published Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Battling it out for a final spot


by Phil Stacey

Tonight’s “American Idol” gave us Danny, Kris and Adam battling it out for a spot in the final with an Idol and judge song choice. The guys took the gloves off and gave it their all. Tomorrow’s result show is going to be a nail biter!

Danny started the night off with Paula’s choice of Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Dance Little Sister.” This had Danny written all over it: high-energy, vocal improving during a sax solo sprinkled through out with corny dancing! I thought it was great but did seem a bit predictable. Simon criticized the song choice — funny since Danny didn’t have a say. With that being said, I’m sure Danny would have liked to have a different song to work with also, since he admitted to not knowing it.

For however predictable round one was for Danny, round two blew off the roof. He gave us Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful.” I thought this was an amazing arrangement for a song that fit his voice perfectly. From one church boy to another — hallelujah! Simon called it a “vocal master class” … not a bad Simon comment.

Kris Allen was at the mercy of Randy and Kara and they gave him “Apologize” by OneRepublic. Sitting at the piano, Kris was fighting hard with mix of nice falsetto and strong chest voice but the judges say he played it safe. I agree. I was waiting and rooting for him to really blow us out of the water and keep us guessing about who will go home. This round did not do that for him, not true about round two.

When Kris said he was going to attempted “Heartless” by Kanye West, my initial thought was “Heartless? Wasn’t he there when Kanye performed it on that same stage?” But Kris gave a fresh laid-back version, showing his true artistry. It was very brave to go just guitar and vocals with three strikes and two outs left with bases loaded. He put himself back in the game! Tomorrow we will see if he hit a home run.

Adam (with Simon’s help arranging !?) gave us a dramatic interpretation of “One” by U2. Simon loved gloating that Bono personally called him in order to clear the song. Who am I joking, I would be gloating also. No surprise, this was a great fit for Adam and he delivered a powerful performance for his legion of fans.

Again in round two Adam gave a killer show. He sang “Crying” by Aerosmith. Simon is worried that America will forget to vote for Adam, so he campaigned for him. I don’t foresee Adam’s fans forgetting to vote. We will see him next week in the finals.

I think we can all agree that Adam will be in the finals, so who gets the second slot? Originally I thought that Danny’s “You Are So Beautiful” took away any chance Kris had to take it to the end, until Kris sang “Heartless.” I think many people are rooting for Kris, so he is picking up new fans each week, but my personal favorite of the night was Danny’s “You Are So Beautiful.”

Tomorrow’s result show really could go either way. What do you all think?

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shutterbug said...

With the way the judges fawn all over Adam Lambert, I really don't think it matters anymore who sings what and how well. I am not an Adam supporter because I think he's already a borderline professional in an amateur competition against people who haven't had near the opportunities and training he has...plus I find his cockiness and faked humbleness really annoying. I wish I did like him more, because he really can sing....

May 13, 2009 at 12:19 p.m.
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