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American Idol 8: Top 9 (What Hurts The Most Is This is Probably as Good as It's Gonna Get)

Not So Top 9[Rickey]
This week, we get a taste of how the Idols would sound if they were 'current' radio friendly singers. And well, I guess not all of them are meant for mainstream radio just yet because it was a night of wins and fails. While others succeeded in updating old songs, other Idols just couldn't seem to make the new songs work out. This doesn't bode so well for their recording artist futures -- if any.

I was expecting more from this week just because I wanted to be blown away and honestly tonight, I guess I wasn't as impressed with my usual favorites. Still, at least those whom I don't usually favor saved it, cause they stepped up to the plate.

So thanks to the not super stellar week, I'll include the things I learned about the Idols this week thanks to Idol Tracker. And still, some weren't so interesting. Why Idols, whyyyyy?!?

Even in the relatively stale "Idol" Q&A, Anoop Desai found a way to let his quirky personality shine through. Asked when his singing career began, Desai replied, "Age 2. 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.' "

I appreciate the fact that Anoop Desai chose a current song and did really good vocals on Usher's Caught Up. The thing is, when Usher sang this, he was also dancing really really well. It's not a song to showcase your vocal chops and since Anoop really isn't a dancer, it lacked that component. But do I think he should get kicked out over this? Absolutely not. He sang the hell out of a song that wasn't really for singing.

Forget playing instruments or driving race cars, if Megan Joy could have any talent, it would be "super mom abilities."

I actually wasn't so appalled by Megan Corkrey's performance of Turn Your Lights Down Low. I mean at times it was all over the place, but her unique voice made it sort of work for me. She did tone down on the dancing which I do appreciate. I guess the first part of the song was better than second.

Believe it or not, Danny Gokey has never been trained as a singer.

So the judges decide to overpimp Danny Gokey tonight and I'm cool with that. However, I don't agree that What Hurts The Most was his best performance ever, cause I think that P.Y.T. was his best so far. However, this is the second best and that's not a bad deal at all. I did feel his emotion and his vocals were definitely in top form but I didn't get the same 'shivers'/goosebumps that I did when he sang P.Y.T. Still, a fab joy!

Allison Iraheta, 16, may love rock n rollers such as Michael Jackson and Pink, but the spunky L.A.-native also has a secret proclivity for ABBA.

The judges are nice to this kid and she should be thankful. Allison Iraheta's dress didn't bother me as much as her guitar playing did. I wonder why no one mentioned it. I know it's difficult to sing and play the guitar at the same time (I can't play at all) but it felt like she was trying to catch up with her singing or her guitar playing with Don't Speak. I feel like she would have done better if she just sang instead of trying to play too. Her vocals on the last part were her usual whoa form, but I felt like she lost a lot with the weak start.

The embarrassment of getting skewered by the judges is nothing for Scott MacIntyre. The "Idol" hopeful once performed before 4,000 people ... with his fly was open.

For the first time ever, I actually appreciated Scott MacIntyre. I blame his song choice. I'm a sucker for Just The Way You Are. I don't know why, but I love this song so much. Not a fan of his new hair or the fact that Paula couldn't say 'blindness' on television but Scott did his best song ever on this show and I appreciate that.

Grossly underrated contestant Matt Giraud came off as very modest in his "American Idol" interview. When asked what talent he would like to have, other than singing, Giraud replied, "I would like to be an amazing basketball player because I'm horrible at sports."

So I do wish Matt Giraud had done Apologize now that the judges had mentioned it, but I think the main problem with You Found Me was that it starts of sort of monotonous, but when he came to the chorus, Matt totally came onto his own and brought the usual Matt that I love. Definitely not one of his best, but still better than others as he seemed like he knew what he was doing and he was comfortable at it too.

For somebody with a zany name like "Lil Rounds," Lil was decidedly straight during her "Idol" Q&A. One thing she did say, however, is that she has a secret talent for walking on her toes.

I don't know what else to say about Lil Rounds cause this week she just wasn't doing anything for me with her take on Surrender at all. Sure, there were a lot of glory notes, but it sounded off to me. Seriously. Some of her notes were just flat for me. And it was just boring. Even the interviewer said she was pretty straight -- which translates to boring for me. Wow me, Lil. Please.

Prepare to swoon. When asked what his proudest moment was, Adam Lambert replied, "Falling in love."

Way to make me like you, Adam Lambert!!! I too was afraid that singing Play That Funky Music would come off as karaoke, but his arrangement and his new twist to it made all the difference. This is the type of song that needs Adam's over the top antics and his shrieking this week definitely worked for me. And wow, this guy's stage presence sweeps everyone else off the stage cause he just owns it. Yes, he's the chosen one, but this week, you sort of understand why. Just saying.

What a romantic. Whereas most contestants said their proudest moment was appearing on "Idol," 23-year-old Kris Allen's was "marrying my wife."

Pimp spot for the perennial cutie Kris Allen!!! Mr. Romantic finally got the pimpage he deserves with his updated version of Ain't No Sunshine. I wouldn't call this his best performance ever, but tonight, he really did shine. Playing the piano and making the song not feel as old as it really is, was quite the feat. He deserves this pimpage. He's so consistent and just better make it far in this competition or I will stage a riot.

And so as I consult the so-far-so-accurate Dial Idol, they predict an Anoop appearance in the bottom 3. Pamy will not be happy, but she seems pretty confident (using The Secret) to make sure Anoop stays another week. Matt didn't get the highest results either, but he does NOT deserve another visit to the bottom 3 either.

Though Megan seems like the 'obvious' choice, I actually wouldn't mind seeing Lil Rounds leave. Honestly. At least Megan makes me want to say something about her. Lil just does NOTHING for me.

And yes, I actually ranked Adam higher than Kris. I love Kris to bits. I thought he was so damn good and always is. But for the first time ever, I thought Adam surpassed everyone. And though others may think I'm a week late on this, I guess my usual favorites didn't wow me enough this week and so I finally noticed Adam. Biased obviously, but hey, that's just me.

Poll #1376200 Top 9 Performances

Who had the best performance of the night?

Anoop Desai - "Caught Up"
0(0.0%)
Megan Corkrey - "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
0(0.0%)
Danny Gokey - "What Hurts The Most"
0(0.0%)
Allison Iraheta - "Don't Speak"
0(0.0%)
Scott MacIntyre - "Just The Way You Are"
0(0.0%)
Matt Giraud - "You Found Me"
0(0.0%)
Lil Rounds - "Surrender"
0(0.0%)
Adam Lambert - "Play That Funky Music"
2(28.6%)
Kris Allen - "Ain't No Sunshine"
5(71.4%)

Who had the worst performance of the night?

Anoop Desai - "Caught Up"
1(14.3%)
Megan Corkrey - "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
2(28.6%)
Danny Gokey - "What Hurts The Most"
0(0.0%)
Allison Iraheta - "Don't Speak"
0(0.0%)
Scott MacIntyre - "Just The Way You Are"
0(0.0%)
Matt Giraud - "You Found Me"
0(0.0%)
Lil Rounds - "Surrender"
4(57.1%)
Adam Lambert - "Play That Funky Music"
0(0.0%)
Kris Allen - "Ain't No Sunshine"
0(0.0%)

Who should be in the Bottom 3?

Adam Lambert
0(0.0%)
Allison Iraheta
0(0.0%)
Anoop Desai
0(0.0%)
Danny Gokey
0(0.0%)
Kris Allen
0(0.0%)
Lil Rounds
0(0.0%)
Matt Giraud
0(0.0%)
Megan Corkrey
0(0.0%)
Scott MacIntyre
0(0.0%)

Who should be eliminated?

Adam Lambert
0(0.0%)
Allison Iraheta
0(0.0%)
Anoop Desai
0(0.0%)
Danny Gokey
0(0.0%)
Kris Allen
0(0.0%)
Lil Rounds
3(42.9%)
Matt Giraud
0(0.0%)
Megan Corkrey
2(28.6%)
Scott MacIntyre
2(28.6%)

Over-all, tonight's performances were

Excellent
0(0.0%)
Very Good
0(0.0%)
Good
3(42.9%)
So-so
4(57.1%)
Horrible
0(0.0%)


Not Exactly Top 100 Material
  1. Adam Lambert
  2. Kris Allen
  3. Danny Gokey
  4. Matt Giraud
  5. Scott MacIntyre
  6. Allison Iraheta
  7. Anoop Desai
  8. Megan Corkrey
  9. Lil Rounds
Final 9: I-Tunes Whoring Episode [VFTW]
'American Idol': Nine things you didn't know about your top nine [Idol Tracker]
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