American Idol - Top 4 Perform Rock
Before the show went live on the East Coast, there was an accident on the Idol stage. One of the towers collapsed, and apparently a stage manager was injured and sent to the hospital. Miss Seacrest acknowledged the tower incident, but not the stage manager. That came courtesy of folks in the auditorium -- which was evacuated -- who were on Twitter. The stage problems also meant the cancellation of the full dress rehearsal the contestants do before the live show. Slash from Guns 'n Roses was the mentor for "rock week," featuring a solo performance and duets from the Final Four.
Adam Lambert: Kara, in near ogasmic frenzy, called Adam a "rock god" after his fantastic, hard-charging performance of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Adam was wearing more jewelry than Paula, lots of leather and a big rock sneer. As Simon said correctly, nobody will be able to top this. And he was right.
Allison Iraheta: Looks like Allison got the short end of the stick on song choice this week and went with Janis Joplin's "Crybaby." Her voice was strong, but, sadly, after Adam it lacked energy and originality. Randy made one of his most coherent comments of the season when he told Allison that she was just powering through the top of her range with a very repetitive song. She got all mouthy at the end with Simon about song choice, which won't do her any favors. She really should have chosen Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love" (which Simon confused with Queen's song of the same name). My guess is that Allison is going home.
Kris Allen & Danny Gokey Duet: The lack of rehearsal obviously took its toll on this performance of Styx's "Renegade." They sounded good in the harmonies, but solo they were both pitchy as hell. Obviously, they were having trouble hearing themselves sing and there were some awkward overlaps. Simon tossed Kris under the bus and said Danny sounded better, and the look on Kris' face was pure frustration. Not a big shock they put these two pieces of bland, white bread together for a duet. I'm just sayin'...
Kris Allen: He second-guessed his song choice and went with the Beatles' "Come Together." Oh, dear...it was not good. He is soooo not a rocker dude, and the arrangement was bombastic and lost the intricacy and funkiness of the original. Slash told him during his mentor session that Kris need to pick up the pace, which Kris obviously ignored. I noticed during the judge's critique that Kris looked totally exhausted. He's probably bottom two with Allison.
Danny Gokey: Slash said choosing Aerosmith's "Dream On" could go "either way" for Hokey Gokey, and the way it went was straight into the toilet. Gokey's attempt to copy Steven Tyler's vocal acrobatics backfired in a screeching, cat-strangling way on the final, trademark note of the song. Simon said it sounded like something from a horror film. Gokey has never been in the bottom, but he should be tomorrow to wipe that cocky ass look off his sweaty face.
Adam & Allison Duet: My dream final two got the pimp spot for their duet of Foghat's "Slow Ride." They were obviously having fun and they totally tore it up. Simon suggested that this performance might save Allison. I hope that's true. She was much better with this song. Adam's striped pants were so tight I could see his religion, which should make some of his crazy fans (and I do mean craaaaazy...just check the Idol blogs) dial a little harder and longer tonight. A & A clearly blew Hokey and Monkey Boy away in the duets.