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American Idol Season 8 Episode 31: The Top 7 Perform Again



American Idol Season 8 Top 7Last week the judges saved Matt Giraud, which means the top 7 will all be performing again. There’s no mentor this week to make the show run long, so after a brief intro Ryan kicks it right to the first performer on Disco Night.

Lil (“I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan): Good grief, Lil sucks. She’s screechy, generic, and just wholly unimpressive. I didn’t start watching this season until the top 13 so can somebody tell me how Lil made it this far? The judges rip her a new one for being a boring mimic. Simon basically says to stick a fork in Lil, ’cause she’s done. Well, that’s going to earn her a few contrary votes.

Kris (“She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer): Ryan and Kris hilariously dance around the whole “this song is about prostitution” thing, and then Kris hits the stage and freaking kills it with an acoustic guitar and drums arrangement. His vocals are terrific and what I like about Kris is that I know exactly what kind of album he’s going to put out. He’s got a focus and clear sense of what kind of musician he is that’s lacking in all the other contestants this season except Adam. Kara says she could hear that song on his album and Paula makes a labored cross-dressing analogy that was obviously written for her and makes everyone uncomfortable. Simon praises Kris’ originality, after making fun of Paula of course.

Danny (“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire): Will someone make the lambs Danny stop screaming? This is a horrible, shrieky, frantic performance and I hate that Dead Wife is likely going to steal a top 2 spot from someone more deserving, like Kris or Allison. Ugh. He gets his ass kissed by Randy, Kara and Paula. Interestingly, Simon says Danny has no star power. I’m wondering if Simon is over Danny and starting the sandbagging now in the hopes of derailing him before the finals.

Allison (“Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer): This is an interesting arrangement, slower and with more of a blues-rock sound, and Allison is killing it vocally. I’m not sure I love the arrangement but I respect her ambition. Randy and Kara didn’t care for the arrangement but loved her vocals. Paula praises Allison’s authenticity and Simon calls her the underdog of the competition and thinks her performance was brilliant.

Adam (“If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Ellman): First of all, I need to point out how amazing Adam looks tonight, in a shiny black suit, minimal makeup, and his hair all Elvis-ized. As for his performance, he’s sticking to his pattern of alternating high and low tempo songs. This starts out really lovely, vulnerable, and affecting. He goes for a couple of big notes that don’t entirely work with the arrangement but overall it’s another winner. The judges lavish him with praise, with Paula declaring Adam will be in the finals and Simon saying the vocals were immaculate.

Matt (“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees): This is a lively, fun performance and the vocals are mostly fantastic, but it’s a bit too over-the-top. Matt’s got to be anxious after last week but he’s trying too hard this week. Randy didn’t like the song choice or arrangement but loves Matt’s voice. Kara and Paula praise him, but Simon says it was desperate and unoriginal.

Anoop (“Dim All The Lights” by Donna Summer): Anoop’s attempting to grow some facial hair, which is adorable. He’s also surprisingly rocking a hot pink shirt. As usual, his vocals are great, really smooth except a botched glory note at the end, but as a performer he leaves me cold. Randy points out the bad note but says otherwise it was good. Kara and Paula agree. Simon, however, says it was mediocre and Anoop’s worst performance. I’m no Anoop defender but has Simon forgotten the “Beat It” travesty?

It would be awesome if Danny at least ended up in the bottom three, but that’s not going to happen. It’ll probably be Lil, Matt, and Anoop, with Lil and Matt getting the boot. If Adam, Kris, or Allison goes home, I’m going to cut a bitch.

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