This week Guns N Roses’ Slash joined American Idol’s Top 4 for Rock Week. If the excitement of seeing the final four rock out wasn’t enough, Idol added duets to the mix this week.
Starting the night off was Adam Lambert. Adam was definitely in his element tonight as he belted out “Whole Lot of Love” by Led Zeppelin.” For those of you that have been wondering what Adam’s genre really is, I don’t think you need to wonder anymore. Not sure I’d go as far as Kara and call him a rock god, but this song was one of my favorite Adam performances even if it was a bit over the top.
But the night didn’t go to Adam alone. Allison Iraheta was having a good night too. Normally, I don’t like it when contestants try to take on Janis Joplin, but Allison had the voice to do it. And let me tell you she did it right. I was very impressed with her rendition of “Cry Baby.” Sure, I would have rather heard “Piece of My Heart” but I still liked what she chose.
Next we were treated to our first duet of the evening. Kris Allen and Danny Gokey sang “Renegade” by Styx. The pairing for me was interesting. I agree that the two probably complimented each other the best. Still I think the two are worlds apart. I really thought we got a glimpse into Kris’ rock side while Danny looked like every performance he’s ever had. However, it did look like they were both struggling to hear themselves which could be a direct result of the missed rehearsal.
Meanwhile, I was having trouble picturing baby face Kris singing a hard rock song, so I was very glad to hear that he picked a Beetles tune. But then I worried about it sounding too much like the original. I shouldn’t have been concerned. Once again, Kris proved that he’s a dark horse not to be counted out. I loved what he did with “Come Together” and I thought the song suited him perfectly.
And then we have Danny trying to sing Aerosmith. I’m a huge Aerosmith fan – to the point of driving my husband crazy. And I was so upset that Danny tried to take on “Dream On.” The performance just came on across as so manufactured and he totally blew the ending. He doesn’t have the chops to pull it off and shouldn’t have tried.
Finally, Allison and Adam returned to the stage for their duet of Foghat’s “Slow Ride.” These two make an awesome duet. They have very compatible voices and styles. The performance was a perfect way to finish off the Rock Night.
It’ll be interesting to see if the duets have any impact on the voting. Adam and Allison definitely won the night. Personally, I enjoyed Kris the most, but because the judges panned him, he’ll probably join Danny in the Bottom 2. My hope is that Danny’s going home this week. I think he’s gone as far as he can go.