American Idol 8 - Top 3 Perform
Next week is the finale, but tonight the Top 3 performed two songs each: one picked by the judges and a personal choice. The judges were hamming it up like there were on WWE Smackdown. Oops...don't say smack around Paula. She's still not sure if she's on pills or not.
Danny Gokey: Paula "I'm On Pills/I'm Not On Pills" Abdul decided Hokey should sing "Dance Little Sister" by Terence Trent D'Arby. Ummm...that song wasn't a hit in the US, and although I'm an '80s queen...err...king, I barely remember it. He growled through it in his usual one-note way, chicken dancing across the stage. The judges mostly loved it, and then Simon put Paula in some kind of chokehold. You could hear Paula yelling for help off camera, Miss Seacrest not sure what to say or do and an awkward cut to commercial. Gokey picked "You Are So Beautiful" and it was flat and pitchy, then turned into pitchy screaming. The judges were creaming their panties over this mess and Simon called it a "vocal master class". WTF? Totally pimping him for Top 2. I can't stand his dead-wife-pimping ass.
Kris Allen: Wait, was he wearing blue nail polish? Hmmm... Randy and Kara picked OneRepublic's "Apologize" for Kris, who basically copied the original note for note, perched behind a piano. When Randy and Kara dumped on him (Kara said it was a "competent" performance, but wished he had interpreted it differently), Simon said they shouldn't blame Kris for performing their song choice and not offering any direction. Kara then tried to smother Simon. Kris' pick was Kanye West's "Heartless" and he did it acoustically on the guitar and it was brilliant. One of his best performances. Even the judges liked it. He really should be Top 2 with Adam.
Adam Lambert: Simon picked "One" by U2 and, shockingly, I didn't like it. He began the song with just piano accompaniment and it sounded elegant and restrained, but then he changed up the melody and it got too shrieky for me. The judges loved it. For his own choice, Adam sang the screech-appropriate "Crying" by Aerosmith. He's got charisma to burn and looked sexy as hell. I'm not a fan of the song, but it was right there with Kris' "Heartless" as best of the night.
So who goes home tomorrow night? I think it's wide open, but if there's any justice it will be Adam and Kris.