There is something about a hit song that made it a hit. The judges on Idol often say that the performer should make it their own, but either the artist has to be incredible and be able to change up the song like David Cook on Billy Jean or they have to just minorly make it their own with their talent while keeping the melody. In this show, continually, the artists went too far making the show their own and ruined the performance.
In addition, we have to give a resounding thumbs down to Idol producers this week as well as Fox. They intentionally ran Idol over so that people that recorded the show on their DVR would miss the final performance. That was Adam Lambert. Because the votes are open for two hours, this could have hurt Adam’s votes too because anyone that recorded this for an hour did not see Adam perform. Boooooo Fox. Horribly unfair and amateur.
This week’s theme is songs from the year the idol hopefuls were born. Let’s begin with the performances. (Audio performance at the end of this post)
1. Danny Gokey – Stand By Me – Ben E. King — Danny started off uncharacteristically flat. The song was unrecognizable and off color. He was able to bring some character to it in the verse, but he was no winner tonight. (7/10)
2. Kris Allen – All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley — Kris took this song and overdid it. Had he kept the verse the same and made it less funky, he would have killed it. Vocally he was right on. He blew it by taking it too far out of recognition. (7/10)
3. Lil Rounds – What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner — OK, now the reverse is true. Lil tried to do this way too much like the original. She looked spectacular, and has the absolute look of a star. The camera continually takes creative license with shots on Lil’s derriere. But unlike her body, Lil sings flat and was not as good as Tina. In fact, it was an insult the original. This is the third week in a row that we have not liked Lil. (6/10)
4. Anoop Desai – True Colors – Cyndi Lauper – Anoop sang this great and bored us to tears. Lawrence Welk materials, but it will allow him to survive because the vocals were great, so we give him kudos for being on key. (6/10)
5. Scott McIntyre – The Search Is Over – Survivor — We think Scott is horrible. He gets sympathy votes and is constantly patronized by the judges. Finally the judges took out their earplugs. They hated it. And they should have. Off key throughout. The song sounded like a deaf mute singing. And while we see that as sounding cruel, there just aren’t any hit songs sung by a deaf mute. We realize Scott is blind, but he sings like he is deaf. Horrible. (3/10)
6. Allison Iraheta – I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt — This was a tingler version of the song. One that gives you chills. Allison nailed it. She gave it just enough of her personality to make it hers without destroying the classic original. Awesome. (9/10)
7. Matt Giraud – Part Time Lover – Stevie Wonder — Matt took this in the same way Allison did. He brought a bit of his style to it without attempting to rewrite the original. It was an excellent performance with a spectactular vocal. Nice falsetto and range. Soulful. Fantastic. (9/10)
8. Adam Lambert – Mad World – Tears For Fears – Great choice of song. The haunting vocals of Tears For Fears were present, and yet it was so different from the original that it shocked. Adam has that quality David Cook had. He is so great that he can twist a song to something completely different and still make it spectactular. He sang it all in falsetto and other than one flat note at the end, he nailed it. He is the winner of Idol this week. We honestly don’t think Danny can beat someone with this vocal range. (10/10)
Adam got our first 10/10. He has incredible range. Even Simon Cowel gave him a standing O. Adam is all range and power, which allows him to have creative license with any song he chooses. It is a tad unfair in that he is a professional already, but the audience doesn’t seem to mind, and if we are judging purely on talent, Adam destroyed his competition tonight. Destroyed it.