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American Idol Season 8 Episode 25: The Top 9 Perform

American Idol 8 Top 9I’ve decided that I’m only going to recap the judges’ comments that are insightful and/or entertaining. That pretty much means Randy and Kara have ceased to exist. The theme this week: popular downloads. You’d think a theme that broad would mean everyone gives amazing performances because they get to choose what they really want to sing, right? Oh, how wrong we all were.

Anoop opens the show with Usher’s “Caught Up.” He’s got an undeniably great voice but the energy in this performance is low and his attempts at tough faces are making me laugh. Randy and Paula are on the fence but Kara and Simon didn’t like it.

Megan sings “Turn The Lights Down Low” by Lauryn Hill. I like Megan in spite of her weirdness, or because of it, but this blows. She’s flat and this song seems like it goes on forever. I have to admit that the girl has no sense of phrasing, interpretation, or musicality. Megan gets deservedly panned by all the judges.

Danny‘s doing “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts. It’s okay. He’s selling the emotion and his voice sounds good. I still don’t like him, even more after he whined to Ryan about not getting the song he wanted last week. Welcome to AI, Danny. You’re not a special snowflake. All the judges liked his performance. Simon even says it’s his best so far.

Allison is singing “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt and she’s back to annoying me. Her delivery is off, she shrieks a few notes, and she looks like a troll doll. Paula liked it but Kara felt she was trying too hard and Simon says it was shouty.

Scott is singing “Rock You Like a Hurricane” on top of the judges’ table. No, not really. He’s doing another piano ballad – Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are.” It could just be my abiding love for Billy Joel but Scott is pretty damn awesome. His voice is a little nasal as usual but better than it has been and his performance is quite moving. All the judges praise him, with Randy adding it was one of the best performances of the night so far.

Matt‘s singing “You Found Me” by The Fray. He’s shaky and wildly tuneless through most of the song, which is a terrible choice for him. The semifinals should have taught him to avoid Coldplay and their ilk and stick to soul and R&B. He gets slammed by all four judges and they order him to get back into his R&B box.

Lil sings Celine Dion’s “I Surrender” very badly. You know who did an amazing version of this song on this show? Anthony Fedorov in season 4, that’s who. Lil is trying way too hard to be the diva belter this year but she doesn’t come close to singers like Tamyra, Fantasia, Vonzell, and even Syesha. Her hair and dress also make her look like she’s about 50 years old. Simon says her personality is being sucked out of her.

Adam is singing “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry. Unlike with Scott, I’m not kidding. It’s hard for me to say if this is good or bad but it is undeniably Adam. Amazing range, ridiculously campy theatrics, and yet again the performance everyone will be talking about in the morning. All the judges love his originality, even Simon, who actually seems a little speechless. I love Adam for many reasons, not the least of which is his ability to throw Simon for a loop.

Wrapping up the show is Kris with “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. He’s on the piano with a string quartet backing him up and he sounds amazing. This is also a fantastic, current-sounding arrangement of the song. All the judges agree he was a great closer and Simon praises Kris on finding his confidence.

This theme was mediocre or a mess for everyone except Adam, Kris and, surprisingly, Scott. I don’t know if his comeback will be enough to keep Scott out of the bottom three but it should keep him from going home. It may be the end of the road for Megan, although Matt or Anoop could also be in danger.

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