American Idol 8 Finals: Round 6

It’s going to feel like a movie musical… or “music from the movies”… tonight.  And I can’t wait to see what Quentin Tarantino brings to an (alleged) singing competition… we’re about to find out though… because THIS… is my blog… and THIS… is American Idol! *music cue*

Geez, they had to sign the open over to Tarantino, too?

Nice of Simon to blame last week’s overrun on Kara and Paula.  Not like HE ever runs his mouth, right?  Apparently, they’re only allowing 2 judges to speak at a time tonight.

Did you know Quentin Tarantino was on the show?

Allison Iraheta – “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (“Armageddon”, Aerosmith) – She seemed a little rushed (nerves?) at first… but settled down into another solid performance.  I’ll make my usual prediction now: this’ll be one of the better performances of the night, and she’ll be in the Bottom Three again, because America is clueless.

Anoop Desai – “Everything I Do” (“Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves”, Bryan Adams) – Is he TRYING to get voted off? That… was not good.  He hit a few notes for the tween screamers, but otherwise took a mediocre Bryan Adams song and made it MORE mediocre.  Ugh.  Ugh.  And, oh by the way, UGH.

Instant Barometer: Allison / Anoop

The two-judges-at-a-time rule tonight is Fox’s admission that 4 judges are too many.  My guess?  Expect at least one to be gone for season 9.

Adam Lambert – “Born To Be Wild” (“Easy Rider”, Steppenwolf [belated happy 65th birthday to John Kay]) – Look, it’s Glam Elvis! Interesting acid-trippy ‘70s take on it.  He did get out of his usual zone tonight, and it worked. This week, he earned his safe spot… and a surprising place on the Instant Barometer…

Instant Barometer: Adam / Allison / Anoop

Matt Giraud – “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?” (“Don Juan DeMarco”, Bryan Adams) – It’s the Product Placement Pimping Zone! Musically, not bad.  But being in the middle of the show, he had to bring something memorable.  He didn’t.  That may have been a bad decision.

Instant Barometer: Adam / Allison / Matt / Anoop

Danny Gokey – “Endless Love” (“Endless Love”, Lionel Richie) – It’s the Product Placement Pimping Zone!  Again! This couldn’t have been the best song he could come up with… could it?  No, it couldn’t.  Leaden at the start, shouty and forced toward the end.  This was just not a good idea, or a good performance.

Instant Barometer: Adam / Allison / Matt / Anoop / Danny

Kris Allen – “Falling Slowly” (“Once”, Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova) – An unknown (albeit Oscar-winning) song from an unknown movie.  Great choice. Because I don’t know the song, I can focus on the performance.  And, in so doing, I wish I hadn’t.  Let me go into Simon mode here – boring performance, boring song, eminently forgettable.

Instant Barometer: Adam / Allison / Matt / Anoop / Kris / Danny

Lil Rounds – “The Rose” (“The Rose”, Bette Midler) – The producers know who’s at risk, and they don’t want Lil in the Bottom Three again… she was struggling with the song.  I don’t think she really knew where she wanted to go with it.  OK, up to a point, but I’m not sure it’s enough to avoid the Bottom Three again.

Final Barometer: Adam / Allison / Matt / Anoop / Lil / Kris / Danny

THE LAST WORD: Why are these alleged pop singers choosing songs that are so bad for them?  Adam and Allison took songs that they could work with and performed them well.  Everyone else took songs “they liked” and made a hash of them.  Open letter to the Idols: this ain’t karaoke, this is your career.  Show us the performer you want to be, not a catalog of your favorite songs.   Honestly, I don’t give a damn if you loved the song since you were an infant.  I want to see you perform songs in such a way that I love them.  That’s not a difficult concept, is it?

MY BOTTOM THREE: Lil, Kris, Danny




They’re over on time again (maybe if they cut the stupid crap, they could get the show done in 60 minutes?)… results tomorrow at 9e/8c with Miley Cyrus (on tape) and Jennifer Hudson (live).  Fringe 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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