though. Simon thought she got shouty at the end, but all the judges wanted to see her again.

Matt Breitzke: I'm sorry, did he sing something? His "If You Could Only See" just bored me to tears. It was . . . fine. Fine like good karaoke. It was almost too clean; the song calls for some growliness, and he was totally straightforward. Simon liked him personally (another hard-working American man in the Sarver vein) but hated the performance; the others agreed.

Jesse Langseth: She's an interesting one. Her "Bette Davis Eyes" was kind of cool and breathy, and I liked the arrangement, though I don't know how much credit to give her for that. I didn't love the chorus, but when she had time to really hit a note on the verses, she sucked me in. Randy thought the range was too limited but Paula found her captivating.

Kai Kalama: Yawning again — his "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" was just a standard, straight-ahead Idol performance, unmemorable in almost every way. Simon said he's seen that kind of performance a million times and wasn't impressed, but Kara and Paula thought there was something to him.

Mishavonna Henson: I think I figured it out: She's this year's Gina Glocksen, a past Idol reject who wants so badly to get it right this time. I liked Gina, so that's not a bad thing. But "Drops of Jupiter" wasn't the right song; she seemed to be playing it safe the whole way through. Kara said she's almost too put-together, and Simon wanted her to be more fun.

Adam Lambert: OK, he said he reads Twilight, so the competition can probably just end now. He's obviously in another league in terms of stage presence and professionalism. His "Satisfaction" was bizarre at times, brilliant at others, but it definitely left me intrigued. Randy called him Fall Out Boy mixed with Robert Pattinson, Kara admired his range, and Simon couldn't decide if it was awful or fantastic.

Here are my guesses for the results:

Going through: Adam for the boys, Allison for the girls. I think the third spot is likely Jesse, Megan, or Kris, though Matt Giraud has a big fan base already and could slip in . . . as could Nick/Normund.

Potentially back for the wild card: Any of the above, plus Mishavonna and Jasmine

Don't forget to give me your guesses before tonight's show!

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the-afterlife the-afterlife 8 years
I was hoping and hoping through the whole thing that Matt Giraud would pull something off, but that vibratto thing he was doing was just annoying!! The song is so clean and SIMPLE, and he went and totally screwed it.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I completely agree with Allison going through but I really hope Megan goes through too, she's really talented and unique. None of the guys really impressed me so I don't have any guesses on them.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 8 years
I hope Adam, Megan, & Allison go through...I looove Megan she was great last night ! (except for the hair)
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Allison bothers me for some reason and I'm not sure why. Her performance was okay, but I didn't think it was all that. And I'm really sick of people singing that song. Its been done to death on Idol. Ugh. I'd prefer Megan to make it over Allison, but I don't see that happening. I am so sad about Matt Giraud right now. I love him and last night was, well...not good. But I still adore him and I do think he belongs in the top 12 because he has a ton of potential and he was pretty amazing during Hollywood week. Hopefully, Hollywood week is enough to move him forward. Matt B has no charisma. At all. Wow. Kris Allen is cute. And he didn't suck. Yay. I still don't think he has a chance of getting through tonight, but maybe he has a shot in the wild card round. I really like the tone of his voice. And he's cute. Really cute. Yeah. I love Adam. I think it would be an extremely boring season without him. Love him or hate him, he brings something different to the show and he's memorable. I think he's awesome. I like that some of the contestants sang more current songs last night, however, they all seemed to choose the wrong ones. Honestly, what were these people thinking?!? Song choice is just as important as how you sing the song, IMO. I don't get why they're not taking their voice into consideration when choosing.
RubyBisou RubyBisou 8 years
Matt Giraud all the way! I live where he works as a dueling piano player so I've seen him sing/play plenty of times. I wasn't thrilled with his performance last night but I still think he is awesome!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I haven't watched last night's episode yet. (It's waiting for me on my DVR.) But, before watching it, Megan, both Matts, and Jasmine were my favorites of this bunch. And, I have to admit, I find Nick Mitchell hilarious, as well.
reesiekitty reesiekitty 8 years
Wow, I think Jasmine has a nice voice, but might just be too young. I thought the Coldplay singing guy was just awful. A lot of these folks didn't register with me at all. That said, the little redhead who sang Alone DID nail it. She seems really young and needs to be more confident in interviews, but onstage she NAILED it - and you know how people always try and sing Heart songs and the judges always say they shouldn't have. But honestly, the guy to go through is Adam for sure. I didn't think his performance was all that- I agree with Simon, it was sort of stagey. However, just the FACT that Randy mentioned him in the same breath with Fall Out Boy and the Twilight actor- come on. Is Idol stacking the deck for this kid or what? Every teen age girl in America will vote for the goth-y kid who loves Twilight. nuff said
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
Giroud butchered Coldplay, it made me cringe.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I liked Allison the best. I'm not a fan of Adam but I thought he was good last night.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
I didn't think anyone was that great :shrug: Red headed girl was okay.
iknowitall iknowitall 8 years
i love me some megan corkrey; been waiting to hear her sing again since the audition round. i also like alison and kris. obviously, adam will go through. and yep I agree, if there was a possibility he wouldn't have gone on, his twilight shout-out took care of that.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
I thought they were all terrible, honestly, EXCEPT for Adam Lambert and Allison. Those were the only two performances that were not cringeworthy. So I voted for them.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
it is so unfair because last week there were a lot more talented people then this group, i choose no one maybe that red haed but honestly they all sucked.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I HATE the girl that sang Bette Davis Eyes. She is too annoying to endure another round.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
wow... now that you break it down, I realize I have NO idea who is going on... especially since VFTW is backing Normund Gentle :ROTFL: I personally want Adam, Kris, and Megan back. Allison kept acting really really weird while she was interviewed by Seacrest. I wanted to reach out and shake her back into reality. It was weird facial expressions and nosies coming out of her. I hope I am not the only one who thought that. Megan needs a dance instructor or at least someone to hold her still. All that random swivviling was irritating!
care0531 care0531 8 years
I was not impressed last night at all. I liked the Piano Bar singer Matt but he wasn't good last night. That young girl killed it when she sang Alone but that last guy I am not a fan. He already does singing and has been on theater- I think this show should be unexperienced new talent.
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