What we liked about Idol tonight was originality. What we didn’t like was the fact that Paula picked a rather obscure song for Danny, which is sang brilliantly.
Danny Gokey – “Dance Little Sister” — Terence Trent D’Arby — Danny got picked to do a song that was rather unknown from most of the audience’s perspective and still nailed it professionally. There was nothing about Danny’s voice we didn’t like. And someone has to remind those that didn’t like Danny’s dancing, this isn’t a dancing competition. Danny nailed this. (9/10)
Kris Allen – “Apologize” — One Republic – We are not huge fans of Kris. We find him consistently mediocre. But on this tune, he showed that he can sing a major hit and make it enjoyable. As Simon pointed out, it was not as good as the original. What Simon forgets is that the original was done in a studio and we doubt it was any better live. The criticism that he should have used a guitar instead of a piano was grasping for nonsensical strraws. (9/10)
Adam Lambert – “One” — U2 – Spectacular begging with falsetto that no Idol performer could ever perform. Follow it with strong diverse vocals and screams and you have Adam. No one in Idol history could touch Adam. (10/10)
Danny Gokey 2 – “You Are So Beautiful” — Joe Cocker – Now Danny took a very slow tune that it had the chance to be boring. But what he did brought out something we could listen to again and again as we hold each other. Beautifully appointed and planned. It left us thinking that Danny has to be the most unlucky of Idol performers next to Kris. Why? Adam Lambert.
Kris Allen 2 – “Heartless” — Kanya West – Kris took a song that was not at all acoustic and took it to an amazingly different version and made it one of the best acoustic performances that we have ever seen on Idol. Awesome Kris, we loved it. (9/10)
Adam Lambert – “Crying” — Aerosmith – Adam decided to give Danny a lesson on how to sing Aerosmith. He showed that Danny does not have the range or the talent to do this strong of a song. Adam killed it and showed Danny the difference between mediocrity and an Idol. (10/10)
So, now what do we have? We have no idea. We know Adam was best, but Kris and Danny were so close that any yawn, sneeze or trip to the john could have left one or the other swinging in the wind. Our guess is Danny was a tad better. But Kris worked so hard that he got the exact same scores. Our only reason for choosing Danny would be it seemed easier for him. But that doesn’t sound like the best reason.
Our guess? Danny or Kris versus Adam. And we cannot call it, other than Adam is in a class all his own.