Okay, here are my thoughts:
Randy Travis! You know, I remember back when he was young and sexy. I loved that guy when I was a kid (and yes --I am a HUGE Country fan. Surprised? Don't be. I feel no shame in my love for Country music!).
Michael Sarver: I used to know ALL the lyrics to this song. I love Garth Brooks! I saw him live once...anyway...Michael? Meh. The harmonica soloist is kind of cool. Kind of. Okay, no it's not --I don't really like it because it's all random. And Michael was just okay. I agree with him that Country Music is about having fun --but I agree with Simon that you couldn't even tell what he was singing for the most part. So...meh. It wasn't a disaster, so that's good, right?
Allison Iraheta: I liked it. The only problem is that she should have made it less country and more rock --her voice is awesome and she seriously could sing anything! But she has a style and the country sound in the band was kind of weird to me. Loved it, though. Love her! I hope she makes it all the way to the end (at least Top 5).
Kris Allen: This song is important and very special to me, because it's Brandon's and my song! We danced to it at our wedding, and I'm very particular about versions of it. Judgemental? Yes. About a song that doesn't technically belong to me? Yes. But it means the world to me. So...with that in mind...OH! And just fyi --I love Adele's AND Trisha Yearwood's versions of this --not just Garth's.
Okay, now how did Kris do? He totally copied Adele!! Completely!! Sorry, Kris, but it wasn't YOURS, although you did sound awesome. Very awesome.
I loved it.
Brandon, you wanna dance?
Lil Rounds: Martina McBride is brilliant, people. I saw her live, too, and the woman is phenomenal! I hope Lil can pull it off.
Hmmm...I think I know what's wrong --it's too legato. She's singing the verses the way she should just sing the chorus. Does that make sense? Because her chorus is actually pretty awesome. But the verses were uncomfortable. I think she had a hard time with this week just because it was out of her comfort zone, but she still did pretty good. Like Allison, she can probably sing anything and still sound good, you know? But it wasn't as good as Allison. I don't know. I still like her a lot, though...
Simon was right on. Sorry, Lil --he's right. Completely right.
Adam Lambert: Whoah! Adam has cleavage! Random. And very disturbing. Keep away from the V-necks, Adam!
I LOVED IT.
I can't believe I loved Adam Lambert. I can't!
But I'm tellin' you guys, I was mesmerized by this song --but what blew me away was his vocals. The man can SING. He has such an amazing range and it just blew me away --the schizophrenia from last week was gone and I could actually HEAR him sing. And realize --HE CAN! That was the strangest thing ever --becoming an Adam Lambert fan in two minutes!!
Sorry, Simon --but I disagree with you for the first time in a looooong time.
I still can't believe how much I loved it!
But not the cleavage. *snort
Scott MacIntyre: He sounds better in the lower range I've realized...he really does. But hey, I'm thinking this song was way better than last week. He's playing in a style that he would do if he made an album, you know? But he needs to stay away from the high parts because he goes flat. I love his piano playing, though, because I can't do that kind of playing (mine's all Classical and accompaniment and I can't improv at all!).
Not bad, Scott! Not bad.
Alexis Grace: I like Alexis --I like her voice. But I'm not sure her performance was very good. She was running out of breath (tempo too fast? Making it too legato?) and that high rif stuff she was doing didn't do her any favors. There was flatness going on, too. So, I don't know. Like Michael, it wasn't a disaster, but it wasn't perfect, either. Not sure. I still like her, though, so hopefully she'll be around to do better stuff...
Danny Gokey: I hate it when people try to do Carrie Underwood because she's so new. Not sure why I hate it, but I do. So sad that he was so nervous for Randy! But makes sense --I would be so nervous singing for ANYONE, let alone someone famous! The verses weren't that hot --kind of boring (but most country verses are, eh? There's never much to work with in country verses, except for the words. That's just how it is!). The chorus was pretty good (except "Road I'm on" --the first one --was flat). But the end was awesome.
Not bad, not bad. Not amazing, either, but his chorus was good. I like Danny, too --I'm hoping he stays, even though this week wasn't as fabulous.
Anoop Desai: I LOVE this song. Always have. But will Anoop deliver?
I'm melting. Kris made me melt, and now Anoop has done the same thing. I would buy this song. I would buy it! I still might on itunes!
YAY ANOOP!!! YAY! I loved it. Oh, sigh, sigh, sigh. It was wonderful! Beautiful! So beautiful. Sigh...
This night just keeps gettin' better and better and better!! Simon is right on! Anoop deserves to be here. I'm nearly giddy!
Have I ever mentioned how attracted I am to men of Indian descent? Hmm? If not, I think you've figure it out just now...
Megan Joy: They took out her last name, eh? Interesting...Okay, I love Megan's voice. Adore it, really. I've said before I like it because she sounds so much like Adele, you know? I like her dress except for the turbo-boobs thing she's got goin' on. What is that about?
Not bad, not bad! Kind of boring, but the ending was really good. It just didn't blow me away. But it was another NON-disaster, for which I'm really glad! And it WAS better than last week, and that makes me even more glad, because I also want to see more of Megan. She has the flu? I like it when they tell us about the contestants being sick because it is sooooo hard to sing while sick and there really needs to be some leniency in something like this when you are sick, you know? In the hospital?!
Wowzahs. She did do good for that! Holy cow!
Matt Giraud: Man, this guy sure can play piano. And I know last time I had totally forgotten that he was a dueling piano guy...(insert sheepish grin here). Anyway...He did a good job! Except for the flat ending note (OUCH), he did fabulous. I love his voice and the way he performs. I know everyone keeps talking about how he's so much like Justin Timberlake, but I think he's more like Billy Joel, which is saying A LOT. He rocks! It wasn't my favorite, though --but it was still pretty darn good.
HOORAY FOR COUNTRY WEEK!!!
This was awesome. This was why I watch American Idol, and up to this point I've been soooooo disappointed in the performances. But tonight? Boo-yah!
Who will go home?
It's between Michael and Scott
Am I right?
Who cares anymore, eh?
What did you think?