American Idol Season 8 – Top 8 – Performance – VIDEO

Best of the night:   Allison and Adam–My dream finale.

Flo-Rida and Kellie Pickler perform on Wednesday’s results show.

  • Danny Gokey – “Stand by Me” by Mickey Gilley – VIDEOiTunes
  • Kris Allen – “All She Wants to Do is Dance” by Don Henley – VIDEOiTunes
  • Lil Rounds – “What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner – VIDEOiTunes
  • Anoop Desai – “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper – VIDEOiTunes
  • Scott MacIntyre – “The Search is Over” by Survivor – VIDEOiTunes
  • Allison Iraheta – “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt – VIDEOiTunes
  • Matt Giraud – “Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder – VIDEOiTunes
  • Adam Lambert – “Mad World” by Tears for Fears – VIDEO iTunes

Who is the bald guy sitting in the audience? (Answer: Guy from Fringe! He sure is Spooky)

Tonight, it’s songs from the year the contestants were born.   We’re also going to see everybody’s baby pics tonight. Awww, Randy is adorable! Kara is all whiny. Paula, what happened to your nose? Simon looks very serious…   Aww, it’s little chubby Ryan

Interviews with the families and baby pictures make up the contestant video packages.

Danny Gokey   – “Stand By Me” by Mickey Gilley – This is a slowed up version. Different than anything that’s been done on the show before. He kicks it up a notch in the chorus. Paula is dancing. This is almost a little jazzy. I have to say, he’s doing a nice job. He’s not shouting, he’s not maudlin–just a happy medium. But, Still not crazy about his super raspy voice–he’s sounding worn.   Ryan says, “I didn’t love the arrangement, but you made me love it.”   Randy calls it a   Kara says, “You turned it on it’s head and you made it your own.”   Paula says, “Everyone else who follows you is going to have to run to catch up.” Simon liked the beginning and end, but thought the middle was lazy. But good overall.   1-866-436-5701

Kris Allen   – “All She Wants To do is Dance” by Don Henley – Kris gets a pimp sit-down.   He went to the beach on his day off. He wanted to be a Taxi driver when he was little. He’s performing with an electric guitar, surrounded in the mosh pit. Ok, I’m not crazy about this arrangement. His vocals are OK, but it’s like he’s singing one thing, and the band is playing another. Very weird.   Kara says, “That kinda felt like jazz-funk homework…it lost a lot of it’s youth.”   Paula says, “You did change it up, you are likable.”   Simon says, “It was indulgent, boring, forgettable…and so am I” Ha ha…   Simon calls it a stupid song choice.   Randy agrees the arrangement was self-indulgent and found himself getting lost in the arrangement and forgetting Kris. 1-866-436-5702

Lil Rounds – “What’s Love Got to Do with It” by Tina Turner – She’s younged herself up like the judges asked.   But her vocals still aren’t killing it.   Ok, she’s improving on the bridge. She’s kinda pitchy on the big note. She’s still pretty “blah”.   Paula says, “You look hot…you’re a brilliant vocalist.” Then Paula calls her karaoke.   Simon calls it a “Ghastly copycat performance…we have lost you…you have got to start becoming original.” Randy says, “It’s almost like, you aren’t listening to us…it’s not clicking.”   Kara says, “You got to find your power in your lower range.” The judges are really slamming her. Lil looks like she’s about to cry. 1-866-436-5703

Anoop Desai – “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper – Aw, Anoop cried a little bit when the Tarheels won. Ryan talks to Anoop about the Kara dust up last week.   Anoop admits that he overreacted last week–an apology. Eating crow to stay out of the B3, for sure. He shares a birthday with D.Cook.     Nice arrangement–just beautiful. Awesome. Best of the night so far. That last falsetto note–sweet.   He’s back. OK. So maybe Anoop isn’t going to be eliminated tomorrow. Randy says, “You pulled it back…that was a very nice vocal…props to you.”Kara says, “You controlled the song, it didn’t control you, congratulations.”   Paula says, “Great choice of song, flawless…fantastic.” Then she babbles on about colors and crap.   Simon says, “One minute you’re down then you’re up…that was very good, but I don’t think it was fantastic.” Simon says he doesn’t have to apologize. Kumbaya! 1-866-436-5704

Scott MacIntrye – “The Search is Over” by Survivor – LOLz at Scott rawking out with an electric guitar. The guitar playing is so random. Pitchy. Terrible. OW My ears. Scott’s hit trainwreck status.   His worst performance ever. I might take back my Top 5 prediction. Kara says, “I got to commend you for playing your guitar….it’s a difficult song…there were parts I like, parts I thought were over ambitious.”   Paula gives him props for stepping away from the piano.   Paula says his high notes were screechy, but overall “bravo” Huh? Quit patronizing this kid. Scott tells Paula it’s his “punk side” coming out.   Simon tells him the song and guitar playing was atrocious and that he needs to go back to the piano. Randy says, “It was just all OK…it didn’t show you as a star.” 1-866-436-5705

Allison Iraheta – “I Can’t Make You Love Me” – by Bonnie Raitt – Allison, as always, is incredible. Fantastic phrasing, vocals, interpretation. Gorgeous. This is a very grown up song, but somehow, she makes it believable without seeming precocious.   She is a star, people! Paula says, “You just hear one note, and it’s undeniably Allison…you gave all of your heart in this song…same arrangement, but you made it your own.”   Simon says, “I thought that was very good…I don’t think your personality is going over…you’ve got to lighten up.”   Randy compared her to Kelly Clarkson. And says she can sing her face off. Kara says she made the adult content believable and young. Says Kara, “Let’s make a record right now.”   1-866-436-5706

Matt Giraud – “Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder – Cute Matt in his grade school play. He’s not behind the piano tonight.   Starts off slow, very slow and bluesy. This is way better than last week. WAY better. Matt seems to have a handle on his nerves, finally–most of the goat is gone. One of Matt’s best. Randy says, “Vocally one of the best of the night.” Kara says, “Incredible on every level”   Paula says, “Two words standing O” Simon says, “A million times better than last week, well done.”   Matt’s back to singing soul. The judges are happy.   The judges are running out of time again. Can’t they pace this show right? 1-866-436-5707

Adam Lambert   – “Mad World” by Tears for Fears – Adam likes to play dress-up. Think he’s hiding anything? Heh. Adam is back in “dialed back” mode. Just Adam in a chair with a hand held mike.   Oooh, he’s making some nice vocal choices here. Haunting. Ethereal.   A very cool interpretation.   Nearly flawless. (it’s a little sharp in the first half–quibbling!) Simon gives Adam a standing ovation. And that’s all they have time for, no other judges comments.   Bruce Gowers, the director, needs to be fired. I swear.   Adam’s version is similar to the Gary Jules version from the movie Donnie Darko. Check it out HERE. 1-866-436-5708

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