Adam Lambert on American Idol 8 – Hometown Heroes Week

AmericanIdolThe top 3 finalists in the American Idol contest began with Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, and Danny Gokey competing for the final competition next week. They had to perform one song of the judge’s choice and one song of their own choice. The idols went to their hometowns where they were given the key to their city and a cell phone with a text message informing them of the judge’s song request.

Paula Abdul chose “Dance Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby for Danny. I never heard this song before in my life. Research found that the song peaked at number 30 in 1988–I thought that D’Arby was a one hit wonder with “Wishing Well”. Danny never heard the song either. I think he wished that he had veto power over this poor choice of songs. He did it well. But, doing a song with no familiarity, it will be hard for him to score well with the voters.

Kara DioGaurdi and Randy Jackson agreed to challenge Kris Allen with “Apologize” by One Republic. Kris performed while playing a grand piano on stage. A copycat performance with falsetto problems.

Simon Cowell chose “One” from U2  for Adam Lambert to sing. He knocked it out of the park! Adam started singing with just a piano accompaniment. He changed the mood, changed the melody, and performed it flawlessly. I loved the beginning, liked the middle, and loved the ending. Simon gloated over choosing the right song and having the confidence that Adam would be able to make it his own–which he did!

Based solely on the first song of the night, Adam is safe, Danny and Kris are not.

In round two, Danny chose “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker. He slowed it way down and performed it, accompanied by an acoustic guitar and strings. He nailed it, and the judge’s agreed–Simon called it a “vocal master class”.

Kris dared to sing “Heartless” by Kanye West.  Accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, the judges thought his version was better than the original. A fantastic rendition worthy of consideration to be in next week’s final competition.

Adam chose “Crying” from Aerosmith as his final song. He hit all the high notes as well as Steven Tyler did in the original. His background vocals did him no favors during the harmony portions, as they were to the point of being overpowering. The judges gave him props and were impressed with his rendition of this classic  rock ‘n roll song.

The judges all said that they’d see true talent in the finals and that Adam was a lock–except Simon who reiterated that it was very important for the people to vote for the biggest talent and not assume that all the other voters will carry that person to the finals. The judges think Adam is the next American Idol, but it’s not up to them. America has to vote, and anything can happen. If the fan base of the final 3 is evenly split, the people who had been voting for Allison–the person sent home last week–will have the most say in the results of this week’s vote.

Based solely on the 2nd performance of the night, it’s anybody’s game–all three were fantastic.

Combining both performances has Adam as the leader with Kris and Danny in danger of being out of the competition.

mike cokeI see Adam and Kris in the finals. As good as Danny is, he does not have the “pop star” quality and may be at the end of his journey on results night.  But then again, I’m just one guy, sitting on the couch at the Munro House with an ice cold beverage in my red Coca-Cola judge’s glass, passing judgment on people much more talented than I.

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