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American Idol Top Three Recap

American Idol Rundown: The Top Three State Their Case

Remember when the night of the final three on American Idol used to have three songs per contestant? When the producers got to pick a song for the contestants in addition to the judges' and singers' picks? When the top priority in this competition was, y'know, singing?

Given the timing problems Idol's had all season, I suppose it's not surprising that the contestants sang just two songs each on Tuesday's performance show. (Seriously, though — they couldn't have held the Idol Gives Back update for Wednesday?) Overall, though, I thought it was a pretty solid night, with a couple of songs that I'd actually consider buying on iTunes. Don't forget to cast your vote for who's heading home, and to see my thoughts, just


Danny — Paula's choice — "Dance Little Sister" is the kind of song that's right in Danny's zone, with the gruffness and the growling and the grooving. It's also when he reminds me the most of Taylor Hicks, so take that as you will. Randy said it was a good start, Kara thought the dancing was a bit much, and Simon didn't like the song choice or the arrangement but praised the vocals.

Kris — Kara and Randy's choice — I would have thought that "Apologize" would have been perfect for Kris . . . and I would have thought wrong. He seemed to be working so hard — whether to remember the words or play piano or whatever — which killed the energy of the performance. Also, his falsetto isn't the best, and he seemed hesitant to commit to it. Kara called it competent but uninteresting, while Simon just bickered with the other judges.

Adam — Simon's choice — About 20 seconds into Adam's performance of "One," I wondered aloud why anyone else is even still in this competition. Adam has incredible control of his voice, and that was made crystal clear at the start of this song. Granted, it eventually turned into a wail-y arrangement that I could imagine at a junior high formal, but that's mostly beside the point. Kara praised Adam's unique take on the song, Paula said it was superb, and Simon said it'll be crazy if he's not in the final.

Danny — his choice — Danny slowed it down for "You Are So Beautiful," sitting at center stage and singing on top of a quiet arrangement. He changed the melody to suit his voice and sang it nearly rasp-free. I'm pretty bored with Danny at this point, but that might be his best performance of the season. Randy said he had "mad vocals," Kara called it stunning, and Simon said it was a vocal master class.

Kris — his choice — Well, that was unexpected. If you took my reaction to Kris singing One Republic and flipped it 180 degrees, that would be what I thought about him singing Kanye's "Heartless." And I gotta say, he blew me away. This acoustic version was different, modern, and very much his style. Kara said that's the kind of risk she wanted to see him take, and Simon said he was no longer writing Kris off as a potential finalist.

Adam — his choice — Adam closed the show out with a pretty glam rock-y take on Aerosmith's "Cryin'," with the unfortunate addition of a background vocalist who seemed to be wildly off pitch. It was one of his screamier performances — and thus not one of my favorites — but there's no denying that he carries himself like a rock star. Kara was baffled by his range, Paula said he did Steven Tyler proud, and Simon gave a warning to Adam's fans that they still need to vote.

Best of the night — Overall Adam was the most solid, but each contestant had at least one outstanding performance. My favorite of the night was either Adam's "One" or Kris's "Heartless."

Going home — I really have no idea. The only situation where I'd be upset, I think, is a Kris/Danny final. Adam seems to have earned a spot for sure, but I think it'll be awfully close between the other two.

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popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
For all those Gokey-haters out there (like myself)--check out this recap: I agree that Kris' second song blew me away! I agree that Adam's tongue thing is gross. And I agree that Gokey needs to GO!
Micha22 Micha22 8 years
Ugggh everything about Danny skeeves me out, from his pseudo facial hair to his beady little eyes. I hope he gets the boot!
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Heartless was one of my favorite performances all season. It was amazing and Kris has great instincts. His song choice was really smart because he took a song no one would've expected, arranged it to fit him and absolutely killed it. I LOVED it. Kris knows exactly who he is and he has earned a spot the top 2. If he's not there, it'll be a grave injustice. He's amazing. I'd buy his album in a heartbeat. Adam kind of had an off night for me last night. I mean, he was good, but I didn't love him as much as I usually do. I really liked the beginning of One, but then he totally lost me. Oh, and I hated his outfit. And Cryin, well, I think the main problem with Cryin was the backup singer. Adam was okay last night, but I wasn't overly impressed. And then there's Danny. Unlike Kris and Adam, I feel like Danny lacks musical identity. I have no idea what kind of album he'd make (not that I care because I would never buy it) and I'm not sure he knows either. I find a lot of his song choices to be cheesy, uninspired and lazy. IMO, he hasn't really done anything this season to earn a spot in the finale. If he's there over Kris, which is most likely what's going to happen, I'm going to be pissed. Maybe Danny could tap into the Christian market when this is all over. Then I won't ever have to hear from him. If he ends up winning, I think it'll be a waste of a season. I'm so hoping for an Adam/Kris finale. I don't see it happening, but I feel like they're the two most deserving. I think Danny will rob Kris of a place in the finals, though.
hollycf hollycf 8 years
I also think Kris should be in the final two. I don't really care for Danny. Adam is a good singer but I doubt I would buy his cd.
Yv Yv 8 years
Danny is boring to death. How come anyone votes for him at this point? I never thought he was great, but I liked him. Now he just annoys me. Why the hell "Crying" was shortened so much? It ruined the song structure and felt weird. Nonetheless Adam's performance was just as good, or even better than the original. I love Kris. What can I say, he's this year's David Cook for me: smart, original, uncompromising, with great music taste. And I actually think that he sings better than Danny. I wish I could vote. But as long as Adam or Kris wins, I'm happy.
annebreal annebreal 8 years
Ugh. Agree with the others that say the judges threw Kris under the bus with the song selection. Great's a couple years old and everyone's tired of it, the original male vocals are nothing special (not bad, I liked this song before it got played into the ground, but nothing show-offy like he needed on a ballad), and Kris was doomed to be a sound-alike at best. I wish the bickering hadn't gone unintelligible so quick because I think Simon had a good point about Randy and Cara (and you know it was Randy's pick, he's mentioned that people should've picked it a couple times this season), and I wondered if he was trying to point out that they could have also chosen the arrangement like he did for Adam. But I lost what he was trying to say at that point. And then Heartless was AWESOME. I can't say I was rooting for Kris at all this season until I noticed how hard the producers are trying to screw him over with giving him zero screentime and song order (Adam went last for the third time in a row? Whaaaat?), and I think he's clearly the best musician of the bunch. He's not going to win, but he should come up against Adam next week. Gokey continues to be crappy - we get it, he has a raspy voice and shouts all his songs - and might have a good enough career to be playing during my next dentist's visit. Maybe. Adam is so literally one-note and over-the-top self-indulgent I can't wait for him to win, be a PR nightmare, release a confusing album (which will either be true to him and not radio-friendly, or radio-friendly and awful), and go back to Broadway. Seriously, I wonder if he'll trademark that high-pitched wail he's hit every single song this season.
khameel khameel 8 years
Danny really needs to go. I'm so over him! (I noticed he wasn't wearing his wedding band, too.) I really hope Kris and Adam (obviously) are the top 2. I'll be really disappointed if Kris goes home...
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I hope Danny goes- although I wasnt home to vote for I cant be frustrated either way. But I want Kris in the final with Adam-
piper23 piper23 8 years
I thought Adam's performance on both songs put him jeopardy. He had much better performances throughout the season. I am so over Danny but Kris impressed the heck out of me last night with Heartless. It will be unfortunate if its Danny and Kris in the finals because Adam is a much better entertainer/singer than either of those two. But Danny should be the one to go in my opinion.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
totally agree they sabotaged kris with apologize, i would have liked to see him do jason mraz but i'm not sure if he'd been able to play around with the arrangement. BUT i was BLOWN AWAY with kris' choice of Heartless. better than kanye's version for sure. & i like how he took a song so left of field for him, made it his own and KILLED IT :) i will never forget Danny's rock&roll night performance. yuck. i hope america brings kris and adam to the final. I'd vote for kris if i could be i don't live in the US...
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I really liked Kris's Heartless. I was super impressed. No idea who's going home but I hope it Danny. I just think he's boring. He can sing but I would never buy a CD. I don't think he could make an album that would be popular, maybe adult contemporary or something. I don't know, but it'll be a tense results show tonight.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Pink - the tongue thing IS gross! Haha. When he wails he does a funny stick out thing that makes me cringe/laugh.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
Danny: I think Danny did horrible with the first song second song was good. Kris: I think he was set up for failure with that first song and did OK in the second one better than I expected. Adam: I think he did the best last night minus all the damn screaming, is it really that necessary oh and his tongue gross. Danny and Adam will be the finalists. I never noticed Danny's ring.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I thought the selection of Apologize for Kris was a sabotage since the judges are so obviously biased. I LOVED his performance of Heartless. He was fabulous. This is the first time Adam annoyed me. And Danny, as usual, made me want to reach through the screen and slap that smug expression off his face. We voted for Kris as many times as we could get through to the line (the middle number was really easy to get through, which worries me.) I have a feeling Kris will go home, but I am praying to the music gods that it's Danny. PS - Did anyone else notice this was the first time Danny was on without his wedding band?
care0531 care0531 8 years
I think they should have saved the whole Idol Gives Back bit for a results show filer! I have to say that I am not a huge fan of any of the 3 remaining but I HATE DANNY! His songs all sound the same- he sounds pitchy and horrible especially in his lower register (I sound like one of the judge-hehe). Kris really impressed me! That takes a lot of guts to do what he did and I hope it paid off! Adam I don't like the screaming that much but he is the most passionate when singing- he feels the words of every song and doesn't just sing them. I hope he makes it so he can perform some Guns and Roses for the finale! LOL I tried voting for Adam and Kris and couldn't get through the whole first hour then got through a couple times in the second hour- didn't even want to try Danny's line and risk giving him a vote. :)
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