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American Idol Season 8 Episode 29: The Top 7 Perform

American Idol Season 8 Top 7The theme: Songs From The Movies. The mentor: Quentin Tarantino. I’m ambivalent about most of his movies but I love the dude himself. He’s such an unabashed fanboy and I will always love him for his amazing job directing one of my favorite CSI episodes ever. Other special guest directors weren’t so successful.

Simon explains that because of last week’s overrun, only two judges will be giving critiques after each performance. Do you think that will bring the show in on time? If you do, you underestimate the production staff’s incompetence.

Allison (“Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith from Armageddon): She sounds better in the rehearsal with Tarantino than she does live. Her voice sounds really strained on the lower notes and although she hits the big notes, the riffs she puts in do not work. She’s making this song more bombastic than it already is. Paula praises her authenticity and Simon thinks she’s the only girl with a chance at making it to the finals. True, but an easy call to make when it’s just Allison and Lil left.

Anoop (“Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves): Lovely, smooth voice. Nice emotional delivery. So very, very dull. Randy and Kara like that Anoop has found his niche, but they neglect to point out it’s a forgettable niche.

Adam (“Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf from Easy Rider): This isn’t one of Adam’s best performances and he’s hampered by such a predictable and overplayed song choice, but he’s rocking the painted-on pants and rocker yowl. He’s also the only one tonight who doesn’t do a treacly power ballad so once again he’s the one bringing the energy. Paula adored it and Simon says it was vocally incredible, but thinks it wasn’t good as last week.

Matt (“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” by Bryan Adams from Don Juan DeMarco): I really want to keep liking Matt but he’s so inconsistent and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m totally distracted by the giant mole on his forehead. If he would stop sucking, that wouldn’t be an issue. He really oversings this song and it’s a mess. Randy agrees and Kara says it was the wrong song choice.

Danny (“Endless Love” by Diana Ross from Endless Love): Oh, for fuck’s actual sake. He’s singing a Dead Wife song and has a harp and he’s kind of teary, so it doesn’t actually matter how he sounds, which is mostly off key and strained. Paula thinks the key should’ve been lowered but loves Danny anyway. Simon is disappointed Danny didn’t change up the arrangement but basically gives him props for manipulating the voters with another Dead Wife song.

Kris (“Falling Slowly” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from Once): This is easily the best performance of the night. Kris starts off a little shaky but soon finds his confidence and his voice is gorgeous. He harmonizes beautifully with the backup singer and it’s just a beautiful, powerful performance. Amazing. Randy says nothing worth recapping but Kara says it was Kris’ best performanc ever.

Lil (“The Rose” by Bette Midler from The Rose): She tries to turn a pop ballad into an R&B ballad, which is nicely ambitious, but the problem is she does it poorly. She’s sharp all over the place and it just kind of sucks. Paula liked it but Simon says she’s doing everything wrong and not the singer they saw early on. Lil backtalks him, which will earn her votes from the dingbats who think going against Simon is like taking some kind of stand against The Man, or something.

Bottom three tomorrow should be Lil, Matt, and Anoop with any of those three going home but it will probably be Anoop, Matt and unfortunately and unfairly Kris, for choosing a relatively obscure song. I’m predicting Anoop is voted out and the veto won’t get used. Also, Jennifer Hudson (yay!) and Miley Cyrus (boo!) are performing.

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