American Idol 8 Finals: Round 3 (Really)

After a one-day delay to allow President Obama to speak to reporters, we’re gathered for Motown Week.  The 10 remaining Idols have visited Hitsville, been mentored by Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, and are ready to put their stamp on 50 Years of Motown… because THIS… is American Idol. *music cue*

I reserve the right to be really cranky about the songs tonight, since I play the originals every weekend on the radio. 🙂

Oy… when are they going to ditch the silly Mark Thompson open already?  Good of Ryan to flirt with Paula instead of Simon this week…

Matt Giraud – “Let’s Get It On” (Marvin Gaye) – The judges talked about making songs “your own”… so Matt picks a song that you really can’t sing any way but Marvin’s.  Good performance, but it runs the risk of being left behind as the night rolls on.

Kris Allen – “How Sweet It Is” (Marvin Gaye) – Kris made it his own, and did a very good job of it.  Enjoyable, and I think he’ll get through another week off this performance… deservedly.

Scott goes in the Product-Placement Red Room.  I suspect he may need the pimping.

Scott McIntyre – ”You Can’t Hurry Love” (Diana Ross and the Supremes) – I have visions of Joe Piscopo on Saturday Night Live after this one… either that or the 3 am hour of the Jerry Lewis Telethon.  Yipe, that was an incredible neutering of a terrific song.  I suspect he’ll get through.  I’d rather see him in the bottom three.  In so many words – if Scott doesn’t hit the Bottom Three, then the votes are for his blindness than for his performances.

Enough with the staged judges feuding.  Just give us your opinion and shut the hell up.

Megan Joy – “For Once in My Life” (Stevie Wonder) – Rut roh.  There’s making a song your own… and then there’s… um… yeah.  This was rough.  I have a feeling it’s going to be too… well… “cabaret” (thanks, Smokey) for the voters.  She’s in trouble.  Megan got the Vote For The Worst nomination just seconds after the song ended.

Anoop Desai – “Ooh Baby Baby” (Smokey Robinson and The Miracles) – I was fully prepared to hate this.  I didn’t.  A little awkward at times, but overall, not bad.  Good enough to get through.

Michael gets the Product-Placement Red Room pimpage.  Like Scott, he may need it.

Michael Sarver – “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” (Temptations) – Hmm… technically not bad, but I didn’t get into it.  There’s a risk he could go into the Bottom Three… only because the Bottom Three will come from tonight’s First Six and he might not have done enough… Wow, Paula actually got it – the song drove Michael instead of Michael driving the song…

And now, your Final Four preview?

Lil Rounds – “Heatwave” (Martha and the Vandellas) – Was there any doubt?  She could well be the 8th American Idol, and after this, who can argue?  She nailed it.  This is the moment we’ll look back on and say “it really started NOW”.  Who told the judges to dump on this?

Adam Lambert – “Tracks of My Tears” (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) – This is one of my favorites, Adam.  Don’t screw this up. Once again, he did follow the mantra of “make it your own”.  I don’t know that I’d buy the single, but it’s a good enough performance that this week, he’ll get through honestly.

Danny Gokey – “Get Ready” (Temptations) – There’s really only one way to do the song justice… and that’s to just have fun with it.  Give him credit, he did.  He’s safely back next week.

The producers don’t want to take a chance on Allison falling through to the Bottom Three, do they?

Allison Iraheta – “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (Temptations) – This looks like an all-or-nothing song choice.  Let’s see, shall we? She did it again.  A really good way to end the show (yeah, there were some pitch issues early, but who CARES?).  This girl is terrific.

MY BOTTOM THREE – Scott, Megan, Michael

AMERICA’S BOTTOM THREE – Matt, Megan, Michael

CHECK, PLEASE – Megan, as I don’t think even VFTW can save her now.

Smokey Robinson (with Joss Stone) performs on the results show tomorrow, so do Ruben Studdard and Stevie Wonder… it’ll be Fox’s first hour (8e/7c).  Your late local news is next…


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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