Tonight was a bit of a travesty. The second best performer from last night got sent home, and we have little idea how the voting could have had this result. But we have been surprised before.
Adam was no surprise. He was great, and safe. But of the other three, we would have expected either Kris (because of overall mediocrity) and Danny (because of the worst performance we have seen in the final four) to go home.
But sadly, it was Allison, who belted out a massive performance of Joplin’s Cry Baby. And the only thing wrong with the performance was perhaps the songs obscurity to a modern audience. Janis is barely known now and her style was an acquired taste, so perhaps the more ubiquitous sounds of the Beatles, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin laid Allison to waste.
Allison did an even better performance of the song tonight, with a fitting tear in her eye. Yes, Cry Baby, and realize how incredibly talented you are. At 16, a gal that will be remembered for years to come and perhaps have her first hit CD by next year.
Appearances by Daughtry and No Doubt rounded out a great show and we have to give kudos to Idol for having the guts to finally do an all out rock night. A night where even Led Zeppelin allowed a tune to be done on American Idol for the very first time.
From the best screams (Adam) to the worst (Danny) we loved the entire show, but we are saddened that Allison was the one to go. She is more deserving.