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So, here's my question: Is it fair to have duets on the performance edition of American Idol? It's a competition that's judged on individual singing, we vote for each contestant separately, and it's often hard to tell which person in a duet is better than the other — so what's the point?

If the point is to be entertaining, then I'd say the duets on Tuesday's Idol show actually worked. Danny and Kris harmonized surprisingly well; Adam and Allison got to stomp around and be loud. But is anyone actually going to change a vote for a contestant because of how he or she performed in a duet? Doubtful.

Anyway, it was rock night on Idol, with Slash dropping by (and making his rehearsal space feel like a club, sorta) to give the four remaining contestants some pointers. Have you put in your predictions for who's going home? To see my take, just


Adam Lambert — Barring disaster, this should have been Adam's week from the start, and sure enough, he came out all eyelinered and snarling and ready to rock Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." When he's on, he's got glam rock written all over his voice and his persona, and he was on with this one. Kara went a little crazy and called him a rock god, Randy said he erased all thoughts of Broadway, Paula called him "a whole lotta perfect," and Simon said nobody could top it.

Allison Iraheta — Like Adam, Allison also clearly felt most comfortable in this zone. "Cry Baby" gave her the chance to break out her power notes and really belt. It's true that she could have picked a song that would show off more of a range, but for what she does, this was good. Randy thought it was a little one-note and Kara thought she seemed nervous. Simon thought she seemed confident but a little unoriginal — and provoked Allison to fight for the first time in a while.

Kris Allen and Danny Gokey — When I heard Kris and Danny would be paired together, I got ready for a yawn-worthy performance — wouldn't it have been more fun to hear Danny with Adam? But they surprised me with "Renegade." The harmonies were awesome. I kind of tuned out during the individual verses, honestly, but those harmonies were cool. Randy agreed with me, Simon thought Danny was better than Kris, and Kara thought it was funny to see those two rocking out.

Kris Allen — Oh, I was nervous about this one. I think "Come Together" was a good (if a little safe) choice for him, because it is a relatively softer rock song, but he just didn't seem to have the vocal strength to really turn the corner and make it rock. Maybe worse, he seemed to run out of energy as the song went on. Paula said Kris put his own spin on the song, but Kara said he didn't show enough and Simon compared the performance to eating ice for lunch.

Danny Gokey — So, turns out it is possible to have too much gravelly quality to one's voice. That's what I learned from Danny's "Dream On," which I thought started with him sounding like he was literally hacking up rocks and ended with a scream that I could barely stand to hear. I appreciate the risk-taking, but . . . ouch. Randy gave him an A for effort, Kara thought there was actually too much swagger, and Simon said the last note was like watching a horror movie.

Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta — It's almost too obvious to put the show's two rockers together for "Slow Ride," but there we have it. They pretty much just stomped around and tore up the stage and were awfully entertaining. (Side note: Um, sometimes if I closed my eyes, I wasn't 100 percent sure which one of them was singing.) Randy said they should duet on their albums, and Kara liked the way they pushed each other.

Best of the night: Adam, unsurprisingly, then Allison.

In trouble: That leaves Danny and Kris.

Going home: I wish it were Danny; I have a feeling it's Kris.

Photo courtesy of Fox

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momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Please get rid of both danny and kris..I can't stand Kris with his weird face. Is it me or does all the tension go into his lips when he sings. Ug annoying! I normally love Danny but that scream...why?! Adam of course did fantastic and Allison needs to step it up a bit....
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
PLEASE get rid of Danny!!!
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 8 years
Danny's performance was torture...His voice did not fit Dream On at all. I think he will go tonight.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Last night made me really mad. Danny's entire performance was horrible, and the judges basically refused to acknowledge that. They pretty much danced around the fact that he sucked and said he wasn't in his element and gave him an A for effort. If anyone else(except Adam) had given that performance, they would've been raked over the coals for it. But Danny basically gets a free pass. Yeah, real fair. The Danny/Kris duet seemed really disconnected to me. I kind of got the feeling that Danny was singing against Kris rather than with him. It was like he was trying to outshout him so he could be the star. He even kept going with the last note when it was supposed to end. I don't think Danny's much of a team player. And Kris looked kinda pissed afterwards. The Allison/Adam duet worked because they understood the concept of working together. Last night wasn't Kris's best performance. But I don't think it was nearly as bad as they made it out to be. His performance was not a total failure like Danny's. I don't think it mattered how well Kris did or didn't do. They're just trying to get rid of him. Kris is definitely going home, sadly. I'm trying to prepare myself for it, but it just sucks. Maybe next season I'll just make myself like who the judges are pushing for. It'll save me a lot of disappointment. I already feel for Allison next week. She could come out, give the performance of a lifetime and still get blasted for it because they don't want anyone in the finale but Adam and Danny.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Man Danny sucked last night. I don't usually hate him but after last night I was like GO AWAY! definitely should be kris and danny in the bottom.
catstarr catstarr 8 years
Yv Yv 8 years
I also hope Danny goes home. He should have long time ago. Others were great. I don't care if it'll be Kris or Allison with Adam in the final. I love all three of them.
kismekate kismekate 8 years
I voted a ton for Kris. I hope that Danny gets the boot.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
ElizabethRae....I would love an Allison/Adam final too! Those two are my favorite and I would hate to see either one of them go home. Danny was not good last night but I have a feeling he'll be safe. Kris was just okay, loved Allison, and loved Adam. I would rather Danny go home but have a feeling it will be Kris.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
LaurenG22 - YES!!!! Thanks for saying it first. I felt dirty but geez! It looked like he'd been helped a bit. I want an Allison/Adam final. Am I the only one? I think she's fabulous and deserving. Kris is good. I think Danny has more than earned his ticket home and I hope America gave it to him.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I think Kris will leave tonight. Allison next week. And I think Danny will take the win. I liked Allison the best last night, then Danny, Kris and didn't like Adam at all. But, loved the duets.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I voted for Kris like 15 times last night bc I feared for his safety.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I agree Buzz and Briandiesel!! It should be Danny!!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I'm gonna be bummed if its Kris. Danny or Allison please!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Did anyone else think Adam stuffed down there with his striped pants ala Spinal Tap!? :ROTFL:
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
i usually like danny, but he sucked last night. i think kris will be going home though. he was forgettable for me, like always.
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