The American Idol top 9 – Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Last week we said goodbye to Michael Sarver which doesn’t really bother me that much. I think he lost his sparkle a few weeks prior and it was definitely his turn to go.
Let me touch on my thoughts of the judges real quick
I don’t really understand why American Idol felt compelled to bring Kara Dioguardi onto the show to be a 4th judge. They did not need another judge at all. I have heard that she was brought in to gradually replace Paula. I don’t believe that it is going to work out that way anymore. Paula is endearing and lately she has been very entertaining. I love whatever nonsense goes on between her and Simon. I don’t care what she slips in that Coke cup before the show I do not want to lose Paula for Kara. Now Randy is a different story I’d trade him for a poodle. Simon is always awesome in my book plus it doesn’t seem like he gets along with Kara all that well and since he is the boss I hope he does not bring her back next year. This season is not what I would consider to be a strong season. Every season the judges say this is the best season yet but this time I don’t believe them. The only one I am truly rooting for is Adam Lambert. Behind him in my opinion would have to be Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, and Lil Rounds.
Anoop Desai sang Caught Up by Usher
I don’t like the song much to start with and Anoop managed to make me dislike it a little more.It was a bit painful to listen to. Simon was the hardest on him out of the four judges but he really deserved it. Anoop needs to step it up if he wants to stay, I think he is going to be in the bottom three.
Megan Joy sang Turn Your Lights Down Low by Bob Marley/Lauryn Hill
She used the same strange voice that she always turns on and did that weird dance that looks to me like a dance that a two year old would do. Maybe her parents told her that it was cute when she did it as a child but it really is not that cute when a 23 year old woman does it. She is pretty but that is not going to get her much farther in this competition. While she was listening to the judges criticism she seemed a little bit cocky and I believe that might hurt her when the public votes. This is my #2 in the bottom 3 this week. They were off to a bad start tonight.
Danny Gokey sang What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts
I think this was a very smart song choice for him and he did a great job singing it. I am not really a fan of this guy but he did have a good night. He still looks like Robert Downey Jr and is not who I would pick to be my American Idol but I can see why he has fans. He is in no danger of landing in the bottom.
Allison Iraheta sang Don’t Speak by No Doubt
This girl reminds me of a mix between Kelly Clarkson and Pink. She always surprises me with how good she is every week especially for the fact that this girl is only 16 years old. I don’t think she did as well this time as she has done in the prior weeks but she did not do badly. Randy really dogged her on her outfit tonight but I really liked how she looked. She’s a kid give her a break she actually looked kinda cool.
Scott MacIntyre sang Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel
The song makes me think of a piano player in a nice restaurant with a big tip jar atop his piano. He did much better than he has been doing lately. Unfortunately, I think he may be on his way out. He is very talented and is Idol material in my book but I don’t see him lasting too much longer. I don’t necessarily believe he is in danger of going home this week because there were worse singers than him. After Idol I can envision this guy being really successful singing Christian music, it’s a good gig, don’t knock it.
Matt Giraud sang You Found Me by The Fray
He picked a song that was certainly current, I hear it every day on the radio. He did okay but okay is just not good enough when you are in the top 9 of American Idol. I never understood what the judges saw in this guy from the beginning. The judges were so negative to this poor guy tonight and then last week he narrowly missed being eliminated by the voters, us. That had to hurt his ego somewhat and I believe that it showed in his performance tonight. He did not own the song and he sent a defeated vibe.
Lil Rounds sang I Surrender by Celine Dion
I have never been a fan of Lil at all but tonight I really felt for her. She is trying to please the judges and she is listening to their criticism carefully but it is not working. They were hard on her this week and I don’t think she deserved it. I did not like the song but that does not mean it was a bad song choice for her. I actually think that Lil sang it well. It seems like the judges want to make her into a Mary J Blige Jr but I don’t believe that she likes to be compared to her at all. She looks like she will succumb next week to their wishes but it really seems to bother her.
Adam Lambert sang Play That Funky Music White Boy
I love this guy he is my pick to win. I am not sure about his song choices lately, it’s just not what I would pick for him. That does not mean that he doesn’t turn it out each week. He does a great job at showing off his amazing vocal range I believe he picks songs based on that. If I got to pick a song for him I would have him sing a Guns N’ Roses ballad and watch him shove Axl Rose’s face in it. Sweet Child O’ Mine or November Rain would be unbelievable if sung by Adam. He always looks gorgeous whether he is going Emo or Elvis but I sorta get a gay vibe from him.
Kris Allen sang Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
Great arrangement and I loved the cellos. He is really shocking the hell outta me lately. I really do not wanna like this guy but he delivers every week. He is so very talented I just have to give him props for that. The judges all praised him and he deserves it.
My bottom 3 choices for this week would be Anoop, Megan and Matt and of course I pick Adam Lambert to win it all. Everything written here is only my opinion and please feel free to comment and voice your views as well.