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American Idol Recap of Top Five Rat Pack Performances

American Idol Rundown: The Top Five Sing the Standards

Can every night be snappy suit night on American Idol? Tuesday's Rat Pack theme was a solid excuse to drag out the skinny ties, fedoras, and — in one case (and I bet you can guess which) — shiny dinner jackets. Even Allison's stylists calmed down and helped her look all cute and vintage. Hooray, wardrobe!

I was wondering how Idol would manage to fill an hour with only five singers, and we got our answer pretty fast: surprise guest mentor Jamie Foxx. Why? No idea. But he wasn't a bad coach, all things considered. I wish we could have heard the singers do two songs each at this point — y'know, more singing in this singing competition — but overall, I thought this was one of the better theme nights of the season. Tell me which singer you think is headed home, and to see my take, just


Kris Allen — I was all on board with Kris's "The Way You Look Tonight" in the slow, croon-y part, but it fell apart a little for me when he picked up the pace in the second half. Thing is, though, that Kris is a good storyteller (as we've seen before with "Falling Slowly," among others), and that works on this kind of song. Kara praised his technical abilities, Randy said it was his best performance yet, but Simon called it "a little bit wet" and not amazing.

Allison Iraheta — Hey, happy birthday, Allison! I was curious to see how she'd do with a straightforward song like "Someone to Watch Over Me," and for the most part, I thought she pulled it off with soul and style. I especially liked the little jazzy touches. I do wish she'd enunciate more, though — she was a little mumbly. Randy loved it, Paula said it was alluring and tender, but Simon said he wanted to see more confidence and thought she might be in trouble.

Matt Giraud — For a few seconds, I thought Matt was going to sing "My Funny Valentine" without his usual vocal runs and other gymnastics. And then he didn't. Sigh. To be fair, though, I thought his style suited the song pretty well, and it's definitely one of my favorites of his performances. Randy thought the runs were all a little much, but Simon said it was brilliant and the only genuine performance of the night.

Danny Gokey — Danny's "Come Rain or Come Shine" started out solid but a little boring, then moved into territory that could be pretty polarizing: the whole faster-paced, melody-changing, dancing-with-the-mic-stand bit. And you know what? Even though mic dancing instantly reminds me of Taylor Hicks, I enjoyed the chance to see some more personality from Danny. Randy said Danny could put out a whole album of those songs (isn't that the problem, though?), and Simon and Kara liked his swagger.

Adam Lambert — Sure enough, after last week's slower tempo, it was time for Adam to pick things up again with "Feeling Good." The shiny white suit, the dramatic lighting, even the accents in the arrangement were all a little . . . much, but isn't that the point of Adam? It wasn't as crazy or surprising as some of his other performances but still a highlight of the night for me. The judges delivered the usual praise, with Simon noting that calling Adam theatrical is like complaining "that a cow moos."

Best of the night: Adam, then Kris and Allison

In trouble: Matt? Allison, if Simon's right? I figure either Kris or Danny will make a trip to the bottom three, too.

Going home: Even on one of Matt's better nights, I'm just not convinced that I want to hear more from him.

Photos courtesy of Fox

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emalove emalove 8 years
I wish Danny would go home...he annoys me too, Pinky Pink. Kris is my favorite, so I hope he sticks around!
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
allison did great last night. simon didn't judge her on her performance. I feel as though he just said what he did so that people wouldn't vote for her. idk... i've always liked adam but I didn't like him last night AT ALL. although I never really cared about kris, his performance made me a fan of his. matt's ok and danny annoys me so I hope he goes tonight.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
The only person I don't like that's left is Danny, but I highly doubt he's going anywhere. Ugh. He just rubs me the wrong way. He's so smug and I really don't think he's as great as they make him out to be. Out of all the remaining contestants, I feel like Danny would probably be the least marketable. He can go and put out a religious CD or something and try to break into that market. I'd be cool with anyone but him winning. It would kinda be a waste of a season. Simon telling Kris he couldn't win hurt a little, I'm not going to lie. Simon could've said that to anyone but Adam, because cleary, Adam is already the winner. I just don't see how Adam can't win at this point. I think Kris would make an excellent runner-up to Adam and I would love to see him in the finale. Matt's been kind of a let down. I've been a huge fan of him since Hollywood week, but he's been really inconsistent. I'm glad that the judges used their save on him because he did deserve to make it further than Lil and Anoop, but I think his time is offically up now. I'd prefer Danny to go home, but realistically, that's just not going to happen. I think it's pretty obvious, especially after last night, that the judges are pulling for an Adam/Danny finale. Why they want Danny there, I have no idea. I'd take Kris's artistry and musicianship over Danny's "better singing" any day. Kris and Adam FTW.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Adam and Kris in the finals. I thought Allison did a great job though... was definitely proud of her performance. Danny or Matt, bye bye
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
ugh. i couldn't handle adam last night. WAAAAAAY over the top. matt was boring. allison was ok. i didn't like the arrangement for her. danny and kris were my favorites.
alesimas alesimas 8 years
Poor Nina Simone. I know, I know Adam is awesome, but I just can't get myself to like him. I enjoyed a couple of his previous performances, but nope, I just don't believe the hype. Way too dramatic. Talkin about drama... why do I always feel that Danny is yelling at me? It's time for him to go, but something tells me that Matt Timberlake is next.
khameel khameel 8 years
I really hope Matt goes home, but I fear for Allison. She's my favorite, and Simon was unfairly harsh on her! She definitely deserves to be in the Top 3.
acemonkey acemonkey 8 years
As much as I like him, I'm going to say Matt is the next to go.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
My friend said Adam looked like Teen Angel, walking down the steps, ready to sing Beauty School Dropout. That's my problem with Adam...sooo broadway. Though, I wish he would glam it up even more and be like an updated Freddie Mercury
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I enjoyed everyone too. I think most people think it will be Matt going home, and it may be, but Simon's comments are very influential on the voting. The fact that he told Allison that he thinks she may be in trouble could mean the end of the road for her tonight.
mswender mswender 8 years
I though Danny was fantastic last night, I have always liked him, but thought he needed to step it up and I thought he did. The really great thing that he did last night was scat and that is what this era was about. He did it so well! I am sick of Kris and Matt and hope they are the next to go.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I like Mr. Lambert. Miss Allison is amazing but will probably go home ... sad. I think Mr. Giraud can go now. Mr. Gokey is winsome but doesn't have the charisma and vocal chops of Mr. Lambert.
care0531 care0531 8 years
This was the first week that I enjoyed every performance. I think both Danny and Matt got off to a slow start, but Matt was more entertaining then Danny. I have always been a fan of Matt but I just don't think he gets the love like the others do. I did have a harder time getting through to his line last night then the previous 2 weeks so because of that I am saying that Kris or Allison will go home. I loved Jamie Fox as a mentor! He was probably one of the best this season.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
time for matt to go then alison and/or danny next week
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
Matt was not that good last night, and Adam was on the same level as Matt, Allison did great and Kris was cute.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I loved Allison's performance last night, I think she did great!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I think Danny or Matt need to pack their bags. The others held their own.
Yv Yv 8 years
This time I loved all of them but I think it's time for Danny to go. One great performance isn't enough. Adam was brilliant, as usual, but unfortunately his was only second to the Matt Bellamy's version of "Feeling Good" - the best I've ever heard.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
Now that Anoop and Lil are gone I am at a loss. My least fave is Danny, then I guess Allison. I like the other three boys and want to hear more from them. Unfortunately, you know Danny is not going anywhere :(
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Matt was boring, and I felt a little bad since he thought this was HIS week. I thought Allison was great, my boyfriend said it was his favorite performance from her. I thought Adam was great, that note he held was amazing. Kris was good, Danny was forgettable, although when I watch again I do like the end of his song. Wish the whole thing was like that.
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