Tonight's Idol gave us Danny, Kris and Adam battling it out for a spot in the final with song choices from the contestants and judges. The guys took the gloves off and gave it there all. Tomorrow's results show is going to be a nail-biter!
Danny started the night off with Paula's choice of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Dance Little Sister." This had Danny written all over it: high-energy, vocal improvisation during a sax solo sprinkled throughout with corny dancing! I thought it was great but did seem a bit predictable. Simon criticized the song choice – funny since Danny didn't have a say. With that being said - I'm sure Danny would have liked to have a different song to work with also since he admitted to not knowing it.
However predictable Round 1 was for Danny, Round 2 blew off the roof. He gave us Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful." I thought this was an amazing arrangement for a song that fit his voice perfectly. From one church boy to another – Hallelujah! Simon called it a "vocal master class" ... not a bad Simon comment.
Kris Allen was at the mercy of Randy and Kara and they gave him "Apologize" by OneRepublic. Sitting at the piano, Kris was fighting hard with a mix of a nice falsetto and strong chest voice, but the judges say he played it safe. I agree. I was waiting and rooting for him to really blow us out of the water and keep us guessing about who will go home. This round did not do that for him, not true about Round 2.
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When Kris said he was going to attempt "Heartless" by Kanye West, my initial thought was “Heartless”? Wasn't he there when Kanye performed it on that same stage? But Kris gave a fresh laid-back version, showing his true artistry. It was very brave to go just guitar and vocals with three strikes and two outs left with bases loaded. He put himself back in the game! Tomorrow we will see if he hit a home run.
Adam (with Simon's help arranging!?) gave us a dramatic interpretation of "One" by U2. Simon loved gloating that Bono personally called him in order to clear the song. Who am I joking, I would be gloating also. No surprise, this was a great fit for Adam and he delivered a powerful performance for his legion of fans.
Again in Round 2 Adam gave a killer show. He SANG "Crying" by Aerosmith. Simon is worried that America will forget to vote for Adam so he campaigned for him. I don't foresee Adam's fans forgetting to vote. We will see him next week in the finals.
I think we can all agree that Adam will be in the finals so who gets the second slot? Originally I thought that Danny's "You Are So Beautiful" took away any chance of Kris taking it to the end. Until Kris sang "Heartless." I think many people are rooting for Kris so he is picking up new fans each week but my personal favorite of the night was Danny's "You Are So Beautiful." Tomorrow's results show really could go either way. What do you all think?