This week American Idol is down to its Top 5, the same number of members in the Rat Pack. So it was fitting that we were treated to the sounds of the Rat Pack tonight.
Personally, I’m so glad they saved this theme until now so we didn’t have to hear anyone butcher the songs of the greats. And overall I’d say that the Top 5 put in a good showing even if no one came out to sing smoking a cigarette and carrying a glass of Jack Daniels #7.
The night started out on a good note. I was as blown away by Kris Allen’s performance of “The Way You Look Tonight” as Guest Mentor Jamie Fox. He came across as very sincere, sophisticated and sexy. He just took a golden oldie and made it golden again. And more than anything, I’d love to hear it again!
But Kris wasn’t the only one shining tonight. Beautiful that’s the only way to describe Allison Iraheta’s rendition of “Someone to Watch Over Me.” She sounded fantastic and she looked wonderful. I noticed that if I closed my eyes during this performance, Allison sounded older, but not in a dated way. Not only was her voice well suited to the song, but she had great composure as well. And she showed us that she could sing more than rock songs.
On the other hand, we saw more of the same from Matt Giraud. It’s not that Matt had a bad performance tonight; it’s just that he paled in comparison to the others. He had his moments, but overall I thought his version of “My Funny Valentine” was drab. And I definitely am not seeing what Simon saw in this performance. He called it authentic, but I thought at best it was copycat.
Simon was also a big supporter of Danny Gokey. Now it’s no secret that I’m not a big Danny fan. I think most of his songs all sound alike. But this week, I liked his sound. He added a nice little jazzy feel to “Come Rain or Come Shine” that worked well. However, I think he got a little over zealous towards the end. As a whole, not a bad performance, but please don’t give us a whole album of that as Randy suggested.
And closing out the show again this week was Adam Lambert (he does that a lot, anyone else notice?). As usually, he wins the award for most unusual arrangement. His “Feeling Good” was like Big Band on steroids. The performance had the full orchestra, but still had the rock edge. I’m still not sure if I liked it. I think I need time to digest it.
For traditionalists, I’d say that Kris won the night. Even going first I think he had the strongest performance. However, if you go on originality, Adam is still in the lead.
I think Matt is going home this week and my pick to join him in the Bottom Two is Danny. But since Simon really liked both of them, I could be totally wrong.