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American Idol Recap: The Top Seven Do Disco

American Idol Rundown: The Top Seven Do Disco

Well, I've got to give credit to American Idol. This week, the producers managed to get the show in mostly on time with all the judges speaking. This shouldn't be tough for America's most-watched show in its eighth year on the air, but hey, my standards have been lowered.

Speaking of low standards: I wasn't expecting much from Idol's disco night, and it didn't really blow me out of the water. But I was impressed by the way a couple of contestants managed to take a potentially disastrous theme and create something pretty decent out of it. Tell me which two contestants you think are going home, and to see my take, just

Lil Rounds — A few weeks ago I probably would have been happy to hear she was doing "I'm Every Woman," but Lil's gotten so timid, and she didn't attack the song or do anything particularly unique with it. She hit some great notes, but it was a performance better suited for an above-average bar band than an Idol champ. Kara said Lil still hadn't shown herself as an artist, and Simon said it would be her final performance on this stage.

Kris Allen — If Kris's explanation of why he picked "She Works Hard for the Money" wasn't enough to endear me to him ("It has a story to tell. About a woman"), his acoustic guitar/bongos/washboard version of the song certainly was. Is Kris the dark horse at this point? He's sort of David Cook crossed with Jason Castro, and it's working for him. The judges praised his originality and risk-taking, and Randy said Kris proved he's ready for the big time.

Danny Gokey — "September" actually seemed like a pretty safe pick for Danny, and he did a solid job with it, which feels like my standard feedback about Danny at this point. The arrangement was pretty cool, and the song seemed comfortable for him, which may be exactly the problem — his story aside, Danny's becoming bland. The judges' comments were complimentary but not overwhelming, with Kara worrying that voters could forget him.

Allison Iraheta — Nobody's ever going to complain that Allison doesn't know who she is as an artist. I'm beginning to believe she can bend any song to her will, and her goth/metal "Hot Stuff" was another example of that. So it was a little "I'm 17 and singing in my bedroom mirror." So what? She is! Randy and Kara didn't like the arrangement but said she's a great singer, while Simon said that all told, it was a brilliant performance.

Adam Lambert — So Adam seems to have continued his strategy of fast song one week, slow song the next. However, I don't think "If I Can't Have You" was exactly another "Mad World." In addition to basically being the Broadway version of that song — nothing wrong with that, just sayin' — it also had some notes that just seemed wobbly and off, maybe for the first time of his Idol experience. But Kara was inspired by his emotion, and Simon said the vocals were immaculate.

Matt Giraud — I imagine it's tremendously difficult to make "Staying Alive" not sound like karaoke, and Matt gave it a valiant shot, with some changes to the melody and a few breaks into falsetto. It also gave him a chance to break out his fedora, skinny tie, and amusing dance moves. Randy didn't like the performance but said Matt can definitely sing, Paula thought it was enough to keep him in the competition, but Simon said it wasn't original or well-sung.

Anoop Desai — "Dim All the Lights" turned out to be a smart song for Anoop: It gave him a chance to do both the ballad-style singing the judges like so much from him and the faster-paced stuff that he seems to enjoy more. With the exception of the last note, this might have been the best he's sounded in the competition. Kara thought it sounded modern enough to be on the radio, Paula was glad to see him smile, but Simon disagreed with everyone and called it mediocre at best.

Best of the night: I have to give it to Kris and Allison for forcing disco songs into their own styles. And of course there's always Adam.

In trouble: Lil for sure, probably Matt, and maybe Anoop or Allison — just because they've been in the bottom before, and whatever fans Lil and Matt have will certainly come out in droves.

Going home: Lil will take one of the spots. Matt could be in the other, but I'm worried it's Anoop.

Photos courtesy of Fox

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lylpookie lylpookie 8 years
I so don't want it to be Anoop. I am hoping it's Lil though.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
Everyone know my dislike for Adam, but last night I almost cried during his performance, other than the screaming it was beautiful.
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm loving Kris more and more every week...I think he's my favorite now. Still love Adam, but I don't know...Kris is great. I want Lil and Anoop to go home tonight.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
I'm so over Danny. I've been over him for a while, but it's getting to the point where I just can no longer stand him. But he has a sob story and a big fanbase so it doesn't really matter how he performs. To me, he always sounds like he needs to cough up big ball of phlem. Ew. I love Kris. His performance last night was very cool. I loved it. I've been so impressed with Kris, who has been great almost every week. He's awesome. I was kind of bored with Adam. I mean, he sounded good, but maybe I was expecting more from him? Or maybe it was the song. Not my favorite Adam performance. But I still love him. I didn't like Anoop at all, but I'd love him to stay over Danny. It won't happen, but it would be ideal. Matt was okay. Not great, but not horrible. I hope he sticks around at least another week. Allison was good, but I wish the tempo would've picked up a little more. Surprise, surprise. Lil was awful. It's really time for her to go home. She's definitely the weakest contestant left. Also, for some reason when she referred to herself as an artist and said her performance wasn't karaoke, I could not stop laughing. Self delusion can be quite entertaining.
catstarr catstarr 8 years
Lil and Danny. Don't let Kris go home!!!
annebreal annebreal 8 years
I'm cheering for the judges save to kick them in the ass...Adam and Gokey go home! :P
missyd missyd 8 years
Anoop DEF needs to go. he annoys me. Lil just doesnt have the talent i thought she did time to go
mswender mswender 8 years
Lil and Anoop should be going home. I feel like the only person who doesn't really like Kris, he is just not to my taste I guess.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Lil, Matt and Anoop can all go home. I liked Adams song, the people that complain about him always just complain about his scream, but I thought this showed he had a good voice too. Also LOVED Kris's song, If he did a CD like that, I'd listen! Allisan is good, I mean it's the same thing every week, but it's what she's good at. Danny is super forgettable to me. I had to scroll up to see who I was forgetting haha
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 8 years
Please let Lil go!
care0531 care0531 8 years
Dial idol had reported problems with Lil's numbers and they had her 2nd from the top last week and she was in the bottom 2. They have Allison and Kris as the bottom 2. I think the ladies will be leaving us this week- even though I think Allison should stay. I voted all night for Matt. I don't think he did great this week but I don't think he was as bad the judges made it sound. I like him as an artist and would buy his album but I really don't want to see him go home after they saved him.
Yv Yv 8 years
Wobbly and off notes in Adams's performance? Not a single one! That's what strikes me every time. FLAWLESS singing. And in this song it was particularly noticeable. I can't listen to Lil anymore. Anoop should go too. They are boring and mediocre. Yeah, I agree Kris is the dark horse. And he didn't even have as much air time as others, as we hadn't met him until the live shows. It's him or Allison in the final with Adam.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I was at a benefit and didnt get home til 10:30 so i couldnt vote on anybody, but I would have definitely voted for Kris also... he was awesome!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
likely lil and anoop or lil and matt will go home i'd be very surprised if she stays this week i also think anoop deserves to stay more than matt (for one week at least) i loved kris' performance!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I see that Dial Idol as Lil on top and Kris on the bottom. GAH, I hope they are wrong.
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
Its time for Lil and Anoop to go home.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I tried so hard to vote for Kris Allen and I never got through. If he goes home I will be so pissed.
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