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Top 4 – Thoughts Before the Results Show

Posted by Molly M M on May 6, 2009

Oh man. What can I say about this week on Idol? I guess a disclaimer — if you have mad love for Danny Gokey, you better leave this site right now. Then again, if you have mad love for Danny Gokey, you probably stopped reading my blog a long time ago.

I guess I will start with Adam, the clear frontrunner and winner from last night. You may be wondering, Molly, why does it bug you so much when Danny is pimped, and not so much when Adam is? That isn’t a bad point. I do get a little upset at the constant Adam pimping. He can do no wrong in the judges’ eyes. I also don’t like when Paula makes premonitions about the finals at the top 13.

The thing about Adam is that I think he deserves the credit he gets. He is extremely original, and he has one of the best voices EVER on this show, if not THE best. He is an insane talent. The other thing I like about him is that I don’t detect an ounce of megalomania in him. He’s always been extremely gracious, humble, and he always gives shoutouts to the band, the original song, etc. The only time I have ever been offended by Adam is when he picked a group last week and, I’m guessing, assumed he was safe. But I attribute that to his being put on the spot, and to him probably knowing that, historically, the contestant put on the spot like this every year is safe, so why wouldn’t he assume the same for himself? I don’t know. It was a weird moment but I don’t fault him for it.

I would not call Adam Lambert my favorite vocalist this season. I prefer Kris, and even Allison to an extent, stylistically. I actually think Adam is my favorite personality-wise this season, and I give him props for his mad talent as well. I actually think he deserves to win American Idol more than probably anyone else up there, not only just for his insane talent, but also for his years of busting his ass in the entertainment business for very little credit, paying his dues, etc. He’s worked hard at his dream, and I’d love to see that hard work pay off with an American Idol win. And, mind you, this statement — that Adam Lambert ought to win — is coming from someone who votes 500 times for Kris every week and who would move over to Allison if Kris was eliminated.

Honestly, as long as Danny Gokey doesn’t win Idol, I think I will be somewhat pleased. Although I will not be pleased if Danny Gokey continues on in the competition at the expense of my favorites.

Michael Slezak of EW.com had a vision of an Adam/Allison/Kris final three back in the top 13 week. It’s crazy that it could actually happen. And the best chance of that happening, aside from the judges derailing Danny completely, was opened up last night when Danny bombed his solo performance, and when the duet performance didn’t go that well.

I’m not going to make a prediction about tonight. I really don’t think I can. The only prediction I will make is that Adam Lambert is safe, and perhaps even that he is called safe first.

DialIdol lists Allison as last, and because of her bottom three appearances and some of her good comments last night, I worry about her fanbase. She was amazing last night, though, and she deserves to continue in the competition. She could make the top two at this rate.

Kris got completely run over with the judge bus last night (and to some extent, Allison did as well), and rock week wasn’t really set up to be good for him. I thought he gave a very good performance last night, on one of my favorite songs, but got no credit. He looks tired, like the energy is leaving him. At least he got to perform a Beatles song — one of his personal influences.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Kris or Allison went home, even though I will be very sad about it.

Despite Simon saying Danny would be safe, I also would not be surprised if Danny went home. Danny is not considered safe on DialIdol, and he over-performs on that site. A prediction site called VoteNumber1.com has him leaving tonight. It has been accurate all season long. Like I said before, the best chance of Danny leaving was granted last night with that one horrific wail on “Dream On.”

—Begin rant on “Dream On.”—

I’m sorry, Danny, but did you not learn from Michael Johns? That song is a shock boot song on Idol if there ever was one. If Danny gets the boot tonight, I think that song ought to be banned from Idol forever — but instead it will be encouraged because Idol producers love the drama of a shock boot. Adam is the only one who could have pulled off that note at the end. At first I thought, well, you tried, I’ll give you that. But then I thought, no, if you are that self-absorbed that you can’t realize you can’t pull off a note like that, no, you deserve no credit, you attention-hungry little child. Even Slash knew he couldn’t pull it off. Did you see his sly look when he said the performance will hinge on that note? Whitney Pastorek of EW.com described it as “Dementor-like.” (Harry Potter reference FTW!)

I could get into every judge comment and how set up we are all being for an Adam/Danny finale because of them. (Simon saying Danny was better than Kris in the duet would be an example — pretty ridiculous if you ask me. Why? Because Danny tried to overpower Kris in the duet instead of allowing them to blend and complement each other?) But I won’t. I will just say that if Danny is eliminated, and Adam/Allison/Kris is the final three, I will be incredibly happy, and barring any judge-throwing-contestants-under-the-bus behavior, I will not complain the rest of the season. I would love to hear anything else all of those three have to offer, and while Kris is my personal favorite, I’d be happy with any of them winning or making the final.

Please. Let’s put the Go in Gokey once and for all!

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Top 4 – Performance Show

Posted by Molly M M on May 5, 2009

Sorry for the delay, people! Sounds like it was a crazy day on the Idol set. The stage manager fell off the 20-foot staircase, and then one of the Idol globes crashed and broke. The contestants didn’t even get a dress rehearsal! Yikes. I hope this isn’t a sign of bad luck to come this evening…

Here’s hoping for a Gokey fail… otherwise Kris could be in trouble. 😦

ADAM LAMBERT – Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin

A whole lotta awesome. But if he was worried about votes last week, he certainly didn’t seem to be, as he is as glam rocker-ish as ever. Gobs of eyeliner and mascara, and was he wearing a leotard? Anyway, it was awesome, and the judges agreed.

ALLISON AND ADAM WILL DUET LATER.

ALLISON IRAHETA – Cry Baby by Janis Joplin

She was interested in singing either this or “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane. Hmmmmm… tough choice. I hope Allison nails this.

Allison is looking more confident than usual. I like her opening on this. The softer parts are as good, if not better, than the high wailing stuff. Good job! Hope the judges feel the same.

Randy didn’t love the song choice?? Needed more melody? You suck, Randy. Kara thinks Janis is a good choice for her but not that particular song, asked if she was nervous. Kara likes how Allison transforms when she comes onstage — hits Simon for his hits on Allison’s personality. Paula thinks she should play Janis in a biopic. Simon thinks Allison has had “staggering” improvement over the weeks of competition, but his own criticism was that the performance was a little soundalike (but that’s a compliment, he says), not room for originality. He would have chosen the song by Queen (but the song they referred to in the segment was the Jefferson Airplane “Somebody to Love,” not the Queen one!) Allison defends her song choice (the others have been too overdone or would be safe) and says, “you’re always saying I don’t talk enough, maybe I should just talk a lot!” Wow. Simon likes that she’s arguing for herself. That was kind of a weird judge discussion there.

Kris and Danny next… but which is first? Probs Kris…

KRIS AND DANNY DUET – Renegade by Styx

Nice harmonies here… Danny’s overpowering a bit, no surprise. It sounded good and I liked Kris’s rocker look.

Randy really liked the harmonies. He thought that was the best part. Kara says some pitchy moments. Paula thought it was powerful and compelling. Simon says Danny was better than Kris. Ugh. He so was not. Danny hogs attention in the chat with Ryan as well. Gaaaaahh.

They’re totally throwing Kris under the bus tonight. I can feel it.

KRIS ALLEN – Come Together by the Beatles

Nice! This is one of my karaoke songs!!

Sounds good so far. This song has tricky lyrics. Doing it in a very hard rock style. Nice phrasing in the middle here. And the slowed down, pared back part — nice! Most original arrangement tonight! I think he succeeds at doing rock, despite the doubters! Suck it!

Randy compliments his guitar playing! He says he did well despite it not being his genre. He seemed to like it. Kara didn’t like it. Bus… bus… bus… lame. Paula loves his artistic delivery and his imprint, calls him an artist. Simon doesn’t like it, compares it to eating ice for lunch. He still doesn’t think anything will top Adam tonight. Many girls yell when Ryan asks if Kris deserves to be in the finale.

DANNY GOKEY – Dream On by Aerosmith

Doesn’t Danny do his Idol homework and realize this song offed Michael Johns last year? Let’s hope the curse continues…

His screaming in the rehearsal with Slash is scary… You so don’t have the rock wail, Danny! Some of it has a nice sound, but some of the high notes seem tuneless to me. The wail is wow… scary. But will the judges agree with me? I guess I appreciate that he went for it.

Randy says it was all right, but A+ for valiant effort. Kara says he took the swagger a little too far. Kara commends him for taking chances. (But Kris doesn’t??) Paula incites the screams of Danny fans. Simon keeps it real, says the last note was like a horror movie, but still thinks he’ll be safe. Danny doesn’t think it’s as bad as the judges say it was. Ryan reminds us he’s never been in the bottom 3.

Adam sings first and last tonight. No surprise!

I think if Kris had done what Danny did, it would have been called a trainwreck. With Danny, the judges had to remind us how good he is usually… grrrrrrr. Quit making excuses for him!!

ALLISON AND ADAM DUET – Slow Ride by ??

They’re rocking it. What else can I say?They were destined to be awesome. It’s their week!

Judges love it. Allison signs! Simon says they win the duets battle and that Adam gave Allison a chance to stay in the competition.

If any justice… Danny will be toast. Please don’t let the judges sway your intelligence, America! I mean really.

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Top 4 – Theme Announcement!

Posted by Molly M M on May 1, 2009

The top 4 — Adam, Allison, Danny, and Kris — will be singing ROCK songs this week on Idol.

What does that mean? It could mean anything, but here’s what we know for sure:

1. The mentor is Slash of Guns N’ Roses fame. He’s been Twittering about being their mentor all week. Follow him here.

2. For the second week in a row, the usual two-song-per-Idol format has been scrapped, most likely because the four-judge format takes too long and they won’t be able to fairly make it through 8 total songs. Producers, why did you not think this through before hiring a fourth judge and/or scheduling the show lengths? One individual song per Idol this week…

3. However, there are reports that the Idols will be singing duets with one another. On one hand, this could be super awesome. On the other, this could open a can of worms, especially with producer manipulation… who will get to duet together? Will judges say that a favorite contestant outsang his/her partner? This could be done fairly, or it could not be… But I’m sure the Idols themselves will enjoy dueting with one of their close friends (as they all seem to be).

4. Last year, the top 4 had a rock week as well, and there was a song list, I believe of the top 500 songs in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I’m thinking it might be the same this year, but who knows.

What do you think the Idols will sing? Do you like the duets idea? And since the current format has caused the Idols to not have to learn two songs for two weeks in a row, how will this pan out in the top 3 and top 2 when three songs each are required? Can the Idols handle it? (Or will those formats be scrapped, too?)

Chat it up…

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Top 5 – Results Show

Posted by Molly M M on April 29, 2009

I’m posting a recap later. Feel free to discuss the show in the comments section!

Heh… and here I am. I just have to say… and I can’t believe I am saying this… I LOVED the group performance. They all sound awesome singing jazz. It took me waaaaay back to my days in high school jazz choir.

Umm… Adam, why’d you actually pick a side? No one actually does that! And he assumed he was safe…

I will say I can’t believe they’ve done a bottom three this week. That means over half of the contestants are “bottom three.” A little silly to me. I guess this is just to incite Adam fans to not be complacent, and vote, since he was named in the bottom. If Adam isn’t sent to safety next, I’ll be shocked.

I will cry like a baby if Kris goes home.

Kris is safe. But are Matt/Adam actually the real bottom two? I don’t recall Ryan saying it.

If Matt and Adam are not called, literally, the bottom two, I will assume that Kris was actually bottom two, with whomever goes home.

Guest performances tonight:
Natalie Cole — classy
Taylor Hicks — fun and quirky
Jamie Foxx — mehhhh (better as a mentor than a performer)

Jamie had some great comments about them being true artists and asking America to embrace ALL of them after the show is over.

Aww, Matt. Nice sendoff. Matt has a pretty great personality. We didn’t get to see it much on the show.

Wow, three minutes left at the end?? Craziness! Simon was pretty funny acknowledging how poorly he called it last night.

Next week is rock ‘n roll week with Slash from GNR (among other groups) as mentor.

They never said bottom two. Kris, next week the bus is coming for you. 😦

EDIT: Several people have confirmed for me that Ryan did in fact call Matt and Adam the bottom two when talking to Jamie Foxx. I am not sure if this was a slip by Ryan, or literally scripted. If it’s scripted, I will believe it, but it is hard for me to fathom. I imagine the top four was very very close last night, and that they only had a bottom three because Adam could be in it (it was the first time they’ve ever said the bottom three in the top five — usually it’s only bottom two with this small amount of contestants left).

I stand by my belief that the bus is coming for Kris via the producers and judges… so I will be voting extra hard for him next week.

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Top 5 – Predictions

Posted by Molly M M on April 29, 2009

Hey all. I think I’m gonna post a recap about tonight’s results and not actually live-blog… feeling under the weather. Too much excitement would kill me. I’ll set up a thread before the show so you can all post comments during the show, though.

Here are my rankings from last night:
1. Allison
2. Kris
3. Adam
4. Danny
5. Matt

Listening back, I do think Danny was better than Matt. I hated the blasting at the end of Danny’s song, but I couldn’t help but admire his restraint at the beginning/middle. Jazz is all about understanding when to pour it on and when to pull back; it’s as much about silence as it is sound.

That’s why Allison had the best performance last night… she showed emotion, range, restraint, and gusto in all the right places. It was a perfect song choice for her; but of course it was, since I picked it for her myself beforehand!

Kris and Adam were both pretty predictable last night, but they each gave a solid vocal. Kris was tender, and I enjoyed his slow-to-swinging take on the song. It’s exactly the kind of move that, say, Harry Connick, Jr. would have made on that song. Not surprised that Adam picked Muse’s cover of “Feeling Good”; as I was with his Gary Jules/Michael Andrews version of “Mad World,” I was impressed with the musical knowledge he possessed to make those savvy choices. I thought he didn’t “Muse it up” enough, actually… but I give Kris kudos for staying truer to the spirit of the Rat Pack with his phrasing choices.

That leaves us at Matt. I’m sorry, “My Funny Valentine” should be untouchable on this show… see Melinda Doolittle’s astounding version from season six and you need think no further. Matt made some interesting choices, and I enjoyed hearing his lower range for once, but he doesn’t have the chops and personality to go much further. I think justice will prevail, and he will go home tonight.

Knowing me, the one night I’m confident about results will be the one night one of my babies (Krallison) goes home. Especially after Simon’s comments that neither of them could win it. Was Simon throwing them under the bus as he has been wont to do in the past?…

Or were his comments a sneaky tactic to actually incite voting for them, specifically Allison? I wouldn’t put it past him. For evidence, see Cook, David; finale, season 7. Simon called the final for Archuleta, despite it being completely ridiculous for him to do so (it was pretty evenly matched if you ask me). He retracted it on results night and even apologized to Cook on the show. What happened was Cook fans were livid and came out in droves to vote, and Cook won by 12% of the vote. To be honest, I would not be surprised if Simon has a few apologetic words for Krallison tonight (though I won’t be surprised if he doesn’t, either).

It’s also worth noting Krallison’s beginning of show placement. It’s never good to start the show, but Simon’s negative comments AND his reference back to them in later show comments may just have made them MORE memorable… whether that was his intention or not.

What do you think will happen? Will we get a Shock! Boot! tonight? Or will middle-of-the-show, middle-of-the-road comment getter Matt finally pack his bags?

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Top 5 – Performance Show

Posted by Molly M M on April 28, 2009

Here we go. Everyone looks snazzy tonight!

It’s Rat Pack era night. Jamie Foxx, who played Ray Charles in the bio-pic, is the “surprise” mentor. Strange.

Kris talks briefly with Ryan before the break. I loved his “who is the mentor for Rat Pack week? All of those guys are… dead…” He looks VERY nice tonight. Please vote for Kris my friends! LOL.

KRIS ALLEN – The Way You Look Tonight

Is he taking the slow Tony Bennett route? The uptempo Sinatra swing version? The bossa nova style Michael Buble did? I’ll take any of these, thanks very much. 🙂

Slow version. I’m liking this… Jamie Foxx calls him his number one, he’d do a record with him. Nice!

Slow at first… then brings the swing in after the bridge. He’s doing a gorgeous job with the vocal. Really interesting phrasing choices. Wow. I’m melting over here. (It doesn’t hurt that I’ve often felt “The Way You Look Tonight” would be my first dance at my wedding.)

Randy says it’s his best perfomance to date. Sweet!! Kara says he’s set the technical standard incredibly high for the rest of the night. Dark horse!!! Paula says boy next door to sophisticated gentleman. Simon thought it was good but “wet.” ??? He doesn’t think Kris CAN win the competition. Simon can BITE ME.

ALLISON IRAHETA – Someone to Watch Over Me

I’m so glad she picked this song! She should do well.

She gets a pimp chat about being the only girl left and celebrating her 17th birthday yesterday. She got a birthday surprise during rehearsal.

Allison is hilarious in her video. “Yeah, I’m about 5.” LOL. Jamie tells her to sing for her family.

She is singing with a lot of soul and passion tonight. You go girl! She is a little husky for my liking on the crescendos — but overall, very good, very strong. It’s be a shame if she went home. Very very nice head-voice ending.

Randy like how she does it in her style, calls it “da bomb.” Kara isn’t worried about her anymore, she should end up in the finals. Paula loves the alluring, tender sensibility. Simon asks her if she thinks she can win it; Allison thinks she and all the others can, but Simon isn’t sure, thinks she could be in trouble, thinks it was a mechanical performance, thinks she’s being overshadowed by the other “personalities” at the moment. Kara says he’s crazy, Randy chimes in on that too.

Is Simon trying to oust Kris and Allison so he can have his predicted Adam/Danny finale? I call bullshit on you, Simon Cowell.

MATT GIRAUD – My Funny Valentine

I hear he’s not playing piano on this? A mistake, I predict.

He says he studied jazz in college, got a B; Ryan says he needs an A!

Jamie calls him back later. He thinks he ought to change keys and sing it in full voice.

He sounds different tonight. Is this his vocal jazz voice? Not too much falsetto yet… he’s a little pitchy, but I like the nuances he’s got to the phrasing. He went fairly easy on the runs. Too much blasting at the end for my liking, but a pretty good performance.

Randy thought he was up to the task but it didn’t all come together for him. Kara didn’t think he was emotionally connected. Matt appears to disagree. Paula felt the emotional connection and thought lowering the key showed a different side to his voice. Simon disagrees with Randy, liked his Nat King Cole phrasing, thought it was brilliant, could tell he loved the music.

What will happen now???? Is Simon pimping Matt because he wants Kris or Allison gone, since they could make the finale but Matt probably can’t? Sorry for all the conspiracy theories, peeps, but I’ve watched the show long enough to know when “throwing under the bus” begins to happen.

DANNY GOKEY – Come Rain or Come Shine

Danny says he’s not changing it up much (big surprise!) except to put a bluesy edge. (it kind of already has one…) Jamie is in his face.

Danny looks a little better than usual this evening. I don’t like the way he sings “reeeeeever.” He’s doing all right… not loving the growling. Oh boy. He comes the loud high stuff. The judges will love it, I’m sure. You are yelling the song at me! It’s what you always do and it is not in keeping with the spirit of the song. Gaaaaaaaaah.

Randy says he could have an album of songs like that and win. Who cares about connecting to the song, you can sing!!! Kara loves the swagger. Unbelievable. Paula says stellar, and that he can see the finish line. Simon says he proved a point, unlike the first two. BLATANT PIMPING. Simon thanks Ricky Minor and Jamie as well.

EDIT: I still hate Danny. Parts of that vocal were… restrained and phrased well. Will I say good? No. The ending killed all chances of my liking it. However, I did like the band’s arrangement of the song.

Cannot stand Danny Gokey. Gaaaaah.

What is wroooong with Simon? You threw Kris and Allison under the bus!!

ADAM LAMBERT – Feeling Good

He picks Muse’s version of the song. Excellent choice, I feel. Adam is intimidated by Jamie Foxx, and Jamie has no idea of that.

Adam is looking good! Sounding good too. I mean, is there any way he ain’t winning? Right now I’m just determined to get Kris into the finale with Adam, there over Danny.

Excellent song choice by Adam. My mom doesn’t like it, hahaha.

Randy thinks it’s a little theatrical and Broadway, but thinks he’s in the zone consistently. Kara uses all these contradictory adjectives. Paula says he’s like Michael Phelps at the Olympics. Simon says Randy saying Adam is theatrical is like complaining about a cow mooing. He gets discombobulated and says Adam, like others such as Adam, is in it to win it, to prove a point, etc., and loved his entrance.

Man… I think Matt is in trouble. I guess if he has to go home, it should be on a week he loves. Could be Allison or Kris though. I bet Kris’s fans are unhappy with Simon, so that might power them up. I will be power voting for Kris tonight and probably giving Allison some votes as well.

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Top 5 – My Preferred Song Picks

Posted by Molly M M on April 28, 2009

So tonight’s Rat Pack night. I’m so excited, I might pee my pants. I heard each contestant gets just ONE song this year, which I think is the fair thing to do so everyone gets a decnt critique (well, decent length-wise).

I am so hoping for a shock elimination of the Gokey. Why? Because Matt should do well with the theme, Adam ain’t going anywhere, and I will cry it eyes out if Allison or Kris goes (especially Kris). And if Danny goes now, the chances of an Adam/Kris/Allison final three goes WAAAY up. So, Danny: sing something of a treacle-fest and bore us and Simon, but do well enough so your fans are complacent and don’t vote. It’s our only hope!!

Here’s what I’d love the Idols to sing:

Adam: Something with semi-subversive content would be awesome — a Billie Holiday thinker song. Did the Rat Pack ever sing “Strange Fruit”? Or “Black and Blue”? Could be awesome. I also like Michael Slezak‘s idea about a stripped down “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

Allison: If she stripped down a ballad like “Someone to Watch Over Me”… she could kill it. Maybe even with guitar.

Danny: Please go for “What a Wonderful World” in the most syrupy fashion imaginable.

Kris: I would die and go to heaven if you sang “Mr. Bojangles” to me (with guitar or keys). Proof of past Idol success with this song: Sam Nixon, UK Pop Idol season two. Kid rocked it; it was a breakthrough performance. I’ll find a clip to post later.

UPDATE: Clip of Sam Nixon singing “Mr. Bojangles” in 2003 on UK’s Pop Idol. (And here is an extended version with video clip of the contestant and judge comments.)

Matt: As much as I hate to say it, repeat, repeat, repeat your Hollywood week breakthrough of “Georgia on My Mind.” with piano. You will be safe next week if you do.

What are your song picks?

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Top 5 – Theme Announcement!

Posted by Molly M M on April 23, 2009

The theme for top 5 week has been announced. I’ve heard it’s either “top jazz standards” or “songs by the Rat Pack.” Hmm, maybe since we’ve got four guys and a girl left, impersonations of Frank, Dean, and Sammy can happen?

I’m personally psyched for this theme. I love love LOVE this music, and it’s not been since top 9 of season 6 that we’ve gotten a jazz week. (That year, Tony Bennett mentored. I wonder if we’ll get a mentor this time too?) I can see, however, how some may absolutely hate this theme. I’m not sure how this theme, like so many others we’ve seen this season, will show us what kinds of recording artists these contestants would be.

Additionally, if tradition holds true, this is the week we start getting two songs per Idol per night. How they are going to get through 10 songs, 40 judge critiques, and 18 minutes of commercials in ONE HOUR is beyond me. I’m not sure I want to watch these kids put up 10 bastardizations of some of my favorite tunes, either.

What do you think will happen? Will they have time in their busy night for a mentor? Will they stick with 2 songs a contestant and all judges critiquing? Who will shine, who will bore, and who will be a massive trainwreck? We’d lve to hear your thoughts!

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Top 7 (2.0) – Results Show

Posted by Molly M M on April 23, 2009

Here we go.

Is this the “something big”? Paula choreographing for them? Still, kinda neat that they get to actually work with a judge on something.

Kris can dance! But they’re totally lip-syncing, right? It’s a little obvious.

Why is Adam not in sunglasses?

That group dance was actually sort of enjoyable, I gotta say. And Paula onstage! And Paula gets flowers from the top 7.

We have some weird seating tonight.

Lil is asked how badly she wants this. Real bad. Lil… is taken to the far side of the stage. Wow — not even a bottom three tonight??

Lil is out. She seems to be letting loose on this sing-out. Paula thinks she sang brilliantly tonight, and glad she went out at the top of her game. Randy tells her that it’s just the beginning… about five times. Simon will miss her family screaming at him every week. Kara is partially cut off at the beginning of her advice.

So who is next? Will it be down between Anoop, Matt, and Allison, the three seated together in the top row?

Who is this disco lady? I’ve never even heard of her! I guess she’s someone who made “Band of Gold” famous. Now THAT’S a (way overdone on Idol) song I’m glad I didn’t hear last night. This lay is old and does not sound great. Okay… Thelma Houston, she I’ve heard of. Love this song, but that dress… be careful what you show us, darling!

KC & the Sunshine Band too? Will this godawful disco medley EVER END? I’d rather have Archuleta sing ten times tonight than this stuff.

Aaaaaand another commercial.

Two more seats in the bottom three? Then why is Lil already gone?? I’m confused.

Kris is safe! Kris got Paula’s “women’s department” comment.

Adam is so gracious. Love his line about singing the lyrics honestly. He’s safe!

Danny… Ryan asks Danny about the clumsy stuff. Simon and Ryan banter oddly. Danny is safe.

Anoop… bottom three. Ryan “got right to it” as Simon requested.

Matt versus Allison for the last bottom spot. I’ve got a bad feeling.

Allison wanted to make the performance more “her” and not karaoke. Matt arranged his song himself, and had a great time.

Allison’s bottom three over Matt. I knew this would happen. Boo. Allison sings to Anoop on her way over to the stools.

I’ve got a bad feeling about Allison. Is the “big thing” going to be the fact that for the first time, there’s an all-guy top 5? There’s never even been an all-male top 3 before!

David Archuleta should lighten the mood. He is adorable, even though I was so anti-him last year. His voice sounds OFF though. Eek. Maybe Archie’s sick or something, because he’s a pitchy mess. He is such a little ray of sunshine, though.

Aww, Archie’s little speech is nice, and he tells them they have awesome voices. See, why couldn’t they have had Cook do that? Oh, right — not a live performance.

My mom and I are speculating on an Adam/Kris finale. If that happened, I would honestly not care who won.

Okay, here we go. C’mon Allison.

Whew. I’m sad for Anoop, but it was not Allison’s time. I get the sense of relief from Anoop, a little bit. He’s singing really great tonight.

Where are the goodbye videos?!?

Here we go with the videos. They’ve spliced them together. Kinda cool.

Nice thank you shoutout, Anoop!

And we’re done. I guess my prediction wasn’t far off.

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Top 7 (2.0) – Predictions

Posted by Molly M M on April 22, 2009

I’ll be live-blogging (really, live!) tonight’s results show, but I wanted to add some quick thoughts about what I think may happen tonight.

First of all, I’d like to make note of an article that broke on my favorite Idol blog, MJ’s Big Blog, earlier today, regarding Paula’s contract negotiations and something “big” that will be happening tonight. I hear Paula’s choreographing the group number tonight, so perhaps the “historic” event is that Paula will be performing with them. Is this the first time a judge has ever performed with contestants? Who knows.

My other guess is that we may have a presidential appearance tonight. I know Simon’s been talking about getting President Obama on the show, and supposedly Randy had dinner with Condoleeza Rice earlier this week. I’m sorry, I love President Obama, but I would not be real happy if he showed up on Idol. He gets enough crap for having a “celebrity” status; this would only confirm this for the believers and annoy people like me who don’t want people saying that.

Okay, now onto the results. I’ll rank my order of performances last night:

1-2. Kris/Adam (tie)

3. Allison

4-6. Matt/Anoop/Danny (they’re all the same to me)

7. Lil

Really, Kris and Adam are the only ones worth watching the show for, for me (to quote Randy’s favorite term). At least they keep things interesting, although they’re each getting predictable in their own sort of way. I know the kind of singing style Kris will bring to a song, but I never have a clue of what kind of song he’ll choose to make his own. He totally shocked me last night in a great way. Adam is getting predictable by swaying between the fast, rollicking romps and the slow, emoting ballads (complete with hairstyles and dress to match each type)… but you never know exactly how he’s going to approach a song, and what you can expect, which is always good, is a stellar vocal.

Everyone else is just real karaoke for me at this point. I do love Allison, but she does kind of always have the same style, and unlike Kris, she doesn’t change up songs in such a drastic way to be totally impressive. She’s less karaoke than the other four remaining contestants, though. I think I’d love LISTENING to Matt and Anoop both, but not watching them. And Danny and Lil, well, we all know my thoughts on them. I think I’d like both of them better if they didn’t act so entitled all the time.

So what will go down tonight? I actually fear this week is going to be our big shocker. This is when Carly went home after a stellar performance last year, if you recall, and that was devastating to me. I don’t think Adam is in danger, and I don’t really think Kris is either, despite what DialIdol continues to say (and be wrong about) with him each week. A part of me WISHES Danny would be in trouble, but I think that’s me projecting my hopes onto my actual gut instincts about tonight.

So that leaves Allison, Lil, Anoop, and Matt. One girl is definitely going home. My initial reaction is Lil and Anoop, but I’m starting to question it. I really have this fear that Allison’s middle of the night placement, slow arrangement, and good comments could actually cause voters to be complacent, and since she’s already had some bottom three run-ins (though, never bottom two), this could spell doom for her. I think it’d be crazy awful if the two remaining girls went home tonight, but if Allison has to go, I’d like Lil to go too so Lil isn’t the last girl standing, and since I prefer Matt and Anoop both to Lil. I really don’t know what to think, but I don’t have a good feeling.

Who do you think will go home?

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